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.