10 years ago — 2009

The Tracy Arts Commission has established a subcommittee to organize art to be featured inside the Tracy Transit Station. A railroad theme is planned. 

Visions of public art

A documentary film from Japan, titled “Camp Tracy,” was shown at the Grand Theatre. The film told of the World War II prisoner-of-war interrogation facility at Byron Hot Springs northwest of Tracy, where several thousand Japanese prisoners were interrogated.

Tracy High’s baseball team opened its 2009 home season with an 11-0 whitewashing of the Sonora Wildcats. Brandon Jossey homered twice for Tracy.

Tracy comes out swinging in home opener

Tracy farmers have learned that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a drought emergency because of a lack of rainfall in the Central Valley and snow in the Sierra.

25 years ago — 1994

A series of articles on gangs by Tracy Press reporter Leslie Weiss has won top honors for enterprise reporting in statewide newspaper judging.

The city is considering selling its 113-acre property at 11th Street and Chrisman Road. The land was originally considered for a community park, but a better location is sought.

Residents in south Tracy subdivisions have formed six Neighborhood Watch groups to guard against criminal activity.

Greyhound Lines Inc. has announced it will close its Tracy station on West 11th Street on March 31. Bus service to Tracy will continue with a stop at a convenience store at the corner of Grant Line Road and Holly Drive.

Tracy pharmacy owner Roger Murdock has sued major drug producers for $210 million for overcharging for prescription drugs.

50 years ago — 1969

Eight candidates have filed for three open seats on the Tracy High District’s board of trustees. They are incumbents John Erb, Richard “Bill” Alcock and Sheila McClelland and challengers Manuel Chaparro, Don Ringler, Steve Arnaudo, Myrtle Henson and Louis Galli.

Services have been held for William A. Steinmetz, a retired partner in the Steinmetz & Canale Store in Banta.

Tom Pombo, president of the Tracy High Chapter of Future Farmers of America, is leading local activities marking National FFA Week.

Holly Sugar employees and retirees held their first annual Valentine’s Day dinner-dance in the Tracy Inn Gold Room.

The San Joaquin River has risen again, hitting 31 feet at Vernalis, 3 feet above flood stage.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Archie Moore spoke at the Larch-Clover Community Center, where he urged youths to take part in Scouts or other activities.

75 years ago — 1944

N.B. Eddlestone has become the new Southern Pacific trainmaster in Tracy. He comes from Portland, Oregon.

Services have been held for David R. Payne, longtime Southern Pacific employee in Tracy, known to many Tracyites as “Uncle Dave.” He was Tracy’s second mayor.

The recently formed State Guard Unit in Tracy has reached its goal of 40 members, according to Capt. H.O. “Doc” Gregson.

100 years ago — 1919

A big crowd turned out for the meeting of the Board of Trustees (City Council) to support placing a bond issue on the ballot to finance street lights on Central Avenue and 11th Street.

O.W. Hunsacker has come from Turlock to be the new Ford dealer in Tracy.

Tracyites celebrated the return of Army Cpl. George Heinbockel, a decorated combat veteran of the western front in the World War.

— Tracy Press archives

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