Twice-Told Tales: Iraq war begins
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2003

As the U.S. and allies launch air strikes to kick off the war in Iraq, more security has been added to the state and federal water canals in the Tracy area.

The Tracy City Council has changed architects designing the new City Hall after the original firm failed to make changes sought by the city in interior and exterior designs.

West High students are discussing the war in the Persian Gulf as American-led forces are marshaled on the border between Iraq and Kuwait.

Tracy High’s softball team pounded Edison of Stockton, 13-1. Bulldog pitcher Alisa McCleery struck out the last 12 Edison batters she faced.

Luis Gustavo Gonzalez, an American Field Service student from Colombia in 1964-65, has died in his home country at the age of 57.

Michael Vertar of Tracy has completed California Highway Patrol cadet training and has been assigned to the San Jose office. He is the son of CHP Capt. Debbie Vertar, commander of the Hayward unit.



25 years ago — 1988

Good Samaritan Community Services has received $75,000 in federal block grant funds and will lease a new warehouse for the distribution of food and clothing in Tracy.

James R. French, superintendent of Tracy Public Schools, is heading the development committee for Tracy Community Memorial Hospital.

Tracy High student Steve Sweigert has won the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club’s annual public-speaking contest and has gone on to win in zone competition.

Tracy High’s gymnastics team won on all levels, crushing Sacramento High School.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputy Marcel LeDuc of Tracy has been named the county’s Employee of the Year. He is involved in planning the new county jail.

Former Tracy High and Oregon State defensive line standout John Gonzalez has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers following a tryout.



50 years ago — 1963

The Courier-Citizen Co. of Lowell, Mass., has announced it will establish a printing operation in Tracy. The company specializes in business forms.

Ed Thoming has been re-elected president of the Banta Carbona Irrigation District board of directors.

Don and Char Bisbee and young Pat Craig are among the stars in the Tracy Community Players production of “Inherit the Wind.”

Martin Esarte scored a hole-in-one on the sixth hole to lead a “farmers” team to victory over the “city slickers” in a golf tournament sponsored by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

Retired longtime Tracy City Clerk Charles DeFreitas has died at the age of 78.



75 years ago — 1938

Flooding has increased along the San Joaquin River and Paradise Cut east of Tracy, closing Highway 50 between Tracy and Stockton.

Incumbents Mayor Fred Herzog and Councilman Harry Courter are being challenged in the April 12 City Council election by four candidates: James Lamb, Win Ritchie, Jess Thomas and Gene Nesbitt.

Turner Hardware Co. has announced it will lease the new commercial building going up at the corner of 10th Street and Central Avenue. (The building now houses Community Banks of Colorado.)

The Tracy Police Department is adding officers to patrol Sixth Street as asparagus shipping increases at two packing sheds.



100 years ago — 1913

After many weeks without rain, a downpour has been welcomed by Tracy area dry-land grain farmers.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Banta, pioneer residents of the area, have been honored on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Meals are starting at 25 cents at the California Restaurant on Central Avenue.

— Tracy Press archives
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