Tracy’s population has passed the 50,000 mark. The state Department of Finance estimates Tracy’s population at 50,300, an increase of 5.3 percent over the 47,500 residents reported at the same time a year ago.
An Italian firm, Masterplant Group, has installed 25 temperature-controlled greenhouses southeast of Tracy and is already producing millions of tomato plants for transplanting in California fields.
Services have been conducted for Marie Klugow, 86, a retired principal of McKinley School who in 1964-65 was national president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was a major donor to the new VFW Hall in Tracy.
Lillian Campos, a native of Tracy, has died at the age of 66.
Voters of Delta Island School District north of Tracy have approved merging the district into the Tracy Unified School District. The school on Union Island has 165 students.
25 years ago — 1984
Tracy’s population is now pegged at 21,600, an increase of 4.8 percent over last year’s population figure of 20,650.
Chemical contamination of groundwater has been measured by 14 test wells drilled at Defense Depot Tracy and areas around the depot southeast of town.
Juniors Don Conner and Molly Connolly have been named Tracy High’s representatives to Boys and Girls State this summer in Sacramento.
C.R. “Red” Cathey, retired service station operator, is the new commander of Tracy Post 1543, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Josephine Corrales is VFW Auxiliary president.
With the new city swimming pool in Dr. Powers Park still not completed, the venerable Tracy Plunge is being put to use at the start of another swim season. A series of disputes over the design and materials used for the new pool has slowed its completion.
50 years ago — 1959
The Tracy City Council has chosen a site just east of the fire station for a proposed new city hall. Councilman Manuel Rico favored a site on McKinley (now Tracy) Boulevard, but was outvoted. Tracy voters would have to approve a bond issue to finance the project. (They didn’t.)
Esther Poet, a school bus driver for more than 30 years and a mother of two, has been named “Mother of the Year” by the Tracy Aerie of Eagles.
Larry Grebil and Evelie Terra, both 1957 graduates of Tracy High School, were married May 3 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Leonard Samuels of Senior Elementary School set new records in the 75-yard dash and baseball throw while anchoring the SES 300-yard relay team in the annual Junior Olympics on the Tracy High track.
75 years ago — 1934
Carrots are now being shipped from the H.P. Garin Co. packing shed in Carbona. Some 350 men are harvesting the crop.
Ben Canale Jr. has announced he is a candidate to succeed himself as constable of Tulare Township.
Earle B. Shoesmith, superintendent of the Tracy Elementary School District for the past five years, has been given a new four-year contract by district trustees.
100 years ago — 1909
Southern Pacific agent H.R. Younblood has published a timetable showing 20 passenger trains stopping in Tracy each day.
The Tracy baseball team was dumped by the M.J.B. Coffee team of San Francisco, 5-1.
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