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Stories of the past: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

October 17, 2001

50 years ago — Oil drilling operations of the Texas Co. will begin some time next week as a preliminary construction on the first test site four miles west of Calexico and one mile from the border nears completion, sources said Wednesday. The All-American Canal will supply the water for the reservoir.

40 years ago — Temperatures remained torrid in Southern California but a slight drop after four days of mercury readings over the century mark signified relief for heat-weary residents by mid-week.

30 years ago — A farm labor shortage that developed in Imperial continued though a new average was set at $2 an hour. Recruiting of farm workers over the weekend apparently had the effect of bringing in additional 500 workers, still some 500 below the number needed.

20 years ago — The Farmers Home Administration is expected to recommend the county be declared a disaster area because of whitefly damage to crops. Gurcharan Dhillon, county supervisor for FHA, said he plans to recommend the disaster declaration that could ultimately make farmers eligible for loans at 8 percent interest to cover losses suffered.

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