50 years ago — The record California canning tomato crop has topped the 2 million ton mark, said the state canning tomato inspection service. The crop packed so far this season has broken another record. The yield of 135 tons an acre is 2 tons higher than ever before.
40 years ago — Louise Willey is thought to be the first chairwoman of a rodeo, serving as the head of the 1961 Imperial Valley rodeo.
30 years ago — Morlin Childers, an amateur archeologist, announced that remains of an "early man" uncovered last spring in the Imperial Valley have been dated at 4,990 years old, with a 250-year margin of error.
20 years ago — "Fantastic" was the word used by executive Director Mike Rifkin to describe the 11th annual Boys and Girls Club Combo Auction held Saturday night. The Del Rio Country Club was transformed into a country auction as auctioneers Howard Smithers and Ed Lambert bellowed out their calls on 91 donated items and brought in $71,000 for the club.