50 years ago — Raul P. Hernandez, 22, El Centro, former Central Union High School wrestler and junior varsity football player, has been wounded in action in Korea. Hernandez, a member of the Future Farmers of America, graduated from CUHS in 1948.
40 years ago — Sandra Rutherford, 16, Imperial Valley Rodeo princess, will present the biggest trophy Brawley has ever seen. The trophy is for the Salton Sea 500-mile boat race being held in conjunction with the rodeo and Cattle Call celebration. The 5-foot trophy was the largest ever sold by Marvin Lewis Jewelers.
30 years ago — El Centro Naval Air Facility, under the overall command of Capt. George Parker, has seen many ups and downs since it was activated as a Marine Corps Air Station early in 1942. Although twice relegated to auxiliary status, it has bounced up the echelons of importance to become today a unique operation encompassing the Navy and Air Force as well as the Army.