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(Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Sept. 17-23.

40 years ago
Sept. 17-23, 1977

As reported in the Pinon News: Two sisters, daughters of Joe Beach, were in Pinon Saturday hunting for Edith Atkins. They visited quite some time with Jane Van Cleve. They lived on Antelope Flat in about 1910 and knew Mrs. Atkins at that time, as well as other old-timers. Meanwhile, Charley Atkins of Weed started enjoying his annual vacation Saturday. It lasts two weeks and he plans to spend the time working on the place where he lives and getting some winter wood.

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Helen Mapes presented Mayor Ernest Thompson with three scrapbooks she compiled for the city during the bicentennial year and the several months following. Mapes was the vice president of the Artesia Bicentennial Program. The three books, which contain two years’ worth of newspaper clippings, photographs, and other related materials, will be on display at City Hall.

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A 16-year-old boy was arrested by Artesia police Tuesday after he fled from the Plainsman Sixty-Six service station without paying for $5.40 worth of gas he had put in his car. Police reports indicate the Topeka, Kans., youth fled the station at a high rate of speed as he was being pursued by the co-owner of the station, Glen Waller. The report indicates Waller tailed the youth at speeds close to 100 mph to the Cottonwood cutoff, where Waller turned around and came back to Artesia. Lt. John Colwell of the APD was notified and later caught the lad three miles north of the Eddy County line. Police said the youth was out of money except for some pocket change and had not eaten since Sunday.

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Last spring, the Artesia Bulldogs sat down with their coaches and came up with five goals for the 1977 football season, all of which are posted in the Bulldog locker room. One of those goals is to beat Alamogordo. The Bulldogs will have their chance Friday night in Alamogordo, and they will also have their first chance since 1974 to avenge a previous season’s loss. The Tigers handed the Bulldogs their only defeat last year, 15-14, and head coach Mike Phipps said revenge is definitely a motivating factor.

30 years ago
Sept. 17-23, 1987

Artesia football coach T.W. Harvey had said his team would need a near-perfect performance if it expected to best the Kermit Yellow Jackets in Kermit, Texas. It got it, and it did. The Bulldogs turned in their best overall performance of the season and crowned it by notching a shutout over the Texas team by a 21-0 count Friday in Kermit.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Earl Holcomb of Alamogordo surprised his brother, Basil Holcomb, when he came Monday of last week for a visit. He had been to Cloudcroft and spent the night at the H.A. Stringfield camp, then came on to Avis Monday morning to visit. Basil’s welder had quit working and Earl found the coil in the magnita had gone bad, so Basil ordered another, and Earl came back Friday morning and helped him get it fixed. At noon, Basil suggested he and Mrs. Holcomb take Earl and go down the Guadalupe Mountain Rim sight-seeing so they ate sandwiches and left. It is nearly like an airplane ride looking off the rim, seeing nearly all of Crowflat and much of the mesa. The Cornudas Mountains can be seen to the west and southwest. On the trip in the “Break Off Mountains,” they found Joe Rogers with car trouble, Basil and Earl tried to help him, but the fuel pump had quit, so they took him to where he could catch the school bus and go to the Houghs ranch for help. The Holcombs were about eight hours on the trip and very tired, but they all agreed they had had a very enjoyable afternoon.

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“No Way Out” and “Lost Boys” were the 99-cent movies at Cinema Twin this week.

20 years ago
Sept. 17-23, 1997

Karen Bozman and Staci Scott are new teachers at Yeso Elementary this school year. Bozman graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching. She is teaching physical education at Yeso and coaching at Zia Intermediate School. Scott is teaching special education at Yeso. She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1996 with a degree in special education.

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The high school varsity football team ended a two-year drought of losses against Roswell Goddard with a 14-13 win at Bulldog Bowl Friday. AHS will now prepare for its annual showdown against Carlsbad Friday in Carlsbad.

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As reported in Cobblestone Tales: The first AHS football team was put together in 1909, the first year AHS had a graduating class (of three). Ruth Brainard Knorr — Nancy Davis’ mother-in-law — was one of the three graduates that year, and she recalled the original school colors were orange and black, chosen to match Princeton’s (Carlsbad chose blue and white for Yale, and Roswell chose red and white for Harvard). The colors switched over to orange and white sometime in the 1950s. Betty Jo Allen recalls the AHS Class of 1966 voting to keep the colors orange and white with black as an accent color; within a few years, the black accent color had engulfed the white. White slowly made a comeback around 1980 (it’s probably a lot easier to wear in the hot sun), but let’s face it — black or white, it’s the orange that Artesia is most noted for.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Mary Anderson has a big apple tree in her yard and she could not get the apples in the top of the tree, so Danny Walter and possibly friends planned to go Sunday afternoon and pick them for her, as she spent the afternoon at home to be ready for him.

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