Twice-Told Tales: Costco construction begins 10 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

Costco Wholesale has broken ground on a 145,000-square-foot store next to Walmart in northwest Tracy.

West High’s baseball team captured its first Valley Oak League title with a 13-3 win over Los Banos. Jeff Lloyd led the ’Pack attack with four hits in four appearances at the plate, including a home run, a double and four RBIs.

The Letter Carriers Food Drive generated 16,000 pounds of food delivered to Tracy Interfaith Ministries.

Local Sikhs are proposing to build a 5,400-square-foot temple near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Highway 132 southeast of Tracy.

A curriculum has been approved by Tracy Unified School District trustees for the Global Commerce and Government Institute on the West High School campus.

Habitat for Humanity and Greystone Homes are teaming up to build their second home in Tracy.

The Kiwanis Club of Tracy celebrated its 45th birthday at a luncheon in the VFW Hall.



25 years ago — 1987

Tracy has been designated one of five Main Street Cities in California, qualifying for grant funding to promote a healthy downtown business climate.

Jon Fine, 34, has been chosen to succeed retiring George Kelly as principal at Central School. The Tracy native, who attended Central School, is assistant principal at Clover Middle School.

City of Tracy firefighters will receive a 10.4 percent pay increase over a two-year period under terms of a new contract worked out with the city.

Jason Haslam has been elected student body president at Tracy High, following in the footsteps of his brother and sister.

Betty English is the new president of the Tracy Woman’s Club.

Tracy High’s 1,600-meter relay team set a meet record in winning the San Joaquin Athletic Association title. Team members were Mike Lewis, Richard Romero and Julius and Justin McCall.



50 years ago — 1962

Gov. Pat Brown officiated at the opening of the section of the South Bay Aqueduct taking water from the Delta-Mendota Canal and Bethany Reservoir to the Tri-Valley area.

Philip Silva has been elected student body president at Tracy High School. Larry Minner is vice president.

Stockton developer Alex Spanos has purchased 15 acres at the southwest corner of Tracy Boulevard and Grant Line Road for the proposed McKinley Village shopping center.

Coleen Maier has been named “Mother of the Year” by the Tracy Aerie of Eagles.

Plans have been unveiled for the new Hub Clothing Store on West 10th Street. Simon and Archie Saltzman will move their store from Seventh and Central to the new building.

David Blanco set a new Class A high-jump record of 4 feet, 9 inches during the annual Junior Olympics track meet at Tracy High.



75 years ago — 1937

The petition to recall Dr. J. Frank Doughty from the City Council has been filed with the city clerk. It has 315 names, more than the required 231 names.

William “Bill” Siem, a Tracy merchant and civic leader, drowned in the Pacific off Fort Bragg. A large wave washed him off a rock ledge, where he was fishing.

Two men were arrested for trying to “frisk” a sleeping man in a local pool hall.



100 years ago — 1912

Death has claimed Anna Augusta West, wife of Dr. Joseph S. West, Tracy civic leader. As a girl, Mrs. West viewed the epic battle between the Monitor and Merrimac, the first battle between two ironclad ships, during the Civil War. Her father was chief engineer of the Confederate Merrimac.

The Board of Trustees (City Council) has appointed City Clerk Swarthout as superintendent of streets at a salary of $20 per month.

— Tracy Press archives
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