Richard “Dick” Spence, a longtime specialist in agricultural financing,
has been named Tracy-area “Agribusiness Person of the Year.”
Roger Strunk, aka actor Rod Lauren, has returned to his hometown of Tracy after being released from custody in Sacramento. He had been held for possible extradition to the Philippines for the murder of his wife, but a federal hearing officer ruled there was insufficient evidence.
African-American families in Tracy have started their annual Kwanzaa observance.
Two major storms brought heavy rainfall to the Tracy area in the days before the new year.
Services have been held for George R. Parker, 62, a retired electrical firm co-owner, who died Dec. 27 after a lengthy illness.
Sierra High of Manteca dumped the West High Wolf Pack 60-38 to capture the championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament.
25 years ago — 1988
Snow fell on Tracy the morning of Dec. 27. The flakes dusted several paved areas but didn’t stick. It was the first snowfall since the heavy snowstorm of 1976.
A.T. “Ted” Ohlendorf, a longtime Tracy area farmer, has died at his Lammers Road home at the age of 83. He was president of the San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association and a trustee of the Naglee School District and the Tracy Joint Union High School District.
Terry Ronneberg, customer-service supervisor in the city of Tracy’s water and sewage maintenance division, has been named the city’s “Employee of the Year.” He has been a city employee since 1974.
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce is looking for a local person to manage the 1989 California Dry Bean Festival. For the first two years of the festival, beginning in 1987, Gamut Productions of Stockton contracted to coordinate the event.
50 years ago— 1963
A building permit has been taken out for construction of a Laura Scudder’s snack-food plant on Valpico Road in south Tracy.
The new Good Shepherd Lutheran Church building on West Carlton Way has been dedicated in ceremonies conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Dahlstrom, pastor, and visiting Lutheran officials.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Muddiman are leaving Tracy to join their son Mike, a policeman in New Zealand. His older brother, Brian, went to New Zealand four years ago and is on a mineral-exploration team.
Jim Johnson’s pin of his opponent capped a 43-18 win over Manteca for the Tracy High wrestling team.
Dave Payne of Tracy, senior at San Jose State University, has reached Bombay, India, as one of the students on a round-the-world study trip sponsored by the University of Seven Seas.
75 years ago — 1938
Services have been held for Thomas Hansen, 57, a native of Bethany who had been ill for quite some time before he died in San Joaquin General Hospital.
Joseph N. Church has started work on a brick building on Adam Street to house his General Electric appliances and refrigeration business.
The Tracy Lions and Rotary clubs have joined forces to host a Christmas party in front of Central School on Central Avenue.
James H. Bell, local Ford dealer, has been elected president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce during 1939.
100 years ago — 1913
Frank Brusso has announced that an automobile will be used in connection with his livery business, but horses will still be his major mode of transportation.
The Tracy Post Office established a new record of mail delivery before Christmas. Parcel post was the major increase.
Guy Hanson, a Southern Pacific brakeman who has worked out of Tracy, lost an arm in accident in the S.P. Stockton yard.
— Tracy Press archives