>> 40 Years Ago — The Federal Aviation Administration today is investigating the crash of a small aircraft Sunday 1 ½ miles northwest of Glamis Store.
According to the sheriff’s department, no one was injured in the mishap.
The pilot, Donald Wright, 29, of Linwood, reported lost power while he was flying over the area. His father, Kenneth, 51, was a passenger in the plane, a Cessna 150.
Wright told the sheriff’s office he attempted an emergency landing on an abandoned airstrip, but he lost control of the aircraft. The plane veered off the runway and flipped over.
>> 50 Years Ago — Farmers have made extensive use of the Federal Land Bank in Imperial Valley for many years.
In 1917 it became important that long term financing of farm land be made available to farmers. No bank money was being loaned for land purchases for less than around 10 or 12 percent in those days and the federal government created a fund to finance a nationwide system of land banks. Twelve districts were established and the banks were organized in such a way as to earn their own way and eventually repay the government in full.
>> 30 Years Ago — Tempers flared as 34,000 pounds of cheese were distributed to the Valley needy Friday.
All of the 17 distribution centers ran out of cheese, according to Ellen Jespen, senior affairs director with the Economic Opportunity Commission, the agency which coordinated the giveaway of surplus cheese and butter.
Jespen said distribution went smoothly at most of the centers, but that there was shoving at the El Centro Community Center.
Jespen said there were some problems with people attending to receive cheese who were not eligible. Only those meeting federal poverty standards qualified.
>> 20 Years Ago — He doesn’t have a ticket yet, but hard-hitting Tim Howard of Brawley hopes this spring jump to the AAA-level Tidewater, Va., Mets puts him in a holding pattern for arrival someday soon to the “big time.”
“I’ll be competing against lots of 28- and 29-year-olds,” said Howard, 23, of playing at the level just below the majors. “If you’re young, they put you there to see how you handle the older guys.”
A 1987 Brawley Union High School graduate, Howard has moved steadily and patiently up the New York Mets farm system ladder, playing with five teams in six seasons at Imperial Valley College.