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Stories of the Past: Sunday, March 31, 2002

March 31, 2002

>>50 years ago — A Palm Springs and Dayton, Ohio, architect has given the El Centro Methodist Church a 3,200-pipe Aeolian organ that church officials hope to install as soon as possible. The organ is a gift from Harry J. Williams in memory of his wife.

>>40 years ago — Faye Douthitt of El Centro, who has long been hurling with the big series in her bowling, went clear into outerspace as she captured an astronomical 600 series. Competing in regular session of the Major Mixed League, Faye averaged 233 for three games in compiling the highest series ever rolled in Imperial Valley.

>>30 years ago — Working schedules will vary in Imperial Valley governmental offices Friday, the beginning of the Easter weekend. Although the County Courthouse will be closed all day, El Centro and Brawley city halls will close only between noon and 3 p.m. Calexico City Hall, however, will not be closed at all during that day.

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>>20 years ago — The Calexico City Council has hired J. Leonard Speer as the city's new police chief, just two days after the former sheriff and at least one councilman denied rumors of the impending move. Speer, who never applied for the job, got the appointment just hours after Brawley fired its police chief and city manager. Speer's appointment also ends his bid for election as county sheriff.

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