10 years ago — 2009

Parents of children attending Delta Island School are protesting plans by the Tracy Unified School District to close the rural school north of Tracy. The closure would respond to a declining enrollment and budget problems. (Parents rail against possible school closure)

The Tracy Educational Excellence Foundation is sponsoring the first “Tracy’s Got Talent” show to raise funds. Auditions are beginning Feb. 10. 

Piedmont Lumber Co., which produced trusses and other home-building elements on 11th Street east of the overpass, is closing shop as a result of the sharp decline in home construction. (Truss business calls it quits)

Greg Bidlack and Nancy Cole were honored at the annual Tracy of Commerce Gala at the Grand Theatre as Tracy male and female citizens of the year.

25 years ago — 1994

Final plans for the Tracy mall have been submitted to the city building department, and construction on the 964,000-square-foot project is expected to begin in March.

Buyers of homes in the new Woodfield Estates subdivision on Corral Hollow Road aren’t paying Mello-Roos taxes, but they are paying close to $1,000 a year to pay off 4.8 million in bonds to finance roads, sewer lines and other infrastructure projects.

Retired U.S. Navy officer Casey Goodall has been selected as the new assistant superintendent for business services of Tracy Public Schools. He succeeds Robin Blakley.

Services have been held for Gabriel Moitoso, a real estate agent and retired farmer who died at the age of 89. He was an active fundraiser for the IPFES Portuguese society.

50 years ago — 1969

A burglar cracked the safe at Rose Pharmacy, 126 W. 11th St., and got away with more than $1,000 in cash.

Ben Davidian, winner of the local American Legion speech contest, has captured the District 11 contest and will move on to the regionals. (He kept moving on, ultimately winning the national contest. Davidian is now a superior court judge in Sacramento.)

Despite Scott Stringer’s 20-point effort, the Tracy High boys basketball team was stomped by Lincoln of Stockton, 85-57.

Dan Watrous and Junior Sansing have been promoted to be lieutenants in the Tracy Fire Department. (Watrous later became chief.)

Tracy High senior David Robinson has been nominated for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

A proposed new town west of Tracy called Midway City has been scrubbed from a new San Joaquin County general plan map.

75 years ago — 1944

A special War Bonds film has been screened at the Grand Theatre, urging citizens to buy War Bonds.

During 1943, a total of 41 alarms were turned in to the Tracy Fire Department, Chief Roxy Hudson has reported.

Lindsay Cochran, general manager of Robert T. Cochran & Co., growers, packers and shippers of fresh produce, has returned from meetings on the East Coast in his capacity as president of the Western Growers Association.

Army Air Forces Capt. George Curran has returned to duty in California after serving in England and Iceland.

100 years ago — 1919

Mrs. George Wadsworth, wife of the principal of West Side Union High School, has died of influenza at the age of 27.

Organization of the Canteen Social Club has been completed. Club members served at the Red Cross Canteen at the Southern Pacific Depot, providing refreshments to soldiers and sailors traveling on S.P. trains during and after World War I.

The Bank of Tracy is offering to loan up to $5,000 to those purchasing improved farmland.

— Tracy Press archives

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