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Stories of the Past: Thursday, March 29, 2001

March 29, 2001

50 years ago — Twelve hundred Mexican contract farm laborers will have their contracts renewed, according to officials of the Imperial Valley Farmers Association. The contracts for general farm labor in the Imperial Valley will be extended to May 16, 1951.

40 years ago — The Imperial Valley Farmers Association denied ever having a fund to fight union campaigns in Valley agriculture. "The association was sympathetic to the cause of the growers, but took no active part in anti-strike action." said Ed Hayes, association manager.

30 years ago — It was all there — from a pretty feminine member of the stunt-flying Art School flying circus to the highly professional military-type flyers making up the Navy's Blue Angels. And the crowd loved it. The occasion was the 1971 Open House and Air Show at the El Centro Naval Air Facility.

20 years ago — The shooting of President Reagan did not phase the Port of Entry operations Monday but it did resurrect grim memories of its closure for 10 hours on Nov. 22, 1963, following the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. "There were long lines of cars. People were standing around waiting for the Port of Entry to open," recalled Calexico Councilman Fred M. Knechel.

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