Betty Galli and Gene Birk received their “Citizen of the Year” awards at the annual Tracy Chamber of Commerce Gala in the Tracy Ballroom.
A breakfast at Tracy Community Center honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The sponsoring Tracy African American Association honored Mel and Gail Lagasta for their contributions to the community.
A three-alarm fire gutted the Grand Apartments in the Grand Theatre complex. The fire left 30 people homeless.
Greg Millar, the city’s director of development and engineering services, is leaving to establish a Fairfield office of Pacific Municipal Consultants.
25 years ago — 1986
John Dubitsky, a longtime Tracy police officer who later became a marshal of Tracy Municipal Court, has died at age 67.
Florence Stevens has been installed as president of the West Side Pioneer Association.
More than 500 people filled the community center for the annual Tracy Family Concert of the Stockton Symphony.
Services have been held for James C. “Jake” Longmire, 63, a petroleum distributor long involved in local sports programs.
Tracy High’s 168-pound wrestler Brandon Dennington has been named the outstanding participant in the annual Woodland Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
50 years ago — 1961
Dr. Cecil Sonner, superintendent of the Tracy Elementary School District for four years, has been offered a one-year contract. Trustees are considering a proposal for a joint administration with the high school district.
Tracy native Norman Ritter was jailed in Cuba and then expelled by the new Castro regime while reporting for Life Magazine.
Tracy Jaycees and the city of Tracy are teaming up to install 32 trees in 10th Street sidewalks between Central Avenue and B Street.
75 years ago — 1936
Rainfall in the area has reached 4.18 inches, half of what it was at this time last year and about average for the season.
Work on the overpass over the Southern Pacific tracks on the east side of town is moving ahead.
Home sites in Lincoln Manor (12th Street and Berverdor and Highland avenues) are on sale for $10,000 down “and the balance in small, easy payments.”
100 years ago — 1911
Tulare Township, which includes Tracy and surrounding rural areas, has a population of 3,321 and increase of 524 residents since 1900.
Southern Pacific switchmen are sponsoring a grand ball at the Opera House on Sixth Street.
• Items for this column were gathered from Tracy Press archives.