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Tracing Tracy Territory

Tracy’s sugar era launched careers, families

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Here’s the final portion of my report on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Tracy’s sugar mill:

As California’s beet-sugar industry began its rapid consolidation and decline, Holly Sugar Corp. was purchased in 1988 by Imperial Sugar Co., a cane sugar firm in Sugar Land, Texas. The Tracy factory was kept in operation and renamed Spreckels Sugar Co. — another California sugar company Inland had purchased earlier.

Sam Matthews, Tracy Press publisher emeritus, can be reached at 830-4234 or by email at

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