Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” showed the OK Rubber Welders & Tire Shop, later OK Tire Stores, on West 11th Street in he 1950s. Ron Dalton, who operated the business, stands at left in the photo. After retiring, Dalton became a leader of the Tracy Seniors Citizens Club. John Frerichs correctly identified Dalton.
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10 years ago — 2001
“Tracy reels from strike,” a headline in the Press declared over a story about Tracyites’ reaction to the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Flight 93.
Tracy Christian and Muslim leaders issued a joint statement declaring solidarity in denouncing the terrorists’ attacks.
The Press printed a full-page American flag that readers could paste on home or business windows.
The Tracy Teen Center is opening its doors in the shopping center at East Street and Grant Line Road. The city of Tracy has spent $20,000 to refurbish the interior of the corner storefront.
The Tracy Express 10-and-under girls’ softball team finished fourth in the NSA Super World Series in Kansas City, Mo.
San Ramon Valley blasted the Tracy High Bulldogs, 39-6, at Peter B. Kyne Field. Brodie Stringer, son of onetime Bulldog and Cal standout Scott Stringer, caught eight passes for the visitors.
25 years ago — 1986
Kevin McCartney, 27, executive director of the Napa Boys and Girls Club, has been named the first executive director of the Tracy Boys and Girls Club.
A parade from McDonald Park to the Portuguese Hall will kick off the 16th of September fiesta sponsored by Comite Patriotico Mexicano de Tracy.
A new pressbox has been completed on the east side of Peter B. Kyne Field. John Rita headed the committee raising funds and constructing the facility.
Linda Potter has been installed as president of the Tracy Mothers of Twins Club. She and her husband, Steve, have identical twin 3-year-old daughters.
50 years ago — 1961
Mary Vasquez is reigning as queen of the Mexican Independence Day fiesta at the Tracy Ballroom, where a program and dance are being held.
Bob Krohn, assistant manager of Tracy Ice & Development Co., is moving to Gilroy to manage a refrigeration plant used for storing fresh fruits and vegetables.
A burglar, who police believe is a professional, cracked the safe at Harry’s Chuckwagon, 18 E. 11th St., and got away with $2,800.
Some 300 persons — all men — are expected to be at the annual Tracy Wildlife Association stag on Oak Island. Food and entertainment are planned.
75 years ago — 1936
A crowd estimated at 9,000 took part in the street fair sponsored by James McDermott Post, American Legion. All went well, except for a hair-pulling fight between two women.
The 126th anniversary of Mexican independence was celebrated with a grand ball at Arlington Hall on Sixth Street. Juan Delgadillo was event chairman.
Tracy Ford dealer James H. Bell is selling a 1936 coupe with payments of $25 per month as “a normal down payment.”
100 years ago — 1911
The steam pipes connecting the boilers at the Carnegie brick and pottery plant in Corral Hollow Canyon have been cut, signaling the end of operations. A flood earlier in the year caused major damage.
E.F. Goodrum, manager of the West Park residential development on Tracy’s west side, is selling lots for $9.55 down and $9.55 per month for 36 months.
— Tracy Press archives