Twice-told Tales: Boom days
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10 years ago — 2003

Tracy’s population is now 69,635 residents, according to the California Department of Finance’s annual calculation. The new total is a 5.2 percent increase over the 2002 population estimate.

The Tracy City Council is considering purchasing the 200-acre “antenna farm” on Schulte Road for a sports park. Its use as a learning center has never materialized.

Team jerseys and other Tracy sports memorabilia have been put on display at the Tracy Historical Museum.

Former Mayor Joan Sparks returned to Tracy to take part in the dedication of Joan Sparks Park in southwest Tracy.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Walt Patteson of Tracy is serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier in the Persian Gulf. He and his family were featured on ABC’s “Good Morning, America.”

Rudy and Ron Dell’Osso and Harold Reich have been named Alumni of the Year by the Tracy High Alumni Club.

25 years ago — 1988

Tracy’s population has climbed to 28,750, according to the state Department of Finance estimates. The new total shows a 5.8 percent increase in the past year.

Ed Kaiser of K&L Farms has been elected president of the board of the San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers Association. Manuel Costa is vice president.

The Tracy Angels blasted their hometown rivals, the Mi Ranchito Saints, 17-1, in Mexican-American Baseball League play. Mike Grijalva led the Angels’ attack with a home run, double and two singles.

Josh Hanson is the Tracy Press newspaper Carrier of the Month.

Services have been held for former Tracy High basketball star and onetime barber Marvin Van Bebber, 68.

50 years ago — 1963

A blazing fire gutted Mid-City Motors at the corner of East 11th and E streets. The business is operated by former Mayor Henry Buthmann. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

William Lewis Sr. has announced he will build a golf course and homes at the corner of 11th Street and Highway 33.

Carolyn Pruitt has been installed worthy adviser of Tracy Rainbow Girls.

Butch Patello has been elected president of the Tracy High FFA Chapter. Alfred Pombo is vice president.

Jack Frederick, a 1949 graduate of Tracy High School, has been named executive vice president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Bonin of Tracy High took first in the Class C 70-yard low hurdles at the Valley Oak League track and field championships.

75 years ago — 1938

Tracy High football coach George Hurley has resigned in order to obtain a master’s degree at his alma mater, Washington State University. He followed his brother, John, as Bulldog coach.

Ray Hall, M.J. Butler and Fen L. Jackson have filed papers as candidates for justice of the peace. The incumbent, Sam McLain, has announced he will seek re-election.

Tracy High’s baseball team lost its final game of the 1938 season to Manteca, 8-2. Jim Blaney got four hits in five trips to the plate for the Bulldogs.

Jiggs Fountain Creamery, at the corner 11th and Walnut streets, is featuring black walnut ice cream.

100 years ago — 1913

Thieves got away with 15 suits of clothes from Nick Nicolaysen’s Tailor Shop.

Paving of Central Avenue from Ninth to the County Road (11th Street) has been completed.

— Tracy Press archives

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