Sept. 3

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1941: The fountain special at Portales’ City Drug: banana splits for 9 cents.

1915: Curry County Fair Association officers met to form committees and ordered “a number of big posters which will reach every section of the county in the extensive advertising campaign,” The Clovis Journal reported.

One goal was to produce an agricultural exhibit worthy of the $1,000 prize offered by the state fair.

1911: New books at the Womans Club Library in Portales included “The Goose Girl” by Harold McGrath, “Freckles” by G.L. Porter and “New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggins.

Sept. 2

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1954: D&S Drug in Tucumcari was promoting its “Dollar Day” sale.

“Extra nice pocket watches” were $1.98 each. Champ cigarette lighters were $1. Egg shampoo was $1.29.

A Venus fountain pen was given free with every $5 purchase of school supplies.

1931: Mrs. W.H. Graham and Mrs. W.A. Wulfman won first prizes in the home beautiful contest sponsored by the Woman’s club of Texico-Farwell.

Mrs. Graham won in the new-yard class; Mrs. Wulfman won the old-yard division.

1910: C. S. Hart of Portales was shot in the arm, face and leg in a dispute over a $14 pasture rent.

The injuries sustained from shotgun pellets did not appear life-threatening, but were described as painful.

The shooter was described as a “mad man” from Bovina.

If criminal charges were filed, they were not reported in the Roosevelt County Herald.

Sept. 1

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1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe.

Gil Lamb media owner Magann Rennels reports her father, Gil Lamb, conducted the broadcast “from the living room of our home at the corner of West Fourth and Avenue B.

“It was aired remote on radio station KICA out of Clovis until July 26, 1956, when my parents put (Muleshoe radio station) KMUL on the air.”

Rennels said three generations of her family have broadcast the Muletrain, which airs today on Cable Channel 6 in Muleshoe.

1937: Clovis’ First Baptist Church held a reception for 78 new members who joined during a recent revival.

The evening was devoted to good fellowship, refreshments and music from a new Hammond organ, the Clovis News-Journal reported.

1931: Portales schools were filled to capacity with the largest enrollment in their history — 1,364 students, a 13 percent increase from a year earlier.

Officials estimated 200 to 300 more were expected in the next few days.

Transitions …

1976: Phil Crystal retired as Curry County ag agent after 29 years.

Aug. 30

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1970: Clovis’ Aztec Bowl on Maple Street was recruiting for fall leagues.

Mondays were for business and professional leagues; the “major leagues” would compete on Tuesdays; industrial leagues were scheduled for Wednesdays; and the “continental” league was slated for Thursdays.

Individual bowling instruction was also available every Tuesday afternoon, according to an advertisement in the Clovis News-Journal.

1960: Eastern New Mexico University officials had announced 54 students from Portales, seven from Dora, five from Causey and seven from Floyd had enrolled at the university.

1955: Around 500 hands were at work harvesting Roosevelt County’s largest broomcorn crop in recent years, the employment office reported.

Aug. 29

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1975: State game officials met in Portales and decided quail season would be 21 days shorter in eastern New Mexico than the rest of the state.

Ranchers told game commissioners that cattle were accustomed to seeing vehicles with feed in January. That meant they followed vehicles, including those belonging to quail hunters.

As a result, quail season for Curry, De Baca, Quay and Roosevelt counties was set for Nov. 27 through Jan. 4.

The rest of the state’s season ran from Nov. 27 through Jan. 25.

1975: Stanley Hancock, 42, was Clovis’ new postmaster.

Hancock, who succeeded the late Charles Stanfield, had worked for the post office since 1959.

1945: Eastern New Mexico College was planning to have a football team for the first time since the beginning of the war in 1941.

Coach Al Garten was expecting 25 players for practice.

Aug. 28

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1975: A Clovis firefighter suffered a fractured pelvis when he plunged 12 to 15 feet to the ground after a rope broke during a training session.

Joe Bunce, 19, was in fair condition at the Clovis hospital.

“The rope looked like it (would) hold two steers … but it broke,” Clovis Fire Chief Joe Maddox said.

