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Stories of the past: Friday December, 21 2001

December 21, 2001

>>50 years ago — Judge B. Miller officially broke ground for the Brawley court building yesterday in a ceremony in which 10 leading citizens of Imperial Valley participated. The building, already under construction, will be finished in March 1952, Miller said. The estimated cost of its construction is $56,150.

>>40 years ago — Jack C. Hawe of Los Angeles has been appointed as El Centro's new police chief. City Manager Leonard McClintock ended a month's speculation and rumors Friday at the Barbara Worth Hotel when he introduced the policeman to the press and other city officials.

>>30 years ago — El Centro Community Hospital is awaiting state Department of Public Health approval before it can accept the dialysis machine donated by University of California Los Angeles Hospital. Arrangements for the equipment, better known as kidney machine, are being made through Dr. Ben Lehr, an El Centro physician.

>>20 years ago — In a Valley plagued by violent earthquakes, the laying of the cornerstone for the new County Administration Center by the El Centro Masons on Saturday not only continues an ancient tradition but offers a good luck charm as well. The symbolic ceremony marks progress on the two-story facility that will replace the six-story structure devastated in the October 1979 earthquake.

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