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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, October 9, 2001

October 09, 2001

50 years ago — The county Board of Supervisors in an off-calendar meeting completed transactions for the purchase of the 20 federal buildings at the Imperial Tuberculosis Sanitarium and agreed to move the buildings off the property within a year.

40 years ago — Patty Derrick, 18, of Westmorland on Sunday was named queen of the Imperial Valley and Brawley Cattle Call. Judy Wake of El Centro was named a princess.

30 years ago — El Centro's first "head shop" — a place specializing in posters, incenses, patches and other goods cherished by the long-haired elements of youth — opened in the 600 block of Main Street. Then police closed it, confiscated material considered offensive and arrested two managers on suspicion of exhibiting obscene material to minors under 17.

20 years ago — Three former students of Aurora Continuation High School are being held on $25,000 bail each after their arrest Thursday evening in connection with an arson that devastated the school three weeks ago. The suspects were arrested without resistance Thursday and are scheduled to be arraigned in Municipal Court. They were in the Calexico Police Department jail today.

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