“It’s one of those things that won’t happen, but did. We were in training. It’s something we’ve been doing for years.”

The accident happened at the Clovis fire station.

1965: Portales was preparing to start its high school football team without the services of speedy halfback Bobby James.

He had broken his hand in a scrimmage with Farwell.

1918: Workers were just about finished paving the north end of Clovis’ Main Street, between Fourth and Eighth streets, with bricks that remain today.

A Plainview company did the work after a winning bid of $32,846.20, the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Aug. 27

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1975: Attorney Ed Tatum was heading the annual Curry County United Way campaign.

Tatum, an Oklahoma native, came to Clovis when he was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base after entering the Air Force.

In addition to United Way, he was active in Boy Scouts, Rotary Club and was president of the Curry County Bar Association, the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Tatum and his wife Susan had two pre-school-age children — Drew and Scott, the newspaper reported.

1945: Portales High School Coach C.F. Brown had issued 77 uniforms to boys coming out for football.

Only nine of those players were returning from the year before.

1903: The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported the town of Texico in Roosevelt County was home to “several hundred people” and “about 14 stores.”

Aug. 26

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2005: The federal military Base Closure and Realignment Commission agreed with the Department of Defense’s recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base.

The base would only be spared if a new mission could be found by 2010.

Ten months later, DOD announced Cannon would become home to the Air Force’s 16th Special Operations Wing, which remains today.

1970: Ned Houk Memorial Park, six miles north of Clovis, moved one step closer to reality with approval of $41,600 in funds from the Federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Department.

“When it’s finished we’ll see people from a wide radius coming here to enjoy it,” said Newt Hudnall, a member of the Ned Houk Park board of directors.

The 3,500-acre tract was deeded to the city of Clovis about two decades earlier, the Clovis News-Journal reported, and only a few acres were in use as a public picnic and park.

On completion, officials said they hoped to have an archery range, a model airplane field, a golf course, a rifle range for skeet and trap shooting, dog trails and a riding stable.

1955: Clovis’ Playmore Bowl, closed almost a week for resurfacing and refinishing of its lanes, was planning to reopen on Aug. 27.

“Jackpot doubles will be bowled by all who care to enter between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. and a person may enter as many times as he wishes as long as he does not bowl with the same partner twice,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

The lane repairs were required by the American Bowling Congress, the newspaper reported.

Aug. 25

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2008: Clovis awoke to learn eight violent inmates had escaped Curry County’s jail the night before.

Most were recaptured quickly, but convicted killer Edward Salas remained free until Oct. 4, 2012, when he was arrested in Mexico.

1962: Clovis learned a supersonic F-100 fighter bomber had crashed the day before near the Melrose gunnery range, killing its pilot.

Lt. Leroy H. Hellman was the second Cannon Air Force Base pilot killed in a week, both on local training missions.

Survivors included his wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

1910: The Roosevelt County Herald readers learned 2,000 “of those special lemonades” had been created in a week at the Dobbs Confectionery — a record.

“Better get in for one or more early in the week in order to avoid the rush,” the newspaper ad claimed.

Aug. 23

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1975: Eastern New Mexico University football coach Jack Scott was confident his team would have a great season.

“I believe our kids should have something to shoot for. We’re not in a conference, so this year we’re shooting for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship,” he said.

“I believe we can contend strongly this year.”

Running back Tom Manley was selected second-team NAIA all-American, but the Greyhounds did not win the national championship. They finished 8-3 after a 5-0 start.

1960: A Dear Abby reader identified as Mother’s Heart responded to a recent column:

“Dear Abby: I love your column, but please don’t advise unwed mothers to keep their babies. As a social worker, I see the resentment vent upon unwanted children that would break the hearts of women who are waiting to adopt the little ones. …

“Unwed mothers should tell their relatives and neighbors that their babies died at birth, then put them up for adoption. Then thank God their babies are having a better fate than the one they would have given them.”

What’s for lunch …

1960: An area school lunch menu read as follows:

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered green beans, hot rolls with butter, milk and sliced peaches.