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Stories of the Past: Thursday, August 16, 2001

August 16, 2001

50 years ago — The highest price per crate of melons in four years was tentatively announced today by C.B. Miller of the Federal State Market News Service. Miller said the tentative price for the Valley's melon deals was $5 per crate.

40 years ago — An El Centro car wash employee is $26,644 richer this week as a result of a horse race in Mexicali yesterday. He will not let his new wealth change his way of life. He plans to keep his job at Bill's Shell Service Station in El Centro washing and polishing cars.

30 years ago — Congressman Victor V. Veysey, R-38th District, announced that President Nixon has signed into law legislation directing and funding a feasibility study of potential survival plan for the Salton Sea. The legislation appropriates $150,000 for the study.

20 years ago — The aftermath of Friday's storm evidently was no more unusual than a normal summer rain, said Claude Finnell, county agricultural commissioner. Damage from Friday's storm was confined to roof of sheds, branches torn off trees and an occasional uprooted palm tree.

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