Twice-Told Tales: Mayor to council: quit being "wishy-washy"
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2004

Walls are going up at the new George Kelly Elementary School in southwest Tracy, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2005.

Open space and transportation are key elements of the new Tracy General Plan that is being discussed by the city planning commission.

Brittany Daniels of Tracy finished fifth in the opening round of triple-jump competition at the Olympic trials in Sacramento. She qualified for the finals and hopes to make the U.S. team.

A cast is being assembled for

“Tracy, Our Town, USA,” written and produced by Evelyn Tolbert. This is the second year for the play, which depicts Tracy history.

Lynn Wallis, a retired General Electric executive, is the new president of the Tracy Rotary Club.

The Tracy High School swimming pool is being closed Aug. 23, when a $200,000 project will be started. Tracy Tritons youth swimmers will have to practice in Manteca.

25 years ago — 1989

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons is considering building a new federal prison on the 200-acre former “antenna farm” on Schulte Road west of town.

Cleanup of contaminated groundwater on and near Defense Depot Tracy is included on the Superfund list of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mayor Lester “Scotty” Scott has lashed out at other City Council members for being too “wishy-washy” in establishing fees for recreation programs.

Juan DeHoyos of Tracy has earned a medical degree at the University of New Mexico.

Marie Simpson, 67, was fatally injured in an auto accident near Manteca. She was the wife of former Mayor C.D. “Don” Simpson.

The Tracy Angels finished regular Mexican-American Baseball League play.

50 years ago — 1964

Services have been held for Kenneth Westlake, 62, a revered science teacher at Tracy High School for nearly 40 years.

Fire crews fought a grass fire on the Altamont Pass for three hours before bringing it under control.

Richard Fairbanks has received a 40-year service pin from the Holly Sugar Corp.

Tony Alves is the new president of the Young Men’s Institute of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

Fred Icardi, a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation employee, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel with the U.S Air Force Reserve.

A recount has been started on ballots from the April municipal election. Former Mayor Henry Buthmann is challenging his loss to Woody Souza.

Tony Queirolo of Mossdale captured first place in the modified hardtop race at Stockton’s 99 Speedway.

75 years ago — 1939

The Tracy Library will be moved from City Hall (now the Fire Administration Building) to the old Central School building farther north on Central Avenue.

Stanley Yeomans, a 17-year-old 1939 graduate of Tracy High, has been hailed as a hero after alerting Jessie Strizek about a fire that was engulfing the family home on Parker Avenue. Mrs. Strizek had been asleep in a back bedroom.

Some 20 employees of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are at work in the Central Valley Project office on Sixth Street.

Services have been held in Hayward for Louis Sousa, 36, owner of a Tracy furniture store.

About 600 people attended the water show at the Tracy Plunge. Young swimmers of a variety of ages took part.

James Rehn has joined the U.S. Army for a three-year hitch. (He was later killed in the Philippines during World War II.)

100 years ago — 1914

The city Board of Trustees (City Council) has approved a contract to build water lines in the Rosedale housing project north of 11th Street.

The Whitehall Estates office is being moved from Sixth Street to Banta. The firm is selling parcels of farmland.

Louis Titus has postponed reclaiming land near Middle River while studies are made that could lead to expanding Paradise Cut to carry off spring runoff water.

Construction of irrigation and drainage lines in the new Byron Bethany Irrigation District is about to begin.

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