10 years ago — 2009

A lack of funding has forced the Tracy Branch Library to trim 11 hours per week from its operating schedule.

Playgrounds at El Pescadero, Stevens and Thoming parks are scheduled to receive upgraded play equipment.

Several thousand people showed up at Lincoln Park to participate in the Juneteenth Celebration sponsored by the Tracy African American Association.

Crime was down in Tracy in the past year, although the Sandra Cantu murder case attracted worldwide attention.

Melissa Huckaby, charged with Cantu’s murder, has pleaded not guilty to the charges in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Demolition of the Tracy High cafeteria has started, triggering some people to recall that the building, constructed in 1956, was the site of many community dinners and meetings.

Kyle Jensen, who grew up playing in the Tracy Little League, has been selected in the major league draft by the Florida Marlins.

25 years ago — 1994

Plaque winners in the annual Bank of America Awards program were Ramford Ng, liberal arts; Stephen Pine, applied arts; Ronald Silveira, fine arts; and Sophie Wong, science and mathematics.

West High’s first-year girls frosh-soph softball team captured the Valley Oak League title with a 14-1 league record.

Tracy residents responding to surveys on transportation needs voiced approval for a commuter rail system. (What turned out to be ACE was launched a few years later.)

The newly inaugurated city code measure that bans smoking in public restaurants is not being obeyed by the operator of The Diner on 11th Street, city officials report.

Janice Dias is reigning as queen of this year’s IPFES Holy Ghost “festa.”

50 years ago — 1969

James T. “Jim” Bell, juvenile officer with the Tracy Police Department, has been named deputy constable by Bernard “Corky” Canale, the new constable.

Tracy will eventually become what is known as “a bedroom town,” according to planning consultant Don Crawford.

Some 200 youths are beginning summer jobs at Defense Depot Tracy.

New lights have been installed at the Tracy Ballpark to begin the 1969 softball season.

Mike Bohl, a 1968 graduate of Tracy High, has been named editor of the Bakersfield College student newspaper, The Renegade Rip.

Terry Brown is the new president of the Jefferson 4-H Club.

With temperatures ranging in the mid-70s, Tracy is experiencing relatively cool weather in the first week of June.

75 years ago — 1944

Three Tracy servicemen have been united in Italy, where they are members of the 15th Air Force B-24 Liberator Bomb Group . They are Gwen Imus, Elroy Cox and Robert Freese.

Army Lt. William Cannon of Tracy has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for service with the 8th Air Force flying bombers from England.

Cecilio Lopez has reported for active Army duty. (He was later killed in action in Italy.)

Maurice Delgado and Levonne Anderson are soloists in a dance recital in the Tracy High auditorium.

100 years ago — 1919

Tracy residents will go to the polls June 17 to decide the fate of a bond issue to finance city improvements.

Plans have been drawn to build a first-class hotel in Tracy. Stock will be sold to finance the project (which in 1927 became the Tracy Inn.)

The Tracy Canteen at the Southern Pacific Depot is still serving soldiers and sailors returning home from posts overseas and in the U.S.

— Tracy Press archives

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