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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. 24-30.

40 years ago
Sept. 24-30, 1977

When it rains it pours, and when things go bad they really go bad sometimes. That’s how a group of Artesians felt Friday night as they stood by a busy intersection after the Artesia-Alamogordo football game and watched a tow truck take their chartered bus away. Police cars blocked post-game traffic for several minutes as the Artesia group stood by. Artesia May Ernest Thompson, one of about 30 people who were stranded by the roadside, said, “It just stopped dead and wouldn’t start.” Finally the football team’s bus came back and picked up the group, but they still had to wait for another bus out of El Paso to take them back to Artesia. They arrived back in town safe and sound about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Patrol officers and a dispatcher working the graveyard shift for the Artesia Police Dept. reported seeing a “greenish blue” sphere in the northwest sky about 6 a.m. Saturday. The Artesia folks were not the only people who were able to see the object, according to one officer. He said he could hear partial transmission from the Alamogordo border Patrol, and they could see it too.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Emma Rhuebush, Tanna Griggs and Eula Havens spent Tuesday of last week at Oza and Basil Holcomb’s ranches painting pictures of the old Atkins barn built in 1936 and the old Munson dwelling built in 1914. May Bonine reported her mother, May Munson, spent one winter in Deming, sending Juanita Munson and some to the Bonnie children to school. They attended school with the Rhuebush children among which was Oliver Rhuebush, now caretaker of Camp of the Tall Pines. When the Rhuebushes learned they had been in the area, they were wishing the Bonines and come by for a short visit.

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Five women were selected at a recent meeting to be “team captains” in a drive to promote Lt. Gov. Bob Ferguson in his bid for governor. They are Mrs. Allen White, Mrs. Clifton May, Mrs. Emery McGonnagil, Mrs. Willie Mae Sanders and Michele Troublefield. Mrs. Fred Hansen serves as general chairman, and Mrs. Wendell Welch is co-chairman.

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A K-Bob’s Steak House will open soon in Artesia. According to Bill Harrison of Carlsbad the business should be open by Thanksgiving. Harrison and John Russell, also of Carlsbad, will be the owners of the franchise to be located on First Street just off Dallas.

30 years ago
Sept. 24-30 1987

1987’s first bale of cotton was produced by Haldeman Farms. The bale officially came in at 3:54 p.m. Wednesday.

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Anita Harvey became the first two-time winner in this year’s Daily Press Pigskin Payoff as her 15-5 record last week earned her the first-place check. And her tie-breaker score was right on the nose. She got all 10 prep games right but missed two college and three professional games. No pro games were included this week.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Wednesday of last week, Russel Gillum and B.J. Bourden were shoeing a horse on the Pinon Draw Ranch when the horse “broke loose” and kicked each of them, hurting Russel so that he had to be taken to the hospital. Bourden reported he was not injured seriously, but had stuck a nail in his hand that was rather bad. Pat Ramsey from Texas has bought the former Mesa Verde Ranch and Bourden is the new foreman.

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Though a late frost claimed much of the area apple crop this year, Nola Mae Ochenrider did all right with her five-year-old tree on West Chisum. The tree produces apples of the “jumbo” variety — named for the size they reach.

20 years ago
Sept. 24-30, 1997

Bill Johnson of Cottonwood, showed the first bales of cotton ginned this year at Artesia Alfalfa Growers Association’s gin north of Artesia. Johnson said the cotton was picked Sept. 18 on an eight-acre plot near his home. This is Johnson’s 50th year as a cotton grower. He’s had the first bale of cotton several years in the past.

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The varsity football team accomplished several objectives, when it defeated Carlsbad, 45-39, in Ralph Bowyer Cavemen Stadium Friday. The bulldogs won their first road game of the season. The Bulldogs put more than 40 points on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cavemen and won the Eddy County Championship.

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Lt. Col. Raun G. Watson, formerly of Artesia, retired from the U.S. Army recently in a ceremony in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Watson now residing in Lubbock. Watson graduated Artesia High School in 1973 and entered the U.S. Army in 1977 having received an ROTC commission through New Mexico Military Institute and New Mexico State University.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb’s typewriter lost its threading and as she did not have an instruction book she could not get it threaded. H.A. Stringfield could thread it, but he was not in line so she got Rick Kniepkamp and he had it threaded very soon. She was beginning to think there might not be any news again this week.

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