Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” showed one of three eighth-grade classes at West Park School in 1943. Many of the students were members of the Tracy High Class of 1947. Top row, left to right: Manuel Saenz, Joe Puglese, William Venable, Norman Ritter, Charles Silva, Ralph Rudkin, Perry Walther, Mike Obad, Jerry Williams and Jimmy Shaffer. Middle row, left to right: Bobby Wright, Robert Sullivan, Annie Rios, Marilyn Price, Helen Townley, Leona Wear, Connie Rocha, Joanne Williams, Claudia Shupe, Beverly Wilcox and Hazel Tholke. Bottom row, left to right: teacher George Tanquery, Anita Parker. Gladys Palmer, Dena Pacheco, Barbara Parker, Dolores Rico, Jean Stall, Arvene Petz, Arlene Young, Jeanne Walling and Josephine Rizo.
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10 years ago — 2001
Earth-moving machines have started the first phase of the Mountain House development northwest of Tracy. Actual construction is beginning 13 years after the project was first proposed.
Bill Maslyar has been named principal of Poet Christian Elementary School. He succeeds Virginia Stewart, who has become director of Discovery Charter School.
Charles J. “Charlie” Guevara, 81, retired detective with the Tracy Police Department, has died. He graduated in 1937 from Tracy High School, where he was student body president, and was with the TPD for 37 years.
Miss California Rita Ng of Tracy is spending a day with local girls, ages 12 to 18, through the “Princess for a Day” program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy.
Jack Fisher Park at Tracy Boulevard and Tennis Lane has been dedicated in the name of a longtime community leader in Tracy.
25 years ago — 1986
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has halted efforts to acquire land adjacent to Site 300 in Corral Hollow Canyon. The land was to be use for development of the Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly called “Star Wars” anti-missile defense.
After 30 years of coaching, Harry Guzman has retired as varsity baseball coach at Tracy High School.
Packing of early-season cherries has started at the Rinauro packing shed off MacArthur Drive.
Construction has started on the Westgate shopping center at the corner of 11th Street and Lincoln Boulevard, according to Ivan Albert, local commercial property realtor.
50 years ago — 1961
Southern Pacific switching operations have moved to the new yard east of town. The S.P. freight and ticket offices will be moved to a new building east of MacArthur Drive sometime in the summer.
Josephine Cisneroz was queen of Tracy’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
Nick Eddy captured first place in the 100-yard dash during the Valley Oak League championship at Modesto Junior College in a school-record time of 10.1 seconds.
A monkey escaped from Pollard’s Produce on Grant Line and attacked Tracy Police Officer Vern Fowler, who had been called to the scene to capture the escapee.
5 years ago — 1936
Leta Frances Dal Porto, a Tracy High freshman, has won the gold medal in the Central California Public Speaking League contest.
Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper are starring in “Desire” at the Grant Theatre.
100 years ago — 1911
New homes are popping up in the western part of town in what is called the Windeler Tract along Windeler Avenue.
A number of Tracy residents gathered at Arlington Hall to promote the idea of municipal ownership of the city’s water and sewage facilities. Private firms have been seeking city approval for their projects.
• Items for this column are gathered from Tracy Press archives.