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Stories of the past: Wednesday, October 3, 2001

October 03, 2001

50 years ago — "The burglar with the five-eighths-inch bar" struck in the Imperial Valley for the seventh time in three weeks. Valley Bootery, 635 Main St., and Clement's Drug Store, Sixth and Main streets in El Centro, were the latest victims of burglars who jimmied double doors with a pinch bar to snap the locks and gain entrance.

40 years ago — Agricultural officials in El Centro estimate the economy of the Valley may be cut back $2 million if sugar beet acreage is cut 6,000 acres by the government. The threat hinges on a possible reinstating of sugar beet acreage allotments for the 1962 crop after those controls were lifted in the fall of 1960.

30 years ago — The ravages of pink bollworm and excessively salty water were given as major reasons for the decision of Anderson Clayton and Co. to curtail operations in the Mexicali Valley. The company, one of the largest cotton handlers in the world and based in Houston, has been operating locally for 46 years.

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20 years ago — With the bowling alley burning down, Bill Powers thought there was a lack of "something to do" in the Valley. So the former owner of El Centro's Q-Inn has reopened the pool parlor just nine months after he closed it in frustration over disturbances that plagued the business. Attempts by owner Stan Sierad to sell the building during that time had failed. The pool parlor, at 845 Adams Ave. in El Centro, now has a minimum age of 21 and has security guards to enforce the rule.

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