Twice-Told Tales: Depot breaks ground on childcare center
by TP staff
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10 years ago — 2004

Tracy residents joined other Americans in watching television coverage of services for former President Ronald Reagan. Many residents recalled Reagan’s day in Tracy in September 1967, when, as governor of California, he dedicated the pumping plant of California Water Project.

The Budge Brown family, owners of the Oakwood Lake Resort on the San Joaquin River east of town, have announced that they are closing the water-slide park, citing increased costs to respond to new state regulations.

Kayla Louis is reigning over the annual IPFES Holy Ghost “festa,” held each year by Tracy’s Portuguese community.

Possible plans for development of the “Bow Tie Area” — the former Southern Pacific switching yard — are being considered by city staffers and planning commission members.

Soroptimist International of Tracy, a 56-year-old women’s service club, is closing after a decline in membership.

25 years ago — 1989

Tracy High’s summer school expects to have 375 students take part in summer classes, which are now beginning.

Joey Perry was named the outstanding member of the 1989 Tracy High golf team.

Members of Tracy High School’s Class of 1934 gathered in the Tracy Inn Gold Room for their 55th anniversary reunion. Marge Larsen was reunion coordinator.

Members of the Main Street Project are considering recommending a tax on downtown businesses to support projects to improve downtown business.

Defense Depot Tracy has broken ground on a child-care center at the Chrisman Road distribution center of the Defense Logistics Agency.

Bernard Keller, a retired Air Force colonel and Tracy teacher, has died at the age of 71. He had operated the Clockwerks on Central Avenue before his death.

50 years ago — 1964

Named teaching principals at three Tracy elementary Schools are James Stewart, West Park; Lanvin Peets, North; and Thomas Williams, South.

Roy Vanoni has been installed as president of the Tracy Civic-Athletic Club.

Ray Strader, Southern Pacific agent in Tracy since 1955, is retiring, ending a 21-year career with the railroad.

Holly Sugar Corp. is closing down its cattle-feeding operation at the Tracy factory. Beet pulp and molasses were standard parts of the menu.

The campaign to raise local funds for expansion of Tracy Community Memorial Hospital has reached $282,065, which is more than half of the goal of $500,000.

Joe Tiago of Banta, a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve, finished first in his class of airborne training at the Army’s “jump school” at Fort Benning, Ga.

75 years ago — 1939

Diplomas were given to 95 Tracy High graduates during commencement services in the school auditorium. Letafrances dal Porto is class valedictorian

The recent Frontier Days celebration has generated a good surplus of cash. Plans for next year’s “bigger and better” Frontier Days are already being made.

Josephine Silva is queen of this year’s IPFES Holy Ghost “festa” that is featuring a parade, a Mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, dances and “sopas e carne” at the Portuguese Hall.

A farm worker on Union Island has died of injuries suffered when he was thrown from a hay rake.

100 years ago — 1914

Twenty-one eighth-graders have graduated from Tracy Grammar School (Central School) on Central Avenue.

Tracy High School classes, in their second year in the same building, have ended at the grammar school. Enrollment is expected to increase next year.

Tracy Methodists are celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the church.

— Tracy Press archives

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