Twice-Told Tales: The search for a new chief continues
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10 years ago — 2000

Tracy has narrowed its search for a new police chief from six finalists down to two. A decision is expected soon, said City Manager Fred Diaz.

West High wrestlers dominated Tracy High’s mat team with a 52-21 win, the first West win of the season.

Tracy High’s Academic Decathlon team beat out 16 other schools to win the San Joaquin County competition. Next month, the team heads to Los Angeles for the state championship.

The fate of the Holly Sugar Corp. factory, a Tracy institution since 1918, hangs in the balance. Imperial Sugar Co. of Sugar Land, Texas, has purchased the plant and has indicated it may close the facility.

Yasui Park in southern Tracy has been dedicated in ceremonies honoring Ken Yasui, a longtime Tracy resident active in a number of civic activities.

25 years ago — 1985

Fred Thomas, the 38-year-old Tracy resident who received a transplanted heart and lungs in Phoenix on Dec. 20, has died in a Phoenix hospital from a viral infection. A drug taken to limit rejection of the organs had impacted his immune system.

The Bank of Italy building at the corner of Seventh Street and Central Avenue is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building, constructed in 1917, later became the Bank of America branch office.

The Tracy High girls soccer team remained undefeated with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lincoln, the only other undefeated San Joaquin Athletic Association team. Mandy Garza scored two second-half goals for the win.

Services have been conducted for Augusto Pellegri, 87, a native of Italy who farmed in northern Tracy for a half-century.

50 years ago — 1960

City Councilman Manuel Rico has announced he won’t seek re-election to the City Council, but will be a candidate for county supervisor.

The Tracy City Council has approved locating the new Southern Pacific switching yard on the east side of town.

The Rev. Roger Granados, director of the Neighborhood House on First Street, has been named Tracy’s “Young Man of the Year” by Tracy Jaycees.

Randy Norman is the name Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mattos have named their son, born Feb. 6 at Tracy Community Memorial Hospital. Randy, who has a brother, Richie, weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, at birth.

75 years ago — 1935

The Tracy City Council has approved three new projects to be funded by federal SERA grants. Unemployed men will be hired to repair sidewalks, trim trees and clean weeds from vacant lots.

Receiving all “A’s” on their first-quarter report cards at Tracy High School were Barbara Blincoe, Marjorie Crouch, Janet Llehman, Antonia Morua, Violet Peterson, Nancy Rossiter, Kate Weston, Carlitos Guevara and Edward Ludwig.

Rain continues to fall on the Tracy area, bringing the season total to 9.26 inches.

100 years ago — 1910

A tramp, known far and wide as “Pen, the Rapid Rambler,” has arrived in Tracy after spending 90 days in the county jail on a malicious mischief charge. He holds the record for cross-country tramp train travel — eight days from Boston to San Francisco.

Charles Slack is laying sewer lines on Central Avenue to connect his properties’ cesspools. Tracy has no municipal sewer system.

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