Twice-Told Tales: Tracy's first Iraq war casualty
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2003

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, who has made his home in Tracy in recent years, was killed in action in the opening round of fighting in Iraq.

A judge has ruled that the Sierra Club must reimburse planners of the River Islands residential development at Lathrop $125,000 in attorney’s fees, the latest step in the nine-year litigation over the 4,300-acre project.

The Cost Plus World Market is open for business near the West Valley Mall. Tracy native Sandy Esenarro is the manager.

As the war in Iraq begins to heat up, law-enforcement agencies are forming a regional command center to coordinate response to any terrorist attacks.

A group of local activists is working to place a local measure on the March 2004 ballot to limit the terms of Tracy’s mayor and City Council members.

The Tracy Historical Museum in the former Tracy Post Office building at 12th and Adam streets has been opened. The building, originally constructed in 1937, has been remodeled by the city of Tracy.

25 years ago — 1988

About 300 Tracy residents turned out for the Stockton Symphony’s Tracy Family Concert in the Tracy Community Center.

Children of Community Baptist Church presented an Easter musical, “His Fleece Was as White as Snow.”

Tony Vaz, vice president of the Tracy High FFA Chapter, is a candidate for FFA state office. The election will take place at the FFA state convention at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Rep. Norm Shunway, R-Stockton, spent a full day in Tracy, capped by a town-hall meeting in Tracy Community Center.

Danny Auchard threw a three-hitter as the Tracy Bulldogs edged Franklin of Stockton, 1-0, in Sac Joaquin Athletic Association varsity baseball.

J.H. “Hank” Foster, John Frerichs and Jack Fisher have been elected to the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital board at the TCMH Association’s annual meeting. The hospital is financially strong, association members were told.

50 years ago — 1963

A record year for the value of agricultural products of the Tracy area was established in 1962 with $26,903,455 in revenue. Alfalfa hay, with $4,312,840 in income, topped the Tracy-area income list, followed by tomatoes and apricots.

Homes in the Grant Line Park subdivision north of Grant Line Road are selling at prices beginning at $13,250 with $295 down, including closing costs, and payments of $110 per month.

Tracy High teachers are seeking a 12 percent pay increase for the 1963-64 fiscal year. (They settled for 8 percent.)

Members of Wishing Well Chapter, Children’s Home Society, capped off a day in San Francisco with lunch at the Starlite Room of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

Attorney J. Kingsley Chadeayne is new exalted ruler of the Tracy Elks Lodge.

Alvin Correia hit a triple and a single to lead the Tracy High Bulldogs to a 6-3 win over the Oakdale Mustangs in Valley Oak League baseball action.

75 years ago — 1938

Tornell Construction Co. of Tracy has won a contract to construct the new Central School at the corner of Parker and Eaton avenues. The contract totaled $48,348.

Highway 50 between Paradise Cut and the Mossdale Bridge is being reopened following the repair of a levee break on Paradise Cut. The highway was closed three weeks.

Del Ortega was on the mound for the Tracy team in its 6-5 win over the East Side Winery team of Stockton.

Construction has started on the new building at the northwest corner of 10th and Central that will house the Turner Hardware Co. store. (It is now home of the downtown office of Community Banks of Colorado.)

100 years ago — 1913

Henry Finck has purchased 1,116 acres of the Martin Lammers estate northwest of town for $60,000.

Land owner and merchant John C. Droge has been elected chairman of a committee to meet with engineers as a first step toward establishing an irrigation district around Tracy.

— Tracy Press archives
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