Twice-Told Tales: Roller derby rolls through town
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2004

Nine candidates are in the running for two open seats on the City Council. They are incumbents Brent Ives and Wes Huffman and challengers Mike Carter, Erin Donoho, Tony Fontana, Pete Mitracos, Reuben Mitchell, Ray Morelos and Irene Sundberg.

Hot weather greeted the thousands of people who took part in the 18th annual California Dry Bean Festival in downtown Tracy. The two-day event proved to be successful, according to organizers.

Local teacher Lori Scott has developed an avocation of writing articles for “Masters of the Universe” comics.

Bob Hailey, president of the San Joaquin County Chapter of the NAACP, has said the Grand Jury should investigate the city of Tracy’s hiring practices.

Youth soccer teams played their first game on the turf of the new Plasencia Fields sports fields on the west side of town.

Services have been held for Michael G. “Mike” Miatovich, 83, a lifelong Tracy resident who was a retired Southern Pacific locomotive engineer.

25 years ago — 1989

Striking tomato pickers for Triple E Produce in Carbona are voting on whether to join the United Farm Workers Union.

Joe Kuderca, 16, has become an Eagle Scout.

Attendance at the third annual California Dry Bean Festival set a record of 35,000 attendees.

During the Bean Festival, the mayors of Tracy and Memuro, Japan, signed a Sister City agreement between the two towns. A Tracy delegation is planning to attend Memuro’s 90th anniversary celebration in September.

A fire at a Chinese restaurant in the McKinley Village shopping center is being investigated as a possible arson.

Ben Davidian, a 1969 graduate of Tracy High, has been named regional commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Tracy Junior Miss Lisa Day is taking part in the state pageant in Santa Rosa.

The Tracy Board of Realtors has purchased new quarters at 140 E. Grant Line Road. Carleen Costa, executive officer, will staff the office when occupied.

50 years ago — 1964

Bogetti Bros. has purchased 150 acres of farmland on Koster Road, reported Realtor Ernest Pombo.

Personnel decisions are the most challenging issues facing him as Tracy city manager, Warren Benson told members of the Tracy Lions Club.

Three children from Oakland drowned in the San Joaquin River east of Tracy.

Roller derby came to Tracy when the California Cardinales, headed by Ann Cavello, faced the Bay Bombers before a crowd of 2,500 spectators on a portable rink placed on the Tracy High football field.

The team sponsored by Trinkle & Boys agricultural flying captured the Pee Wee League youth baseball championship. Dennis Esarte was team manager.

75 years ago — 1939

Members of the Highway Committee of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce discussed ways of increasing traffic through Tracy.

A local boys’ club is being organized to take part in activities at the former Central School building on Central Avenue.

Feeding cattle at the new Holly Sugar feed lot is scheduled to begin Oct. 1 after pens are completed north of the sugar mill.

The Tracy Hotel Annex, used to house overflow guests of the three-story hotel that burned to the ground in 1911, has been demolished at the corner of Sixth and C streets.

100 years ago — 1914

Alfalfa fields in the Naglee-Burk district are described as among the few green spots in this area. The district has developed an irrigation system, the first in the Tracy area.

Several Tracy residents were in Germany when World War I broke out in early August. Relatives are concerned for their safety.

A parade will be part of the September community fair, committee members have decided.

— Tracy Press archives

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