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Stories of the Past: Monday, July 16, 2001

July 16, 2001

50 years ago — Imperial Valley's favorite clown and musician wiped off his grease paint, shed his voluminous trousers, stabled his tiny pony and has gone to the Army. Clois Earls, 22, in the past year has laughed and clowned his way into the hearts of grownups and kids all the way from Indio down to Calexico.

40 years ago — Dairy farmers were told in El Centro a dairy cow exposed to the sun on a mid-summer day will absorb more than enough direct energy from the sun to heat 44 gallons of water from 32 degrees to boiling. Unlike plants, which find rays in the sun, cows need protection from the heat in order to produce at their best.

30 years ago — A smoldering sugar beet pulp fire, fanned by evening breezes, erupted into a spectacular inferno at the Holly Sugar plant and burned a reported $350,000 worth of pulp. It is believed the smoldering mountains of pulp will continue to be hot for weeks.

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20 years ago — For about an hour Wednesday the El Centro City Council had exceptional police protection. Close to 20 El Centro policemen attended the meeting, all wearing bright yellow ECPD T-shirts. The city and the policemen's association are in the midst of contract negotiations.

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