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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 June 4-10.

40 years ago
June 4-10, 1978

Thirteen Artesia residents interested in establishing a little theatre company held a short “find out what everybody thinks” meeting at K-Bob’s Steakhouse Friday and came away with enough of a positive attitude to set a date for an organizational meeting to really get the ball rolling. At the meeting persons heard various opinions regarding the possibility of a little theater group and agreed there was sufficient interest to keep thinks moving. Charing the meeting was Mrs. J. Burr Stout.

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The Loyal Order of the Moose recently elected officer. Elected were Blackie Garner, junior past governor; Thomas Harwell, governor; Warren Gleghorn, treasurer; W.W. Barker, secretary, Oscar Sanchez, trustee; David Kerbo, inner guard; Glen Brady, junior governor; John Brady, trustee; Alan Anderson, prelate; Don Billips, outer guard, Charles Gleghorn, trustee; and Willis Baker, sergeant at arms.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson built a house near Highrolls several years ago and made it their home. They decided they wanted to live in the Weed area, so they built them a home on the Demery Anderson farm and ranch on Per Canyon and sold their home near Highrolls last year at a reasonable price. Now the place is for sale again at a price of $95,000. Some persons have remarked they think inflation has hit the area, any way that house.

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At least one favorite pastime of many American housewives is spending an afternoon playing cards with their “bridge club,” but a group in Artesia have come up with a new twist—they have a Yahtzee club. Sherry Dees, a founder of the club, said she and Pat book started it because it gave them a chance to visit with their friends while having a good time playing a “silly” game. She said the club now has 15 members.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Ferguson was in Artesia today to cast his ballot in the primary election. Ferguson, like any other individual living in his precinct, is registered to vote in Artesia, more specifically the Hermosa School. He plans to leave for Albuquerque today and will keep tabs on the votes from the Four Seasons Motor Inn.

30 years ago
June 4-10, 1988

As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb received a telephone call early Monday morning, May 30, saying she was the great-grandmother of a baby girl. Mrs. Oma Gage had as guests over the Memorial holiday weekend, “Rusty” Jernigan, who came from Artesia Friday evening and stayed until Saturday evening. Mrs. Gage’s son, Dan, and guest from Roswell, came Saturday afternoon, and Mr. and Mrs. W.B. McGuire came from Artesia Saturday evening. They all left Sunday morning going to Cloudcroft for the day with plans to return to spend the night before returning to their homes.

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Fred Alvarez’s defeat of incumbent District 2 county commissioner Bob Hazelwood stood out as the major upset in Tuesday’s primary election. Alvarez won by a margin of 640-548. Members of the news media outnumbered candidates waiting for election results in the Eddy County Clerk’s Office Tuesday, but few surprises were in store for the group.

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Artesia’s prospects for landing the U.S. government as a tenant for the former Artesia Christian College took a giant step forward today. The Treasury and Postal Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $7 million provision in the general appropriations bill for purchase and renovation f the property, Sen. Pete Domenici reported. If approved by the full Congress, the appropriation will be used to convert the campus to the nation’s first satellite training center of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Ga.

20 years ago
June 4-10, 1998

Fourteen-year-old Marc Hickerson, after getting a new set of clubs and two lessons from Artesia Country Club golf pro, Joe smith, hit a hole in one on the par-3 hole 7, at 165 yards from the white tees, Friday, may 29. He was playing with his dad, Neal Hickerson. Marc has been playing golf for three years.

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The Greater Artesia Chamber of Commerce announced the hiring of Ginny Bush to the position of associate director. Bush began working at the chamber June 1, taking the position left vacant by Lynette Wood. She is married to Kent Bush. They have three children — Isreal, Seth and Jeremiah.

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As reported in the Pinon News: All the people here in Pinon are hoping for rain as the grass and weeds are really showing the lack of rain in the area and the ranchers are very busy feeding cattle and sheep and keeping drinking water ready for them to drink. Which means pumping and sometimes hauling water to where they are. H.A. Stringfield spent Saturday gathering and branding calves. He had a number of horseback riders helping him.

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