Twice-Told Tales: Homebuilders on pace to build 1,000 houses
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10 years ago — 2003

Tracy homebuilders are on pace to build 1,000 homes in 2003. By the end of March, building permits for 250 single-family residences had been issued by the city of Tracy.

Two seventh-grade students at Freiler School have been chosen among 17 winning teams in the nationwide Space Day. Amber Wilmarth and Ashleigh Wilson designed and produced a cardboard space shuttle as their entry.

The Tracy High girls softball team blanked St. Mary’s of Stockton 5-0. Kelly Ratfield hit a home run for the Bulldogs.

Construction of the GWF Energy peaker power plant is nearing completion off Schulte Road west of town. The 170-watt-capacity plant will be turned on when power needs rise.

The Olive Garden Italian restaurant has been opened on Naglee Road near the West Valley Mall.

The Tracy Press has purchased the Patterson Irrigator, a twice-weekly newspaper, from longtime publisher Ron Swift.



25 years ago — 1988

Renovation of the Tracy High main gym has been completed. The gym was first put into use in the fall of 1950 as one of the first buildings in the new part of the school campus.

Economist Claude Gruen was featured speaker at the annual Honor Our Industry luncheon in Tracy Community Center, sponsored by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce and the joint Chamber-City Economic Development Committee.

Lorna Boothroyd, a kindergarten teacher at Central School, and Rosemary Sweatt, an aide at the school, were named the outstanding employees of the Tracy Elementary School District for March.

Tracy painter George DeLap gave a demonstration of painting techniques at Tracy Community Center.

Tracy High’s baseball team went on a scoring

tear in trouncing St. Mary’s of Stockton 22-7 in San Joaquin Athletic Association play. Todd Rickets set a record by scoring six of Tracy’s runs.



50 years ago — 1963

Tracy’s population has been pegged at 12,150, according to the California Department of Finance. The new total is a gain of 861 residents in the past year.

Ralph and David Pombo are raising Pony of America ponies, a new breed. They have 30 ponies already.

Charles E. “Roxy” Hudson, Tracy’s fire chief for 34 years, has died in Santa Cruz at the age of 74.

Hundreds of Tracy youngsters scooped up hard-boiled and candy eggs from the grass at Lincoln Park during the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Tracy Jaycees.

Shawn Kelley and Irwin Hettervik took first place in the Easter Vacation Tennis Clinic doubles tournament on the Tracy High courts.

Incumbents George Stein and A.T. “Ted” Ohlendorf were re-elected Tracy High trustees, and Dr. Melville Jacobson and Guy Scott were returned to the elementary board.



75 years ago — 1938

Mayor Fred Herzog, Jim Lamb and William Ritchie were elected to the Tracy City Council in the municipal election.

Maude Kibbe and Mrs. W.K. Lowes have proposed holding classes for children of migrant families in a Carbona warehouse. The migrants are in the area for the annual pea harvest.

Johnny Garcia pitched a one-hitter as Tracy High’s baseball team trounced Turlock 11-0. Brothers Jack and Bill Gates led the Bulldog hitting attack.



100 years ago — 1913

The City Council has learned that professional scavengers are moving to Tracy to take care of garbage collection throughout the city.

The Women’s Improvement Club has established a city park on property at the corner of 10th Street and Central Avenue donated for that use by the Grunauer family. A permanent location for the park is being sought.

— Tracy Press archives
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