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Stories of the Past: Thursday, October 4, 2001

October 04, 2001

50 years ago — Two and a half acres have been purchased by the Meadows Union Elementary School District for the construction of a new elementary school, Meadows Union school Principal Frederick Bennett reported Thursday. The site of the school will be about a quarter mile south of Seal Heights store between Holtville and El Centro.

40 years ago — A decrease in the number of Mexican farm workers contracted in El Centro at the foreign labor reception center for work in this country has been reported by the reception center manager. Manager Walter G. Francis said 22,159 farm workers were contracted by farmers at the center last month. During the same month last year there were 28,511.

30 years ago — Identical twin sisters from Holtville comprise two-thirds of the royal court that will reign over the 1971 annual Brawley Cattle Call and Rodeo on Nov. 6 and 7. Crowned queen of the Cattle Call before a record crowd of 340 was Karen Nilson, 17. Queen Karen's twin sister, Rivon, was named second runner-up. Pamela Purdy was first runner-up.

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20 years ago — Things are heating up at the El Centro sewage plant. For the first time in five years, the plant is producing enough methane to burn, an indication of how much operations have improved recently at the trouble-plagued facility on La Brucherie Road.

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