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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, May 7, 2002

May 07, 2002

>>50 years ago — Holly Sugar plant operations for the season will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, company officials announced today. The company had anticipated starting the beet-processing operations Friday. However, workers will not report for shifts until Saturday.

>>40 years ago — Members of the Imperial County Republican Central Committee attended a breakfast at the Planters Hotel on Monday at which the guest was San Francisco Mayor George Christopher, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. Christopher toured Valley farms.

>>30 years ago — A breakthrough in the Valley's critical grain hopper rail car shortage came when Southern Pacific Railroad announced plans to bring in additional cars. The first, a jumbo hopper car with a capacity of 100 tons, arrived at Southwest Marketing in Imperial.

>>20 years ago — Sugar beet growers fear they may lose up to $9 million this year as early harvesting indicates yields are way down, possibly because of a virus. The sugar problem comes on the heels of whitefly devastation in melons, lettuce and cotton.

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