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FAIR QUEEN SELECTED ­ Diana Pounds of Artesia (center) was chosen as 1976 Eddy County Fair Queen Monday afternoon in competition with three other Eddy County girls. She will reign over the Eddy County Fair and Junior Livestock Show this week at the county fairgrounds south of Artesia. Congratulating Diana are (from left) contestants Rachael and Judy Rayroux, both of Carlsbad; Jeannie Miller of Carlsbad, the outgoing 1975 county fair queen; and contestant Juhree Smith of Artesia. The girls were judged on 4­H and FFA activities and on a speech they gave Monday for the judges. (Daily Press Photo)

FAIR QUEEN SELECTED ­ Diana Pounds of Artesia (center) was chosen as 1976 Eddy County Fair Queen Monday afternoon in competition with three other Eddy County girls. She will reign over the Eddy County Fair and Junior Livestock Show this week at the county fairgrounds south of Artesia. Congratulating Diana are (from left) contestants Rachael and Judy Rayroux, both of Carlsbad; Jeannie Miller of Carlsbad, the outgoing 1975 county fair queen; and contestant Juhree Smith of Artesia. The girls were judged on 4­H and FFA activities and on a speech they gave Monday for the judges. (Daily Press Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from August 7­13.

40 years ago Aug. 7‐13, 1976 As reported in the Pinon News: Family reunions and family “get togethers” were the main interests of the past week in this area. Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday, the families of the late Calbe Prude and “Uncle Dan” Stevens met at the Sacramento Methodist Assembly for a family reunion for the fourth consecutive year. There were 86 members attending.

Mrs. Cartright is the former Moma Prude of Hope. The Prudes and the Stevens lived in the Weed area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Mrs. Ala Bess Prude Stevens, age 86 and Mrs.

Edna Prude Stevens age 89, were all the older members of the families left. The reunion has been sponsored each year by Rolla Buck, husband of Mrs.

Pearl Prude Buck of Alamogordo.

Mrs. Cartright reported an enjoyable time.

— Mrs. Eddi Mahfood of Artesia proudly displayed some of her entries which earned her the honor of being named best homemaker at the Eddy County Fair. Mrs. Mahfood received more ribbons this morning than any of the other contestants in a total of 25 entries in the areas of foods, canning, sewing and handicraft arts. Her total included 13 blue ribbons and 7 red ribbons.

— W. Truett Loyd, Navajo Crude Oil Purchasing Company transportation and supply manager was presented Tuesday with a gold engraved watch by Jack Reid, chief operations officer at Navajo Refining Company, for having been an employee of the local refining company for 30 years.

— 1976 Eddy County Fair Queen Diana Pounds won first prize in the 4­H cake contest with a recipe she calls “Watergate cake with cover­up icing.”

Miss Pounds’ entry was judged for both the quality of the cake and also an essay on the subject of “how 4­H home economics has helped me.” the cake will be auctioned to the highest bidder during Saturday’s fair activities.

The cakes have been known to sell for up to $800.

— When Lake Arthur School opens Monday, a dress code will be in effect.

Paul Jewell, Lake Arthur school superintendent, said the school has had a dress code before, but not in the last few years.

“The students here pretty much dress nicely,” Jewell said.

“It’s the ones we get from Artesia who seem to come out here with long hair.”

30 years ago Aug. 7‐13, 1986 About 15 kingbirds became mired and died in a Jaycee Park oil spill created three weeks ago by a city road crew.

The oil, which is used in road surfacing, was dumped by street workers to avoid having it harden in a distributor truck.

The truck was being used to resurface the road around the park’s jogging track and was not working properly. City Supervisor Tommy Howell said the crew panicked and dumped the oil to prevent damage to the truck.

— Two Artesians — one of them a semi­veteran of sorts — race against the best in the nation when they compete on Saturday in the 1986 All­American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

The two, Ross Morgan and Dusty Bean, whipped the competition in the state Soap Box Derby in early July, winning their respective divisions and qualifying for the expensespaid trip to the finals.

— Artesia Trailblazers were on hand Friday for groundbreaking ceremonies for Gateway Motors’ new $1 million building and car lot on South First.

— The Karate Kidd Part II and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off were the featured films at Cinema Twin this week.

20 years ago Aug. 7‐13, 1996 Artesia native Johnny Gray continues making a name for himself on the drag­racing circuit.

Gray, 43, put a big notch on his gun in the top Alcohol dragracing division when he won a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) National Event July 21 in Denver.

— Damages totaling approximately $80,000 were calculated by the state arson investigator, in Artesia Tuesday analyzing the Monday morning blaze of the Artesia High School Arts building.

— The Homemaker of the Year Award for the 1996 Eddy County Fair went to Helen Mariscal of Artesia. Mariscal entered 25 items in four different categories of canning, baking, handicrafts and sewing.

— Members of Artesia Downtown Lions Club celebrated an unusual honor recently when member Missy Williams had a baby, Austyn Sierra Williams.

Missy is the first Artesia Lion to have a baby. Austyn Sierra was born July 25. The proud father is Perry Williams. Missy has been a member of the Lions Club for about a year.

— As reported in the Pinon News:

Mrs. Bette Davis of Weed called Friday afternoon, reporting a fire in the Weed Baptist Church Thursday night.

Her son, Bert McKenstry, is just home from the Marines, where he was in the Color Guard in Washington, D.C.

They had gone for a walk and had just returned when they noticed a square light in the Baptist church and Bert went to see and found the new addition was full of flames. He came running back and gathering buckets; and his sister, Christa Pranger, was keeping the buckets filled as fast as Bert Could carry them and throw them on the fire.

Mrs. Davis was calling the Fire Department, and by the time the Fire Department got there, they had the fire out.

It was reported that the walls were sheet rock, so it was supposed that helped.

The people are so thankful, especially the youngsters, for the job so well done.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)