Twice-Told Tales: Tracy Plunge hosts Polynesian Holiday
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10 years ago —2003

Developer Jim Nylan is building the 30,000-square-foot Edgewood Corporate Center in south Tracy.

Bicycle enthusiasts have formed the Tracy Wheelers Bicycle Club to sponsor bicycle-oriented events. David Coursey and his wife, Elionora Bjuhr, are club organizers.

Final arrangements are being completed for the California Dry Bean Festival scheduled for Aug. 2 and 3 in downtown Tracy. Donna Koron is festival coordinator.

Former Tracy High, Notre Dame and Detroit Lions running back Nick Eddy spoke to candidates for the Tracy High football team.

Within the next year, a new warehouse will be in use at Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin’s Tracy site on Chrisman Road.

25 years ago — 1988

Dennis and Viveca Duff of Tracy have brought their triplets home from San Joaquin General Hospital. The babies, a girl and two boys, were born April 22.

Christine Toon has become volleyball coach at Tracy High School.

Rachel McDonald is marking 30 years as a Tracy hair stylist. She started in 1958 at Maxine’s Beauty Shop.

A 30-year-old Tracy man was arrested for an armed robbery at Bank of America.

Ruben Bernais has been installed as Tracy’s new postmaster. He succeeds Robert Hedrick, who retired earlier in the year.

Pinkie Phillips has completed 20 years of coaching Tracy Tritons swimmers.

Former Tracyite Bob Hoyt is retiring as general manager of the purchasing department at H.J. Heinz Co. headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa.

50 years ago — 1963

Tracy Aquateens presented a “Polynesian Holiday” aquacade at the Tracy Plunge.

Martin M. Randall has retired as a Southern Pacific locomotive engineer, ending a 45-year career with the railroad.

Mr. and Mrs. Carmelo Navarra celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party in the Masonic Hall.

Summer recreation activities are in full swing at Tracy parks and the Teenage Center at Tracy High.

Harry L. Johnson has come to Tracy from Bakersfield to be the new Southern Pacific trainmaster. He succeeds Lloyd Nations. Johnson started with the SP in Fresno in 1945 after Army duty in Europe during World War II.

75 years ago — 1938

Some 40 workmen are putting the finishing touches on the new Central School building at the corner of Parker and Eaton avenues. C.A. Tornell of Tracy is the contractor.

Ken Hamilton has been named new Pacific Gas & Electric Co. manager in Tracy. He is a longtime resident of the Tracy area and succeeds Carlton N. Thomas, who died recently.

Queen contestants — 14 in all — are selling tickets for the West Side Fair in Tracy, Aug. 11-14.

A new Greyhound bus depot has been completed next to The Diner restaurant on 11th Street.

100 years ago — 1913

Two new switching crews have been put to work in the Southern Pacific yard as shipments of fruit have increased.

Vernalis native George Messer, who stands 7 feet, 1 inch tall, caused quite a stir as he walked down Stockton streets.

Two professional women from south of the tracks got into a fight in the SP yard, and railroad workers took up sides. Two shots were fired, but no one was hit.

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