Twice-Told Tales:
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Golden Gate Auto Auction has received its first shipment of cars as it gears up to begin operations west of Tracy.

The Tracy City Council is discussing the possibility of selling the 390-acre New Jerusalem Airport property southeast of town and using the money to improve Tracy Municipal Airport.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers has opened its Tracy store in the West Valley Mall. The 27,400-square-foot outlet is offering Tracy residents up to 200,000 books.

Third baseman Jake Cose went 3-for-4 to lead the Tracy National Little League team to a 4-3 win over Eastern in District 8 All-Star Tournament play.

Dr. Gurinder Grewal, a Tracy cardiologist, has installed the first Biotronik home-monitoring pacemaker in the Central Valley.

Brittany Daniels, 14, of Tracy, has captured first place in the triple jump competition at the USA Track and Field Youth National Championships in Miami.



25 years ago — 1987

Tracy native Mike Carter has been named director of the new Lolly Hansen Senior Center.

Tracy boxer Malcolm Shaw and Clayton Hires fought to a draw in a 10-round welterweight bout in the Portuguese Hall.

A patriotic musical, “We the People,” was staged at Tracy Community Church under the direction of Terry Moss.

The enlarged and remodeled Tracy Public Library has been reopened.

New property-tax assessment roles compiled by San Joaquin County show that Tracy’s property valuations have increased 14.5 percent in the past year, leading the county.

Pete’s Liquors, owned and operated by Pete and Helen Vlandis, is the top California Lottery ticket seller in Tracy and the 14th largest in California.



50 years ago — 1962

Directors of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital are now considering the possibility of expanding the hospital into Harmon Park, located on the north side of the hospital.

Ginny Gingrich, administrator of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital, was marred in Carmel to Lester Fimrite of Oakland.

The City Council is eyeing Wainwright Village property as a site for a new civic center. (In 1972, those plans became a reality.)

Construction has been started on 40 new low-rent housing units in Tracy. Most of the units will be scattered throughout central Tracy.

The Tracy Merchants edged the Banta Signal Oilers, 3-2, to capture the first half of the City “A” Softball League. Leon Wroten drove in the tying and winning runs.



75 years ago — 1937

A petition with 80 signatures has asked trustees of the Tracy Elementary School District to abandon Central School on Central Avenue and begin plans to build a new school to replace the 1912 structure.

Jimmie McCusker, who has boxed out of Tracy recently, took a 10-round lightweight main-event decision from Johnny Martin in Bozeman, Mont.

The city of Tracy has paid $2,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging unsanitary conditions at the Tracy Jail on West Seventh Street.



100 years ago — 1912

The Board of Trustees (City Council) is exploring ways to equip the city with a fire siren. Until now, a whistle from a Southern Pacific locomotive has sounded the alarm.

Mrs. A.P. Howard was seated in her living room when she heard a strange noise. She grabbed a pistol and investigated. She fired a shot at a would-be burglar, who fled from the home unharmed.

— Tracy Press archives
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