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Stories of the Past: Thursday, November 22, 2001

November 21, 2001

>>50 years ago — Imperial Valley's pioneer promoter, William Franklin Holt, died in the California Hospital in Los Angeles. Holt was the first entrepreneurian in the Valley. In addition to the new railroad, he established the first telephone line, the first newspapers and the Holten Power Co. Holtville is named for Holt.

>>40 years ago — Rep. D.S. Saund reported that the General Services Administration is putting up for public auction 1,073 acres of unimproved land in the Niland area. The land comprises part of the old Camp Dunlap site, which was declared excess by the Navy Department last May.

>>30 years ago — Asparagus, one of the Imperial Valley's most highly specialized crops, is growing in popularity, with an estimated harvestable acreage this year of nearly 4,000 acres. The first asparagus of record in the Valley came in 1905.

>>20 years ago — Secretary of State March Fong Eu took an impromptu trip along the international border in Calexico on Saturday, coming away with a firsthand picture of immigration problems as well as a glimpse at the heavily polluted New River.

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