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Stories of the past: Wednesday,October 23, 2001

October 23, 2001

50 years ago — For sale — in Brawley a two-bedroom house in front of three small rentals in rear. Total income $145 a month, $2,000 down. Terms; $6,950 full price.

40 years ago — Someone parked his false teeth in the Safeway lot and drove off without them. Or at least there's an upper plate at the store without an owner. Store manager Ray Florian says the plate was found a day or two ago and no one has claimed it.

30 years ago — In 1917, H.F. McWilliams arrived in Niland from Tonapah. He had $40 in his pocket, and "if I had another $40, I'd have kept on going," he said. Imperial Valley was tough back then, but McWilliams stayed with it and can reflect on 54 years of busy and successful life. McWilliams will be honored this year in the Cattle Call.

20 years ago — Eastside El Centro residents met Thursday to protest police handling of a disturbance Sunday during a church-sponsored fiesta. Eastside residents think the police overreacted to the incident, according to a meeting organizer, who asked not to be identified because the group had not yet designated a spokesman.

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