Nov. 27

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1990: Incumbent Roosevelt County Commissioner Herschel Caviness was back in office — by one vote.

After the Nov. 6 election, challenger Garry Dictson appeared to have defeated Caviness by one vote, 573-572.

But the recount showed Caviness won, 574-573.

District Judge Stephen Quinn upheld the recount and declared Caviness the winner.

1990: Clovis welcomed three new glittering “Welcome to Clovis” signs painted by local painter/musician Charlie Hager.

Signs — paid for by a lodger’s tax — were located on the Texico highway coming into Clovis from the east, on West Seventh coming into Clovis from the west and on the desolate stretch of U.S. 70 between Elida and Roswell.

“The best looking one is on the other side of Elida,” Hager said. “At nighttime, it’s so dark out there, and you come up on it with your lights shining. It looks like something’s on fire.”

Nov. 26

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1975: Friends of Ramon Flores’ family were asking for food and cash donations after the Portales family lost its home to fire.
A relative said the Flores’ insurance didn’t cover the loss of personal possessions.

1975: The Cannon Air Force Base Roadrunners were off to a 2-0 start in their basketball season.

They had defeated Reese Air Force Base on back-to-back night before standing-room only crowds in the Cannon gym.

Cannon was led by former Clovis High School star Al Taylor.

1975: The Clovis High School girls’ basketball team opened its season in impressive fashion, trouncing Hobbs, 57-13, at Ralph Tasker Arena.

Sophomore Sharon Nuckols and freshman Julie Parish scored 11 points each to lead Clovis’ scoring.

Nov. 25

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1990: Clovis High School Senior Cory Mitchell played golf, played in the band, was president of his church youth group and worked 15 hours a week at Eye Care and Eye Wear, Etc.

He was the subject of a weekly feature in the Clovis newspaper called “Under 18.”

1975: Bob Kirkley hit a 15-foot jumper with 11 seconds to play as Eastern New Mexico University beat Sul Ross State, 59-57, in a college basketball game in Portales.

Kirkley led all scorers with 25 points. Teammate Sammy Carrasco added 12 and the Greyhounds improved their season record to 1-1.

1970: William Van Flagg, a second-class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, was home in Clovis for his first Thanksgiving celebration in seven years.

“I don’t care if we have beans for Thanksgiving. We’re just so thankful to have him home,” his mother said.

In national news …

1940: Amarillo was thawing after “the worst communications lines collapse in the history of the Panhandle,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

A sleet storm had put the city in the nation’s eyes and left it blacked out for several hours, “similar to that of war-torn European cities,” CN-J reported.

Nov. 24

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1970: A Clovis man was jailed after police caught him on a pharmacy roof with an ax.

Officials believed the man had broken into the Medical Center Pharmacy at 920 W. 21st. They found a box of items from the pharmacy on the roof, including numerous pills.

1965: First Lt. Gary Lape held his 10-month-old daughter for the first time as members of the 481st Tactical Fighter Squadron returned home to Cannon Air Force Base.

Lape flew 127 air strikes against the Viet Cong during his tour in Vietnam, Cannon officials reported.
The baby’s name was Kelly Jo.

1960: Quarterback Bobby Prince led Clovis past Farmington, 20-13, and the Wildcats captured their first official state football championship.

About 5,000 fans packed Clovis’ Wildcat Stadium. Celebrating fans kept players and coaches on the field for 30 minutes after the game.

Clovis finished its season with a 7-1-1 record. Farmington finished 9-2.

Clovis wouldn’t win another state football crown until 1973.

Nov. 22

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1970: About 50 De Baca Hall residents were displaced after a fire broke out in a dorm room on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University.

Officials said the room where the fire started — probably from a candle left burning after students left the room — was gutted.

About 4 or 5 inches of water was standing on the dorm’s first floor after firefighters extinguished the blaze, but more than 200 residents were able to remain in their rooms.

Some of those displaced were relocated to nearby Harding Hall.

1960: Eastern New Mexico University President Donald Moyer said he planned to ask state legislators for $4.3 million to open a branch junior college in Clovis.

Moyer also told state Board of Education officials that he’d be asking for an 18 percent increase to the athletics budget.

And he said ENMU would request a 20 percent increase for faculty salaries, despite university instructors already receiving an average of 2 percent above state average.

ENMU faculty received an average salary of $7,737 annually, Moyer said.

Nov. 21

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1970: Vandalism was rampant around Clovis with 21 incidents reported in four days.

