This week in Tracy history:
10 years ago — 2008
After hearing impassioned pleas both for and against a proposed Walmart expansion, three of four City Council members approved plans to add a grocery department to the Tracy Walmart store.
A ceramics kiln triggered an overhead sprinkler system to drench a downstairs office and an empty classroom at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
Services have been held for Frank Yip, 92, the retired co-owner, with his brother Harry, of the Golden Eagle Café in downtown Tracy for 30 years.
Ed Quinn, 59, superintendent of the Jefferson School District for 13 years, plans to retire next fall. In the meantime, he has received a $13,982 raise to boost his annual salary to $153,810.
David Geist, a retired Holly Sugar Corp. employee who served with the 82nd Airborne Division Engineers during World War II, has died at the age of 88.
West High’s Wolf Pack dumped Edison of Stockton, 31-14, in the homecoming game on Steve Lopez Stadium. Runs by Dexter Alcala and Matthew Thompson spearheaded West’s offense.
25 years ago — 1993
A closed four-hour personnel session of the Tracy Elementary School District’s board of trustees has prompted public concern over possible violation of the Brown Act open meeting law.
Although it won’t compare with last year’s “very wet” winter, this year’s rain season should yield an above-average amount of rain, predicts Paul Rinauro, the legendary “Carbona Weather Oracle.”
A 103-acre subdivision on MacArthur Drive is being auctioned off by the Resolution Trust Co., a federal agency disposing of property owned by a failed savings and loan association.
Rudy Dell’Osso and his son, Ron, are producing nearly 1,000 boxes of miniature squash called “munchkin pumpkins” grown on their Mossdale farm.
By converting a two-point touchdown conversion, the Tracy High Bulldogs nipped the Lincoln High Trojans, 23-22, on Peter B. Kyne Field. Glenn Silva set a new school record for receptions by hauling in a touchdown pass for his 71st varsity career catch.
A combined state and county grant is helping boost the FEAST culinary program at Tracy High. Janet Hill coordinates the program.
50 years ago — 1968
Two armed bandits posing as television customers held up Vital’s TV and Appliance store at 73 E. 10th St., getting away with $300 in cash and checks after tying up the hands and feet of proprietor Manuel Vital.
The new nine-room cluster building has been opened at North School.
Great Basins Petroleum has applied for permits to drill four exploratory natural-gas wells north and south of Tracy.
Glen “Dutch” Grose, a member of the Tracy High coaching staff, is the new president of the Tracy Civic Athletic Club.
Bags of blackeye-bean seed totaling 4,200 pounds have shipped from Rhodes Warehouse to U.S. Marines in South Vietnam. Rhodes donated the beans under a program coordinated by Marine Reserve Maj. Joe Tiago of Tracy.
The Tracy High Bulldogs defeated Lincoln High’s Trojans, 14-6, in the season’s Valley Oak League opener. Fullback Mike Harvey and halfback Dave Robinson spearheaded Tracy’s running attack.
The citizens committee backing a $580,000 bond issue to build a new City Hall has launched a door-to-door campaign.
Lydia Ruiz scored a two-stroke victory over Idie Williams to win the women’s championship at Tracy Golf and Country Club.
75 years ago — 1943
Seven people were killed and 30 injured when a stalled Greyhound bus was struck by a Western Pacific train at the Highway 33 crossing east of Tracy.
Dr. J.F. Claire, a Tracy veterinarian, has died in a Sacramento hospital.
After blanking Sonora, 20-0, the Tracy High football team is heading for Oakdale. Both teams are undefeated.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is opening its new elementary school next to the church on East 10th Street.
Army Pvt. Arny VanderMeer is undergoing basic training at Camp Roberts. (He was later wounded in action in the Philippines.)
100 years ago — 1918
Faced with a spiraling number of Spanish influenza cases, the Board of Health has ordered all citizens to wear gauze masks when in public. The notice, which appeared on the front page of the Tracy Press, also announced: “It is further ordered and directed that no person shall spit on the sidewalks or on the floors, stairways or halls of any place of business or public building. It is also ordered and directed that children must not play on the public streets.”
An employee of the El Solyo Ranch south of Vernalis was shot in the head and killed by Deputy Marshal Jack Madrid after the man went for Madrid’s gun as the officer was attempting to lift the man’s drunken friend from a sidewalk.
— Tracy Press archives