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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, June 12, 2001

June 12, 2001

50 years ago — L.M. Peelyon, administrator of Pioneers Memorial Hospital since early construction days, resigned last night at a meeting of the Board of Directors.

40 years ago — Thieves stole 16 newspaper sales racks throughout the Valley over the weekend of June 10 and 11. After removing the racks, they smashed open the coin containers. The racks were recovered from a ditchbank in the Holtville area.

30 years ago — An estimated 1,200 illegal immigrants are rounded up in Imperial County each month by members of the U.S. Border Patrol, Chief Patrol Agent Henry Felchin said. Felchin said unlike the late 1940s and early 1950s, when thousands of illegal immigrants were working in the county, the majority of illegal immigrants entering the Imperial Valley are headed for the interior.

20 years ago — Early risers didn't need alarm clocks in Salton City this morning — a magnitude-3.9 tremor shook them out of bed. The quake, centered about two miles south of here, hit at 4:03 a.m. Area residents had been expecting a big tremor but smaller ones had been felt at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and again Monday at 2:45 p.m.

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