Twice-Told Tales: Construction continues in Mountain House 10 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

Tracy insurance agent Terry Langley has proposed installing a statue of a firefighter in the garden area next to the downtown fire station. Langley, a reserve firefighter for 23 years, said a newly formed nonprofit, Hometown Heritage, would collect contributions.

Construction is moving ahead on the water-treatment plant of the new town of Mountain House northwest of Tracy.

Tracy Press publisher emeritus Sam Matthews has visited another town with a familiar name — Tracy, a city with 2,268 residents in southwest Minnesota.

Serapio and Elisa Contreras have been chosen from more than 100 applicants to be able to purchase the second home constructed by Habitat for Humanity.

Development plans for Cost Plus World Market and Olive Garden restaurant have been approved by the Tracy Planning Commission. Both will be located near West Valley Mall.



25 years ago — 1987

Oil-laced dirt at the former Associated Pipeline pumping plant at Beechnut Avenue and Tracy Boulevard can be hauled to the city dump south of town, City Council members have agreed.

Ann Dias of Banta has been reunited with her brother, Brian Muddiman, after 22 years. Muddiman lives in New Zealand.

Chris Annas, youth pastor at Tracy Community Church for the past two years, has been ordained a minister by the Assemblies of God.

Services have been conducted for O.R. “Barney” Strong, 74, a former Tracy petroleum distributor and swimming pool service business owner who blasted off fireworks on the Fourth of July for three decades.

Rollie Swingle is the last of nine candidates for appointment to the Tracy Planning Commission.



50 years ago — 1962

After nearly a decade without one, Tracy will have a community exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fair. Jaycees are in charge of the project.

The Monagan-Miller Insurance team has captured the championship of the National youth baseball league. Team members were Louie Vargas, Tim Weitz, Larry Hayes, Tom Gullingsrud, Allen Wilson, David Christian, Thomas Azevedo, George Azevedo, Martin Saltzman, Richard Freitas, Richie Holsinger, Glenn Robertson and Russell Kagehiro. Dave Minner was manager.

Some 140 girls have completed baton and majorette sessions at the Teenage Center. Tracy High School majorettes have been the instructors.

Paula Miller of the Jefferson 4-H Club has won a blue ribbon at a 4-H field day hosted by Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.



75 years ago — 1937

The stretch of Highway 132 connecting the Maze Road in Stanislaus County to Highway 33 near Vernalis has been dedicated. Gov. Frank Merriman took part.

Federal Works Project Administration (WPA) funds are being sought by the city for a proposed underpass beneath 11th Street at Central Avenue.

Joe Widmer of Banta and daughter Germaine attended a Swiss gathering in Newark.



100 years ago — 1912

The county assessor has reported that the assessed valuation of property within the newly formed West Side Union High School District is $2,557,148, a tax base sufficient to support the district.

Supporters of the new Tracy Fire Department had a “smoker” at the Arlington Hall on Sixth Street.

— Tracy Press archives
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