Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo,” above left, showed the Orange Basket drive-in at 375 E. 11th St. sometime in the 1950s. The Orange Basket was built in 1934 on the edge of the Tracy High School campus, where the Emma Baumgardner Theater is now. It was a popular lunch spot for many Tracy High students and for a time offered car-hop service.
The photo was provided by Athena Gaglias Peterson, whose father, Elias “Louie” Gaglias, operated The Orange Basket from 1949 to 1961.
Among those identifying The Orange Basket was Kay Proctor, whose mother, Genevieve Patterson, operated it as Jax Drive-in from 1962 to 1966, when the building was gutted by fire and was closed. The property was then the purchased by the high school district.
Remembering the Orange Basket were Pete Mitracos, Jo Ann Wubben, Jan Harmon Graham, Shirley Borges, Sherrill Anderson, Dan Yamashita, Jeanne Garcia, Arleen Robbins, Evelie Grebil, B.J. Hernandez, Anselmo DeCarlo, Terry Brown and Linda Corso Wilson.
For more about the Orange Basket’s history in Tracy, read today’s Tracing Tracy Territory column on Page 10.
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