Twice-Told Tales: Tracy High standout signs with NY Mets
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10 years ago — 2004

Tracy’s population has been pegged at 74,100 by the State Department of Finance. The new total is an increase of 4,100 residents in the past year, a growth rate of 5.9 percent.

The Tracy High Alumni Club has presented “Alumni of the Year” awards to Oscar Anzaldo, Cindy Petrig-Jiminez and Michael Bacchetti.

Adal Wiley of Tracy High came within two inches of breaking the school record for the triple jump at 45 feet, 5½ inches.

Japanese privet trees — actually hedges — have been removed from 10th Street, leaving the downtown business street naked in preparation for the streetscape project.

Tracy Interfaith Ministries has launched a campaign to raise $1 million to build a new facility at the entrance to El Pescadero Park.

25 years ago — 1989

An 8-7 loss to the Lodi Flames ended the Tracy High baseball team’s playoff hopes.

Lolly Hansen, a longtime supporter of programs for senior citizens, is moving to Twain Harte. Lolly Hansen Senior Citizens Center is named for her.

Construction of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital’s two-story, $14 million expansion program is moving forward and will be completed by the end of the year.

Former Tracy High standout pitcher Danny Auchard has signed a contract to play for the New York Mets organization.

The Day of the Teacher program gave special recognition to three veteran teachers — Janet Hill, Bob Mariano and Robert Meyer — for their long careers in Tracy education.

McHenry House for the Homeless and Good Samaritan Community Services are jointly opening the Helping Hand Thrift Store at 619 Central Ave. The location is being provided rent-free by property owner Don Cose.

John and Inez Melo have started Melo Construction Co. to be involved in residential and commercial projects.

50 years ago — 1964

Tracy jeweler Lorin Jolley has been elected mayor by fellow members of the City Council.

Pierre Salinger, former White House press secretary and now a candidate for U.S. Senate, visited the site of the old county jail in Stockton, where he posed as a prisoner to write articles for the San Francisco Chronicle 11 years ago.

Teachers in elementary schools in Tracy are seeking relief from lunch-hour duty.

Tracy High seniors and their mothers participated in the annul Senior Tea, the traditional opening event of graduation season.

A 9-year-old boy fell off a tomato-planting machine north of town and was run over and killed.

A home plate collision resulted in a wound requiring 27 stitches for Tracy Valley Queen catcher Bob Gutierrez.

75 years ago — 1939

The Wild West came to Tracy during the past weekend, when the town held its first Frontier Days celebration. A Friday night dance, Saturday parade and Sunday horse show were well attended, according to committee members. Tracy taverns and poker rooms were popular destinations.

The Tracy Plunge, operated on Holly Drive by the Tracy Elementary School District, has been opened for community use. After school is out, opening hours will be extended to include evenings.

100 years ago — 1914

Local grain growers are being urged to sell half their crop to barley exporters because of an over-supply of grain from a bumper crop in California.

A benefit dance is being held for J.H. Stevenson, who lost an arm in an accident in the Southern Pacific yard.

F.C. Traxler suffered cuts and bruises when dragged along a downtown street by a runaway horse.

— Tracy Press archives

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