Tracy’s population has passed the 65,000 mark, with the state Department of Finance pegging the city’s population at 65,643, an increase of 4,700 residents from 2001.
New Jerusalem School District has received a $400,000 federal grant that will allow the district to move forward with its new Project HiTech program.
West High’s baseball team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to shade Manteca, 10-9. Jeff Loyd’s single scored the game-winning run.
More than 500 vintage autos, trucks and hot rods were on display at Dr. Powers Park for the annual “Picnic in the Park” car show sponsored by Tracy Clutch Burners.
Services have been held for Frank Yrigoyen, 80, a retired farmer and former standout pitcher for the Banta Signal Oilers softball teams of the 1940s and ’50s.
Tony Charondo is restoring the original West Side Bank building on West Sixth Street. The 1910 building will be headquarters for Classic Granite and Marble.
25 years ago — 1987
Alicia Villalovoz Ruiz reigned as queen of Tracy’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta that included a parade, a tardeada and a dance.
George Kelly, principal of Central School, and Nancy Dodd, teacher at Lammersville School, have received John R. Williams Awards for their achievements as educators.
Wesley Hulse is new commander of Tracy’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. Dolores Serpa heads the VFW Auxiliary.
Rich Affonso is the new president of the Tracy High FFA Chapter. Tony Vaz is vice president.
Inducted into the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame were former San Mateo College coach Herb Hudson; Denver Broncos linebacker Rob Swenson; ex-UC Davis football standout Joe Fiack; swimming standout Steve Ennis; Dr. John Kimball, longtime Tracy High team physician; and members of the Hedrick family.
A family reunion brought together 45 members of the Rickman family. The reunion marked the 60th anniversary of the move of the first family members from Berryville, Ark., to Tracy in 1927.
50 years ago — 1962
Democrats have an almost two-to-one edge over Republicans, final registration figures for the June 5 primary election reveal.
Woody Souza received the “Key Man” Award at the annual dinner of Tracy Jaycees.
McKinley School students presented a folk-dancing program in the school playground. Among the dancers were Jeri Fisher, Deborah Gray, Kip Boyd, Susan Jordan, Hank Walth and Gay Dickenson.
Irene Perales was crowned queen of the Tracy Guadalupe Society’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
Tracy Community Players are staging the musical, “Guys and Dolls” at the Little Theatre on West Ninth Street. Leading roles are played by Gerald Young, Brad Turner, Donna Strong and Barbara Yeomans.
75 years ago — 1937
Billed “the death car,” the auto in which notorious bandits Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker died, was on display in the Central Garage showroom.
Peterson Ice Cream Co.’s expanded plant specializing in producing ice cream mix is now in full production on B Street.
100 years ago — 1912
Paving of streets in Tracy is beginning; first to be paved were Sixth Street and two blocks of Central Avenue.
Al Levin is moving his vegetable business to the new Slack block between Sixth and Seventh streets on Central Avenue.
— Tracy Press archives