This week in Tracy history:
10 years ago — 2008
The South/West Park program of the Tracy Boys and Girls Clubs has moved to the school’s new multipurpose room. The move has resulted in increased participation, reported Norma Perry, director of the program.
West High’s Wolf Pack downed Edison of Stockton, 31-14, in the 2008 homecoming game at Steve Lopez Stadium. Dexter Alcala and Michael Thornton carried the ball in West’s steady ground game.
Babe Ruth and Tracy High baseball teams are seeking community contributions to rebuild the baseball field at Monte Vista Middle School.
Students at St. Bernard’s School sang side by side with professional opera stars during a local performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme.”
Longtime Tracy Rotarian Stan Morri has received special recognition from Rotary District 5220’s governor, Janine McClanahan, for his service to the club and community.
“Revival” is the theme of a photographic show by local photographers in the Grand’s art galleries chronicling the reconstruction of the Grand Theatre.
Students at West High’s Institute for Global Commerce and Government have created a scary Halloween show.
25 years ago — 1993
Jeremy Silcox and Stacy Kelley reigned as king and queen of Tracy High’s 1993 homecoming. The Bulldogs dumped Tokay of Lodi, 42-20, in the homecoming game. John Larkin ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Members of a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team took part in an exercise to disarm a mock nuclear weapon aboard a C-141 military transport that was portrayed as having crashed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Site 300 in the hills southwest of Tracy.
Jefferson School’s Halloween Carnival had all kinds of spooky activities, including a dunking booth, a “moon walk,” carnival games, a cake walk and hay rides.
Services have been held for Dolores R. “Lori” Baca, 38, who conducted dog obedience classes in Tracy for 13 years for the city Parks and Recreation Department.
Robin Blakley, assistant superintendent of public services for Tracy Public Schools, has resigned to take a similar position with the Pacific Grove Unified School District. He was active in establishing Mello-Roos residential fees to finance school construction.
Trustees of the Tracy High district have decided to dismiss calls for the closure of West High after the current school year as an economy measure.
50 years ago — 1968
Seventeen employees of Defense Depot Tracy are leaving for South Vietnam to work in supply operations as Vietnam War combat operations continue on a large scale.
Despite a number of meetings to discuss street alignments in the North Holly Drive area, there has not been any agreement reached between city staffers and residents.
Alfred Lehman, an elder of the First Presbyterian Church since 1935, has been honored on his retirement from the church’s governing session.
Both good yields and good quality have been reported for the fall harvest of iceberg lettuce by Alvarez Farms, Joe Toste and Dick Kennedy.
The undefeated Tracy High football team mauled East Union of Manteca, 63-7. Bulldog quarterback Pat James had his best night of the season, connecting on seven of eight passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.
A young couple from Heilbronn, Germany, stopped overnight in Tracy on their 25,000-mile around-the world bicycle journey.
Assemblyman William Bagley, R-Marin County, has predicted that Assemblyman Bob Monagan of Tracy will be the next speaker of the state Assembly if Republicans establish a majority in the upcoming election.
75 years ago — 1943
Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Marion Dale Odell of Tracy is reported missing in action. He has been a co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress believed to have been shot down in a raid over Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Kalcsics have become the new owners of the Old Mission Bakery on Central Avenue.
Tracy High has established a new basic mathematics course to satisfy demands by the U.S. Armed Forces for service members with better math skills.
Tyrone Power and Betty Grable are starring in “A Yank in the R.A.F.” at the Grand Theatre.
100 years ago — 1918
Following a heavily attended outdoor meeting of the Board of Trustees (City Council), board members finally agreed with the Board of Health that closing local saloons was a good idea as a health measure to limit exposure to sometimes-deadly Spanish influenza. Before the meeting, some saloon owners had charged that the order was an effort to close saloons to satisfy demands of “dry” anti-liquor proponents. A second meeting on the issue is planned.
The Tracy-area harvest of dry beans is ending under good harvest weather conditions. Although the harvest was successful, prices of beans are at a low ebb, growers report,
— Tracy Press archives