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Stories of the Past: Friday, January 4, 2002

January 04, 2002

>>50 years ago — Farmers must file their 1951 estimated income tax returns Jan. 15 unless they intend to file their final income tax form by Jan. 31, 1952, according to O.W. "Jack" Wallace, manager of the Internal Revenue Bureau.

>>40 years ago — The Army today sharply slashed February and March draft calls despite President Kennedy's decision to add more regular divisions. The Army set a quota of 8,000 men in February and 6,000 in March, compared with this month's summoning of 15,000 draftees.

>>30 years ago — The case of conversion of Imperial General Hospital into a special care facility for drug addicts, the mentally ill and alcoholics was presented by Dr. John Felt, a physician and Brawley Rotary Club member. Such conversion, he said, would make it possible for the county to "get an extensive mental health program at a reasonable figure."

>>20 years ago — The Board of Supervisors today declared a state of emergency in the wake of whitefly damage to melon and squash crops estimated at more than $8 million. The county declaration is the first step in a process that could make low-interest federal disaster loans available to farmers whose crops were devastated by the pest and the virus it transmits.

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