Twice-Told Tales: Park honors great citizen
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10 years ago — 2003

Erb Park has been dedicated in south Tracy in recognition of the years of public service by John Erb, Tracy’s 1981 Citizen of the Year.

Megan Lewis, a cross-country and track standout at Tracy High School, has won the John C. Kimball Blanket Award as the Class of 2003’s outstanding female athlete. Mike Speer, a football and basketball star, won the Longmire Blanket as the top male athlete.

A parent has voiced alarm that graffiti, reported earlier at Freiler School, had not been removed. School officials said a communications error caused the delay.

The City Council has approved $82,580 in contracts with consultants for additional studies for the 5,400-home Tracy Hills development.

Jennifer Emerson, a basketball and volleyball standout, and Wendell Brown, who excelled in football and basketball, have been named outstanding athletes in West High’s Class of 2003.

Alan Hawkins, director of Tracy High’s International Baccalaureate program, is retiring after 32 years in teaching.

Services have been held for Wilfred A. “Mac” McDaniel, 85, a retired deputy agricultural commissioner and expert beekeeper.

25 years ago — 1988

Evelyn Costa retained her seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors with a convincing win over Victoria Royster of Tracy and Manteca Mayor Jack Snyder.

A Tracy mother, Lavonne Thoming, and her son, David Thoming, will receive their San Joaquin Delta College diplomas at the same time.

Tracy High southpaw pitcher Danny Auchard has been drafted in the 43rd round by the New York Mets. He had a 9-0 record for the Bulldogs in his senior year.

Alvaro and Maria Rodrigues are presidents of the IPFES festa. Lucia Rodrigues is queen. Rain caused cancellation of the festa’s bloodless bullfights.

Carlton Rust, a Tracy High senior, has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Services have been held for Claude Marona, 82, who came to Tracy in 1962 to be the first business manager of the newly formed Tracy Public Schools, combining high school and elementary district administrations.

50 years ago — 1963

Clyde Abbott has retired as manager of the Holly Sugar Corp. factory, ending a 47-year career with the Colorado Springs-based producer of beet sugar.

Florence Moore was honored on her retirement after 18 years as a teacher at Jefferson School.

Clark Saunders, secretary-manager of the Tracy District Chamber of Commerce for the past 2.5 years, has resigned to seek other employment.

Directors of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital are studying the feasibility of locating a 26-bed expansion on the current site without the need for Harmon Park.

Dale Stocking, a 1957 graduate of Tracy High School, has earned a Doctor of Dentistry degree from UC San Francisco. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UC Davis.

75 years ago — 1938

Veteran Tracy auto dealer Guy Stewart has taken on the Pontiac line of cars to augment his Packard and Hudson dealerships.

Sousa Furniture has been moved to larger quarters at the corner of Seventh Street and Central Avenue.

The start of construction of a new Tracy jail on Eighth Street has been delayed while city officials seek changes in the original plans. The project is funded by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA).

100 years ago — 1913

The new St. Bernard’s Catholic Church building at the corner of Eighth Street and Central Avenue has been dedicated. The James Eagan family donated funds for two statues in the church building.

Directors of the Board of Trade traveled by car to Lodi to meet with members of the Lodi Merchants Association in order to learn how Lodi is promoting its businesses.

— Tracy Press archives
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