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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, December 25, 2001

December 26, 2001

>>50 years ago — Christmas bells tolled tragedy for hundreds of Americans today. Traffic incidents killed 543 persons during the four-day holiday and fires claimed 108 more lives. Miscellaneous accidents killed 190 persons to give the nation a total of 841 accidental deaths during the weekend.

>>40 years ago — Two members of the Women's Ten Thousand Club were honored by fellow members at their December meeting in El Centro. Mrs. Julia Horton and Mrs. W.H. Tyler have been members of the club for 30 years. Mrs. Mitchell Kanowski, club president, presented each with a corsage.

>>30 years ago — The Imperial Valley Press, normally an afternoon newspaper, becomes a morning publication today to give staff members more time on Christmas Day to spend with their families. And as our own little contribution to the uninterrupted spread of Christmas cheer, we present today a page one replete with all "good news." The reader will find this page lacking any reference to war, tragedy and new taxes.

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>>20 years ago — Christmas border sales have cash registers ringing their own tune, but they seem to be ringing more on this side of the border than in Mexicali. Calexico Chamber of Commerce official Pat R. Hashem said although border crossers were $1 million less in November the previous year, local stores have been doing "pretty good" Christmas sales.

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