Thea Jean Renee Rasmussen was born at 2:02 a.m. Jan. 2 at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital to become Tracy’s first baby of 2003. She is the daughter of Debbie Woods and Jason Rasmussen.
Altamont Commuter Express has started an earlier return train from San Jose. It leaves San Jose at 3:20 p.m. and reaches Tracy at 5 p.m. each workday.
Dave Townsend, a veteran of 20 years of law enforcement, has opened eFor Inc., which retrieves data from computers in high-tech crime investigations.
Tracy Civic Theatre has scheduled auditions for its production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”
Aubrey Lewallen has hung up his clippers, retiring from the barber shop where he has worked for 48 years.
Services have been held for Albert “Al” Ekenberg, 96, longtime custodian-bus driver at New Jerusalem School and adult adviser to the New Jerusalem 4-H Club.
John and Linda McNeel of Tracy have been inducted into the Roller Skating Hall of Fame.
25 years ago — 1988
Tracy-based Fayette Manufacturing Co., which maintains about 1,600 privately owned wind generators in the Altamont Hills, has been acquired by Wolverine Power Corp. of Edenville, Mich.
John Orcutt, retired city of Tracy painter, has died at the age of 70.
Mayor Richard Hastie has predicted Tracy will grow in a sustained fashion after the city began implementing the residential specific plan.
Tracy’s first baby of 1988 is Brandon Timothy Heinrichs, son of Debbie and Phillip Heinrichs. The newcomer arrived at 4:11 a.m. Jan. 1 at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital.
Tracy police officer Juan Hernandez has won $337,093 in the California Lottery.
50 years ago — 1963
Jerry Lee Erler Jr. arrived at 8:49 a.m. New Year’s Day at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital to be Tracy’s first baby of 1988. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Erler.
Jack Tillotson and Sandy Mersaroli were among the Tracy teenagers who danced the night away at the sixth annual Gala Holiday Ball sponsored by the Tracy Recreation Commission.
On a 3-2 vote, the City Council has approved a new eight-year lease of city-owned land at the New Jerusalem Airport by Kaiser and Lindeman farming firm.
Civic and business leaders have joined forces to campaign for passage of a $650,000 sewer bond issue on the March ballot.
Building permits issued by the city in 1962 had a total valuation of $2,582,005, third highest in the city’s history.
Homes in the Grant Line Park subdivision are selling at prices beginning at $13,250 with a $250 down payment.
75 years ago — 1938
Plans to build a new building to house the police station and jail are beginning to take shape. A proposal to build a two-story structure has been scrapped in favor of a single-story building.
Ian McDonald, the golf pro at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course, has urged Tracyites to develop their own muni course.
Crashes on Tracy-area roads over the New Year’s weekend killed a Tracy man and a woman from Stockton, bringing the total of San Joaquin County traffic deaths in 1937 to 102.
100 years ago — 1913
The Tracy and West Side Board of Trade (later the Tracy Chamber of Commerce) is pushing for the installation of concrete sidewalks in Tracy.
The Tracy Post Office has started parcel post service.
— Tracy Press archives