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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 1, 2001

February 01, 2001

50 years ago — The Imperial Valley was beginning to feel the effect of the nationwide railroad strike Friday. Colton remained the only gateway east for Valley railroad shipments of perishables as of Friday.

40 years ago — Imperial County Sheriff Herbert Hughes arrested 14 union organizers and the Mexican consul moved to pull more than 600 braceros out of a labor camp Thursday in the wake of a massive sitdown strike.

30 years ago — Rumors a television crew was in Imperial Valley to photograph United Farm Workers activity appear to have caused something of a furor. Picketing crews milled around Calexico UFW headquarters but no television crew showed up.

20 years ago — An El Centro man barricaded himself in the apartment of his estranged wife today, then shot himself in the chest shortly before police forced entry into the home under cover of tear gas and automatic weapons. The man reportedly locked himself in his wife's apartment in El Centro after a reconciliation effort failed and an argument erupted over the couple's domestic problems. The man did not die of the gunshot wound.

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