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Stories of the Past: Friday, April 26, 2002

April 26, 2002

>>50 years ago — All five Western Union employees voted unanimously to go back to work after 26 days of strike since April 2. Joe Morgan, office manager, reported the other Valley offices are still closed, although service is open to most parts of the nation.

>>40 years ago — Gov. Edmund G. Brown will visit Imperial Valley on May 14, Assemblyman Laverette House of Brawley has announced. Brown will be honored at a public breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the Barbara Worth Country Club near Holtville.

>>30 years ago — "Grunt and groan" is the name of the game when the Imperial Wrestling Club brings professional wrestling back into the Valley. Promoter Mike Welsh has a four-bout card scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday night in the Preble Building.

>>20 years ago — After growing cotton in the Valley for 30 years, Don Cox fears he and other growers may be forced by the state to throw in the towel. Facing the "double-whammy" of the pink bollworm and the tobacco budworm, Cox and other grocers contend the state is threatening to withhold the only ammunition in sight — chlordimform.

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