Twice-Told Tales: 88 Republicans, 33 Democrats registered in Tracy
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10 years ago — 2004

Josephine “Jo” Sweeney, a well-known cashier at Dick’s Newsstand, has died at the age of 76.

Thirteen bikers wearing Mongols colors roared into Tracy to pay homage to Pete Kelly Garcia, 44, of Tracy, a Mongols member who was shot and killed in Southern California.

The city is launching its long-awaited project to provide a new streetscape to downtown Tracy. Central Avenue and 10th Street will be reconstructed.

Kim Parco has been installed as new president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Benner, a retired Navy commander who has been the city of Tracy’s community services supervisor, is retiring. He spearheaded the development of the city’s recycling program.

Dr. Willard C. Fisher, a former Tracy physician, has died at the age of 89 in Hermiston, Ore.

25 years ago — 1989

Bob Prosser has become Tracy Police Department’s first motorcycle cop since 1971. He is riding a Kawasaki.

Tracy High’s girls basketball team has won its 12th game in a row, a 51-31 victory over St. Mary’s. Cheryll Beardsley and Marlene Smith led the Tracy attack.

Construction is moving ahead on Melville S. Jacobson Elementary School in northwest Tracy. The K-5 school is scheduled to open in September.

Moving the Southern Pacific’s main line from its longtime route to one north of town has been proposed.

50 years ago — 1964

William Krohn, 65, a member of a pioneer Tracy area family, was killed when his automobile was struck by a Southern Pacific train west of town.

Construction of the California Water Project’s pumping plant is underway northwest of Tracy.

Taxable sales in Tracy increased 11.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 1963, compared with sales in the same three months of 1962.

Jim Johnson pinned his heavyweight opponent in 25 seconds of the first round, leading Tracy High wrestlers to 37-17 win over Sonora.

Manuel Gonzalez is the new president of the Guadalupe Society.

Leroy Hawkins of Tracy has completed a 120-hour course in grape and orchard pruning and is now working in a Manteca area vineyard.

Bob Haupt, manager of the collection division of the Tracy Credit Bureau, has been installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of Tracy. He succeeds Jim Edwards.

75 years ago — 1939

Blas Miatovich, a former Tracy High star who was a standout lineman for the University of San Francisco Dons, was honored at a local banquet in the Tracy Inn Rose Room. He was recently drafted by the Chicago Cardinals professional football team.

The Grocery Clerks Union is proposing that its members not work on Sundays and legal holidays.

Challenger Alfred Pereira has won a seat on the West Side Irrigation District’s board of directors, ousting incumbent Henry Frerichs in District 4.

Rae Hall and Allen Edwards are candidates for student body president at Tracy High School.

Tracy residents are getting ready to head for Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay for the Golden Gate International Exposition, which is opening in February.

100 years ago — 1914

For the third time in a year, a petition asking county supervisors to call an election for establishing an irrigation district around Tracy has been dismissed by request from proponents. A new petition will be presented to the board this summer, they said.

A break in the McLaughlin levee north of town has flooded 6,000 acres.

New voter-registration numbers in Tracy show 88 Republicans and 33 Democrats have registered so far.

— Tracy Press archives 
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