10 years ago — 2009

Tracy Little League claimed the District 67 title when the Tracy National Astros defeated the Northgate Little League Yankees, 5-1, in Manteca. Jared Finney homered twice for the Astros.

The Lammersville Elementary School District and the Tracy Unified School District have agreed to break ties. The proposed Lammersville Unified School District would have its own high school.

A tree has been planted in Kenner Park near Jacobson Elementary School in memory of Sandra Cantu, the 8-year-old murdered Tracy girl who had lived nearby in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park.

Tracy High graduate Christopher Paschal has been awarded the $1,000 Timothy Mason Scholarship, given in memory of a young Tracyite murdered in a service station robbery.

The board room in the new Byron Bethany Irrigation District headquarters building has been named for the late Charles Spatafore Jr., who had been a BBID board member.

25 years ago — 1994

Mae Wible, who has been food service supervisor for Tracy Public Schools for 14 years, is retiring after 25 years with the cafeteria system that serves both the Tracy Elementary and Tracy High school districts.

Unification of the Tracy High and Tracy Elementary school districts has been thrown a curve by a 3-1 vote of elementary trustees to stall the process.

The Tracy exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fair has won the sweepstakes award. The exhibit has a “Cherry Bowl” theme.

The West Side Pioneer Association has launched a campaign to save the iconic Tracy water towers from demolition.

Allen Riddle and Greg Becker, both of Boy Scout Troop 501, have received their Eagle Scout awards.

Amanda Matthews has been crowned princess of this year’s Tracy Bean Festival.

Services have been held for Ernest J. Pombo Sr., 67, a Tracy real estate agent and longtime managing director of the West Side Irrigation District.

50 years ago — 1969

Joy Berlemann, Miss U.S. Savings Bonds of 1969, visited Defense Depot Tracy to present the Minuteman Flag to the depot for 90 percent participation in the recent bond drive

Cedric Trujillo’s torrid bat led Larry’s Pizza to a 4-2 win over the Stockton Kaycees in countywide amateur baseball play.

Army 2nd Lt. Paul Fiack has left for a one-year tour of duty as a Green Beret in Vietnam. He is a 1968 graduate of U.C. Davis, where he was captain of the Aggie football team.

Tracy Police Capt. John J. Serpa has been awarded the J. Edgar Hoover Award as the top law enforcement officer active statewide in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Renzo Isler from Trieste, Italy, will be an American Field Service student in Tracy beginning in September. He will live with the Richard Kennedy family.

Sam Matthews, co-publisher of the Tracy Press, has been installed as president of the Tracy Rotary Club.

Tomatoes, with 13,588 acres, was the largest crop in the Tracy area for 1968, generating $10,935,925 in gross revenue.

75 years ago — 1944

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ted Baskette of Tracy was reported missing in action after the B-17 bomber he was piloting was shot down over France. (He parachuted to the ground and was hidden from German forces by a French family.)

Navy Lt. j.g. John Czerny of Tracy is credited with shooting down a Japanese plane over the Mariana Islands in the Pacific.

100 years ago — 1919

The Pentecost festa held by the Portuguese S.E.S. Lodge drew a big crowd over the weekend. Josephine White reigned as festa queen.

Members of the Board of Trade are canvassing Tracy to secure 400 potential customers for a natural gas service.

— Tracy Press archives

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