50 years ago — The Imperial Valley may lose one of its six California National Guard units. That was indicated today when Capt. Henry P. Aldinger, commanding officer of Howitzer Co. of Holtville, reported to the Chamber of Commerce that it may be necessary to deactivate the company unless an additional 25 men are recruited by Sept. 15.
40 years ago — The Imperial Valley as a renowned agricultural area and a pleasant place to live has received national publicity in a new book, "How To Live in California," by Phil Ault, executive editor of the Post-Press. The author tells how the Imperial Valley was developed, outlines the vastness of the agricultural industry here and describes the informal, congenial life in the Valley.
30 years ago — Pauline Rice of El Centro returned recently with a group of 16 students, seven from the Valley, from a 39-day study-tour of Europe. An Imperial Valley College instructor taught and conducted the tour. It was part of a course titled "Contemporary European Civilization" offered by the International Institute of Phoenix.