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Stories of the past: Feb. 7, 2002

February 16, 2002

>>50 years ago — Rose Chell of Holtville has been selected Miss Imperial Valley for 1952. She will rule as queen of the Holtville Carrot Carnival. Chell will represent the Valley in the Miss California contest in Santa Cruz this summer.

>>40 years ago — On his way to a world record for individual accuracy in parachuting from 2,000 meters, specialist Coy. O. McDonald of the U.S. Army Parachute Team parachuted in an area over the desert of El Centro. He averaged 85 meters for two consecutive jumps. The Army team has established eight world records of accuracy while in the Valley.

>>30 years ago — The California Rural Legal Assistance termed "shocking" Imperial County's rejection of a new $80,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, which would have provided 12 to 15 jobs for local migrant workers through the Public Employment Program.

>>20 years ago — The economy and crime were recurrent themes for Democrat Leo T. McCarthy, a candidate for lieutenant governor, as he toured the Imperial Valley on Saturday. He was the main speaker at the Brawley American Citizens' installation dinner.

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