Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” is actually four photos — of Tracy servicemen from the 1960s. Clockwise, from top left: Richard F. “Rick” Overall served in the U.S. Air Force, including duty at Mildenhall, England. He was a brakeman and conductor for the Southern Pacific who died April 7, 2010, at the age of 64. At top right is Dennis Alegre, who was in the National Guard in the early 1960s. He was injured in a truck accident during training at Fort Hunger Liggett in 1961 and was discharged two years later. He operates a local insurance agency. At bottom right is Vic Alkire, who was in the Army in the late 1960s, serving 13 months in Seoul, Korea. He has been Tracy High’s varsity baseball coach for the past 19 years. At bottom left is Dale Vollbrecht, who served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in the late 1960s, earning the Purple Heart for combat wounds. He is active in local veterans’ organizations.
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10 years ago — 2001
Anchor stores at the soon-to-be-built Regency Shopping Center at the northeast corner of 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road are Safeway, Long’s Drugs and Orchard Supply Hardware.
Roland and Arvilla Reich have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They met in Lodi, were married in Delmont, S.D., and settled in Tracy.
The Tracy Express 10-and-under team is heading for the National Softball Association Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
Earth-moving equipment is starting to prepare ground for the first phase of the Northeast Industrial Area, comprising 274 acres.
25 years ago — 1986
San Joaquin County officials are considering consolidating the marshal’s services into one marshal for the South County Municipal Court.
Defensive back Tim Brown was named most-valuable player of the Lions All-Star Football Game in Stockton after intercepting two passes, including one that resulted in the game-winning field goal for the North team.
Services have been held for Gertrude Newbury, 85, longtime secretary at Central School.
The H.J. Heinz Co. factory is a busy place. Tomato-processing has been joined by the arrival of Bartlett pears, reported Dick Staas, factory manager. The plant now has 750 employees working three shifts, seven days a week.
50 years ago — 1961
James Dowd has resigned as president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce after he was transferred by Crocker-Anglo Bank to Tulare.
Pete Davanis, local haberdasher, has been appointed to the city planning commission.
Work is being completed on Wadsworth Memorial Library in Lincoln Park. Opening day is scheduled for Oct. 1.
Tracy Judicial District Court has moved from the old Central School on Central Avenue into the building that once housed the Wainwright Village community center.
Linda Perry from England will be Tracy’s first American Field Service student. She will live with the Vance Brown family.
75 years ago — 1936
Longshoremen’s union workers from Stockton and San Francisco joined Sugar Union picketers at the Holly Sugar factory. When non-striking workers arrived at the plant for the midnight shift, a near riot took place. One man was injured and five cars tipped over.
Sheridan Downey, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic Party ticket, spoke to some 200 people in front of City Hall (now the fire administration building).
100 years ago — 1911
The Tracy and West San Joaquin Board of Trade is moving ahead with its campaign to form a high school district in the Tracy area.
Some Tracyites have complained that the city is not enforcing its ordinance prohibiting the hitching of horses to shade trees.
— Tracy Press archives