Twice-Told Tales: Interstate 205 widening secures COG funding
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10 years ago — 2003

Funds from the San Joaquin County Council of Governments will help speed the start of construction to widen Interstate 205 to three lanes in each direction.

Spa Fleurs sandals fashioned by Greta Longmire of Tracy have received national attention through Oprah Winfrey’s “O” magazine.

Altamont Commuter Express is offering month-long half-price tickets as a way of increasing ridership on ACE trains.

Recycling waste has climbed to more than 50 percent, according to Bill Benner, the city’s solid-waste coordinator.

The city of Tracy has started the process of updating the city’s general plan.

Comcast has announced it is increasing monthly charges for its standard Tracy cable contract by $3.95.

The West High girls’ track team remains 7-0 in league meets, having won top honors in a three-way meet with Tracy and Bear Creek.



25 years ago — 1988

Tracy Mayor Richard Hastie snipped a ribbon to officially open McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter for the homeless. The opening culminated a two-year effort to fund and open the facility.

Petitions are being passed in the Lammersville School District to place a measure on the ballot to recall two trustees, John Edwards and Walt Patteson.

Jim Loutzenhiser, manager of the Owens-Illinois glass-container plant, has been named Tracy’s Industrialist of the Year.

Forty-five bands, both high school and elementary, took part in the annual Tracy Band Review. Foothill High of Pleasanton won parade and field competition.

Tracy High left-hander Danny Auchard was on the mound to lead the Bulldogs baseball team to a 3-1 win over Tokay of Lodi.



50 years ago — 1963

Larry Minner, a graduating senior at Tracy High School, is the winner of the annual mathematics award from the Mathematical Association of America.

Army Maj. Phillip Anderson has been named first controller at Defense Depot Tracy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Phil Johannes was named most-valuable player on the 1962-63 Tracy High basketball team.

Navy Commander Ray Volpi, a 1939 graduate of Tracy High School, has been named executive officer of the Navy carrier USS Constellation. Volpi was an ace as a Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific during World War II.

Tracy Recreation Commission’s annual budget of $47,515 has been approved by commission members.



75 years ago — 1938

James M. “Jim” Lamb has been elected mayor by the City Council. He operates Tracy Bottling Works.

Construction of the new Central School at Parker and Eaton avenues is progressing at a rapid rate with some 40 workers on the job.

A migrant labor camp designed to house 200 families is being constructed near Westley by the U.S. Farm Security Administration.

Tracyites can buy a bus ticket to San Francisco at the local Greyhound Depot on 11th Street. Price: $1.30. Greyhound operates 38 buses through Tracy each day.



100 years ago — 1913

Millie Parker, wife of Adam Parker, has died after a long illness. The Parker family has owned much of the land north of 11th Street.

Meetings are continuing on plans to establish an irrigation district around Tracy. The question whether it should be a private corporation or public irrigation district has not yet been answered.

— Tracy Press archives
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