Twice-told Tales: The recall election
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10 years ago — 2003

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa of Tracy has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for heroism during the opening days of the invasion of Iraq.

Altamont Commuter Express trains are marking their fifth anniversary of plying the rails between Stockton and San Jose — through Tracy.

Voters went to the polls Oct. 7 to help Arnold Schwarzenegger push Gray Davis out of the governor’s office in Sacramento.

A final design for Tracy’s new City Hall has been unveiled. The two-story, 2,000-square-foot building in a classic design is scheduled for construction in 2005.

A 99 Cents Only store has opened at the corner of West 11th Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

25 years ago — 1988

After hearing that casino-style “games” for nonprofit organizations are illegal, the Tracy Chamber of Commerce has canceled its Monte Carlo Night.

Annette Pombo has purchased Scofield’s gift shop on West 10th Street from Betty Ann Alvarez and has changed its name to Annette’s Gift Shop.

The second annual California Dry Bean Festival has made a profit of $27,773. Organizations providing volunteers will receive $4 per hour served.

Jodi Cumber has been crowned Tracy’s Junior Miss as the conclusion of the annual pageant in the Emma Baumgardner Theater at Tracy High School.

Funeral services have been held for former Tracy Mayor Clyde L. Abbott, who died at the age of 93. He came to Tracy from Colorado to manage the Holly Sugar Corp. factory and was mayor from 1966 to 1968.

50 years ago — 1963

Lewis M. Jost, a retired Army major and a Purple Heart veteran of the Korean War, has been named public information officer at Defense Depot Tracy.

A new tomato-packing shed of the Cochran Co. is now in operation at Rhodes Station of the Western Pacific main line at Highway 33.

The Tracy Bulldogs and Sonora Wildcats ended their Valley Oak League game in Sonora with a 6-6 tie. Running back Loren Zink scored Tracy’s lone touchdown.

New officers of the Westminster Fellowship of the First Presbyterian Church have been installed. Officers include Pam Walter, secretary, and Richard Hughes, faith.

75 years ago — 1938

The stately Abraham Grunauer home at the southeast corner of 11th Street and Central Avenue is being torn down to make way for a parking lot for the new Safeway store to be located south across the alley.

The Tracy High Bulldogs trounced the Oakdale Mustangs, 32-0, in the first league game.

The Banta Carbona Irrigation District is holding a special election seeking voter approval of a proposal to refinance the district’s debt and lower its indebtedness by 40 percent.

Gus Margaros and Jim Vlahos, owners of the West Side Market, have purchased the building at Eighth Street and Central Avenue that houses the market and three other businesses. Price: $27,000.

100 years ago — 1913

City Marshal “Pop” Gieseke has received a letter threatening him and others with physical harm. He is checking into the matter.

Although 18 new houses have been constructed so far this year, the rental situation in Tracy remains tight.

— Tracy Press archives

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