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Stories of the Past

September 21, 2001

50 years ago — A sharp earthquake, followed by a less severe tremor, hit San Bernardino and surrounding towns today. There were no reports of damage in the Imperial Valley but police and sheriff's telephones were tied up with hundreds of calls.

40 years ago — Four persons adrift in an 18-foot inboard motorboat were rescued from the choppy waters of the Salton Sea. The four left Salton Marina for a destination on the other side of the sea. Sheriff's Deputy Ted Weaver sighted the craft floating powerless seven miles south of Bombay Beach. A sheriff's rescue boat towed in the drifting boat.

30 years ago — It was not much of a wind and some people claimed it did not come from the west but the weekend breezes dropped Imperial County temperatures 14 degrees.

20 years ago — There was nobody at the shelter for battered wives today to answer the phones. All staff members of WomanHaven Inc. in Holtville were transferred to San Diego because there was not enough staff to keep open the shelter.

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