Twice-Told Tales: City closes for President Kennedy
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2003

Thanksgiving turkey dinners were served free of charge to 440 people at the Lolly Hansen Senior Center. John Day of All Day BBQ headed the committee serving the dinner.

Some 200 food baskets, including turkeys, were distributed by Tracy Interfaith Ministries with help from students at St. Bernard’s Catholic School.

The Tracy Civic Theatre is presenting performances of “A Holiday Tribute to the USO,” featuring music of the World War II period. The shows are staged in the Emma Baumgardner Theater on the Tracy High campus.

More than 250 community volunteers are preparing boxes of food and toys to be delivered by Brighter Christmas to families in need before Christmas.

25 years ago — 1988

Defense Depot Tracy is seeking proposals to establish a day-care center on the depot grounds for children of employees.

Police and managers of low-rent housing complexes in Tracy are joining forces to stop drug dealing in “the projects.”

Six members of the Tracy High football team have been named to the first team of the San Joaquin Athletic Association all-star team. They are offensive linemen John Espana and Scott McAdams and defensive players Mauricio Martin, John Morris, David Harvey and Troy Stevenson.

Alfred and Melda Patterson have been honored on their 60th wedding anniversary.

Tracy Mayor Richard Hastie and his family are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner at the First United Methodist Church.

50 years ago — 1963

Most Tracy stores, all governmental agencies and schools were closed Nov. 25 during a day of mourning for President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22. A local memorial service was held at the First Covenant Church at Eaton and Parker avenues.

Four Tracy Boy Scouts who have been awarded Eagle medals are Rick Nevis, Mike Beard, Danny Thompson and Lenny Bates.

The San Joaquin County Marine Corps Reserve unit has launched a “Toys for Tots” drive to provide toys to children of needy families.

South School’s sixth-grade boys basketball team has gone undefeated and won the city championship. Team members are Burt Toler, Rudy Mason, Herbert Celestine, Richard Ramirez, John Brown, Richard Avalos, Tony Zaragoza, Larry Fragoso, Charles Saunders and Eric Rutherford. Jack Root was coach.

75 years ago — 1938

Improvements to Tracy Island Road (now Tracy Boulevard) from Grant Line Road north to Highway 4 have been completed.

The new Safeway market has been opened on Central Avenue just south of the alley between 10th and 11th Street.

Tracy High’s varsity and B basketball teams will host Liberty High of Brentwood on Dec. 6 to begin the 1938-39 season

The Tracy Booster Club is making arrangements to paint “Tracy” on the city’s two water tanks, “to tell the world Tracy is on the map.”

100 years ago — 1913

Members of the Women’s Improvement Club of Tracy staged a variety show over two nights at Arlington Hall to raise funds for their community projects.

A highway across the Delta between Stockton and the Byron area has been assured with approval of the route by county supervisors. The L.L. Boden Co. will help defray the costs of building bridges and grading.

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill establishing the Hetch Hetchy project to supply Yosemite National Park water to San Francisco and neighboring towns.

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