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Stories of the Past: Thursday, March 22, 2001

March 22, 2001

50 years ago — For an Illinois selectee, inducted into the U.S. Army and transferred to a Seeley camp, Army life has its benefits. After shivering in the Midwest cold, he was shipped to the sunny Valley, where he marveled, "I thought this was just for rich folks."

40 years ago — Two bright spots appeared on the local scene for Imperial Valley vegetables growers. The manager of I.V. Farmers Association reported he was hopeful that 19 struck growers momentarily would receive word that they will be recertified to use braceros.

30 years ago — Three Phoenix encyclopedia salesmen were fined $125 each after pleading guilty of peddling door-to-door without licenses.

20 years ago — Motorcyclists Al Baker and Bob Balentine, both of Hisperia, were the fastest around the course and the team of Jim Halford and Larry Ragland scored their second straight overall victory in the four-wheel class Saturday in the SCORE Mexicali 250 off-road race.

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