Twice-Told Tales: Hospital expansion
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2004

Home-buying has hit a fever pitch in Tracy and Mountain House, according to local real estate agents.

Francesca Lee was named Miss North Tracy Junior Miss, and Kristen Johnson, South Tracy Junior Miss at the annual pageant.

Costco has announced plans to expand its meat-processing operation at the firm’s distribution center west of town.

Mike Maciel, a 22-year veteran of the Tracy Police Department, has been promoted from lieutenant to captain. He succeeds Gary Hampton, who has become chief of police in Oakdale.

Construction has been started on Astoria Gardens, a care facility specializing in memory-loss residents.

West High’s girls track team downed Lodi 80-56 to win its 35th consecutive track meet.

25 years ago — 1989

Ken Lavoie, 48, former fire chief of Needham, Mass., has come to Tracy to head the Tracy Fire Department.

Damon Auchard leads the Tracy High Bulldogs baseball team in hitting with a .381 batting average.

Brooke Bernardoni and James Finnegan, both of Clover Middle School, have been named Students of the Month by the Kiwanis Club of Tracy.

Members of the Tracy and Tracy Sunrise Rotary Clubs, backed by members of the Tracy High Interact Club, have constructed a playground at an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico.

Tim McAnally shattered a school record en route to winning the San Joaquin Athletic Association diving championship.

The San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association marketed 156,000 tons of alfalfa hay last year, Mel Coelho, association general manager, reported to members at their annual meeting.

50 years ago — 1964

A roaring fire gutted the Mid-City Motors building at the corner of East 11th and E streets (where Napa Auto Parts is now). The cause of the blaze is being investigated as a possible arson. The building is owned by former Mayor Henry Buthmann.

The H.J. Heinz Foundation has donated $25,000 to the drive to expand Tracy Community Memorial Hospital. Oscar Hayes, west coast manufacturing manager, presented the check to Keith Reeve, acting chairman of the building fund campaign.

Barbara Yeomans will play the seductive “Lola” in the Tracy Community Players’ production of “Damn Yankees.”

Roger William is the name Mr. and Mrs. James McLeod have given their son, born April 19 at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital. The newborn has a brother, Ronald, and a sister, Roxanne.

75 years ago — 1939

The Naglee Burk Irrigation District has filed for bankruptcy protection for a debt of $272,858, mostly in bonds. The district hopes to settle for 32.11 cents on the dollar.

J.H. “Jack” Swan from Merced is the new manager of the J.C. Penney Co. store at the corner of 10th Street and Central Avenue. He succeeds W.E. Davis, manager for the past two years, who has resigned.

Bids have gone out to build 24 small houses at Westley for farm laborers.

James H. Bell, president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, attended a dinner in Oakdale that was held to push for construction of an improved Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite.

100 years ago — 1914

David R. Payne, an original member of the Board of Trustees (City Council) in 1912, has been elected by the board to succeed Abraham Grunauer as mayor.

A group of Stockton-based land owners along the San Joaquin River are opposing reclamation of land along Old River, fearing flooding in their area.

A grand opening has been held for the new Arlington Theatre, constructed after the original building on Sixth Street was destroyed by fire.

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