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Stories of the past: Wednesday, May 1, 2002

May 01, 2002

>>50 years ago — Capt. L.W. Bays, a Marine Corps flying instructor, bailed out of his plane this morning and landed safely five miles from Imperial. The aircraft, an F4U Corsair, crashed and burned two miles from the city shortly after 7:15 a.m.

>>40 years ago — At a special Westmorland City Council session last night it was agreed unanimously to approve a resolution accepting a federal offer to buy city water bonds. The offer will save the city about $18,000 per year in taxes and interest.

>>30 years ago — Secretary of the Interior C.B. Morton will precede his dedication of Imperial County's sand dunes as a federal "recreation land" with an aerial inspection tour of Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Morton will be accompanied on the flight by Congressman Victor V. Veysey of Brawley.

>>20 years ago — It had to happen sometime but it happened twice this week within a four-hour span. Two Salvadoran women housed at Casa de San Miguel, a Catholic supported center for alien women and children, gave birth to babies Wednesday in Calexico Hospital.

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