This week in Tracy history:
10 years ago — 2009
At a press conference, Tracy’s new police chief, Janet Thiessen, said she wanted to beef up community policing. (Chief meets the press)
The Tracy City Council is considering what budget cuts to make to compensate for a downturn in developer fees caused by the bursting housing bubble. (City makes first cuts)
Tracy High wrestlers captured the championship of the David Mendoza Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Lincoln High in Stockton. (Winning matches)
World War II veterans Bill Miller and Ken Fulkerson told members of the Tracy Historical Museum about their experiences as Army guards at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war leaders. (Tales of a war trial)
Businesses in north Tracy were attacked by a series of window smashes.
The West High boys basketball team took another key Tri-City Athletic League game in beating McNair, 62-56. The West girls dumped McNair 56-50. (Wolf Pack still rolling)
25 years ago — 1994
Jared Zwickey, the new chief of police, has asked the City Council for four more employees, none of them a sworn officer, as he reorganizes the department.
City Council members toured areas of the city to hear firsthand what industrial noises are most bothersome. The council plans to approve a noise ordinance soon.
Trustees of the Tracy Elementary School District have derailed plans to form a unified school district with the high school district. Grade school trustees voted not to request state funding needed to grease the unification wheels.
Tracy High’s basketball standout Sean McCartney has posted a 22-point scoring average that was helped by a 40-point game, the third best in school history.
Walter and June Dowdy have received a Special Mission Award from the First United Methodist Church in recognition of their community service.
50 years ago — 1969
Trustees of the Tracy Elementary School District have delayed their decision on whether to start sex-education classes after hearing from both sides of the contentious issue.
David Lawson and Manuel Ruiz scored 12 points each as the Senior Elementary Celtics smashed St. Bernard’s, 49-5.
Bill Pollard has been elected president of Tracy Golf and Country Club’s board of directors. He succeeds John Mancuso.
A new housing inspection program was explained by city officials to members of the North Tracy Improvement Association.
The new library at Jefferson School has been dedicated to the memory of Carsten Brandeman, a trustee in the 1920s when school finances were a major concern.
A new “flexible day” program at Tracy High is being readied to change how classes are scheduled. (It didn’t work.)
75 years ago — 1944
Army Maj. John Hurley, 36, has been killed in action on the Italian front, his wife, Peg Hurley, a Tracy teacher, has been informed. The holder of the Silver Star for bravery, Hurley was a former Tracy High football coach who also was on the Washington State coaching staff and played a year of professional football.
Robert Allen, manager of the Grand Theatre since 1924, is turning over management of the Grand and Arlon theaters to his son, Boyd Allen.
100 years ago — 1919
A group of Tracyites toured the Union Island ranch of Abe Grunauer and Louis Kroner, where a new type of irrigation system makes use of tidal gates to flood the land with river water.
City trustees (City Council) have approved an ordinance that would govern municipal actions in case of another influenza epidemic.
— Tracy Press archives