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Stories of the Past:: Monday, December 17, 2001

December 17, 2001

>>50 years ago — "Let us dedicate this hospital to the elimination of suffering or the minimizing of it, at least, and the elimination of disease." This was the appeal made yesterday afternoon by state Sen. Ben Hulse when he addressed the crowd of more than 250 gathered for the dedication of the new Calexico Hospital.

>>40 years ago — Sales of U.S. bonds in Imperial County dropped 7 percent during an 11-month period in 1961. E&H Bond sales from January to November 1961 totaled $545,373.

>>30 years ago — Bob Ellison, a 10-year veteran of the Imperial City Council, resigned his post this week and accepted the job of city administrator. The council created the new office of city administrator by ordinance and resolution. Ellison, twice mayor of Imperial, will assume his new duties Jan. 1. The job pays a monthly salary of $1,000.

>>20 years ago — Perhaps prompted by 2,100 letters sent to farmers this week by the Department of Water Resources concerning an investigation of certain practices that waste water, a large crowd turned out for an all-day water conference Wednesday at the Barbara Worth Country Club near Holtville. Sponsored by the Imperial Water Council and the University of California Cooperative Extension, local growers, university, Imperial Irrigation District, federal and state officials spoke on various water-conservation practices under the theme "The Desert Area's Changing Water Picture."

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