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(Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

(Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Sept. 4-10.

40 years ago
Sept. 4‐10, 1976

Artesia football fans got their first look at that new Bulldog passing attack Friday when the Big Orange took their first victory of the 1976 prep football season, but it wasn’t the passing that did the most damage to the Goddard Rockets, it was that old reliable running game. The Artesia Bulldogs have been known for years as a team which can take the football and run it right down their opponents’ throats, and that’s exactly what they did in Friday night’s 33-13 thrashing of the Goddard Rockets.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Robert Bell hired a man from Roswell to shear goats at the Henry Jernigan ranch. He planned to be there Monday and Tuesday of this week. It is quite a problem to find a person that can or will shear goats any more. Many years ago, many of the ranchers in the Pinon area raised goats and a number of ranchers would work in the spring and fall shearing goats. According to Billy Gage in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the pay was three cents a head for shearing and a good shearer could shear a hundred or more goats a day. The man that assisted him received a dollar a day. The rancher’s wife, if he was married, did the cooking as the rancher furnished the meals for the shearers. Las year the cost of having a nanny sheared was $1 and $2 for the billies. The shearer has t furnish his own meals, and has no assistant.

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The first games of the season are always hard to pick, especially when all the games are high school contests, as the participants in last week’s Daily Press football contest soon found out. The $10 check did not go to the person who went by the season previews or past records but to the one with the luckiest pencil. This week’s winner was 9-year-old Grant Davis, who picked 14 out of a possible 20 winners of last week’s prep openers.

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Bennie Morrizon, Artesia’s official weatherman, checked one of two rain gauges he maintains to keep accurate account of the moisture that falls in the Artesia area. During the past two days, Artesia has received an unusual amount of moisture, although it totaled only 1.31 inches. Morrizon also records daily high and low temperatures and soil temperatures, which he provides to the U.S. Weather Service.

30 years ago
Sept. 4‐10, 1986

Leon Bergstrom was just one of many Artesia residents who heard the fire department weather sirens last night and didn’t know quite what to do about it. “We had the TV on, so we were alerted (to the storm) anyway. But when (the sirens) rang, we didn’t know whether to look for shelter or what,” Bergstrom said today. Artesia Fire Department sirens indicating that severe weather was approaching the Artesia area were sounded at 9:15 p.m. But rather than helping to warn citizens of possible disaster, the sirens seemed to create confusion. People wondered what was happening and what the sirens were telling them to do.

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Leah Williams, home economics teacher at Artesia High School, was tabbed Rookie Teacher of the Year recently by the New Mexico Vocational Home Economics Teachers Association.

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A 13-game losing streak wasn’t the only thing broken Friday night at Watson Memorial Stadium in Hobbs. Add the left arm of Artesia quarterback Clay Foster to the list, as well as Artesia’s plans for a no-problems-at-all season. The Hobbs Eagles snapped a 13-game losing streak by soundly beating the Artesia Bulldogs 33-8. They also put a dent in Artesia’s offensive makeup when Foster went down with just over a minute left in the second quarter with a broken arm.

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The Artesia Sluggers, comprised of Elton Menefee, Martin Green, Teddy Garcia, Chava Flores, Mark Long, Tony Huerta, Albert Marquez, Stan Menefee, Ricardo Canales, Juan Canales and Bernardo Howard, are the champions of the Rocky Mountain Area Men’s Class B Fastpitch Tournament. The Sluggers won the double-elimination tournament the hard way. After an early-round loss, they won nine straight games in the losers’ bracket. They played five games in a single day. For the tournament, they outscored their opponents 93-36. Their hit total was 136, with 13 home runs.

20 years ago
Sept. 4‐10, 1996

Jimmy Johnson, Bill Johnson and Ronny Johnson of Johnson 3-J Farms showed the first bales of cotton ginned this year on Thursday. The cotton was grown in Cottonwood. It was planted on April 15 and picked on Wednesday. The farmers had the first bale of cotton twice before.

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Kirk Robbins would make a great cat burglar, because he has quick feet. The Bulldog senior split end/return man quick-stepped his way to two touchdowns Friday in Hobbs, helping Artesia to a 41-14 pounding of the Eagles.

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Longtime Artesia resident Nancy Jorren was named president of the International Association of Desk & Derrick Clubs during the organization’s 45th annual convention this past week at the Fairmont Hotel in San Franciso. Jorren will serve as president during 1997 of the international association, which includes 93 clubs in the U.S. and Canada and has 3,000 members.

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