Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” shows three retired longtime Southern Pacific employees at a gathering of the West Side Pioneer Association at Tracy Community Center in November 1986. Left to right: conductor Chester Wampler, clerk Jean Jardine Wilson and conductor Vernon Rowland.
Steve Wampler, son of Chester Wampler, Ken Heard, a retired conductor, and Joe Morris, a current Union Pacific employee, identified those in the photo. Steve Wampler noted that his father had 54 years of railroad service.
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10 years ago — 2000
Measures X and Y, proposed school bonds, have failed to gain the two-thirds majority needed for passage. Both measures, totaling $28.9 million, received 62 percent yes votes and 37 percent no votes.
Although the City Council has failed to approve a deal crafted between Tracy Hills developers and the Tracy Regional Alliance for a Quality Community (TRAQC), Tracy Hills continues to seek approval of a final environmental impact report.
Paced by Virginia Ullery, the Tracy High girls volleyball team downed Sierra of Manteca, 3-0, to stay atop Valley Oak League standings with a perfect 4-0 record.
Services have been held for Louie G. Lara, 79, a longtime Tracy resident and retired depot employee.
25 years ago — 1985
The Tracy High Bulldogs staged a late-game rally to edge Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 27-23. Tim Brown, a wide receiver and defense back, and David Woodard, end and linebacker, were praised as stars of the game.
Downtown Tracy merchants are staging a “Harvest Days” sidewalk sale.
The 1985 United Way campaign has been launched. Tracy’s goal is $156,795, according to Reggie Mersaroli, Tracy area chairman.
The city issued 67 building permits for single-family homes in August as the housing boom continued strong in Tracy.
Walnut harvesting has had an early start in the Tracy. The crop is tops in both production and quality, according to growers.
50 years ago — 1960
By a 2-1 margin, Tracy voters supported a $5.5 million bond issue to build a new San Joaquin County courthouse.
John Watt has come to Tracy from Lexington, Va., to be the new librarian. A new Wadsworth Memorial Library will soon be built in Lincoln Park.
The Rev. Eugene J. Shea, who headed the Catholic Youth Organization in the Bay Area for 17 years, is the new pastor of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Norman Ritter, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Ritter, has authored a two-page spread on farm-belt politics for Life magazine. The article focuses on Bradshaw, Neb., a town of 306 people.
A.T. “Ted” Ohlendorf has been elected president of Tracy Golf and Country Club.
75 years ago — 1935
Oil fever has swept Tracy as rumors of gushers have prompted a rush for oil leases.
Vandals tossed a brick through the front window of Mike Obad’s restaurant on Central Avenue.
100 years ago — 1910
A. McBride of San Francisco has met with the Board of Trustees (City Council) to receive approval to hold a street carnival in Tracy in October.
“Good Roads” was the topic of discussion at a meeting of the Tracy and West San Joaquin Board of Trade in Town Hall.
• Information for this column was gathered from Tracy Press archives.