This week in Tracy history:
10 years ago — 2008
Incumbent Mayor Brent Ives defeated challenger Celeste Garamendi to win a new term. He was appointed to the City Council in 1992 and has won every race since then.
Voters of the Tracy Unified School District approved Measure S, which will provide $43.1 million in local funding for the restoration of Tracy’s oldest elementary schools.
For the second year, students at Poet-Christian School walked laps around a course on Halloween to promote fitness and raise money for school programs.
A grand opening has been held for Veterans Park in southwest Tracy. Representatives from the Armed Forces and veterans organizations took part.
Volunteers are signing up to work on the Brighter Christmas program that provides food and toys to families in need.
A tenacious defense and an explosive ground game provided the Tracy High Bulldogs with a 43-20 win over Bear Creek at Wayne Schneider Stadium. West’s Wolf Pack downed Stagg, 27-6.
Glenna Petz has won a $4,000 prize for her lima bean dish recipe.
25 years ago — 1993
Dr. John C. Kimball, team doctor for Tracy High football teams for the past 40 years, has announced he will end his volunteer service at the end of the current football season.
Four Tracy firefighters — Dan Grebil, Blair Porter, Bruce Lambert and Bob Gentry — have returned from Southern California, where they helped battle flames that burned 170,000 acres.
A multiagency task force has been formed to brainstorm ideas to further the revitalization of Tracy’s downtown. Forming the task force was recommended by a consultant hired by the City Council.
Fortifiber Corp. has announced it is closing its Tracy plant on Acacia Street next year and moving its production to Nevada. The plant, which has 40 employees, has produced reinforced paper products for construction and packaging as well as carpet tape.
Incumbent Steve Brajkovich and businesswoman Tonya Pishos have won seats on the Plain View Water District’s board of directors. Pishos edged out incumbent Sam Tuso. At the Banta-Carbona Irrigation District, challenger Roger Elissagaray unseated incumbent Joe Falcone.
Tracy High students Melody Cefalo and Sophy Wong are semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships.
West High held its first spirit week activities, which in future years will be the newly opened high school’s homecoming.
50 years ago — 1968
A $580,000 bond issue to finance construction of a new City Hall received only 49 percent “yes” votes, far short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. It is the third time Tracy voters have turned down City Hall bonds.
Stressing that stricter security measures are now in force, officials of Defense Depot Tracy acknowledged that some 260 cases of dangerous drugs are unaccounted for at the depot.
Tracy’s Frank Castro has been elected president of the St. Anthony Society, a Portuguese-American fraternal organization with headquarters in Tracy.
Cheryl Wise reigned as queen of the Tracy High homecoming. The Bulldogs blanked Oakdale, 14-0, before 7,000 fans at Peter B. Kyne Field. Tracy defenders held vaunted Oakdale running back Rick Jones to 51 yards in 16 carries.
Bishop Hugh Donohue of the Stockton Catholic Diocese presided over the investiture of newly appointed Monsignor Eugene Shea of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Tracy High trustees have approved a family life program, which includes sex education, for sophomores. Earlier, elementary district trustees turned down a family life program for sixth-graders.
75 years ago — 1943
An early frost has ended the 1943 tomato harvest of 3,500 acres in the Tracy area.
Mexican nationals, who have come to the Tracy area to harvest crops, are taking night-school agriculture and English-language classes at Tracy High.
A campaign to raise $17,754 for the United Community War Chest is off to a good start, reported Al Crandall, drive chairman.
Army Air Corps Lt. William Cannon has arrived in England, where he is a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. (His plane was later shot down, and Cannon was a prisoner of war in Germany.)
100 years ago — 1918
On hearing reports that an armistice ending World War I could be in the offing, Tracyites started rejoicing at the prospect of the war in Europe ending. Confirmation of an armistice is being awaited.
Tracy doughboy Harry Frerichs wrote that he “went over the top” in France and came back safely to his trench.
Henry Hill, an employee of the Whitehall Estates farm north of Tracy, was electrocuted when a derrick he was operating to move baled hay came close to high-voltage wires.
— Tracy Press archives