Twice-Told Tales: Tracy home prices as low as $13,950
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10 years ago — 2003

Tracy ranks among the top 10 fastest-growing cities in the state. The city’s population as of Jan. 1 is 68,018, according to census figures.

Ann Mooney is the new president of the Tracy Educators Association.

About 500 people a week are visiting model homes in Mountain House, the planned community northwest of Tracy, which welcomed its first residents last week.

Houses south of town remained undamaged as a fire burned 35 acres near Valpico Road.

A quilt created by Tracy teenager Maggie Stockel is among those competing for prizes at the California State Fair in Sacramento.

Ceremonies at the sports complex on West 11th Street have dedicated soccer fields to the 1965 Pioneer Soccer Club.

Services have been held for Pedro “Pete” Sanchez, a city employee for 31 years.

Habitat for Humanity has completed its second house in Tracy. Elisa and Serapio Contreras will move into the Fourth Street structure.

25 years ago — 1988

A fire west of town near Byron and Lammers roads shut down Interstate 580 for an hour.

Kent Stribble, a Tracy jeweler, is the new president of the Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club.

Lee and Margie Clemons have expanded their recycling program at C&S Scrap Metals on Arbor Avenue.

Doug Gephart has been hired as personnel director for Tracy Public Schools. He comes to Tracy from Milpitas.

Pitching by Jason Murphy paced the Tracy Babe Ruth All-Stars to a win over Modesto in the 14-15-year-olds Babe Ruth Tournament.

Army Col. Joe Creel has become the new commanding officer at Defense Depot Tracy. He succeeds Marine Col. D.L. Stoner, who is retiring.

Mike Carter has joined the city parks and recreation staff as a recreation coordinator. He formerly directed operations at the Lolly Hansen Senior Center.

50 years ago — 1963

Chester Azevedo has been promoted to master sergeant while serving with the U.S. Air Force in France.

New homes in Cabrillo Park north of Grant Line Road are selling at prices between $13,950 and $19,000.

Sales tax revenue generated by Tracy businesses increased 3 percent in 1962, totaling $154,491.

The city of Tracy has increased the sewer-service charge for the H.J. Heinz Co. factory by 25 percent.

The Sun Valley Creamers were nipped by Merced, 12-10, in California-Mexican baseball action at Tracy Ballpark.

Tracy’s first comprehensive summer school, including classes from kindergarten through 12th grade, is going full swing at three schools.

75 years ago — 1938

Tracy attorney Howard Crittenden has announced he is a candidate for justice of the peace. Judge Sam McLain now holds the position.

Stanley Shelton was recalled as a director of the West Side Irrigation District, and Al Pereira was elected to fill the seat.

Work is nearing completion on the new divided freeway across the Altamont Pass west of Tracy.



100 years ago — 1913


A fire has destroyed the Arlington Hall on West Sixth Street. The structure was completed in late 1911 by Charles Slack, who promises to rebuild it.

The restaurant at Hotel Western is featuring meals beginning at 25 cents.

 
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