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Stories of the Past: Friday, July 6, 2001

July 06, 2001

50 years ago — Attorney William Byrd of Brawley, president of the Imperial County chapter of the American Cancer Society, has been nominated to the state board of the organization. If elected, Byrd would take office Sept. 28.

40 years ago — A Marine reserve captain landed his crippled twin-engine Navy Beechcraft on Glamis Road near Glamis. The plane was undamaged and neither Capt. R.H. Powers nor his enlisted observer were injured.

30 years ago — Unlike the holiday traffic that jammed the San Ysidro Port of Entry for more than 12 hours Monday, the Calexico Port of Entry today reported no problems and no backup in traffic Monday as vacationers returned from Mexico.

20 years ago — Bobby Shields of El Centro was one of the bowlers who lost bowling equipment when fire Sunday destroyed a bowling alley and roller rink in Imperial. Shields said she's "not to worry about losing a ball and a pair of shoes when we lost a bowling alley." For some Valley bowlers, losing the 24 lanes at Roadhouse Lanes could mean the end of a way of life.

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