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Stories of the Past: Friday, October 26, 2001

October 26, 2001

50 years ago — Trucks weighing more than three-quarters-of-a-ton Thursday were reported still traveling over three streets in the north part of El Centro contrary to a city ordinance. The City Council recently passed an amendment to an ordinance and now prohibits traffic by such trucks on El Centro, Euclid and Woodward avenues, between the west side of Fifth Street and a point 300 feet east of the line of Imperial Avenue.

40 years ago — H.C. Gibson of Brawley was low with a $150,339 bid to widen and reconstruct County Road West G, near McCabe School. David Pierson, county road commissioner, said three miles of the gravel road will be paved.

30 years ago — Firefighters "chasing sparks" battled a fire for five hours at a cotton gin on Forrester Road near Interstate 8. Damage to low-grade cotton used for stuffing mattresses and upholstered furniture at Imperial Cotton Products Inc., was estimated at $10,000.

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20 years ago — It's hard to get local people to take much note of the hundreds of Salvadoran refugees filing in and out of the El Centro Alien Detention Center, according to an El Centro minister. The refugees come and refugees go, usually not staying long at the center, and there's always more where they came from, said the Rev. Joe H. Robertson of the First Presbyterian Church of El Centro.

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