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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, January 16, 2001

January 16, 2001

50 years ago — Frank R. Lyall is now justice of the peace in the Westmorland township. His appointment was made Monday by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. Lyall is a Westmorland businessman.

40 years ago — A request that state funds be made available immediately for completion of Glamis Road as a state route through the Imperial Valley from San Diego to Blythe was made Monday by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.

30 years ago — The Imperial County Citizens for Agriculture Committee gathered at the border at 4 this afternoon to pass out bills to lettuce field workers coming from Mexicali. James Hamilton, committee spokesman, said the action came after the group picked up a rumor the members of the United Farm Workers planned to "harass workers coming from across the line today."

20 years ago — An El Centro jewelry store owner who went to his store today to reset his burglary alarm surprised burglars in the store. Police arrested two people, including a woman in the alley, but one burglar got away, according to Larry Bratton, owner of Brooks Jewelry. The value of recovered items was estimated at $9,200.

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