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Stories of the Past: Sunday, May 26, 2002

May 25, 2002

>>50 years ago — A large shipment of watermelons left Westmorland yesterday for San Francisco. The 14-ton shipment was sold to the Half Moon Produce Co. by J.D. Nick. Earlier in the week, a 5-ton shipment went to Oklahoma.

>>40 years ago — The board of managers from Casa de Amistad in Brawley unanimously voted to set up a $50 award to enable a graduating senior to register at Imperial Valley College in September.

>>30 years ago — The McGovern for President Committee will again sponsor the CBS documentary "Hunger in America" in the Calexico Community Center at 7 tonight.

>>20 years ago — A district to curb pests threatening cotton was formed today by the Board of Supervisors. Called the Imperial County Cotton Pest Abatement District, it will include the entire area of the Valley. It will not include the Winterhaven or Palo Verde areas. The mandatory district will force all cotton growers to use pheromones, an artificial sex scent that throws off the mating patterns of the pink bollworm.

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