Twice-Told Tales
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10 years ago — 2002

The city of Tracy is planning a workshop to discuss a proposed economic-development plan for Tracy. The plan is aimed at attracting new industries and businesses to Tracy.

Mount Diablo cheese produced by the Bacchetti and Silva Dairy north of Tracy has placed second in nationwide cheese competition in the past month.

Services have been held for Minnie Colli Baier, 93, longtime secretary of the Pescadero Reclamation District north of Banta.

Ten students have returned from Japan, where they took part in the International Youth Exchange program sponsored by the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club.

Tracy Future Farmers attending the FFA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., were Bobby Pombo, Jennifer Bedford, Shannon Eddington, Veronica Ferrando, Kristen Mejia and Christine Ohm.

Boy Scout Brian Craft has been honored by the Veteran of Foreign Wars for taking action in a gas-line fire that is believed to have saved his father’s life.

Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, was principal speaker at the luncheon welcoming new educators to Tracy. The 100 new teachers received gift packets of Tracy products.



25 years ago — 1987

Services have been held for Neil Fabian, 92, a survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire whose father, Philip Fabian, was one of Tracy’s first merchants in 1878.

Mary Ahrendes has retired as a rural mail carrier after 24 years of postal service.

Steve Greiner has opened Tracy Camera Shop at 1240 W. 11th St.

Supervisor Evelyn Costa of Tracy has shattered a 99-year-old tradition by become the first woman to be a member of the Yosemite Club in Stockton.

All 27 landowners in the 1,531-acre Residential Specific Plan area have approved a special district to levy a Mello-Roos tax on new homes to finance school construction.

Waldo Coffman, the first president of the Tracy Board of Realtors, has been given special recognition during a surprise gathering at the Elks Lodge.



50 years ago — 1962

So far this year, 92 building permits forsingle-family residents have been issued by the city of Tracy.

Al Reich is moving his Pig Pen restaurant and bar from the Parkway Center at 11th Street and Parker Avenue to a location east of the overpass.

First tomatoes have been delivered to the H.J. Heinz Co. factory, signaling the start of the plant’s tomato-processing season.

Bob Post, a 1962 graduate of Tracy High School, has departed for Kings Point, N.Y., where he will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Jim Cadle, 30, dispatcher-clerk at the Tracy Police Department, has been promoted to patrolman.

The Southern Pacific is opening its new ribbon-rail facility in the former S.P. yard area.

Virginia Coffman has been named Tracy area chairwoman of the campaign to form a community college district. She is a trustee of the Tracy Joint Union High School District.



75 years ago — 1937

Lynn O. Stark, manager of the Peterson Creamery restaurant, has won the race to take the City Council seat left vacant with the recall of Dr. J. Frank Doughty. Auto dealer Guy Stewart was the only other candidate.

The Associated Oil Co. has opened a new service station at the northeast corner of 11th and Adam streets.

Fall classes in Tracy area schools will begin Aug. 30.



100 years ago — 1912

A grand-opening celebration has been held for Hotel Western on East Sixth Street. The two-story structure has been built by William Schmidt.

Tracy now has a garbage pit, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Abe Grunauer.

A mass meeting is planned to acquaint landowners with the pros and cons of establishing an irrigation district around Tracy.

— Tracy Press archives
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