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Stories of the Past: Friday, June 21, 2002

June 21, 2002

>>50 years ago — A thousand pounds of extra fine Imperial Valley cantaloupes were on their way to the annual convention of the Optimist Clubs being held this year in Louisville, Ky. The shipment is a gift of the local El Centro club to the convention.

>>40 years ago — This is a tale of a courteous thief. A car belonging to Louis Baysek of Calexico was parked in back of the Adobe Hacienda restaurant in Brawley. Baysek told police that when he came out of the restaurant he found three of his four hub caps sitting on the hood of the car. A note was attached, "Thank you, but they don't fit."

>>30 years ago — Contracts were signed leasing 405 acres of the El Centro Naval Air Facility for use as farmland in a move to curtail dust on the base. The leasees are Morlin and Carroll Childers, El Centro ranchers.

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>>20 years ago — Bicycle racers from California, Arizona and Nevada invaded El Centro this month for a doubles point attraction, sponsored by the Imperial Valley Motorcross Association and sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association. Trophies were presented to first- through fourth-place finishers in each division. Each age bracket had one 4-foot trophy given to the top entrant.

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