The Remember When “mystery photo” of Sept. 2 shows a group of Tracy bean growers standing besides their Caterpillar tractors in the late 1930s. Left to right: Harvey Howard, John Robertson, Bob Alcock and Richard “Bill” Alcock. Robertson was a brother-in-law of the two Alcock brothers. All those in the photo arrived in the Carbona area in the late 1920s and early 1930s from the San Fernando Valley after the Banta-Carbona Irrigation District was organized. Charles “Chuck” Alcock, son of Bill Alcock, identified those in the photo.
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10 years ago — 2000
The county planning commission has approved adding 204 acres to the 128 acres originally planned for the ADESA Auto Auctions facility west of Tracy. The start of construction is expected soon, according to ADESA officials.
Tours of aging school buildings have been held to push for two bond issues on the Sept. 26 ballot.
Construction has been started on Art Freiler Elementary School in west Tracy. The school will have K-8 classes, with a magnet for science and technology.
Tracy dairy farmers dumped nearly 20,000 gallons of milk to protest low milk prices.
Hiram Sibley, operator of the Old River Golf Course, is making plans to add a second nine holes.
The Mormon church building on Valpico Road is nearing completion.
25 years ago — 1985
City building inspectors are scheduled to look over homes in the Fairhaven subdivision in south Tracy. Home buyers have complained about shoddy work and a lack of response by the developer to complaints.
The Patterson Tigres defeated the Tracy Angels, 8-2, in the fifth and final game of the Mexican-American Baseball League playoffs.
Construction has been started on the 309-unit Sycamore Village Apartments on Central Avenue at Tracy Boulevard, which will be Tracy’s largest apartment complex.
Former Tracy High and Oregon State standout lineman John Gonzalez has signed to play two years for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
50 years ago — 1960
The former Methodist church building at Parker and Eaton avenues has been bought by organizers of the First Covenant Church.
Staff Sgt. Danny Palomino has been named the full-time noncommissioned officer with Tracy’s Army National Guard unit, an artillery battery.
Banta Signal Oil has captured the Tracy “A” League softball title with a 6-2 win over Foster’s Truck Service. Darrell Ceciliani led Oiler hitters.
Tracy’s request for federal financial help to redevelop lower Central Avenue — between Sixth and Ninth streets — has been rejected.
Enrollment at Tracy High School on the first day of classes was 1,092. More students will begin classes in the next few weeks, Principal Verlin Burchard said.
75 years ago — 1935
Domitia Rangel will be queen of the Mexican Independence Day fiesta Sept. 16 at the IPFES Hall.
Tracy High School’s opening-day enrollment was 405 students.
Sgt. Pat Bone of the Tracy Police Department killed a large snake on the sidewalk near a local creamery.
100 years ago — 1910
A preliminary meeting of the committee to push for establishment of a high school district was held in the Tracy Press office.
The Western Pacific main line between Salt Lake City and Oakland has been completed. The route passes through Carbona, south of Tracy, and over the Altamont Hills.
• Information for this column was gathered from Tracy Press archives.