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Stories of the Past: Monday, February 12, 2001

February 12, 2001

50 years ago — Southern Pacific reported it expected to spot about 230 cars of loadings. Most Imperial Valley shippers indicated they would load the cars.

40 years ago — Union forces seeking to organize Valley farm workers fell back to regroup, pulling pickets from 17 struck fields. Five union organizers were still in jail over the weekend and four more were out on $7,350 bail each. Armed special deputies continued to watch 75 Valley labor camps.

30 years ago — Pickets of the United Farm Workers are spaced 30 feet apart along McCabe Road and Pitzer Road at an Abatti Produce Co. onion field where weed-cleaning is taking place.

20 years ago — Mayor Pete Wilson of San Diego is in the Valley today gathering support for his candidacy for governor in 1982. Wilson is spending the day with local ranchers and farmers. Tonight Wilson will give a speech to local Republicans at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner near Holtville.

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