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Stories of the past: Tuesday, June 4, 2002

June 04, 2002

>>50 years ago — Imperial Valley sugar beet growers will receive the highest price in the history of the California industry as final payment for their 1951 crop. Growers of beets with an average sugar content of 18 percent will receive $15.65 a ton.

>>40 years ago — Voters of the Central Union High School District, on the basis of 27 reported precincts of a total of 42, turned down the high school bond issue with 2,292 voting "no" against, 1,822 voting "yes." Since a two-thirds vote would have been required to approve the $2.2 million bond, defeat is certain, even though complete returns are not yet available.

>>30 years ago — Peace Corps and VISTA recruiters plan interviews in El Centro for three days for more than 300 categories of job openings overseas and throughout the United States. Persons with backgrounds in agriculture and skilled trades are especially sought.

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>>20 years ago — Even though he is an EMT and has made many trips with the Brawley Fire Department rescue unit, firefighter Oscar Jauregui had never delivered a baby until Friday. At 10:35 a.m. in the front room of his in-law's house, he brought his third child, a boy, into the world. The birth Friday was not entirely unexpected. Jauregui had taken his wife, Gloria, to Pioneers Memorial Hospital about 8 a.m., but hospital attendants decided "she was not ready yet."

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