Twice-Told Tales: Images of war in China reach Tracy
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10 years ago — 2003

Several thousand Tracy residents turned out at the West Valley Mall to hear Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speak. He is on a statewide speaking tour promoting his economic agenda for California.

Dan Schack, who leads a local engineering and architectural design firm, has been named Tracy’s Citizen of the Year in recognition of his service to many nonprofit organizations.

An oil pipeline burst near Mountain House Parkway west of Tracy, requiring crews to stem the flow of crude oil.

Tracy youngsters, many dressed as Christmas presents, joined Santa Claus in the annual Christmas parade in downtown Tracy.

Frank Dimenco is heading Tracy residents who are ringing bells at Salvation Army kettles in front of retail stores.

Drag racing at the New Jerusalem Airport southeast of town is becoming a problem, according to Tracy police.

Reconstruction of Parker Avenue is expected to be completed before Christmas, according to city officials.

25 years ago — 1988

David Harvey and John Morris have shared the Peter B. Kyne Trophy as the most valuable players on the Tracy High football team.

Roy Patterson has been elected president of the Tracy Elementary School District’s board of trustees. He succeeds Dr. Melville Jacobson.

Louie Galli, Jim Solarez and Julius Traina are making preparations for the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club’s annual crab cioppino dinner.

Richard Giambastini has been elected president of the Italian Catholic Federation.

More than two years after plans for a proposed new town of Carnegie south of Tracy were scratched, a proposal for a new town west of Tracy has surfaced. (That town became Mountain House.)

Students of the Ballet Center of Tracy are presenting a holiday dance program at Emma Baumgardner Theater on the Tracy High campus.

Betty Adams, a retired Tracy High physical education teacher, has died in Stockton at the age of 65.

50 years ago — 1963

Butch Patello, who played fullback and linebacker for the Tracy High Bulldogs, has been named winner of the Peter B. Kyne Trophy for the most valuable member of the football team.

Holt and Ridge school districts in the Delta north of Tracy will join the Tracy Joint Union High School District after a decision by the countywide Committee for School District Organization.

The annual Hospital Auxiliary Ball filled the Tracy Inn Gold Room. Betty Levand was general chairwoman.

Handel’s “Messiah” was presented in the Tracy High School auditorium by the Tracy Community Chorus. A string ensemble composed of Mel Jacobson, daughters Barbara and Carol Jacobson and Dorothy Martin accompanied the singers.

Former Tracy High quarterback Bob Post, playing for the Merchant Marine Academy, was named outstanding player in the Boardwalk Bowl at Atlantic City, N.J. Post guided the Merchant Marines to a 27-13 victory over Pennsylvania Military College.

Services have been held for George Gerlach, 81, a pioneer farmer in the Tracy area.

75 years ago — 1938

Christmas decorations are beginning to appear in downtown Tracy, with civic and fraternal organizations doing the work.

Pictures of the war that has broken out in China are being shown at a public program in Tracy. The photos show the invasion of China by Japanese forces.

A worker at the Martin Bronich Farm north of town was robbed by two men and two women, who entered his house.

Sim Frerichs is new worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Mrs. C.S. Bush is worthy matron.

Ribeye steaks are going for 25 cents a pound at the Douglas Meat Market in the Purity Store.

The Tracy Press is offering a prize for the best decorated Christmas window in a Tracy store.

100 years ago — 1913

A hearing has been scheduled by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on a petition asking for a vote on the formation of an irrigation district around Tracy. A second petition, from opponents, has also been received by supervisors.

A meeting in Byron has gained support for the formation of Byron Bethany Irrigation District.

The final performance of the Women’s Improvement Club’s talent show was

followed by a dance.
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December 16, 2013
I am sorry to see the Tracy Press did not deem the death of SSGT Steven Bridges, of Tracy, not worthy in the twice told tales. He died in Iraq on December 08,2003 and was the second soldier lost in Iraq. Does this mean our brave sons and daughters mean nothing now?
December 17, 2013
No! Probably they just overlooked it in th wake of th hundreds an thousands of other deaths that have taken place since then.

Perhaps though ya can answer a question fer me.

Since he wasn't an American Citizen an really didn't have much ta do with th American way of life while he lived, even though he was a great man, why did our post office an government facilities fly th American Flag at half mast when he died?

We may have done it but have we ever put our entire nation inta morning by flyin our flags at half mast for any other person that wasn't at least an American citizen? There probably has been such things but I can't thank of any an wonder why we will morn foreigners but not our own people.

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