Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” showed Chief of Police Cloyce Brooksher examining plans in 1976 for the new Tracy police station to be built on East 10th Street. The building, completed in 1979, now houses the city Parks and Community Services Department. Brooksher, a 1950 graduate of Tracy High, joined the Tracy Police Department in 1960 and served as police chief from 1975 to 1983, when he retired. He died in March 2006 at the age of 73.
Recognizing Brooksher in the photo were Margaret Prock, Evelie Grebil, Gussie Owen, Jo Foley and Ruth Sanford. Sanford also identified the plans as those for the 1979 police station.
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10 years ago — 2001
Work is beginning on construction of the water-purification and sewage-treatment plants at Mountain House. Grading work on home sites also is beginning.
Reconstruction of The Opera House building is now under way, according to Curt Nizzoli, new owner of the three-story building that was gutted by fire in May 1992. Nizzoli plans to have a restaurant and brewpub in the building.
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce is planning the annual State of the City program for March 30. Speakers will be City Manager Fred Diaz, Finance Director Zane Johnston and Economic Development Director Andrew Malik.
Tracy High’s girls basketball team has maintained its unbeaten record by blasting Manteca, 50-27.
25 years ago — 1986
Tracy’s joined the nation in mourning the deaths of seven crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded on takeoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
William Clarke of EDAW Consultants outlined Tracy growth plans, which project building up to an average of 1,200 homes a year under the Residential Specific Plan.
Susan Schneider of Tracy High has won top honors in Lincoln-Douglas debate competition of the Yosemite Forensics League.
Substance-abuse counseling at Rising Sun has been turned over to the staff of Valley Community Counseling Services.
Tracy High wrestlers are atop San Joaquin Athletic Association standings with dual-match victories over Tokay and Lincoln.
50 years ago — 1961
Arthur W. Brewer, Tracy’s second city manager, will leave office April 30 after his contract was terminated by the City Council. Brewer has been city manager for the past two years.
Dr. Allan R. Powers, retired Tracy physician, has been awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Mount Oso Boy Scout District for his long support of Scouting.
A contract to construct Wadsworth Memorial Library in Lincoln Park has been awarded to Modesto contractor Edward Tomlinson. His low bid was $99,490.
Charlotte Hill has captured the women’s singles title at the Tracy Bowl. Lois Beard and Linda Given were doubles champs.
75 years ago — 1936
Earl L. Kelly, state director of public works, speaking at the annual Tracy Chamber of Commerce dinner, said Highway 50 will continue to be located on 11th Street through Tracy.
The West Side Irrigation District is seeking a low-cost federal loan to liquidate its outstanding $689,000 in bonded debt.
Work Projects Administration (WPA) construction programs are employing 76 Tracy men.
Charlie Poo and Eddie Wah paid $125 fines each in Tracy Justice Court for conducting a Chinese Lottery on Fourth Street.
100 years ago — 1911
A levee broke on the San Joaquin River, sending flood waters into Stewart Tract east of town. For several days, trains were diverted from the Lathrop line to the West Side line.
Representatives of West Side communities came to Tracy to speak in favor of developing irrigation on the west side of the valley. The meeting was sponsored by the Tracy and West Side Board of Trade (now the Tracy Chamber of Commerce).
• Items for this column were gathered from Tracy Press archives.