This week in Tracy history:
10 years ago — 2009
Steve Thornton, West High School’s first basketball coach and athletic director, has retired after 37 years in education.
Tracy High’s Kevin Speer tossed the discus 148 feet, 6 inches in the Sac-Joaquin Section track and field trials to qualify for the masters meet.
After a year’s absence, bloodless bullfighting is returning to the IPFES bullring June 13.
The Byron Bethany Irrigation District has opened its state-of-the-art $8 million headquarters building on Bruns Road near Byron.
Services have been held for Leslie “Les” Freitas, 75, owner of Freitas Electric Co., located in the historic Brichetto Building in Banta.
The doors of Delta Island School have been locked shut as the Tracy Unified School District has closed the K-8 school on Union Island north of Tracy as a budget-trimming measure.
25 years ago — 1994
Plans for the Tracy (now West Valley) Mall have been approved by the Tracy Planning Commission and forwarded to the City Council for final action.
Mike Locke has ended his 21-year-old tenure as Tracy’s city manager. He left his office to become executive director of the San Joaquin Partnership, a public-private agency that promotes economic growth in the county.
Lavern Nelson, a veteran of World War II and Korea, is the new commander of Tracy Post 1537, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Jackie Gobel, first principal of Villalovoz Elementary School, has departed for Modesto, where she will be principal of a school in the Empire School District.
A May rainstorm has caused problems for Tracy’s cherry crop, reports grower Larry Rinauro.
50 years ago — 1969
The Rev. Glenn S. Fuller, pastor of the First United Methodist Church for the past six years, is leaving Tracy to take a one-year sabbatical leave.
John Paulson, a trustee of the New Jerusalem School District since 1949, is retiring from the board after 20 years.
Pat Bacchetti was high-point speaker for Tracy High’s speech team that captured first place in the Yosemite Forensic League’s novice tournament at Oakdale.
Tracy High’s sophomore baseball team captured the Valley Oak League title by beating Oakdale 10-8. Mike Pereira hit a grand-slam homer for the Bullpups.
Loren Brown, 52, of Tracy, has been promoted to undersheriff of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.
Assembly Speaker Bob Monagan, a former Tracy mayor, has received the University of the Pacific’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
75 years ago — 1944
A retired Army captain, L.W. Dezarn, has been named the first director of the City Recreation Program, which includes the Service Men’s Club, Wainwright Village, Harmon Park and other playgrounds.
Two WACs, each holding the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, have joined the staff of the Tracy Quartermaster Sub-Depot.
At ceremonies in the Tracy High auditorium, diplomas were presented to 110 eighth graders at West Park School.
Ray Volpi, a fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, has been promoted to lieutenant (jg).
100 years ago — 1919
Justice of the Peace Eugene Douglas of Manteca has dismissed the case against Tom Wing, Tracy restaurant owner, charged with operating a slot machine. It was one of 16 similar cases pending.
The Tracy Board of Health has ordered all property owners within the city limits to connect to the city’s sewer system.
— Tracy Press archives