Twice-Told Tales: Tomato picking record
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2003

Tracy celebrated its 125 birthday with a parade, fireworks and an educational roundtable. The town was established in September 1878 by the Central Pacific Railroad.

Discovery Charter School has raised $23,000 in a week to fund school expenses for two months until delayed state funding arrives.

Dennis Krause, a Marine veteran, is coordinating an Armed Forces Weekend at the Dell’Osso Farms corn maze.

Newest plans for the proposed California High-Speed Rail system show an alternate route between the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley passing through Tracy. The preferred route would take the bullet trains over the Pacheco Pass.

The city of Tracy is proposing to raise sewer fees by 30 percent to finance major enlargement of the city’s sewage-treatment plant.

The 189 property owners in the Larch-Clover area north of town will soon receive mail ballots on a proposed annexation of 313 acres to the city of Tracy.

Investigators are trying to determine if arson is behind a series of haystack fires in the Vernalis area.

25 years ago — 1988

Since January, hired security guards have waited outside the city’s development office in Boyd Service Center to be first in line for residential-construction allocations.

Mary Turnipseed, 54, is marking 36 years on the job at the H.J. Heinz Co. factory. She is currently a filling-machine operator.

Jim and Bob Williams have purchased Winner Chevrolet from Tom Nokes. Bob Williams operates a Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge dealership in Roseburg, Ore., and Jim Williams, a Honda dealership in Selma.

A new education center to house operations of the San Joaquin County Office of Education has been opened near Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

Workers at the Laura Scudder’s snack-food plant are passing petitions in an effort to convince management to keep the plant open and not move operations to Utah and New Mexico.

50 years ago — 1963

Electro-neutronics plant is being moved from 11th Street to Eighth and B streets.

Tracy High School graduate Jim Baskette will leave soon for Florence, Italy, where he will attend a Stanford University overseas campus for six months.

After a 217-box one-day tomato-picking record was recently established on the Tom Muddiman farm, a new record has been notched at the Al and the Carl and Navarra farm on Vernalis Road. Luis Roman picked 226 boxes for the record.

Christine Fairbanks has been installed worthy adviser of Tracy Rainbow Girls.

The Tracy Bulldogs lost their 1963 football season opener to Pittsburg, 20-7.

75 years ago — 1938

The California State Fair booth entered by students at West Park School has won the sweepstakes award. The booth contains crafts and artwork.

Aldana Escobar reigned as queen of the two-day St. Bernard’s Festival.

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland are starring in “Love Finds Andy Hardy” at the Grand Theatre.

100 years ago — 1913

County supervisors have taken under advisement a petition from Tracy area land owners to form an irrigation district around the town.

J.L. Hutchinson of Tracy will serve only 10 years in San Quentin Prison on a murder conviction after his sentence was reduced from life imprisonment. He has served five years of his sentence.
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