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Stories of the Past: Wednesday, December 19, 2001

December 19, 2001

>>50 years ago — Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gamboa of Brawley have word that their son may be a prisoner of war of the Chinese communists. The War Department earlier informed them that Milton Gamboa Jr., 22, went missing in action July 11, 1950.

>>40 years ago — El Centro was knocked out of the Kiwanis Basketball Tournament here Saturday afternoon with its second tourney loss. The Spartans were defeated by Claremont 48-34 in the first round of consolation play.

>>30 years ago — Friends of the Filiberto Garcia family, whose Brawley home and possessions burned to the ground Monday, are trying to obtain clothing and toys as Christmas presents for nine children. Donations totaling $130 have been received from groups in El Centro, Brawley and the Naval Air Facility. Most of the money has been spent at a local thrift shop to buy clothing for the family.

>>20 years ago — W.F. Pittman, controversial superintendent of the Holtville High School District, was fired this week by the school board. Reportedly, Pittman made a strong plea to stay and raised the possibility that he might stay on as a teacher at the highest pay scale. He earns $49,000 yearly after 21 years as superintendent.

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