10 years ago — 2009

Staff Sgt. Daniel Hansen was remembered today as a dependable soldier, high-spirited man and faithful friend.

Services were held in the West High gymnasium for Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel Hansen, a 24-year-old West High graduate who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Rod Buchanan, the interim parks and community services director, has been named director.

Interim no more

Tracy High’s baseball team dumped the Golden Valley Cougars, 10-3, for its fourth win of the young 2009 season. Kyle Moses went 3 for 3 for the Bulldogs.

Youth has its day — again

Gottschalks, one of the original anchor stores at the West Valley Mall, has filed for liquidation. (Macy’s now occupies the same mall location.)

Gottschalks going liquid

Bob Elliott, newly elected president of the Tracy Sister City Association, plans to travel to Memuro, Japan, in May to help mark the 20th anniversary of the Tracy-Memuro Sister City program.

An enduring friendship

Sallie Goldsmith has been named “Mother of the Year” at Agape Missionary Baptist Church.

25 years ago — 1994

The federal government has purchased 400 acres of farmland from the Raspo family just north of Defense Depot Tracy for cleanup of contaminated underground water from the depot.

Three bodies found in a car submerged in the Delta-Mendota Canal have been identified as farm workers missing since December 1988.

The City Council, acting as the board of directors of the Tracy Development Agency, has approved the sale of $21 million in redevelopment bonds, mostly to finance expansion of the Interstate 205-Grant Line Road interchange in preparation for the construction of the Tracy mall.

Tracy police officers Bill Swartz and Mike Cox, along with firefighter Bruce Lambert, have been presented meritorious service medals.

Value Merchants Inc., parent company of Everything’s a Dollar stores, has closed its distribution facility in northeast Tracy.

Services have been held for James C. “Jimmy” McCusker, 76, a former highly ranked professional bantam-weight boxer and longtime Tracy resident.

50 years ago — 1969

B. Douglas Ayers, a California Highway Patrol officer with the Tracy CHP unit for the past year, has been credited with saving the life of a passenger whom he pulled from a burning car at the corner of Highway 50 (11th Street) and Banta Road.

Graduate students from the University of California at Berkeley have completed a three-year study of methods to improve treating wastewater from the Holly Sugar factory.

Owners of property on both sides of Holly Drive in the area north of Grant Line Road have criticized members of the City Council and the planning commission for dragging their feet in approving development projects.

Marvin Muela of the Tracy FFA Chapter has won the sectional FFA public speaking contest.

Tracy High speakers won first place in the B Division of the Yosemite Forensics Tournament held at Tracy High. John Zimmerman was the top Tracy speaker.

75 years ago — 1944

Rain keeps falling on Tracy, with the seasonal total boosted to 8.46 inches, some 2 inches more than at the same time last year.

Marine 1st Lt. Richard Evans of Tracy shot down his first Japanese plane in aerial combat at Rabaul Harbor in the South Pacific.

Tracy-area residents have purchased $964,770 in war bonds to hit 172 percent of the area’s goal.

100 years ago — 1919

Army 1st Lt. Paul Buschke of Tracy has been awarded the Croix de Guerre from the French government and two U.S. Purple Hearts for his combat service in the Argonne Forest on the Western Front.

March 1 was the first day in Tracy’s history that Tracy saloons did not sell liquor over the bar, abiding by the passage of a statewide prohibition measure.

— Tracy Press archives

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