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Stories of the past: Thursday, June 14, 2001

June 14, 2001

50 years ago — One of the largest farming transactions in the Valley was completed today with the sale of the 1,280-acre home ranch of Martin Wahl of El Centro for $800,000.

40 years ago — The El Centro City Council, on a 3-2 vote, passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to stockpile or spread barnyard manure on lawns.

"I think it is one of the silliest ordinances we've ever had," said City Councilman George Bucklin in voting against it.

30 years ago — Financing for the proposed $24 million county budget for 1971-1972 adopted by the Board of Supervisors, comes to $323 for each man, woman and child in the county. It is 1.7 percent higher than this year's $23.9 million.

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20 years ago — About 200 people ignored 100-degree plus temperatures to march along El Centro's Main Street to the county courthouse to protest the Reagan administration's cutbacks in social welfare programs. A cloth-draped coffin marchers carried during the Friday demonstration was symbolic of what march spokesmen called the death of the federal government's commitment to helping the poor.

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