Twice-Told Tales: First parks and rec commission appointed 25 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

An agreement has been reached to provide Tracy Fire Department service to the Mountain House residential development northwest of town.

San Joaquin County supervisors have asked the county planning department to conduct more studies on specific plan for the Tracy-Old River planning area northwest of town.

The Sierra Club’s local chapter is challenging the adequacy of studies for the transfer of Delta-Mendota Canal water allocations from the Banta Carbona and West Side irrigation districts to the city of Tracy.

Tracy’s overall crime rate has climbed 14 percent, but violent crimes are down during the first half of 2002.

Harvesting of canning tomatoes is now in full gear in Tracy-area fields.

Ellie Brinkley is teaching Tracy adults to tap-dance in classes she is conducting under the sponsorship of the Tracy Parks and Recreation Department.

Charlotte Fairbanks, known as “The Doughnut Lady” while operating the Tracy Bakery, has died in Fremont at the age of 87.



25 years ago — 1987

Enrollment in Tracy schools is up slightly from last year. There are 4,345 students in the Tracy Elementary School District and 2,198 students in high school classes.

Kelly Hauert has arrived in Tracy to manage the Main Street program focused on promoting Tracy’s downtown.

Services have been held for longtime Tracy resident Laura Garrison, 81.

As practice sessions begin for the Tracy High football team, coach Wayne Schneider, in his 19th year, is optimistic about the team’s chances.

The Tracy City Council has appointed the first five members of the city’s newly formed Tracy Parks and Recreation Commission. They are Louis Villalovoz Jr., Mark Schmidt, Brent Ives, Gretchen Talley and Richard Ehrhardt.

Greg Trent Jr. has left for Graz, Austria, where he will be a Rotary exchange student. Roswitha Kremser of Wels, Austria, will be in Tracy attending Tracy High.



50 years ago — 1962

Grace Fine, an English teacher at Tracy High School for 37 years, has died at the age of 76. Her estate donated property to the First Methodist Church for a new church complex.

Enrollment at Tracy High School has climbed to 1,234 students, 93 more than last year.

Services have been held for Gus Rehn, 71, a retired yardman for the Southern Pacific.

Former Tracy High football standouts Buck Del Nero and Dick Heidelbach are working out with the University of the Pacific Tigers.

Dennis McCusker of Tracy has been promoted to specialist 4 while serving in the U.S. Army at Wildflecken, Germany.



75 years ago — 1937

Employees of all grocery stores in Tracy are now members of the Retail Grocery and Food Clerks.

Jane Casselman and Richard Buchanan were married in ceremonies conducted in St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.

The Day-Lite Market at 18 Central Ave. (between Sixth and Seventh streets) is celebrating its grand opening.



100 years ago — 1912

High school classes have been started on the second floor of the new Tracy Grammar School building on Central Avenue. Eleven students are enrolled in the new West Side Union High School District.

Contests for king and queen of the Tracy Carnival are in full swing. Supporters back candidates by buying tickets. The carnival is scheduled Sept. 19 to 21.

— Tracy Press archives
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