Home construction continues to boom in Tracy. The number of building permits issued so far in 2003 is 16 percent greater than a year ago. The permits total 325 for the first six months of the year.
More than 100 people descended on the Heinbockel Inn on Finck Road north of Tracy for the tavern’s annual crawdad festival.
Mayor Dan Bilbrey welcomed new educators to the Tracy area at the annual new-teacher luncheon at Williams Middle School.
Ned Roscoe, Libertarian Party candidate for governor, stopped in Tracy to promote his campaign for the Oct. 7 recall election of Gov. Gray Davis.
Services have been held for Linda Tosta, 60, a resident of San Jose Road northwest of Tracy.
The Tracy Unified School District is making plans to televise its twice-monthly board meetings on Channel 26.
Plans to develop Tracy’s second cemetery on Chrisman Road land purchased by the Tracy Cemetery District are on hold because of problems with the Williamson Act, which promotes the preservation of farmland. (The 22-acre site has since been sold, and the cemetery has purchased property on Valpico Road west of town for its second cemetery.)
25 years ago — 1988
After a series of citizens’ meetings, a compromise growth plan has been proposed. It would cut the average maximum number of building permits issued each year from 1,200 to 1,000 and add 200 annual housing allotments for fill-in projects.
Candidates for the Nov. 8 City Council election will include incumbents Carol Schubert and Ray Morelos and challengers Gene Anderly and Diane Garcia. Mayor Richard Hastie will face Lester “Scotty” Scott.
Bon Daniel, a hold-over running back from the Tracy High Bulldogs’ 1987 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champs, is expected to carry a heavy load in the 1988 team’s offense.
Rickie Lundgren has succeeded Ed Skeen as principal at Tracy High School. She is the school’s first female principal.
50 years ago — 1963
Joe E. Foster has joined the Tracy High faculty as band director with eight years of experience in Texas.
Coming from Oroville to teach English and French at Tracy High is Richard Giambastini.
Glenda Morris of Tracy has received a Registered Nurse degree from Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Tracy High Future Farmers earned 175 ribbons at the San Joaquin County Fair.
Harvey Peterson, a Tracy teacher, has been installed as grand knight of Knights of Columbus.
Leon Wroten of the champion Reeve Dairy softball team has taken batting honors for the “A” League with a torrid .769 batting average.
75 years ago — 1938
A number of Tracy-area residents have voiced disappointment that the Tracy exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fair did not receive top honors.
George Dickerson, the former UCLA standout who is Tracy High’s new varsity football coach, has started workouts for this year’s team.
The Federated Store on Central Avenue is featuring Mode O’ Day frocks at prices starting at $1.
100 years ago — 1913
While Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bagley enjoyed a warm summer’s evening on the front porch of their Tracy home, a burglar entered through an unlocked back door and stole money and
A San Francisco firm has purchased 2,000 acres of Vernalis-area farm land. C.E. Stalder sold the land for a price reported between $80 and $90 per acre.