Twice-Told Tales: The president stops by Stockton 10 years ago
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10 years ago — 2002

Home sales remain strong in the Tracy area, according to Tracy real estate agents. The median price of homes sold in Tracy last month was $304,900, just $100 lower than the all-time-high median price of $305,000 in June 2000.

Leslie Hamrick, the chief executive officer of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce for the past six years, has announced she will leave her post at the end of the year. She is moving to Winston-Salem, N.C., where her husband will manage an Owens-Illinois glass-container plant.

Nate Fagundes at Tracy High and Garrett Hicks at West High are emerging as leading contenders to quarterback their football teams.

President George W. Bush spoke at the Stockton Civic Auditorium during a campaign fundraising trip through California.

Donald Stiles, the new owner of the vacant former Harry’s Chuck Wagon building at 18 E. 11th, has proposed opening a night club in the building. The issue is now before the Tracy Planning Commission.

Curt Nizoli, the owner of the Opera House Restaurant & Brewery, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on the building, which Nizoli restored following a major fire in 1992.

25 years ago — 1987

Tracy is on the cusp of growth, according to City Manager Mike Locke. Tracy’s population is now 27,000, and the Residential Specific Plan is close to kicking in.

Dorlane Thrasher, volunteer coordinator for the recent first California Dry Bean Festival, has reported that more than 850 festival volunteers did a great job in a number of important areas.

Delays are postponing the conversion of half of Deuel Vocational Institution into an inmate reception center.

A luncheon at the Tracy Inn welcomed 53 new teachers to Tracy-area schools.

The Tracy Angels downed hometown rival Mi Ranchito Saints, 10-7, in the final game of the Mexican-American Baseball League Northern Division. The Angels will face the Ceres Cowboys in the championship series.

50 years ago — 1962

The Tracy Annex of Sharpe General Depot will definitely become part of the new Defense Supply Agency, Rep. John McFall, D-Manteca, has reported from Washington, D.C. The change could result in a

30 percent increase in depot personnel, he said.

Former Vice President Richard Nixon stopped in Tracy during a campaign swing in his race for governor. He spoke to local Republicans in the Tracy Inn Gold Room.

Sixteen lettermen are among candidates who have turned out for the Tracy High football team. Paul Fiack is returning as starting quarterback, and Phil Silva is an experienced running back.

Betty Ann Alvarez of Tracy has captured a blue ribbon at the San Joaquin County Fair for her chocolate love-light

chiffon cake.

Britta Jorgensen, American Field Service student from Denmark, has arrived in Tracy. She is living with the David Boothroyd family while attending classes at Tracy High School.

75 years ago — 1937

As the new school year begins, enrollment at Tracy High School is expected to grow to 480 students, according to Superintendent W.W. Crow.

The Montgomery Ward store on 11th Street is featuring “101” denim jeans at 89 cents a pair.

Coach George Hurley is putting his football hopefuls through the hoops at Tracy High School. The Bulldogs open their season Sept. 14 against an alumni team.

100 years ago — 1912

A meeting to explore the development of irrigation around Tracy drew a good-sized crowd to the Arlington Theater on Sixth Street. The proposal calls for a new irrigation district to serve 35,000 acres.

Trustees of the new West Side Union High School District plan to levy a tax of 12 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in the district’s first year of operation.

The City Board of Trustees (City Council) voted to approve ringing a curfew bell at 9 p.m. for all minors.

— Tracy Press archives
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