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(Daily Press 1978 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from May 7-13.

40 years ago
May 7-13, 1978

Contrary to what they might have been led to believe, the Artesia girls. track team did not bypass Albuquerque on the way to the state track meet and head on up to Alaska, although seeing the conditions in Albuquerque, they might have wondered. In the preliminaries Friday night, a 20-mph wind set a chill factor of 15 degrees, and snow flurries shivered their way in when the Bulldogs were running a few relays, and as a result, persons attending the meet probably wondered what track athletes were doing on the field, since the weather obviously dictated football. Nevertheless, semi-frozen coaches Ken Parrish and Ronnie Null watched form the bleachers as the Bulldogs qualified two runners in the individual 440, along with both of their relay teams for the finals Saturday night.

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While the Artesia girls’ track team battled the snow of Albuquerque, the Artesia tennis team battled the rain of Silver City but still saw coach John Gunderson catch a case of “happy feet” as he saw three of his tennis players qualify for the state tennis tournament. Steve Messmer convincingly earned a trip to state with a 6-2, 6-2 thumping of his Deming opponent in the opening round of singles play and is officially “in.” “In” as well is the doubles team of Johnny Starkey and Donald Brower, who combined in the first round Saturday to beat Deming’s duo of Les Dennison and Glen Hall in two straight sets, 6-4, 7-6, winning a 5-3 tiebreaker in the second set. Gunderson said it was pouring rain in Silver City as the morning wore on, forcing the moving of all play indoors on only two courts.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. R.K. Hill of Sacramento has been forming a group to sing. It was reported she had about 40 members ages from the first grade to grandmothers. They will have costumes of white blouses and plaid skirts. Mrs. Hill, a music teacher and former teacher in the Weed School, is good at this kind of work, so some if not all of the members are looking forward to learning a lot and enjoying the singing while learning.

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Rose Marie Cauhape was selected as Woman of the Year by the Artesia Woman’s Club. She has been a member of the club for 29 years. She was born in France and moved to the United States in 1924. She was pinned with a corsage for the honor Wednesday by Mrs. Lyle Hunter.

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John T. Short is the first Artesian to receive the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Education Association of New Mexico. Short is a retired vocational-agriculture teacher. He retired in 1972. He taught for 31 years in the state with 24 years in Artesia, two years in Iran, and two years in Tanzania.

30 years ago
May 7-13, 1988

Abo Elementary School took first place in three out of four grade-level competitions at the 21st Annual Sports Day Tuesday at Bulldog Bowl, qualifying the school for the event’s high-point trophy. The school received a total of 151 points, 43.5 points more than its nearest competitor, Yucca Elementary, which came in second overall with 107.5 points. Hermosa Elementary placed third with 102.5 points; Central Elementary took fourth place with 54 points; and Roselawn Elementary came in fifth with 40 points overall.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb thought they had to pump water for their cattle on Pinon Draw Sunday morning as the storage tank was nearly empty, so they started early to get the water going down there and feed cattle, so Mrs. Holcomb could go to church. When they started well, it did not pump, so they called Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Stringfield in Alamogordo trying to get help to pull the well sucker rods to find the trouble but could get no one. They finally called Mrs. Shirley Rabon to see if she knew where they were and she said they had planned to take their little granddaughter out to breakfast, then go to one of the parks and she would to see if she could find them. She did and Mr. and Mrs. Stringfield and son, Mike, came right on to the Holcomb ranch. Many thinks to Mrs. Rabon, the Stringfields, and Buster Stevenson. They had the well pumping by 5 p.m. It is rather a scary feeling knowing there is a number of cattle without water and the well or water source is stopped.

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The team of Tom Lewis, Craig Pinson and Dana Carpenter took first place in the seventh-period division of the annual Artesia High School home economics cook-off. The team, which prepared a Mother’s Day cake, shared a prize of $50. Barbara Pruett, Stephen Carrera, Stacye Carlo and Larry Sotelo took first place in the fourth-period division. They prepared a banana split cake.

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Four Artesia High School varsity baseball players were named to the 1988 4-AAA All-District baseball team recently announced by the loop’s coaches. The four are senior Clay Foster, named to one of the five infielder spots; senior Raul Rodriguez, named to one of the four outfielder spots; junior Wayne Needham, named to one of the two catcher spots; and junior Mikey Chavarria, who was tabbed the district’s Most Valuable Player.

20 years ago
May 7-13, 1998

As reported in the Pinon News: Robert and Lavona Bell left Thursday to go to Carlsbad to meet and visit for a short time with Dovie and Jim Stringer from Cold Water, Kan. Dovie is from Kansas and Mrs. Bell is from Beaver, Okla. They went to Carlsbad to attend the North Western College in Carlsbad, to become teachers and did get schooling there. They met and married their husbands while there. They try to meet every year or so and visit. The Bells planned to be back at home Friday as their younger son, Shane, and wife, Amy, are teachers in Alamogordo, and have just finished building a new home and they need the Bells to help them move into it.

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When they gather for meetings, members of one Artesia club drive up in Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes, street rods, and antique pickups, such fancy cars that a bystander may think a parade is going by. I fact, a parade is one of the top items on the club’s to-do list for this summer. They are members of Artesia Car Enthusiasts, a club that formed last September of Artesians who love cars. President Dorothy Hammond said the club was formed after she and her husband, Frank, made up a list of all the people in Artesia they knew who had classic or custom cars. She and Frank have been avid collectors of mostly Fords and Lincolns for many years. They belong to a long list of car clubs and felt a similar club could be formed here.

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The Artesia High School boys’ golf team brought home the Bulldogs’ first ever Class 3A state golf championship yesterday. “It’s just outstanding!” said coach Bubba Jennings. After leading the field with a score of 306, just two strokes ahead of Raton and Ruidoso, the Bulldogs turned in a score of 311 after completing Tuesdays’ second round of competition for a total of 617. Randy Blair, Trevor Townsend, Brian Baize, Ross Duncan and Josh Sallee comprised the winning team.

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