Sept. 28

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1966: The region’s first four truck loads of sugar beets harvested this year were waiting to be weighed, cleaned and put into railroad cars for shipment to the Holly Sugar Co.

The crops belonged to J. Murray White and Leslie Patterson, who both farmed north of Clovis.

1956: A study by state officials had determined ground-water levels in the Clovis irrigation area had declined by an average of 1.6 feet, the Clovis News-Journal reported.

The previous year’s study found levels had declined by 2.2 feet, on average.

The 1956 study showed changes in water levels ranged from a rise of 20 feet to a decline of 15 feet, the report showed. The study incorporated 60 observation wells.

1951: Portales firefighters had been called to extinguish a blaze at the Elmore farm home near Dora.

“The volunteer boys drove 17 miles and arrived in time to save all the house except the kitchen,” according to one media report.

Sept. 27

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1976: A coyote, a monkey, a raccoon and a Tasmanian devil had been returned to their homes at Clovis’ Hillcrest Park Zoo, but only after several dramatic chases. Devil chase

Officials said someone with wire cutters had freed the animals from their cages overnight.

Police were first notified a coyote was roaming the streets near Ash and 14th. After a lengthy chase, five uniformed officers cornered the animal in an alley at Sycamore and Seventh streets.

Limey Thomas, who lived at 1102 E. Seventh, heard about the pursuit and brought his rope to the standoff.

Thomas lassoed the coyote and it was whisked away in an animal control truck.

The monkey never strayed far from home. A boy named Lonnie Thebodeau saw it on top of the monkey cages and climbed up to capture it.

“Unfortunately, the monkey was as frightened as Lonnie was brave,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

“It cut the boy’s left cheek quite severely, necessitating 13 stitches at the hospital.”

A zoo attendant then used a water hose to chase the monkey back into its cage.

The Tasmanian devil — a marsupial the size of a small dog — was spotted playing in Hillcrest Park’s trees by Clovis High School band students who were having a Sunday afternoon barbecue.

They notified police who failed in repeated attempts to bring the critter down with a tranquilizer gun.

The fire department then came in with high-pressure water hoses.

“I’d bet they sprayed enough water at him to put out three house fires,” Police Officer Scott Price said. But the animal remained in the trees.

Finally, a firefighter on a ladder hooked a rope around a tree branch and shook it until the animal fell.

“Its fall was broken by four boys who caught it in a blanket,” CN-J reported.

The raccoon was located at 1709 Wilshire, where it was lured by bags of salted peanuts and captured peacefully.

Zoo officials reported a second coyote was still missing.

Sept. 25

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1966: A Clovis News-Journal report claimed competing paper boys were making false statements about costs to subscribe to CNJ.

The unnamed competitors were “telling their prospects that they are going up in cost and that the Clovis News-Journal would also.”

The front-page story reported CN-J had no intention of raising the cost for home delivery, which was $1.75 per month, or $21 per year.

1951: The Roosevelt County Fair, billed as the state’s largest, opened with a record number of entries in the livestock division.

The Associated Press reported more than 120 head of dairy cattle were on hand and the hog barn was “overflowing into pens hastily built under shade trees.”

In addition to the livestock competitions, fair highlights included a queen contest, milking contest and rodeos before a parade headlined the annual gathering.

1941: Clovis police had received a letter from a former resident asking for assistance in locating her cat.

The woman had moved out of town and been unable to find her cat before she left.

Now, she said in the letter, the cat was probably having a tough time without its owner.

The woman asked police to find her cat and ship it to her, or kill it because she “would rather have it dead than mistreated.”

CN-J did not report on whether the cat was located.

Sept. 24

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1976: A teenage driver crashed his car into the Radio Shack building at 121 Purdue in Clovis.

No one was injured, but the impact left two holes in the building’s south wall.

1971: Clayton Reed, one of Clovis’ earliest settlers, had died at a local rest home.

He was 90.

Reed and the late Charles Steed moved to the area in 1905 from Olathe, Kansas.

Reed was a corn farmer whose land included much of the downtown area in what’s now Clovis. He was working in his field in 1906, approximately where First Baptist Church is located today, when he was approached by a Santa Fe Railway official about selling the land.

After selling to the railroad, Reed and Steed went into the real estate business.

In 1907, he opened a dairy on what later became Grand Avenue; for 40 years, he milked up to 75 head of cows per day.

He was the last remaining charter member of one of Clovis’ first service clubs, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which formed in 1907.

Sept. 23

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1976: Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford squared off in their first televised debate, but most of Clovis learned little or didn’t watch.

“However it should be noted that since the telephone survey was conducted during the morning hours of a work day, most of the respondents were housewives,” according to the report by Jill Buzzard and Jerry Large.

Mrs. Pete Cervantez, a counselor at Marshall Junior High, said she felt Carter won, “because of his answers on the CIA and national defense.”

She also said, “I think these two men are going to stir up the people and get them interested and involved, even the young ones.”

Mrs. G. A. Warren, 83, of 821 Hull St., said: “I’d rather play 42. I didn’t watch.”

