>>50 years ago — State Sen. Ben Hulse became an honorary Rotarian at the El Centro Rotary Club meeting in the Barbara Worth Hotel on Thursday afternoon. Hulse was the third man honored by the El Centro club. The presentation was made by M.J. Dowd
>>40 years ago —Demolition of the Barbara Worth Hotel ruins will begin early next week, officials predicted. Rain spattered the remains of the historic landmark, gutted by fire Sunday night.
>>30 years ago — Three Valley horsemen are due in Escondido, the last stop on a 2,600-mile ride from St. Joseph, Mo. The trek, similar to those in the old Pony Express mail system, seeks to place public pressure on Congress for a full accounting of all Americans missing in action.
>>20 years ago — Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog, starts today, but the Valley Chinese Association has not set any celebrations since it feels that New Year's Day should be reserved for family get-togethers. However, a banquet is being planned for Feb. 12, an official of the Chinese Association said. It will be at the new Chinese school on Broadway in El Centro.