Twice-Told Tales: Portuguese Hall gets a facelift
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10 years ago — 2004

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, spoke at Tracy Municipal Airport about transportation issues in Rep. Richard Pombo’s 11th Congressional District.

Following passage of a $250 million San Joaquin Delta College bond issue, the district has promised to spend $69.1 million on the first phase of the south county campus at Mountain House.

The Scholar and Athlete, Tracy High School’s student newspaper, has received one of 17 Gold Crown awards given this year by the Columbia Student Press Association. Megan Boyd is the paper’s editor.

Tracy High swimmers won easily over Franklin of Stockton 121-59 in a dual meet. Freshman Allison Scott did so well in the 500-meter freestyle that she qualified for the frosh-soph section meet.

Local cricket enthusiasts have constructed a field for matches at Lammersville School.

25 years ago — 1989

The Tracy Ballroom, aka Portuguese Hall, is getting a facelift just in time for the May 27-28 annual IPFES “festa.”

Tracy will receive its full allocation of 10,000 acre-feet of water from the Delta-Mendota Canal, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has informed the city.

The Tracy Angels scored a 12-2 lopsided victory over crosstown rivals the Mi Ranchito Saints in Mexican-American Baseball League action at the Tracy Ballpark. Angels starter Lenny Ybarra pitched five innings of scoreless baseball.

The gym at Deuel Vocational Institution is being converted into a dormitory to accommodate more inmates.

Richard Staas, manager of the H.J. Heinz Co. factory for the past six years, is retiring. He is being succeeded by Richard “Mike” Adams, a former Tracy Heinz supervisor who is returning here from Fremont, Ohio.

The Main Street Tracy board of directors is considering recommending that the city establish an assessment tax to fund downtown improvements and programs.

50 years ago — 1964

Ollie Hartman, who has operated the Giant Orange and Walt’s Drive-in beginning in 1944, is retiring from active management. Walt Nagel is taking over as day-to-day manager.

Irwin W. Lauppe of the H.J. Heinz Co. has been named chairman of the Employees Division of the campaign to raise $500,000 for expansion of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital.

Bert Banta, a lifelong Tracy resident, has been installed as exalted ruler of the Tracy Elks Lodge.

Tracy resident Dave Andrews remembers riding camels as a British soldier fighting Turks in Palestine during World War I. He said Lawrence of Arabia was not particularly impressive.

Tracy High Future Farmers received medals in the annual Farm Project Competition sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. Gold medals went to Roger Fiack, Paul Marchini, David Mersaroli, Carl Patello, Danny Roza and Mike Yoder. Silvers went to David Cordes and Alfred Pombo.

75 years ago — 1939

The Tracy City Council has launched a campaign to collect unpaid property taxes. Council members have noted an upswing in the tax delinquencies.

Federal Judge Michael Roche has ruled that the West Side Irrigation District is just a step away from having refinancing of bonds fully approved.

Haberdasher Elsworth “Curly” Magor is selling Crosby Square Oxford shoes at $5.50 a pair in a pre-Easter sale.

Information on Tracy’s early days is being collected to be part of the upcoming Frontier Days celebration.

Dr. Robert Burns of the College of the Pacific told a Methodist Church gathering that Dustbowl immigrants coming to California are a positive development for the state by providing hardworking people.

100 years ago — 1914

Directors of the Tracy and West San Joaquin Board of Trade are still pushing for an electric “Tracy” sign at the junction of the county road (11th Street) and Central Avenue.

The sale of land in the Titus Ranch north of town is picking up steam. The project is called Tracy Garden Farms.

— Tracy Press archives
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