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Stories of the past: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

May 21, 2002

>>50 years ago — Two more polio patients have been admitted to Pioneers Memorial Hospital — the sixth and seventh since April 15. Meanwhile the county chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis announced receipt of $3,550 from the emergency fund of the foundation. Local funds have been exhausted.

>>40 years ago — County supervisors declined to support a Farm Bureau- supported drive to up the state sales tax 1 percent, the extra money to be apportioned to schools. Supervisors said it seemed the effect was intended to take the burden of school support off the shoulders of the property owner and distribute it among all the people of the state.

>>30 years ago — Wheat yields of 4 to 5 tons per acre were viewed by visitors to the recent wheat field day near Holtville where Wesley Bisgaard devotes some 250 acres to World Seed trials. The new wheat is shatter-proof and produces 36 percent more wheat than presently available. It will be known as World Seed MP23.

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>>20 years ago — Aurora Continuation High School Director Patrick Peake is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at San Diego State University's 22nd commencement exercises scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. Some 49 students will receive their degrees.

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