A furnace at the Owens-Illinois glass-container plant west of town exploded, triggering a two-alarm fire.
West High’s boys basketball team thumped crosstown rival Tracy, 70-32, in one of the most lopsided games of the rivalry.
Tracy realtor Nate Terry was the keynote speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday breakfast at Tracy Community Center.
Interest is peaking in the possibility that tunnels will be found under Central Avenue, but there have been no sightings.
Tracy’s many Oakland Raiders fans groaned when the silver and black lost Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21.
A $300,000 project to renovate the city’s animal shelter is halfway to completion.
G.I. and Linda Jones are closing Tracy Printers and moving the operation to Twain Harte. The business, once a part of the Tracy Press, had been run by the Jones family for 40 years.
25 years ago — 1988
Ron Allen, a 44-year-old Tracyite, won $299,614 in the state Lotto 6/49 after accidentally, but fortunately, marking two tickets with the same numbers.
Mayor Richard Hastie has presented a key to the city to Wayne Schneider, coach of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football champion Tracy Bulldogs.
Bill and Wayne Duckworth have opened Duck’s Pool and Family Billiards at 130 W. 11th St.
Plans to expand Interstate 205 to three lanes in each direction have been approved. Work is expected to be completed in five years. (It took a lot longer than that.)
John Rita has started a project to reassemble the Peter B. Kyne Trophy.
Developers have proposed doubling the maximum number of houses that can be built in a year from an average of 1,200 to 2,400. School trustees are alarmed at the proposal.
50 years ago — 1963
Tracy High’s wrestling squad captured team honors at the Calaveras Invitational Wrestling Tournament at San Andreas. Members are Phil Silva, Jim Johnson, Jim Dengate, David Blanco, David Soto, Rudy Blanco, Mike Payan and Bart Casali. Paul Keown is the coach.
Two incumbent school trustees, George Stein of Tracy High and Guy Scott of Tracy Elementary, have filed for re-election. Scott has also filed for the high school board.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie Whigham are among the volunteers leading Saturday-morning recreation at the Cristo Rey Center on Clover Road.
Nearly 500 people attended the St. Bernard’s Dads Club dance at Father Fleming Hall. A Hawaiian theme was carried out in decorations.
75 years ago — 1938
Volunteers have started picking up rubbish alongside Tracy area highways as part of a countywide cleanup effort.
C.W. “Pete” Peterson is expanding Peterson Ice Cream Co. facilities at 11th and B streets.
After the City Council rejected a recommendation by the city planning commission to extend Mae Street through a proposed park, the commission has tossed the issue back to the council.
Despite Toby Grove’s 11 points, the Tracy High basketball team lost to Patterson, 31-28.
100 years ago — 1913
A group of Tracy women is organizing the Tracy Improvement Club to boost civic improvements.
Former Tracy Marshal William Lampkey has purchased the Gilt Edge Saloon on Sixth Street from Henry Stoterau.
— Tracy Press archives