Twice-Told Tales: First family moves into Mountain House
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10 years ago — 2003

Jeff and Lori Francis and their 5½-month-old daughter, Riley, are the first family to move into a house in the new Mountain House residential development west of town.

Safeway Stores Inc. will take over operation of the grocery firm’s Northern California distribution center from Summit Logistics.

Directors of Bay Area Rapid Transit are studying the possibility of extending BART’s Pleasanton-Dublin line across the Altamont Pass as far as Tracy. No decisions have been made.

The Kiwanis Club of Tracy is raising funds to revive the D.A.R.E. program that educates youth about the dangers of substance abuse.

Services have been held for Donald C. Davis, 71, a retired teacher at Tracy High School.

The city of Tracy has filed an eminent domain action against owners of the Grand Theatre property in an effort to begin restoration of the 1923-era theater.

Hot-air balloons lifted off from Lincoln Park early July Fourth morning to begin the annual patriotic celebration.



25 years ago — 1988

Dr. Sunil Patel, specializing in internal medicine, has become associated with the Eaton Medical Group’s offices in Tracy and Manteca.

Three Z’s Computer Services has won the 1988 Tracy Babe Ruth championship. Ed Martin and Rex Brown are coaches.

Gene Birk, 51, has been installed as president of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club.

Sales of fireworks are outlawed in San Joaquin County, but a stand is located at the county line on Highway 33 in Vernalis.

The Tracy Angels gained the California Mexican-American Baseball League’s playoffs with a 5-1 extra-inning win over Patterson. Steve Gamino’s 10th-inning triple was a key hit for the Angels.



50 years ago — 1963

Two 19-year-old inmates at Deuel Vocational Institutions have been charged with murder in the stabbing death of DVI correctional officer Conn Prock, 23, of Tracy.

Tom Matthews, co-publisher of the Tracy Press, has been installed as the new president of the Tracy District Chamber of Commerce.

Irwin Lauppe, controller at the H.J. Heinz Co. factory, has been named chairman of the Tracy Single Fund Drive, which is affiliated with the United Crusade of San Joaquin County.

Marla Hanson of Tracy has been selected “Miss Matsonia” on the SS Matsonia’s voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu.

Aerobatic stunt planes and sky divers took part in the Fourth of July air show at Tracy Municipal Airport. A “day in the park” at Lincoln Park and an auto and boat show also were featured.



75 years ago — 1938

Ellen Eliason is leading the contest for queen of the Tracy Fair sponsored by the American Legion.

A 25-year-old native of the Philippines was killed during an altercation at a farm labor camp on Union Island.

The Southern Pacific is offering coach fares from Tracy to San Francisco and return for $1.70.



100 years ago — 1913

The Tracy and West San Joaquin Board of Trade has stepped up its campaign to promote the establishment of an irrigation district around Tracy.

Despite promises from promoters, the road race from Los Angeles to the Bay Area did not end in Tracy. It went to Sacramento instead.

— Tracy Press archives

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