Twice-Told Tales: Median home prices hit $275K 10 years ago
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Home prices in the Tracy area have stabilized after a rapid increase and with continued strong demand. The median price of an existing home is $276,000.

Only a third of Tracy Unified School District students taking the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam passed, and fewer than half passed the language-arts portion.

Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, has announced that the Federal Railroad Administration has given a $1.25 million grant to the California High Speed Rail Authority. “It is my hope that this grant will help launch a statewide high-speed rail system of which we can all be proud,” Pombo said.

Tracyite Verne Ceciliani is preparing to participate in the first AIDS Ride of Europe. He will be riding the 575 miles in memory of his brother Albert.

The Tracy Tritons captured first place in their own Memorial Day Weekend swim meet in the Tracy High pool. Gracie Cabri took first in four events in the 5-and-under division.

Melinda Bettencourt reigned as queen of the IPFES Holy Ghost festa.

25 years ago — 1987

John J. Serpa, a World War II Marine veteran, was featured speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at Tracy Cemetery.

Services have been held for Donnie Hopkins, 63, a Tracy resident for 40 years who had been an active community volunteer.

Tracy High trustees want to know why the school yearbook, El Portal, is late for the second year in a row.

All four participating agencies have approved the joint-powers agreement that will facilitate the collection of school-construction fees from purchasers of new homes in Tracy.

Stan Lew and Andy Ronnenberg will represent Tracy High at the Boys State leadership conference this summer in Sacramento.

50 years ago — 1962

Rinaldo J. Marraccini, a longtime trustee of Jefferson School District and a founding director of Tracy Rural Fire District, has been named “Mr. Tracy.”

Dr. Ernest Makino, a Tracy veterinarian, has been elected president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

The City Council is still negotiating with the Kaiser & Lindeman farming firm over a new lease for land at the New Jerusalem Airport.

John Robert Paulson of Tracy is one of two valedictorian speakers in the University of California, Davis Class of 1962.

The mathematics award given to a Tracy High graduating senior has been named for Mary E. Hawley, who is retiring after 43 years of teaching math, including 33 years at Tracy High.

75 years ago — 1987

The special election to decide if Tracy voters want to recall Councilman J. Frank Doughty has been set for June 25.

The Rev. C.W. Bourne, of the First Presbyterian Church, will deliver the principal address at the Tracy High baccalaureate services in the school auditorium.

Swim classes are beginning at the Tracy Plunge, which is operated by the Tracy Elementary School District.

Frank Hill, manager of National Ice & Cold Storage Co., is praising the new “ice refrigerator” that uses a block of ice to cool the contents.

100 years ago — 1912

A fire destroyed a house near downtown Tracy, despite efforts by volunteer firefighters to save it.

Dr. Joseph S. West is selling Edison phonographs and Victor Talking Machines at his Tracy Bazaar on East Sixth Street.

— Tracy Press archives
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