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Stories of the past: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

May 16, 2001

50 years ago — Rodeo clowns Clois Earls and Paul Wheeler of El Centro will appear with their no trick ponies tomorrow in the Armed Forces Day parade in Brawley. The El Centro men have been performing in parades for the past year.

40 years ago — An El Centro woman was watching television last night when someone reached through the window behind her and snatched her purse off the table. The 73-year-old woman told police the purse contained $50 in cash.

30 years ago — The skeletal remains of what archeologists think to be one of the early men who lived in North America were air-lifted from an ancient burial site in the western mountains of Imperial Valley. The complicated but eventually successful effort was achieved by using a U.S. Navy helicopter. The dig area was discovered by Merlin W. Childers.

20 years ago — El Centro long distance running sensations Ernesto Alarcon, closely followed by his brother Richard, won the second annual International Athletic Run for the second consecutive year Sunday night. Ernesto, 22, set a new course record for the 6-mile run that wound through Mexicali and Calexico, with a time of 28:27 as his younger brother, Richard, 21, finished second.

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