1961: A 2-year-old Clovis girl had been treated for bites from monkeys at the Clovis zoo.

Kathy Kellum was feeding peanuts to the monkeys when one of them grabbed her arm and pulled her toward the cage.

Two monkeys then began biting the child’s hand while “three or four more grabbed her hair and started pulling it,” according to her mother, Mrs. Keith Kellum.

A doctor told the Kellums to watch for swelling in the injured hand but assured the family the monkeys had been vaccinated against rabies and said the girl should be fine.

1961: Area college football scores:

• Mississippi State 6, Texas Tech 0
• Texas A&M 7, Houston 7
• Iowa State 14, Oklahoma State 7

Sept. 22

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1976: The Curry-Roosevelt Council on Alcoholism had learned it would receive additional funding.

Officials said $40,000 would be channeled to eastern New Mexico following a reduction in staff at the Albuquerque Treatment Center.

1976: President Ford and Jimmy Carter were preparing for their first presidential debate, with a television audience expected near 100 million people.

“Ford and Carter have taken vastly differing routes in their efforts to attract voters, Ford staying in Washington, campaigning out of town only to appear at his alma mater in his home state of Michigan,” The Associated Press reported.

“Carter crisscrossed the country to shake hands and make speeches.”

1941: De Baca County homes were being evacuated and broomcorn farmers feared heavy crop losses after torrential rains flooded much of eastern New Mexico.

Roswell and Carlsbad also reported flooding with more than a dozen area residents missing or drowned.

Sept. 21

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1976: A peacock was on the loose in the 3700 block of Autumnwood in Clovis.

Gary Engel reported the colorful bird spent the night on his roof before flying to a neighbor’s house.

Roman “Junior” Romero of Clovis’ animal shelter captured the bird after climbing a ladder and shooing it off of Robert Mickelson’s roof.

The animal shelter was expected to keep the peacock for a few days and, if it were not claimed, donate it to the city zoo.

Romero ran Clovis’ animal shelter for about 20 years. His son, also Roman Romero, is today a captain with Clovis Police Department.

1971: A thief had gone to great heights — about 400 feet, to steal four 200-watt light bulbs from a television transmitter east of the Pleasant Hill Road.

The Clovis News-Journal reported the thief was “doubtless a second-story man.”

1941: The owner of a Roswell theater drowned after his car was washed off of a bridge over a raging Hondo River near Tinnie in Lincoln County.

The body of E. C. Trieb was found 1 1/2 miles below the bridge. Two men traveling with him were missing and believed drowned, according to wire service reports.

Sept. 20

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1976: Cannon Air Force Base was a hot topic in Clovis coffee houses a day after the annual open house.

Rainy weather had cleared just in time for the Thunderbirds to perform in front of several thousand people.

“The rain left the base runway spotted with puddles, which inconvenienced some of the adults, but delighted the small children,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Airplanes on display included the C-5 Galaxy, which stood 65 feet from top to bottom, had a wingspan almost as wide as a football field and was 247 feet long.

1956: A large Poland China boar, on display at the Curry County Fair, was found dead in a fair barn.

Officials said 90-degree temperatures likely caused the pig’s death.

1941: The Cash Ramey family hosted a football-themed dinner party at 414 Gidding St. in Clovis.

Centering the dining table was the football used in 1933 when Clovis High won an unofficial state championship. Cash Ramey Jr. had been the captain of that team.

Guests found their places marked by picture place cards bearing photos of 1933 team members in their uniforms.

Candles on the dining table were purple and white, representing the Clovis school colors.

Sept. 18

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1961: An editorial published in the Clovis News-Journal told readers, “(W)e favor the abolition of taxation.

“Our view is that the things government does, if they are valuable and of merit, will still be done by popular acclaim and therefore that they will be paid for even without taxation.”

The headline on the editorial: Taxation is always immoral.

1946: Almost every Portales business had plans to close its doors for a city-wide cleanup planned the following Thursday.

“Only postage stamps will be for sale,” area media reported.

The Portales City Council was encouraging everyone volunteer to help clean up the town and had drawn up an ordinance that would increase garbage collection fees and require health inspections of cow lots, chicken pens and open toilets.

Sept. 17

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1966: A Clovis jury found a Tucumcari woman guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband, Quay County Commissioner T. G. Rose.

Rose was killed on Feb. 11, 1966.

Billie James Rose testified that her husband had threatened her after telling her he did not want to live with her anymore.

She shot him with a rifle he had left on the kitchen stove.

Judge C. R. McIntosh of Raton sentenced her to 2 to 10 years in prison.

1956: A Clovis elementary school principal had been named Woman of the Year by the Clovis Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Mildred Kimbrough, principal at Eugene Field Elementary School, was active in the New Mexico Education Association and other educational organizations.

She also was involved in multiple civic organizations, including Salvation Army, Red Cross, March of Dimes, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

1951: Roosevelt County Fair promoters were making plans to promote their event.

Officials said Roosevelt fair boosters would be “out all week” promoting and had plans of “putting on a show” on Clovis Main Street before making an official visit to the Curry County Fair.

The fair at the Portales Fairgrounds was slated for Sept. 25-28.