Police estimated more than $2,000 had been reported in damages.

Most of the destruction included slashed tires, broken car windows and broken car windows.

1960: Clovis city officials reported the recently implemented sales tax had been a “shot in the arm” for the city budget, the Clovis News-Journal reported.

The one-cent tax that went into effect in February had generated almost $155,000 and had become the city’s main source of income.

1940: Jerry “Bruiser” Nuzum tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Howard Sharp and the Clovis Wildcats beat the Portales Rams, 14-7.

The winning score came with just 40 seconds to play and marked the first time in three seasons Clovis had defeated Portales.

Nuzum went on to become the first Clovis High School graduate to play in the National Football League.

He spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1948 to 1951, scoring 10 touchdowns and compiling more than 1,200 yards in total offense.

Nov. 20

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1975: The 67-year-old Barry Hardware building at 405 Main in Clovis caught fire after a heater malfunctioned.

Officials said 39 firefighters battled the blaze for more than five hours, limiting the major damage to the roof and second-floor ceiling.

Water damage, however, was extensive throughout.

Hundreds of shoppers and merchants gathered in the street to watch the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

1975: The site for a new Clovis hospital was announced. The facility would be located at the northwest corner of 21st and Thomas streets.

Twenty acres of land was donated by Albert and Dr. Jackson Dillon to Presbyterian Hospital Center.
The Dillons were sons of pioneer Clovis Dr. A.L. Dillon.

In addition to the donated land, Presbyterian had agreed to purchase 20 more acres from the Dillon family at $2,000 per acre.

1940: A man known “from the Pecos River to the Texas line as a character of the old days of the West,” died in a Clovis hospital at age 75.

The Clovis News-Journal reported that Frank H. “Doctor” Childs died from injuries suffered when he was “slugged and robbed” in El Paso a few days earlier.

Childs, who homesteaded near Melrose in 1908, was easily recognized throughout the region because he was always “well dressed … with a cane slung over his arm,” CN-J reported.

Nov. 19

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1975: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Denton of Kenna had recently observed their 50th wedding anniversary.

They celebrated by spending the day in Roswell, according to a “social notes” column from Elida.

1975: “Patton” was being held over for three more days at the State theater in Clovis.

“A war movie for people who hate war movies,” a promotional advertisement read.

Show times were 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The rating was GP.

1965: The Santa Fe Railway was “back to normal,” officials said, after a short-lived strike by the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks.

Railway Superintendent W.E. Brack said only a few hours of “tie-ups” impacted operations but supervisors worked through the strike and nothing “drastic” slowed traffic.

1940: Grady’s Homer Pettigrew had earned the world championship bulldogging title.

He had earned 5,000 points — and $5,000 — on the season.

The announcement was made in Madison Square Garden in New York.

“In a way, it’s almost unbelievable,” the Clovis News-Journal reported, “that a man this good at throwing the bull isn’t in politics.”

Nov. 18

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1990: Four Clovis High School Wildcadettes had been selected to march in Macy’s 64th Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Kym Sanchez, Myra Dingman, Melissa Perez and Raenell Drafts were selected to participate in the “How the West was Won” routine that featured 400 dancers kicking off the parade.

1975: The Pioneer Tavern four miles southwest of Kenna was offering “hunters specials” on many brands of bourbon, vodka, scotch, beer, wine, gin and rum.

“We can save you money. Our prices are right,” promoters claimed in newspaper advertising.

On the sports scene …

1975: Cincinnati Reds second-baseman Joe Morgan was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in a landslide.

Morgan received 321 1/2 points in the voting, easily outdistancing Philadelphia’s Greg Luzinski (154) and Pittsburgh’s Dave Parker (120).

Nov. 17

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1970: A man put a straight razor to the throat of a 19-year-old service station attendant and made off with $67.60, Clovis police reported.

Andrew Stochmal, an airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, was working at the station when a man he described as 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, put a yellow scarf around his neck and entered the station.

After the robbery, the man waved the razor in the face of a customer and departed on foot.

1965: Roosevelt County officials announced they’d collected $13,950 for the United Fund campaign.

The charity expected to finish with about $15,000 after donations from Floyd and Causey were added.

The year’s goal was $19,850.

Transitions …

1975: Eddie Frear, 77, died at his Clovis home, at 506 Gidding.

Frear, a charter member of Clovis’ Rotary Club, had lived in the city since 1937. He had 37 years of perfect attendance as a Rotarian.

He was the longtime owner/operator of Frear’s Booterie.