Twice-Told Tales: Housing booms 10 years ago
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10 years ago — 2003

Facing a midyear cut in funding, San Joaquin Delta College has canceled 18 classes at its Tracy campus.

Services have been held for Anna Maria Jensen, 95, a longtime Tracy-area resident.

Brian Robins has become bishop of the Lincoln Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tracy Raiders fans in Tracy are thrilled that “their team” is going to the Super Bowl after defeating the Tennessee Titans, 41-24. The silver and black will face Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl in San Diego.

Residential building picked up again in 2002, when 1,345 building permits for single-family homes were issued by the city of Tracy.

Melvin Routt of Tracy was among thousands of World War II prisoners of war who were used as laborers in mines and factories operated by private Japanese and German firms. They sued the firms for past wages, but a federal appeals court has dismissed their claim.



25 years ago — 1988

The city’s community development and public works departments are moving from City Hall to the Boyd Service Center on Tracy Boulevard.

Sister Anne Gabriel, 80, one of the original Daughters of the Cross nuns to staff the newly opened St. Bernard’s School 30 years ago, has died.

P.L. Fry & Son Mortuary of Manteca has started work on a Tracy mortuary at the corner of Central Avenue and Schulte Road.

Fred Cook has been named Western Division process manager for the Holly Sugar Corp. Cook, who grew up in Tracy, joined Holly at its Tracy factory in 1949 as an electrician and assistant master mechanic.

Tracy High head football coach Wayne Schneider has been chosen to coach the North team in the annual California North-South Shrine Game to be played in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in July.

Tracy Community Memorial Hospital has broken ground on a $14 million expansion and modernization project.



50 years ago — 1963

Tracy voters have approved a $644,000 sewage system bond issue, which gained the required two-thirds’ majority by 185 votes.

Following a recent fire that gutted the packing shed on Sixth Street used by the Cochran Co. Inc., company officials have decided to relocate the firm’s main office and operations to the Western Pacific crossing of Highway 33.

Local farmer Jim Edwards has been installed president of the Kiwanis Club of Tracy. He succeeds Lee Almquist.

Tracy High Future Farmer Carl Patello has been named countywide FFAer of the Month.

Professional Bob Silva shot a 64 at Tracy Golf and Country Club to tie the record established by his brother, Leroy, a former pro at the local course.

Antoinette Boltzen has been installed as president of El Pescadero Parlor, Native Daughters of the Golden West.



75 years ago — 1938

On a 2-2 tie vote, the first recommendation by the newly formed city planning commission has been rejected by the City Council. The recommendation called for the opening of Mae Street through the proposed new city park (Lincoln Park).

Construction of the new divided highway across the Altamont Pass is expected to be completed in July.

Patrick M. Mitchell is the new master of Mount Oso Masonic Lodge, succeeding George Wadsworth.



100 years ago — 1913

Work at constructing the irrigation system in the Naglee-Burk Tract northwest of Tracy is nearing completion. The tract’s irrigation association is charging $10 per acre for water.

Henry Ludwig’s new saloon has been opened on East Sixth Street. Ludwig, a longtime Tracy tavern owner, calls his place “Tracy’s classiest liquid emporium.”

— Tracy Press archives
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