Twice-Told Tales: The first child in Mountain House
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10 years ago — 2004

Riley Francis is the first child to move into Mountain House. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lori Francis.

Greg Martin has resigned from the Lammersville School District’s board of trustees.

The Tracy High Academic Decathlon team finished second in the countywide contest, and West High was fifth.

West High’s cheerleaders have flown to Honolulu to be among the 500 cheerleaders who will take part in the Pro Bowl.

State budget problems have postponed a project to turn another section of Highway 132 southeast of Tracy into a four-lane expressway.

Services have been held in Twain Harte for Gloria Porter, 70, a former Tracy resident and longtime Tracy Press employee.

Petaluma artist Dave Gordon has completed a mural in Tracy Historical Museum depicting early days on Front (Sixth) Street.

25 years ago — 1989

Two Tracy gangs have surfaced with the painting of graffiti on subdivision walls.

The Tokay Tigers of Lodi defeated the Tracy High girls basketball team 52-49 to end Tracy’s 13-game winning streak.

Michael Midkiff, 34, vice principal of Monte Vista Middle School, has been named principal of the new Melville S. Jacobson Elementary School in northwest Tracy.

Tracy High sophomore Julie Stroup has repeated as winner of the Rotary Speech Contest co-sponsored by the Tracy and Tracy Sunrise Rotary clubs.

Services have been held for Waldo H. Coffman, 73, a longtime Tracy realtor. He won the 1932 Peter B. Kyne Trophy as the outstanding player on the Bulldog football team.

Brenda Patterson, standout member of the Tracy High girls soccer team, is closing out her high school career.

A 43-year-old pilot from San Ramon was killed in the crash of a miniature replica of the P-51 World War II fighter plane near Tracy Municipal Airport.

50 years ago — 1964

Tracyites were glued to their television sets to watch The Beatles, a band from England, perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Two California Highway Patrol officers and a man they were questioning jumped into a ditch east of town to escape being struck by a pickup that crashed into the back of the patrol car.

Tracy High heavyweight wrestler Jim Johnson was named outstanding wrestler in the Valley Oak League wrestling championships at Atwater High. Johnson was one of three league champs from Tracy.

Tracyite Charlie Payne is serving as an assistant sergeant-at-arms for the State Senate in Sacramento.

Marine Pvt. Leroy Rickman recently completed Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego.

75 years ago — 1939

Harvey F. Matthews has announced he is closing the local Federated Store after operating the clothing store on Central Avenue for the past 18 months. A “quitting business” sale has been started.

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with grand theft for stealing a truck belonging to Joe Bettencourt.

A hearing on the West Side Irrigation District’s bankruptcy case was held in Sacramento.

The first payment of $18,791 in federal Public Works Project funds has arrived to finance construction of a music building at Tracy High School.

100 years ago — 1914

Civic and business leaders in Tracy are joining forces to convince Lincoln Highway officials that the highway’s route should go through the center of Tracy on 11th Street and not around the north edge of town on Grant Line Road, as originally planned.

John Krohn, a farmer west of town, broke his arm while cranking to start his automobile.

Local barley fields are beginning to turn yellow, and because of adequate rainfall, a good crop is expected.

— Tracy Press archives 
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