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Stories of the Past: Friday, September 14, 2001

September 14, 2001

50 years ago — An all-out push by California desert areas to attract winter visitors was launched in Los Angeles this week when members of the state Chamber of Commerce, Desert Empire division, met in the Biltmore Hotel to give committee reports. William G. Duflock, manager of the El Centro chamber, is serving as chairman of the slogan committee.

40 years ago — The B.W. Horn Co. of Rosemead today became the low bidder for work at Mecca Beach in the Salton Sea State Park. Improvements include installation of a boat-launching ramp, additional campsites, restrooms and parking facilities and completion of an underground waterworks system.

30 years ago — The traditional "El Grito," the cry of independence that echoed across Mexico on Sept. 16, 1810, will echo across the nation again. Baja California Gov. Raul Sanchez Diaz will appear on the balcony of the governor's palace in Mexicali to ring the bell atop the building.

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20 years ago — The Imperial Irrigation District has agreed to pay $250,000 for damages to private property at the Barbara Worth Country Club near Holtville, which was inundated by floodwaters during Tropical Storm Doreen in 1977. The civil settlement was reached today in Superior Court by stipulation between IID attorneys and El Centro attorney Lowell Sutherland, who represented the plaintiffs.

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