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Stories of the Past: Monday, September 17, 2001

September 17, 2001

50 years ago — True? The temperature read 112 in El Centro. Still there were frozen water pipes at the same time. It happened at Chuck's Associated Service Station at Fifth and State streets in El Centro. The mix-up came when the ice in the water cooler got around the coils and froze the pipes. So there was no drinking water available because of "frozen water pipes."

40 years ago — An El Centro housewife was hanging clothes in her back yard recently when she felt what seemed to be a bee sting. Mrs. Bob Van Der Linden soon learned she had been wounded by a pellet, apparently fired from an air rifle by some youths playing nearby.

30 years ago — Imperial Valley farmers may expect to be held to a $2-an-hour basic wage rate ceiling for farmers when the season begins the end of this month and the first part of October.

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20 years ago — Local fight fans paid $25 to watch Wednesday's championship bout on television and were angered when they discovered other viewers saw the fight for free. The Imperial Cable Co. rented more than 1,500 decoder units designed to unscramble the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommie Hearns fight broadcast, according to company manager Amy Knight. "Quite a few people were disillusioned," she said. "It was quite an experience, something I never want to go through again."

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