Twice-Told Tales: Alfalfa farms growing around Tracy
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2004

The city of Tracy is preparing its wells to pump water back into the underground aquifer. The city’s plan is to recharge the aquifer during rainy years.

Dave Ennis, a longtime Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin employee, has been named the first civilian to command the Defense Logistics Agency facility. He will serve as interim commander until a new military commander is selected.

Jerry McNerney, a self-employed engineer from Pleasanton, will be the Democratic Party candidate for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.

Nancy Morehead of Tracy is preparing to run in the Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 19. She is running 40 miles a week in her training regimen.

Students from Tracy’s Sister City of Memuro, Japan, have been visiting the sights in Tracy and in surrounding areas, including San Francisco.

25 years ago — 1989

Tracy police have arrested three people for suspicion of posting satanic messages on school property and other locations throughout the community.

Hundreds of Tracy youths scurried across the lawn at Dr. Powers Park

in search of Easter eggs in the egg hunt sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy.

Photos snapped by Soren Lauinger, Press student photographer, showed the Good Friday protest at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Tracy Community Memorial Hospital suffered a $225,000 financial loss in 1988, but the locally owned hospital is making a comeback this year, according to Administrator Terry Mack.

Builders of homes in the new Tracy Residential Specific Plan are finding that fees have been increased over those previously paid for receiving a building permit.

Brenda Patterson was named most-valuable player of the Tracy girls soccer team during the team’s awards banquet.

50 years ago — 1964

It took only a few seconds for Tracy youngsters to scoop up hard-boiled and candy eggs at Lincoln Park during the Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt.

The Tracy Chamber of Commerce and city of Tracy are joining forces to welcome newcomers to town at a reception in the Tracy Inn Gold Room.

Tracy resident Leo Zanussi has been traffic manager in the traffic department of Defense Depot Tracy.

John Duncan of Tracy has been named to the All-Valley Conference basketball team. The former Bulldog standout played for San Joaquin Delta College and averaged 14.2 points per game.

Some 50 Tracy youths took part in the annual Easter Vacation tennis clinic sponsored by the Tracy Recreation Commission.

75 years ago — 1939

Harvests of asparagus north of town and fresh peas to the southwest are sending produce from Tracy to markets by the rail carload.

The Rev. C.W. Bourne of the First Presbyterian Church led the Union Good Friday Service at the First Methodist Church.

L.L. Windmiller, registrar at Stockton Junior College, told Lions Club members of the development of the college as the lower division of the College of the Pacific.

Dan Canale, 71, a pioneer Tracy merchant has died. The native of Chavari, Italy, operated a grocery store on East Sixth Street.

Celestia Carranza, 2, was killed when she fell under the wheels of a moving freight car in the Tracy Southern Pacific switching yard.

100 years ago — 1914

Irrigation water is turning fields of the Naglee-Burk Tract northwest of Tracy into alfalfa fields and dairy farms.

Local farmers, many of them growers of winter wheat and barley, are elated over a recent rainstorm that kept the grain growing.

— Tracy Press archives 

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