Twice-Told Tales: First roads to be paved 100 years ago
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Tracy resident Khaleda Atta has returned from Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was able to meet Hamid Karzai, newly elected interim head (later president) of Afghanistan.

Diplomas were presented to graduating seniors at Tracy and West high schools during Saturday graduation ceremonies at Peter B. Kyne Field. Tracy High graduated 377 and West, 457.

Seven seniors have graduated from Delta Charter High School, the school’s first graduates.

Services have been held for Betty Gaines, 72, a former librarian and supervisor for the Tracy Unified School District.

Chucks Obi, a seventh-grader at Poet-Christian School, has been named Kiwanis Citywide “Student of the Year.” (He later graduated from Harvard University.)

James R. “Jim” Mehlhaff has returned to Tracy to practice law with his father, Robert Mehlhaff, and Dennis Hay.

Fresh apricots are being shipped from Orchard Gold on Chrisman Road and Bogetti Bros. in Vernalis.

25 years ago — 1987

Baby Tracy, the 2-hour-old infant tossed into a trash can May 5, has been released from San Joaquin General Hospital.

Tracy High has graduated 340 seniors during annual commencement exercises. Elizabeth McGettrick and Marty Esarte were named winners of Efficiency Awards as the outstanding graduates.

Brad Kelley of Tracy was the leading hitter for the Sam Houston State University baseball team in Texas, posting a .366 batting average.

Jean Enos is the new president of Wishing Well Chapter, Children’s Home Society.

Bill Miller’s restored Model A Ford has won top honors in the Silverado Car Show.

50 years ago — 1962

The Tracy Golf & Country Club property has been sold to the state Department of Transportation for $250,456, reported Marvin Weitz, president of the Russell Park Development Corp., which owned the land and facilities. The state plans to build a freeway through the property, which the state plans to lease to the country club.

Linda Perry, Tracy’s first American Field Service student, is returning to her native Great Britain after a year in Tracy. She lived with the Vance Brown family while attending Tracy High.

Four “young flappers” won top prizes in the Central School Tacky Day costume judging. The flappers were twins Judy and Janice Edwards, Nancy Edwards and Greta Longmire.

The Southern Pacific has announced it will place a new ribbon-rail welding facility in the old yard area.

Seven-year-old Joel Walton locked himself inside a refrigerator in the family’s kitchen, but he was rescued 15 minutes later when his mother discovered he was inside.

75 years ago — 1937

Tracy Lutherans have dedicated the new social hall and parsonage for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on East 10th Street.

Joe Raspo has been elected a trustee of the Banta School District, filling the seat vacated by Ben Canale Jr.

Jay Frerichs, Jeff Costello and Clarence Paul have returned home after watching the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indiana.

Charles House, a Stockton real estate agent who developed La Bonita Park, Parker Acres and Parker Villa residential areas in Tracy, has died.

100 years ago —1912

A rope has been attached to the bell at the First Presbyterian Church, so the bell can serve as a fire alarm.

Paving of Sixth Street on both sides of Central Avenue and of Central Avenue from Sixth to Seventh streets has been approved by the Board of Trustees (City Council).

— Tracy Press archives
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