Twice-Told Tales: Voters defeat school bond
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10 years ago — 2002

Tracy-area voters have turned down Measure W, the $10-million school-facilities bond measure that would have provided funding for a new Tracy High School on a different site.

Evelyn Tolbert and Suzanne Tucker have won seats on the City Council. Dan Bilbrey was elected to his fifth two-year term as mayor.

Work has started on the construction of the Tracy Pavilion shopping center that will house Home Depot, Marshalls, PetSmart and other stores.

Tracy school children are appearing in “Robin Hood,” a musical at Williams Middle School.

The Tracy High Bulldogs shut out Lodi, 20-0, for a major victory in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.

As a major reconstruction project looms ahead for Central Avenue, some Tracyites are predicting the work crews will uncover Prohibition-era tunnels under the street. (None was found.)

World War II Marine Corps veteran John Serpa and Eazy Black, a Vietnam War veteran, were speakers at Tracy’s Veterans Day program at the Tracy War Memorial.



25 years ago — 1987

Revenue from the 1987 Tracy Bean Festival fell $1,653 short of breaking even, but Tracy Chamber of Commerce officials said they knew it would take several years to build sufficient income.

Three men have been arrested for an alleged theft of $1.3 million in prescription drugs and medical supplies from Defense Depot Tracy.

Danly Daniel rushed for 150 yards and Steve Thompson threw four touchdown passes to lead the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 40-12 win over Lodi, cinching at least a tie for the San Joaquin Athletic Association title.

The Mart Department Store is closing its doors after 33 years, reported Marty Heerema, owner. The store at 10th Street and Central Avenue was opened in 1954 by Heerema and his brother, Harley.



50 years ago — 1962

Tracy Jaycees have endorsed expansion of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital but believe it should be accomplished without taking over adjacent Harmon Park.

Leroy Ornellas, Henry Tosta and Stamati Gaglias are promoting the Road Deacons dance at the Tracy Ballroom. Larry Bee and the original Teardrops will provide music.

The Manteca Buffaloes scored three times in the first quarter to take a 21-0 win from the Tracy High Bulldogs. Tracy got as close as the Manteca 3-yard-line but couldn’t score.

The county is installing a new Civil Defense siren at South School.

Tracy High graduate Ron Slaughter has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor fraternity at Occidental College.



75 years ago — 1937

The Tracy High Bulldogs bested the Schneider Vocational High School Stags, 39-0, on Peter B. Kyne Field. Joe Ruiz scored on a run and on a pass to Ted Baskette.

The American Legion is producing a play, “Pirate Gold,” with local talent.

Three-room apartments in a new building are renting for $22 a month.



100 years ago — 1912

The City Board of Health is requiring all houses in the city to be connected to the city’s new sewer system. Three typhoid cases prompted the board to issue the order.

Central Avenue north of 11th Street has been graveled to the city limits.

— Tracy Press archives
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