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Stories of the Past: Thursday, June 21, 2001

June 21, 2001

50 years ago — A dozen boys, under the sponsorship of veterans' lodges and service clubs, left the Imperial Valley last night on their way to Boys' State in Sacramento. They will study state, county and city government.

40 years ago — California's Highway Commission today allocated $15,000 as the state's share for a storm drain planned for Fourth Street between Orange and Olive streets in El Centro. The city will extend the drain at a total cost of $30,000.

30 years ago — Brawley firemen worked 11 hours to bring under control a fire that destroyed 886 bales of alfalfa hay near Wiest Lake. Firemen blamed the fire on a spark from a harrow-bed loader operation near the bales. Firemen saved 1,000 bales. The loss was set at $1,870.

20 years ago — The Calipatria Herald will go to press this week despite a fire that ruined machinery at the newspaper worth an estimated $30,000. The fire, discovered at 7 p.m. Monday by Police Chief Frank Emanuel, was thought to have started when the paper's scan-a-graver developed a short, according to Rocky Barros, shop foreman. All the wires were burned, Barros said.

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