>> 50 Years Ago — EL CENTRO – Members of the county fire fighting units had a story to tell the county board of supervisors this morning about the hazards of fighting a fire on property belonging to an irate owner.
Russell Sherwood, County Fire Marshall, and Dick McGrath county fire lieutenant, appeared this morning in answer to a request by Supervisor Charles Kilgore.
Kilgore said he had received a complaint from a “Mr. Davis” at the Three-D Cattle Company which operates a feedlot near the Naval Air facility.
>> 40 Years Ago — A man who admitted murdering two Mexican men near El Centro on Dec. 1, 1955, because he thought they were “fair game” may be released from prison, where he is serving two consecutive life sentences, because of a legal technicality when he appeared in Juvenile Court in El Centro after the crime.
Paul Krube was 17 years old at the time. He had a long criminal record in Wisconsin and had gone AWOL from the Air Force after serving six days. He was serving a sentence in a Wisconsin reformatory and escaped.
He stole a pickup truck and drove to the Valley. En route he stole a number of guns.
>> 30 Years Ago — Even three shelves full of books can make a public library, as long as these books are made available to people eager to enrich their knowledge.
And this is the very way in which the El Centro Public Library was started in 1906. Its three shelves were housed in a little wooden building which was used for the post office and hardware store. It was really more of a reading room than a library, but may be said to have been the beginning of the library nevertheless.
But how the library has grown! In the last year, it supplied approximately 136,000 service units, that is, individual services for adults and children alike, by lending out books, records, cassettes, newspapers and films.
>> 20 Years Ago — A federal judge’s ruling blocking the Clinton administration from going forward with the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement come as a surprise to Imperial Valley business officials.
Some fear the ruling by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Rickey could delay the implementation of NAFTA for years. Rickey ruled the proposed trade pact, negotiated last year by former President George Bush; the president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari; and the former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulroney; requires an environmental impact report.