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Stories of the past: Sunday, September 30, 2001

September 30, 2001

50 years ago — Calexico has dedicated a new armory following a parade from the international border to the new facility. The parade included Mexican army units, Calexico National Guard Co. C, and equipment from the rest of the regiment's first battalion, including Brawley's Co. B.

40 years ago — Cattle Queen Terry Carter helped publicize this year's rodeo, assisted by Tiger Underwood and Chamber Manager Hal Biers. Miss Carter reigned over the Cattle Call and Imperial Valley Rodeo in 1959. This year's edition of Cattle Call begins Nov. 11.

30 years ago — Almost a half-inch of rain spilled onto the Imperial Valley from an unexpected deluge. The final rainfall total recorded by Imperial Irrigation District water control station was 0.44 of an inch. Rain was blamed for a two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 that seriously injured a Brawley man.

20 years ago — WomanHaven Inc. — the privately run halfway house for victims of domestic violence — got a new lease on life Tuesday, when the county Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to give it a county residence to house their facility. The county will charge the group rent of only $1 a year for a three-bedroom house on county land near the new county jail. WomanHaven is expected to move in in about a week.

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