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LOTS OF BURGERS — Lynn Tarbet, center, and Lelan Mermis, right, cook hamburgers at the Artesia Little League’s annual fundraising cookout at Jaycee Park. More than 750 people were fed at the afternoon affair, which was held to raise money for the Little League’s equipment and other expenses. The five hungry baseball players looking on are, from left, Richard Orosco, Oscar Navarette, Tom Harvey, Brook Owens and Jerrell Tarbet. (Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from June 18-24.

40 years ago
June 18-24, 1977

Ruby Dunn received a pin Tuesday evening for participating in Eastern Star for 50 years. Edith Morris presented the pin. Both women are past matrons of Artesia’s Order of Eastern Star.

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Many flower arrangements and horticulture exhibits won prizes at the Artesia Garden Club flower show held June 11-12. Among the top award winners were Nell Irby, best of show in horticulture and award of distinction in dried arrangements; Nita Knauf, creativity award and artistic award for nature, art and industry; Vada Magatagan, horticulture sweepstakes; and Alta Marvin, sweepstakes in artistic design.

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Hamilton Roofing Company won the sportsmanship award in the 12-and-under division of the Artesia Girls’ Softball Association. The team consisted of Winnie Joy, Lynette Irby, Gina Torres, Dee Dee Olguin, Jenny Gleghorn, Sheila Joy, Lena Sanchez, Karen Slater, Shelly Joy, Stacy Purcella, Bobbi Jo Childress, Dee Dee Mayes, Kathy Spencer, Julie Price and coaches Mac McCasland, Joni Houghtaling and Vicki Rutledge.

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June 21 is the first day of summer, and the temperature cooled down from previous days. However, trying to beat the heat is still on the top of most agendas. Mrs. Raymond Webb and her two children, Christy and Brooks, took advantage of the pool at Artesia Christian College to cool off. Temperatures have reached the 100 mark and over five days during this month, according to the New Mexico State University Experimental Station southeast of Artesia.

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Jim Lowe, who has been the golf pro at the Artesia Country Club since 1971, will step down July 1 and Jim Dickson, now the assistant pro at the El Paso Country Club, will take over the Artesia job.

30 years ago
June 18-24, 1987

City Parks Supervisor Joe Howell wants to get away from it all — permanently. So after he retires, he and wife Virginia plan to hook up their 35-foot Abion travel trailer and drive off into the sunrise. Howell’s retirement will be effective Sept. 1. Howell signed on to the city in 1969 as a building inspector. About a year later, he was named city supervisor, a position he held for 11 years. In 1981, he assumed his current position, supervising city parks crews.

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Monica Cecillia Segura is representing Artesia in the New Mexico Cinderella Pageant starting today in Albuquerque. Monica, 11, is the daughter of Dulces and Rosa Segura. She won her division of the local Cinderella Pageant in November.

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The residence of Phyllis and David Boneau received Yard of the Week honors recently from the Artesia Garden Club. The Boneaus live at 1407 S. 23rd St. Their five children, three of whom are at home, take advantage of the huge grassy area to the south of the house for playing baseball and football. As for Phyllis, “I’d rather do yardwork than anything.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb had a leak in the radiator of her car. She and her husband, Basil, were dreading to get it fixed, then get it back. Basil called and found Arnold’s Radiator shop in Artesia and they reported they would fix it by noon if he would have it in Artesia early. The Holcombs were in Artesia by 7:45 a.m. and the shop had it ready to bring back home by noon. The Holcombs were quite happy about it.

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Misty Hooten and Bruce Mansell took full advantage of a break in a water line at Fifth and Washington Monday afternoon by donning their bathing suits and frolicking in the spray. The temperature Monday reached 95.

20 years ago
June 18-24, 1997

Pyro technician Mike Deans is planning a really big show for the Fourth of July at Roberts Park. “The fireworks will last about 30 minutes and will be pretty intense,” Deans said Thursday. “The pace will be real rapid… fireworks will go off every four to six seconds and build to a climax.” He said about $15,000 has been donated by the City of Artesia, the Greater Artesia Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, service clubs, and individuals for the show.

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Nikki Barley of Hope is one of several New Mexico students who recently met U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico. Domenici met the group of New Mexico youth who were visiting the nation’s capital on a trip sponsored by the New Mexico Rural Electric Association. The trip was a prize in the Youth Tour Contest, which the students won by submitting an essay or drawing.

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Fresh fryers were 49 cents per pound at Abo Thriftway and Fenn’s Thriftway, and “Con Air” and “Father’s Day” were the featured films at Cinema Twin.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Tuesday of last week men were working on the well on the old home ranch of Whit Atkins in the Avis area. He bought the place in January 1923 and lived there until 1960 when he became so ill he could no longer work. John and Oza Gentry bought the place from Mr. And Mrs. Atkins. A few years ago some of the wells in this area caved in and it was one of them. Oza sold the place after John’s death, but she lives nearby and could hear them working on the well.

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