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BIG BULLDOG — Not that there’s ever been any doubt about it, but the giant-sized picture on the city water tank leaves no question that Artesia is Bulldog territory. Painter Bill Meacham (climbing down scaffold) said the completed water tank design will include emblems designating all of Artesia’s state championships. (Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

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

40 years ago
June 4-10, 1977

“Neither rain nor snow nor dead of night.” This kind of weather may not delay a postman, but it can delay a farmer. So for years, area farmers have depended on a daily report from New Mexico State University’s experimental station, located south of Artesia, for weather, and for seven-and-a-half years, Benny Morrison has been the man behind the reports. Morrison, 65 on May 26, retired Tuesday after working at the station 12-and-a-half years.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Charley Atkins and Charley’s mother, Edith Atkins, spent Thursday in Alamogordo. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Atkins of Alamogordo went to Las Cruces to attend funeral services of Mrs. Atkins’ uncle, so Mrs. Charley Atkins went to Alamogordo to spend the day with Wade’s children. Wade is Edith Atkins’ only grandson, so she enjoyed the trip to Alamogordo and the day with her great-grandchildren. She reported a big rattle snake was killed in the yard of her brother, Junior Fuller, in Alamogordo Thursday of last week.

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Artesia school teacher Novice Kirkpatrick may be out of the classroom for the summer, but she won’t have many idle moments since she has undertaken writing a juvenile novel as a summer project. This is just one of a variety of ways Artesia teachers are either keeping busy or taking it easy until the school bells ring again in August.

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Artesia and Atoka firemen were called to the Jerry Burk farm south of Artesia at 8:27 a.m. today to extinguish a weed burner that was on fire. The fire apparently started when the weed burner ran over its own butane fuel hose, firemen said. Damage estimate was set at $250. Four fire units were dispatched to the scene, and firemen worked 16 minutes to control the blaze.

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The 30th Annual Boys’ State Convention at New Mexico Military Institute elected county officers Wednesday, and three Artesia delegates were among the winners. Randy Teel was elected county commissioner for the mythical DeLeon County, while Randy Russell was chosen as representative from DeVargas County and Johnny Starkey was voted in as representative from DeBaca County.

30 years ago
June 4-10, 1987

Mary McCaw can mark the changing of the seasons by the different flowers in bloom in her yard at 1304 W. Grand Ave. Already this spring, she has enjoyed daffodils, tulips, irises and amaryllis. Right now, she has roses, hollyhocks, poppies and day lilies. This summer, she can look forward to gladiolas, and her cosmos and chrysanthemums will bloom in the fall. “You’ve got to plan it and know what grows to be able to do it,” Mary said. Her ability to do it impressed the Artesia Garden Club enough to honor her for having the “Yard of the Week.” The McCaw yard was the first so honored since club president Jane Shelton recently revived the award, which was a custom of the club in years past.

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Doris Case and granddaughter Danielle Guy are dancing the parts of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in “Alice in Wonderland,” given in Welborne Auditorium in Hagerman Friday. Danielle is also soloing as an exotic bird.

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There’s good news and bad news for alfalfa growers this year. The good news is the market for alfalfa hay is good. The bad news is alfalfa growers in the Pecos Valley are about a month late on their first cutting and can expect lower yields this year.

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Members of the Artesia Downtown Lions Club handed out prizes and winning certificates to the top riders in the organization’s recent bike-a-thon to Charlie Rogers, first place; Matt Lanning, second place; Jonny Wilson, third place; Taylor Ross, fourth place; and Isaac Wilson, fifth place. A total of $500 in gift certificates were awarded to the winners.

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As reported in the Pinon News: John Gage is the proud owner of a new yellow car which he is enjoying very much as the days go by. Hilda Kelly of south of Pinon has been working at the Pinon store and station since Mrs. Gage has been in Alamogordo with Bill.

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High winds north of Artesia about a week ago brought down a long-time landmark in the Espuela area — the big red barn formerly owned by Johnnie Bowman. The barn, which was constructed in 1919 or 1920, was first owned by Oscar and Clarence Pearson and V.L. Gates and was used for shipping baled hay to Texas by railroad.

20 years ago
June 4-10, 1997

OK Hot Oil Gus Macker team members Jayd Collins, Alex Almanza, Tell Fry and Chris Wiles took second place at the Gus Macker basketball tournament in Hobbs in the 14-15 age group.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Mary Anderson had as guests the week of May 24, her granddaughter and husband, “Missie” and Bryan McKinstry and their three sons, from Albuqeurque. They also visited Bryan’s mother, Mrs. Betty Davison, in Weed and Missie’s mother, Mrs. Gloria Anderson, in Alamogordo. They planned to return to Albuquerque Monday.

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Clovis Evans, chairman of the Junior Kiwanian program for the Artesia Kiwanis Club, presented a check for $4,750 to Kendra Lewellen, daughter of Randy and Kathy Lewellen. Lewellen was a Junior Kiwanian of the month during the past school year.

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RSVP director Nadine Price congratulated RSVP award winners at the recent awards dinner. They are George Jones, Dr. C.A. Stryjewski, Rita Weatherspoon, Ora Torres, Martha Showmaker and Cruz Alvarado.

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