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Stories of the past: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002

>>50 years ago — The Imperial division of the All- American Canal system led all other areas in the lower Colorado River basin in gross crop value last year. United Press quoted Imperial division figures of $76 million crop value in 1951 from 440,000 acres.

>>40 years ago — Gov. Edmund Brown, in El Centro for the day, painted a glowing picture of state financed recreation projects "envisioned" for Imperial County. Brown is running hard for re-election, although, the general election is still five and a half months away.

>>30 years ago — Mexico City residents call Central Union High School's band "muy simpatico." The band of 113 young musicians received a "distinguished visitor" medal because of its rapport with the people, the same honor was given to President John F. Kennedy.

>>20 years ago — El Centro Mayor Henry Alarcon will be available for lunch with anyone in the city Monday, as will the rest of the council. The El Centro City Council will be participating in a town hall luncheon at the Buick Restaurant. This event is being sponsored for the second year by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.

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