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Stories of the Past: Monday, January 22, 2002

January 22, 2002

>> 50 years ago — Directors of the Pioneers Memorial Hospital have agreed to accept an offer of the Sisters of the Dominican Order of Grand Rapids, Mich., to take charge of the administration of the hospital. The order will be offered a contract for three years.

>> 40 years ago — The Barbara Worth Hotel, a longtime resident of the Valley, died. She was 47. Thousands attended the funeral and watched in awe as flames belching from the stricken structure poured fiery embers into the cold evening air. For a time the entire downtown area was threatened and police evacuated two square blocks around the historic landmark.

>> 30 years ago — "The Imperial Valley will be the birthplace of a great new advance in geothermal development," according to an official of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. "In the next few months and years," said E.A. Lundberg, "new milestones will be reached here."

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20 years ago — A Navy pilot ejected before his jet crashed during a landing attempt Thursday night at El Centro Naval Air Facility, according to a Navy spokesman. The Vought Ta-7C Corsair II, a two-seat trainer, came to rest at the end of an irrigation canal 600 yards from the end of the runway, the spokesman said. The lone pilot, Lt. Robert Harrington of Columbus, Ohio, is in satisfactory condition with a broken left leg in El Centro Community Hospital, according to a Navy spokesman.

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