Twice-Told Tales: Fray, Smith lead graduates
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10 years ago — 2003

Valedictorians of graduating classes at high schools in Tracy are Kerry Fray of West High and Stephanie Smith of Tracy High.

A jet plane used for aerobatics crashed near Durham Ferry and Kasson roads near the New Jerusalem Airport southeast of town. The pilot died the crash.

Stacy Erickson has been named coordinator of activities that will mark the 125th anniversary of Tracy’s founding in 1878.

Despite gusty winds, Tracyites flocked to the downtown for the Cool Blues and Micro Brews event sponsored by the Downtown Tracy Improvement Area.

The new GWF peaker electricity-generating plant west of town is up and running. The plant generates electricity when demand is great.

Services have been held for Louise Galli, 95, matriarch of the Galli family north of Tracy.

West High’s girls track team captured first place in the Sac-Joaquin Section track and field championships at UC Davis. Megan Lewis of West set a school record in the 1,600-meter run at 5 minutes, 9.99 seconds.

25 years ago — 1988

Kristin Souza has been crowned Miss Tracy at the conclusion of the pageant at Emma Baumgardner Theater on the Tracy High campus. Juanita Applebaum was runner-up.

Crime at Tracy schools decreased in 1986-87, according to a report released by the elementary and high school districts.

Tracy High trustees have approved a curriculum to teach students about AIDS.

Tracy High seniors Hillary Huber, a track and cross-country runner, and Steve Thompson, a standout in football and baseball, have been named Tracy Press Athletes of the Year.

Sprinter Mike Lewis of Tracy High finished second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100 at the Sac-Joaquin Section track and field championships, qualifying for the state track meet.

50 years ago — 1963

Sun Ray DX Oil Co. has completed canvassing Tracy residential areas in an effort to acquire gas and oil leases.

Carol Azevedo of Tracy has completed the dental-assistant course at Bay City College in San Francisco.

John Thoming, 82, a native of Germany and a pioneer of the Vernalis area, has died in San Pablo.

John J. Serpa of Tracy has been re-elected commander of District 13 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Tracy Press has published a 92-page Progress Edition that details the growth and development of the Tracy area.

Manuel Alviso has been elected student body president at Senior Elementary School (later Clover Middle School).

Phil Silva has been named winner of the Boys Block T Blanket as the outstanding athlete in the Tracy High Class of 1963. He won varsity letters in football, wrestling, track and baseball.

75 years ago — 1938

A second flood at the juncture of the San Joaquin River and Paradise Cut has closed Highway 50 east of town. The same section of highway was closed by flooding in March.

Diplomas have been awarded to 89 Tracy High seniors in the high school’s annual graduation ceremonies in the school auditorium.

Max Farnsworth of Tracy has left for Montana, where he will be in charge of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

Two farm workers from Mexico were killed when struck by a train on the tracks west of town.

100 years ago — 1913

A Southern Pacific car inspector was killed in the Tracy yard by a passing passenger train while crossing tracks to inspect the wheels of a freight train.

Users of water from the City of Tracy will get 10,000 gallons of water for $1.50, city trustees (City Council) have agreed.

Community volunteers have found a home for a homeless baby with a Tracy couple living on 10th Street.

— Tracy Press archives
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