Twice-Told Tales: A fire that took hours to put out destroys True Value Hardware
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10 years ago — 2003

City of Tracy representatives met with residents of the Larch-Clover area north of town to explain what the city considered advantages of being annexed to the city.

In-Shape City’s facility at 11th Street and Parker Avenue has received a face-lift and new exercise equipment.

Good weather and attendance were reported for the 17th annual California Dry Bean Festival held in downtown Tracy.

Tracy Fire Division Chief Larry Fragoso is working on plans for a new fire station on West 11th Street across from Alden Glen Drive.

Tracyites generated $20,000 at a dinner providing treatment funds for Mike Cox, a Tracy police sergeant battling cancer.

Richard and Donna Sordello have been honored on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Les Serpa of Surland Cos. has outlined plans for a proposed transit village along the Union Pacific line south of town.

25 years ago — 1988

A blazing fire destroyed the Workbench True Value hardware store at 30 E. 10th St. The fire, which started in a rear storeroom, took several hours to extinguish.

Marinade created by Tracyite Greta Longmire in her kitchen is now being sold in nine states.

Jim and Heidi Van Sickle have moved into a new home in Harvest Country Estates in southwest Tracy, marking the beginning of completion of the first homes in the city’s Residential Specific Plan. Some 7,500 homes are scheduled to be built within the next seven years.

The two-story Tracy Medical Center building at 530 W. Eaton Ave. has been opened.

Tracy’s second annual California Dry Bean Festival has drawn larger crowds than last year’s initial fest.

50 years ago — 1963

Former Tracy High football standout Bob Post will be the starting quarterback for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy team this fall. As a plebe, he was starting quarterback, guiding the Kings Point varsity to a winning season.

Bob Welch’s model of a Cessna push-pull plane won first place in national competition in Los Angeles.

Lino Raymond Giovacchini of Manteca and Linda Fay Given of Tracy were married in ceremonies at the First Methodist Church. The newlyweds will make their home in Virginia, where the groom is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Behind the pitching of Vince Cramer, Robbie Swenson and Charlie De Aguero, the American Legion defeated the Kiwanis Club, 15-11, to win the Pee Wee League youth baseball title.

Romey Rodriguez, Josie Robles and Ophelia Cardiel are candidates for queen of the Mexican Independence celebration sponsored by the Community Service Organization.

75 years ago — 1938

Tracy officials took part in the dedication of the new divided freeway across the Altamont Pass between Tracy and Livermore.

Movie star Leo Carillo will crown the queen of the upcoming West Side Fair, scheduled Aug. 11-14.

Construction of a music building and an addition to the agriculture building at Tracy High School is being funded by $17,100 grant from the federal Public Works Administration.

Raymond Haight, candidate for governor, spoke to Tracy residents on the City Hall Lawn (where the firefighter’s statue is now).

100 years ago — 1913

A Southern Pacific passenger train crashed into a truck in the Tracy switching yard, killing two men in the truck.

Tom Wing and Sing Lee, operators of restaurants on Fourth Street, were fined $25 each for selling alcohol.
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August 09, 2013
50 years ago - I think I was the pee wee coach of American Legion that won 15-11 over

Kiwanis Club.

Greg Welch THS class '65

Anyone have any Tracy Press clippings that might prove this???

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