Twice-Told Tales: Making a Brighter Christmas
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2002

Brighter Christmas volunteers have distributed boxes of food and toys to 630 Tracy-area families.

A new comparison of development impact fees charged by cities shows Tracy as very competitive with Bay Area cities for attracting businesses.

Art Adams, who actively supports home-based businesses in Tracy, has been named Ambassador of the Year by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Fields, president of Surtec Systems on MacArthur Drive, is heading an Adopt-a-Family program that provided Christmas gifts of food and toys to 65 families.

Bill Burdette, a longtime Tracy resident who was first sergeant of the Army guard at Byron Hot Springs during World War II, has spoken for the first time about interrogation of Japanese and German prisoners of war there.

Construction is under way to widen and landscape 11th Street on Tracy’s western edge.

Tom Magellan has opened Magellan’s bistro-style restaurant on Sixth Street.

25 years ago — 1987

Brighter Christmas boxes of food and toys were distributed to 472 Tracy-area families.

Tied for first place in the annual gingerbread house competition at Tracy High School were Carrie Holt and Damon Donich. They are students in Sigrid Rainer’s German-language classes.

Marcus Chayrez was named most-valuable back and Chad Wood most-valuable lineman on the 1987 Tracy High freshman football team.

Jim Raymond, the city’s new director of parks and recreation, has started on the job. Raymond, 46, comes to Tracy after heading parks and recreation in Petaluma for 15 years.

J. Ogden Perry, Tracy-based West Coast manufacturing manager of the H.J. Heinz Co. for five years, has been promoted to be general manager for Heinz USA Consumer Products Operations in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Tracy High’s basketball Bulldogs are still looking for their first win after losing their ninth game of the season to Livermore, 71-49.

Mary and John Boynton, 1650 W. 12th St., won first place for home and grounds in the Rotary-sponsored Tracy Christmas Decorating Contest.

50 years ago — 1962

Jack Fisher, a partner in Tracy Auto Parts, has been named chairman of the campaign to raise funds for expansion of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital.

Marion A. Prout is the new master of Mount Oso Masonic Lodge.

Two young men were instrumental in capturing two would-be robbers of Mike Café, 238 E. 11th Street. The suspects were escapees from Santa Clara County Jail.

Grover Bruns, West Coast traffic manager, was honored for 35 years with the H.J. Heinz Co.

Gilbert Somera, a 146-pound junior, was named outstanding boxer in the annual Boys Block T boxing matches at Tracy High School.

Baskets of food have been given to nearly 100 Tracy families by several local organizations, including the Salvation Army and Neighborhood House.

75 years ago — 1937

Tracy merchants have put up window displays to celebrate the Christmas season.

William “Bill” Larsen, manager of the American Trust Co. office in Tracy, has been re-elected president of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

Tracy dairies delivering milk to households will charge an additional penny to customers to cover increased costs of production.

Sixty men are on the job piping West Side Irrigation District’s low-line canal west of Parker Avenue.

Tracy High’s basketball team pounded Liberty of Brentwood, 33-5. Toby Grove had eight points for the Bulldogs.

100 years ago — 1912

C.P Wilson is new president of Lodge No. 849 of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. The lodge has 130 members.

The Fabian-Grunauer Co. at Sixth Street and Central Avenue is giving away a Studebaker “25” open-top sedan to a lucky ticket holder on New Year’s Eve.

— Tracy Press archives
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