Twice-Told Tales: Lincoln Park plans in the works 75 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

The California Energy Commission has recommended that GWF Energy be granted a license to build a peaker power-generating plant just south of the Owens-Illinois glass-container plant.

Col. Edward R. Visker, the commander of Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin, delivered the principal address at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at Tracy Cemetery. Also speaking was Melvin Routt, a prisoner of war in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.

West High’s Brittany Daniels soared 39 feet, 9¼ inches to win third place in the triple jump competition at the California Track and Field Championships in Norwalk.

Adam Dell’Aringa has won the Jake Longmire Award as the top athlete in Tracy High’s Class of 2002. He excelled in football and baseball.

Orchard Supply Hardware held a grand opening for its Tracy store near the corner of West 11th Street and Corral Hollow Road.



25 years ago — 1987

The city’s Residential Specific Plan has been approved after 18 months of study and hearings. It charts the growth of 7,500 residential units over seven years.

Owners of several local restaurants are protesting the ban on smoking in local eating establishments that became effective in April.

Elizabeth McGettrick is valedictorian of Tracy High’s Class of 1987. Donna Willis is salutatorian.

Julie Stroup won the award for academic excellence at the graduation ceremonies for St. Bernard’s School.

Top members of the Tracy High track and field team are Janine Bonin and Justin McCall.

Services have been held for Virginia Turner, 56, a former dispatcher-clerk for the Tracy Police Department.

Tom Sazama, 59, is retiring after 34 years as an industrial arts teacher. The native of South Dakota came to Tracy in 1959 and was an assistant football coach for 18 years.



50 years ago — 1962

Assemblyman Bob Monagan, R-Tracy, was principal speaker at the Memorial Day program at Tracy Cemetery.

Jim Hughes was named “Scout of the Year” at the Boy Scout Exposition held at the Tracy Ballpark.

W.K. “Ken” Lowes, clerk of Jefferson School District’s board of trustees for 24 years, has resigned. (The school auditorium was later named for him.)

Nick Eddy, who excelled in football, basketball and baseball, and Bob Post, a standout in basketball and baseball, were named co-winners of the Block T blanket award as outstanding athletes in the Tracy High Class of 1962. (Both went on to play in the National Football League.)

The Tracy High cafeteria was transformed into a Japanese tea garden for the all-night party celebrating 250 graduates of 1962.

Diane Frame of Tracy is one of the theme girls for the 42nd annual Livermore Rodeo.



75 years ago — 1937

Plans for the city of Tracy to acquire the land for Lincoln Park by paying back taxes have been delayed by legal complications, but city officials are still optimistic about completing the deal.

Bids for construction of the four-lane “super highway” across the Altamont Pass are due to be opened June 16.

F.W. Thomas, president of Fresno State College, was the speaker at the Tracy High graduation ceremonies in the school auditorium. Diplomas went to 87 seniors.

Supervised playground activities are planned for the summer months at Harmon Park. Two supervisors with the federal Works Project Administration (WPA) will be at the park.



100 years ago — 1912

The city’s new water system has been completed, and water is being pumped into the water tower on West Sixth Street.

The city will have a water wagon to sprinkle Tracy’s unpaved streets.

— Tracy Press archives
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