Published: 1:00 pm, Tue. Apr. 5th, 2016Updated: 2:17 pm
Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from April 3-9.
40 years ago
April 3‐9, 1976
David Taylor, son of Dr. and Mrs. Owen Taylor, has qualified 13th in the final round of a statewide math contest sponsored by the University of New Mexico. He will be honored at a banquet to be held this afternoon in Albuquerque along with the other top 25 contestants.
As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Ethel Smith said she and her son, Hunter and family spent Friday night and Saturday at the Smith Ranch south of Pinon. They worked cattle and sheep and built some fences.
After a six-month stay in Artesia, the Nguyen Viet Vy family said their final goodbyes to friends this morning before boarding a bus to San Francisco. The Nguyens, Vietnamese refugees brought to Artesia through the sponsorship of several First United Methodist Church Sunday School classes, had originally intended to make Artesia their permanent home, but the discovery of a relative in San Francisco prompted their move there.
A skunk which made apparent attempts to attack a Cottonwood woman last Monday has been confirmed by state health officials as being rabid. Mrs. J.O. Bratcher explained today that at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, she walked into the yard of her Cottonwood home and saw a skunk approaching her from across the yard. “The skunk acted kind of sluggish, and he never tried to throw up his tail,” she said. “It kept following me around the yard, so I picked up a brick and killed it.”
30 years ago
April 3‐9, 1986
After two weeks of can collecting, door-to-door sales pitches, and yard sale efforts, Artesia 9-year-olds Jason Ellis and Jerry Flores handed over $30 in pennies, dimes and quarters to Shrine Club representatives Bill Siegenthaler and Tom Williams. The youths and friends Tiffany Ellis and Austin Schoonover came up with the idea on their own and collected the money without parental prompting. The money will be used for the children’s hospital transportation fund in the name of Flores’ cousin, Becky Trent, who once was a Shriners hospital patient.
Mike Anderson of Artesia pumped across the line ending his 10-mile bicycle stint in Saturday’s relay “Hope,” a charity relay race between Hope and Artesia. Anderson covered the distance in 28:31, helping his team to a second-place overall finish. His Dipper Ranch team also collected the most in donations, more than $1,700, and organizers said approximately $4,200 were raised in donations for a special fund of the Artesia Shrine Club.
As reported in the Pinon News: The Edward Parker children and their children and Mr. and Mrs. Alton Daugherty planned to drive west of Sacramento into the higher mountains last Saturday afternoon for a cookout and Easter egg hunt.
State and local officials with the Soil Conservation Service, members of the area Cottonwood-Walnut Conservation District board, and representatives of contractor Tricon Kent conducted final inspection this morning of the Cottonwood-Walnut Watershed Site 6 and transferred ownership of the $9 million dam to members of the conservation district board. Future upkeep and maintenance of the site will be the responsibility of the district, which owns land rights to the construction area, dam site, and flood pool area.
20 years ago
April 3‐9, 1996
Most of the participants at the annual Brantley Lake “Go Fly A Kite” rally were from Artesia. Winning awards were George Martinez, 2, of Artesia, Youngest Flier; Paul Bemis of Carlsbad, Most Original; Gail Harrison, Artesia, Elder Statesman; Steven Leaton, Artesia, Best Wreck; and Jamie Leaton, Artesia, Special Award.
As reported in the Pinon News: There is a baby’s grave in the Pinon Cemetery, and David Gentry and Mr. and Mrs. Alva Smith made headstones and put them up on all the graves they knew or could find out about. This grave was one of them. It is listed as “Brummett Baby.” It seems no one can remember much about it. Farrell Van Cleve reported he thought he could remember some people who came through and stopped as the baby was ill and it died while here. His teacher sent the school children out to gather wild flowers for the funeral.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)