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Stories of the Past: Monday, May 13, 2002

May 13, 2002

>>50 years ago — Niland's Jim Rowland is the world champion tomato packer. He won the title at the 12th annual Niland Tomato Festival when he filled a 6 by 6 crate in one minute to break the record, which stood at one minute and four seconds.

>>40 years ago — Seven-foot waves of almost solid mud kept a rescue crew of deputy sheriffs pinned to the shore during a storm at the Calipatria-Red Hill boat ramp Sunday night while they waited anxiously to get on a boat to Mullett Island. Four persons had been reported missing in the area. They were found safely in the area.

>>30 years ago — The 113 members of the Central Union High School Spartan band are in Mexico City to participate in an invitational music festival.

>>20 years ago — Ciudad Plaza, 649 Main St., Brawley, will have its gala grand-opening Thursday and Friday with tours of the plaza mall and the recently completed second and third floor apartments and offices. Ciudad Plaza, under re-construction since 1979, will be a full security building with separate elevators for apartments and offices.

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