Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” shows Marty Hereema, owner of The Mart, inside the locally owned department store before it was closed in November 1987. He and his brother, Harley, opened the store in the former Penney’s store at 10th Street and Central Avenue in 1954. Harley later operated his own store in Patterson.
A number of Tracyites, including former employees of The Mart, identified Hereema and The Mart in the photo: Sandy Spencer, David Gomes, Jean Reed, Sandra Toon, Jeanie Garcia, Sandy Paulson, Jerry Dias, Mary Pribyl, Charles Neilsen, Mary Mitracos, Gussie Owen, Frank Lima, Arleen Robbins, Kevin San Julian, Karen Corbin Estes and Mike and Susan Petrucelli.
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10 years ago — 2000
Measure A, the slow-growth initiative, gained approval of Tracy voters, attracting 56.1 percent “yes” votes. The measure cuts the average number of new residential units from 1,200 to 600 a year with the maximum in any one year reduced from 1,500 to 750.
Dan Bilbrey was re-elected mayor, and Brent Ives and Wes Huffman were elected to the City Council.
Tracyite Barbara Matthews was elected to the state Assembly, and Richard Pombo of Tracy kept his seat in the House of Representatives.
Elected to seats on the Tracy Unified School District’s board of trustees were Kelly Lewis, Deborah Randle-Jones and James Whigham.
An Old Navy apparel store has been opened in the West Valley Mall.
The Tracy High Bulldogs downed crosstown rival West, 35-21, at Peter B. Kyne Field.
25 years ago — 1985
Cloyce Brooksher, Dr. Walter Pepper and Marc Marchini won seats on the Tracy High board of trustees, and Harold Reich, Roy Patterson and Pam Dixon were elected to the Tracy Elementary School District board.
Services have been held for Dr. Herbert Ellis, 71, a retired Tracy physician.
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce is planning a Nov. 16 Monte Carlo Night at the Portuguese Hall for its annual installation dinner.
Lincoln blanked the Tracy High Bulldogs, 20-0, to keep the Bulldogs out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Former Tracy High running back Ken Rhoads scored two touchdowns for the University of the Pacific Tigers, who lost to Fresno State, 43-27.
50 years ago — 1960
Tracy voters backed Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy in winning the presidency over Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
Tracy Mayor Bob Monagan, a Republican, won a narrow victory over Stockton attorney Guard Darrah, a Democrat, to win a seat in the California Assembly.
Frank Hoyt of Tracy was elected to the county board of supervisors over Ralph Breitenbucher of Lathrop.
Tracy voters approved construction of additional low-rent public housing units by a 338-vote margin.
A blocked punt gave the Manteca Buffaloes a 7-6 win over the Tracy High Bulldogs in the annual “Big Game.”
75 years ago — 1935
G.E. Gaylord, Western Division superintendent for the Southern Pacific, told some 150 local SP employees that better days are ahead for the railroad and its workers.
The Tracy Lions Club hosted the Tracy High football team at a dinner held in the Tracy Inn Rose Room.
Tracyites took part in the opening the West Side Highway in ceremonies near Newman. A number of turns have been eliminated from the route.
100 years ago — 1910
Dennis Looney was re-elected justice of the peace, and “Pop” Gieseke was returned as constable.
The board of trustees (City Council) heard from a San Francisco civil engineer that a new water system could be installed for an estimated $30,000.
• Information for this column was gathered from Tracy Press archives.