Twice-Told Tales: The second commander of the Defense Depot
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10 years ago — 2004

A memorial service was held at the San Joaquin River Club for U.S. Army Sgt. Steven Bridges, who died in Iraq on Dec. 8.

Sgt. Jim Hanson of Tracy Police Department has retired after serving 26 years on the local force. Before coming to Tracy, he was on the Bakersfield Police Department and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

Tracy-based Petz Enterprises is making a name for itself in producing Internet tax software.

Mayor Dan Bilbrey reports that the city of Tracy has a strong financial foundation entering into the new year.

City officials are working at keeping the public informed of downtown changes during the streetscape project.

Gerard and Lynn Gonsalves, owners and operators of Gerard’s Deli for the past 24 years, have been named Tracy Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Gina Scarlata poured in 23 points, including two key free throws, to lead the Tracy High girls basketball team to a 61-57 win over Franklin.

25 years ago — 1989

Mayor Lester “Scotty” Scott says he welcomes any citizen with a complaint about city government to voice it before the City Council.

Three members of the Tracy High wrestling team — Andy Anderson, Arden Dennington and Eric Miklusicak — won championships in their weight classes at the Davis Wrestling Tournament in Modesto. Tracy High captured the team championship.

The Tracy City Council held a public forum to discuss issues involving growth and the city’s new residential and industrial specific plans.

Tracy’s first baby of 1989 is Richard Saunders Richardson Jr., who was born Jan. 3 at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital

Evelyn Costa of Tracy is starting her second term as chairwoman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Services have been held for longtime Banta farmer Roy Colli, 67.

50 years ago — 1964

The new owner of Sun Valley Creamery, the Los Banos Dairymen’s Association, has named Vern Hanson of Tracy as manager of the local milk-processing and distribution operations. Hanson had been assistant manager. Founder Ben Nielsen is director of sales operations.

U.S. Army Col. Willie L. Tate has become the second commander of Defense Depot Tracy. He succeeds Army Col. William Whitsett, first commander of the Defense Supply Agency facility on Chrisman Road.

Neil Stewart Bedford arrived New Year’s Day at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital as the Tracy area’s first baby of 1964. He is the son of Lynn and Louise Bedford.

Lilli Hodges and Carl Jefferson, both of Tracy, were married Dec. 10 at the Tracy Temple of the Church of God in Christ.

Elmer Sylva rolled the first perfect 300 game at the Tracy Bowl, which was opened four years ago.

Chuck Coffman’s 17 points led the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 59-54 win over Lincoln of Stockton in Valley Oak League basketball play.

75 years ago — 1939

Local grocery stores, traditionally closed on Sundays, will be open seven days a week, local managers reported.

After 28 years of operating 24 hours a day on Central Avenue, the T&R Grill is closing, owner Mike Obad has announced.

A baby boy born 20 minutes after midnight New Year’s Day to Tracy parents at Dameron Hospital in Stockton is the first baby born in 1939 in the county. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Fox of East Seventh Street.

Rabbi Aaron Levi of Stockton spoke to Methodist men about the worsening situation for Jews in Germany.

100 years ago — 1914

Heavy rains have descended on Tracy, bringing the seasonal total since July 1 to 5.66 inches.

Tracy world-class sprinter George Parker pulled a leg tendon at the conclusion of a race in New Zealand, putting him out of action for several months.

— Tracy Press archives

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