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TACKY TOGS – Artesia High School was migrated upon by hobos and tackily-dressed students, and even a few sloppy teachers in observance of the annual American Field Service Tacky Day. Students and teachers who purchased a “tacky tag” for a quarter were allowed to come to school as sloppily-dressed as they wanted. Kay Broocke, left, and Patty Lekovich seemed to have gotten into the mood of things. (Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from April 30 – May 1.

40 years ago
April 30 – May 1, 1977

Dorothy Butts, owner of Butts Moving and Storage, attended the seventh annual meeting of the New Mexico Movers and Warehousemen’s Association held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Following the warehousemen’s convention, Butts also attended a state meeting of Aero Mayflower Transit Company agents at the Albuquerque Inn. Gary Miller, western regional manager, presided at the meeting. All state Mayflower agencies were represented.


As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Billy Jean Woods of Alamogordo had a trailor house moved to Pinon to Oma Gage’s lot by the Ida McLean cistern, where she plans to make her home. She had been staying with her mother, Mrs. Willie Stevenson awaiting the electricity to be hooked on and other things done. Dr. C.P. Bunch of Artesia was in his cabin on James Canyon Thursday, April 21, and on returning to Artesia late Thursday evening stopped in Mayhill to visit cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Smith. He slid off the driveway in the mud, so he spent the night with them.


Four Lake Arthur-area residents participated in the Farm Journal European Tour for Farm Families in March. James and Margie Thigpen of Cottonwood, and Jimmy and Dorothy Funk of Lake Arthur were among the 176 farmers to tour European farms.


The command of the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron at the American air base at Soesterberg, Netherlands, has been taken over by Co. Wade L. Green. Green is the son of H.L. Green of Artesia. He is a 1950 graduate of Artesia High School and also a graduate of New Mexico State University. Green has served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years. His tours of duty have included Laredo, Texas, Wales, Holloman Air Force Base at Alamogordo, and Vietnam, where he flew 160 missions.

30 years ago
April 30 – May 1, 1987

O.V. “Rooster” Durbin rode from Ennis, Texas, to Artesia in a Chevrolet in 1929. Despite nine flats and blowouts, the car got his family to town. Eleven years later, Durbin went to work for Guy Chevrolet of Artesia. He is retiring after 47 years, minus a four-year stint in the U.S. Marines during World War II, which he spent in the Pacific Theater. Durbin started at Guy Chevrolet as a service station attendant. He has been parts manager, service manager, and finally sales manager. Durbin and his wife, Alene, plan to put some miles on their Holiday Rambler now that he is retiring. They are members of the Artesia Bulldog Sams RV Club.


There are six reasons why the Artesia Bulldogs will take a .341 team batting average into this week’s Class 3A state baseball tournament. They are Dino Wilcox (.490), Jack Callaway (.466), Danny Salmon (.417), Adam Chavarria (.375), Shane Smith (.373) and Cory McCarrell (.346). In 23 games, the Bulldogs have clouted 215 hits, including 37 doubles, 18 triples, and six homers.


Judy Miner, administrator of the Artesia Good Samaritan Center, congratulated Homer King after King received a certificate naming him Volunteer of the Year. This presentation was made during the center’s recent Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

20 years ago
April 30 – May 1, 1997

The winners of Dennis Jeter’s seventh-grade weather vane contest at Zia Intermediate School displayed their weather unit projects. They were Brian Jones, first place, Lisa Klein, second place, Jessica Johnson, third place, Cody Carter, fourth place, and Cody Carter, fifth place. Jeter told his students to make a weather vane but did not tell them anything more about the process. The students had a responsibility to learn the workings of a vane, its purpose, and the construction process. Students were judged on overall quality and style after the class had taken them outside for testing. Theo Williams and James DeHoyos were the recipients of the teacher’s award, based only on creativity. Of the 75 weather vanes made, Jeter said “the quality was very, very good… they did work.”


“Liar, Liar” and “McHale’s Navy” were the featured films of the week at Cinema Twin.

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