Over the past several years I have had close friends, including RV travelers, good community workers, classmates and family members pass away. I had near the same feelings when I heard that the Tracy Press had been sold.
For years, the Matthews family has played a very important part in Tracy’s growth, prosperity and well-being.
Harvey Matthews was an honest straight-talking, forward-thinking business man who took over The Press. He helped make it into a real asset for Tracy.
Unfortunately, Harvey died at an early age. So Laura, his wife, stepped up to the helm and took over the running of the paper.
Laura built up the Press, and after both Sam and Tom finished service and college, she turned the running over to “the Matthews boys.” Tom seemed to have handled the business part, and Sam the news and editorial part.
While serving on the City Council, I looked at Sam as a sixth council person. He attended most planning commission and council meetings. He offered constructive criticism when needed, and praise when it was deserved.
I have often referred to Sam as a walking encyclopedia of total Tracy history. That was one of the reasons Sam was named honorary mayor for a day as Tracy celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Tracy has always been a caring and sharing community, and the Press helped this with its articles. Sam, you helped the Old Tank Town retain its small, friendly atmosphere. I am sure a lot of citizens know of the great contributions that the Press has made by supporting worthwhile projects of the service clubs and fraternal organizations, schools, churches, Tracy hospital, and the list goes on and on.
You helped all the above improve our community in many ways by giving free advertisement and publicity for many projects. This meant thousands of additional dollars that groups could pass on to the many deserving needs of the community.
Thanks for your help through the years, and best of luck and happiness as you make changes in your career.
To Lee and Darlene Wilcox, you have some big shoes to fill, but from what Sam has told me, you will do the job. Welcome to Tracy.