Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” showed Arlene Robbins of Tracy on the day in 1993 when she retired from the Owens-Illinois glass-container plant. Robbins was the last of the original area residents to be hired when the Owns-Illinois plant was opened in 1962. She continues to live in Tracy. Identifying her in the photo were daughter Zena Robbins, Petra Miller, Carol Andulo, Jennie Cowles, Rex Buthmann and Denise Berdiago. Buthmann also remembers Robbins as the last roller-skating drive-in carhop at Henry’s Drive-In.
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TWICE-TOLD TALES10 years ago — 2000
Crowds of crows perch on tree branches in central Tracy each night, producing noise and droppings.
Tracy City Councilwoman Barbara Matthews is the top fundraiser among candidates for the 17th Assembly District seat. She has raised $52,000 from supporters in recent weeks.
Trimark Communities, developer of the proposed Mountain House development west of Tracy, has contributed $20,500 to the re-election campaign of San Joaquin County Supervisor Steve Gutierrez.
Tracyites filled Tracy Community Center for the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. Lee Nelson was recognized during the breakfast for his contributions to the Tracy African-American Association.
Tonya Luiz, a graduate of California State University, Fresno, has joined the Tracy Press news staff. (She is now public information director of University of California, Merced.)
25 years ago — 1985
Trustees of the Tracy Joint Union High School District have ordered the establishment of a department of facilities to speed plans for a second high school.
Senior forward Suzanne Parker poured in 18 points to lead the Tracy High girls basketball team to a 48-46 win over Lodi. The win improved the team’s record to 13-2.
Racing Rick Dawson is playing live music for dancing at “The Top of the Pullman’s” (now The Great Plate).
Dick and Sue Hastie are the new presidents of the Tracy Tumbleweeds Square Dancers.
50 years ago — 1960
George Wadsworth, 73, a pioneer Tracy attorney, has died. He served as city attorney and represented local irrigation districts. The native of Iowa came to Tracy in 1917 to be principal of Tracy High School.
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce has asked the California Youth Authority to consider Tracy as a site for a new CYA facility earmarked for this region. (The facility was established southeast of Stockton.)
The flu bug has hit the Tracy area, with schools reporting a number of absences because of the illness.
Cedric Trujillo’s 13 points led the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 57-43 basketball win over Patterson.
Dick Johnston, assistant cashier at the Tracy branch of Bank of America, is the new president of the Tracy Kiwanis Club. He succeeds John DeLury.
75 years ago — 1935
S. Avery, president of Montgomery Ward & Co., visited the Tracy store on 11th Street (where Amore’s Italian Restaurant is now.)
J.M. Sutter, operator of Alaska Dairy, has donated an 800-pound cow to provide fresh meat to needy families in the Tracy area.
William Quinn, chief of the San Francisco Police Department, spoke at the weekly meeting of the Tracy Rotary Club.
100 years ago — 1910
Retiring Southern Pacific Trainmaster James Rumsey was presented with a gold watch by SP employees in Tracy.
The Bank of Byron is being established there by the Bank of Tracy. A new bank building is being constructed in Byron to house the branch office.
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