Twice-Told Tales: Gypsies steal from a sheepherder
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2003

Roger Strunk (aka Rod Lauren) has returned to Tracy from Sacramento after he was freed from custody after a failed attempt to extradite him to the Philippines for the murder of his wife, film star Nida Blanca.

Alex Popplewell got into the game late, but he led the West High Wolf Pack to a 28-14 comeback win on the gridiron over crosstown rival Tracy High Bulldogs.

World War II combat veteran Sam Garza flew the American flag in front of his Tracy home to observe Veterans Day. He earned Silver Star and Bronze Star medals while serving in Italy and France.

A chess tournament at Freiler School attracted 35 participants.

Work has been started on the Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic off Grant Line Road. In the meantime, the expansion project at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital continues.

D.J. Coreto, a sixth-grader at Freiler School, won the district spelling bee.

25 years ago — 1988

Grand Auto is moving into the former Safeway building at 1210 N. Tracy Blvd.

Greg Dasse and Dana Welch are among the Tracy High students with leading roles in the school’s production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

Good News Missionary Baptist Church has broken ground on a church building on Clover Road.

The Tracy High Bulldogs scored a hard-fought 9-0 victory over Grace Davis at Modesto in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football playoffs.

Elisa Novak and Todd Behney, both Monte Vista Middle School eighth-graders, have been named “Students of the Month” by the Kiwanis Club of Tracy.

50 years ago— 1963

Thomas Fornasero of Tracy and Theresa Pelaconi of Madera were married in St. Joaquin’s Catholic Church in Madera.

The City of Tracy is moving forward with acquiring 15 acres by condemnation for a new park on the north side of Grant Line Road at Parker Avenue. (The land became El Pescadero Park.)

Elise Leveroni reigned as queen of Tracy High homecoming. In the homecoming football game, the Manteca Buffaloes prevailed, 19-14.

Alvera Shelby is chairwoman of a committee planning the Tracy Garden Club’s Yuletide Decorama.

75 years ago — 1938

“Galahad Jones” is the title of the senior play at Tracy High School.

What Constable Ben Canale called “a roving band of Gypsies” got away with $45 from the wallet of a local sheepherder.

Tracy and Ceres football teams tied 6-6 in the final football game of the 1938 season.

100 years ago — 1913

George Parker of Tracy has joined the U.S. track team heading for Australia. Parker, a sprinter, runs for the San Francisco Olympic club.

A major storm dumped rain on the Tracy area, bringing the seasonal total to date to 1.42 inches.

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