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Stories of the Past: Thursday, June 27, 2002

June 27, 2002

>>50 years ago — In 1918 there were 9,513 acres of cantaloupes planted in the Imperial Valley. In 1952 there are again 9,513 acres of that crop planted in the Valley. Between lies a story of the biggest "gamble" crops produced in the Valley.

>>40 years ago — Frank Oswalt was elected president of the California Mid-Winter Fair board and R.S. Obergfell was chosen vice president. Charles Jennings and Lom Thompson were named to the executive committee. In other business before the board, fair dates for the coming year of March 1-10 were approved.

>>30 years ago — While considering the 1972-73 budget, the county Board of Supervisors had $73,000 fall into the county's lap. That was the amount of the dividend returned to the county by the state workers' compensation as a result of the "safe year" of 1970-71.

>>20 years ago — Ronald Gray of Brawley was eliminated in the second round at the National Junior Olympics boxing championships in Colorado on Saturday. Picking up a first-round victory by decision on Friday, the Brawley Boxing Association entrant dropped a one-point decision in the 112-pound bracket.

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