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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 Oct. 8-14.

40 years ago
Oct. 8-14, 1978

For the first time this season, the Artesia Bulldog dressing room was a happy place with everybody wearing smiles on their collective kissers after the Bulldogs had walloped the stubborn NMMI Colts. Artesia Coach Mike Phipps said he was very impressed with the performance of Bulldog running back Julian Rivera, as the fleet junior scampered for 54 yards on five carries. Artesia won 40-22 even though hampered by 166 yards in penalties.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Basil Holcomb was quite surprised Sunday when he found four lambs near his house at Avis, as there are no sheep ranches for several miles. Don Merritt went to see if they were his and found them to be very gentle, which is not so with sheep on the ranches, so Basil called Jake Van Winkle and found they were lambs the boys had raised as doggies. Jake lives about a half mile from the Holcomb ranch.

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Two Artesia men were among the 40 applicants who passed the July bar examination and will be admitted to the practice of law in New Mexico during ceremonies today and Wednesday. David R. Vandiver, an associate in the law office of Losee, Carson and Dickerson, will be sworn in Wednesday, and Kimerick F. Hayner, an assistant trust officer at the First National Bank of Artesia, was sworn in today at ceremonies before the state Supreme Court.

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Steve Roomsburg has been appointed manager of the Landsun and Hermosa Drive-In theaters. Roomsburg and his wife, Courtney, are from Oklahoma. He replaces Gary Shelton, who has been transferred to Plainview, Texas.

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Rhubarb may taste great with strawberries in a pie, but it won’t grow in Artesia. Or will it? Norbert Groh was told by local residents that he was only wasting his time trying to grow the plant, which is related to the buckwheat family and slightly resembles a stalk of celery. But Groh had the last laugh, as his rhubarb not only grew but flourished, with most of the succulent plants reaching three feet in height.

30 years ago
Oct. 8-14, 1988

Jerry Burke, chairman of the Central Valley Soil and Water Conversation District, presented plaques recently on behalf of the organization. Gary Anderson was named Outstanding Supervisor for 1988. Cecil Conklin was named Outstanding Farmer. The awards are made annually by the district’s board of directors.

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Don Conner nearly turned in a perfect record in winning last week’s Pigskin Payoff. He only missed one game, the Auburn-LSU matchup, and says he nearly picked LSU. Five other people tied for second place with two misses.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Senior citizens and the Weed and Sacramento Extension Club members and a number of other persons have been working, cleaning, repairing, and painting the Roy Calkins home in Sacramento, getting it ready for use as the senior Citizens Hospitality House. Dr. Homer Calkins of Alamogordo let the people use his parents’ home and the people are so thankful, as they did not know what the Senior citizens would use for a center.

20 years ago
Oct. 8-14, 1998

Bill and Joy Felton and Belle and Greek Economides were awarded Golden Halo Awards by the New Mexico Good Sams Club. The Feltons were recognized for their involvement in Artesia Bulldog Sams, the local chapter, since 1987, and the Economides for their participation since 1991.

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The Bulldogs went all the way the entire game with barely a stumble in Saturday’s game against the Aztec Tigers. In the first half, the Bulldogs scored six of their seven touchdowns, scoring one in the second half after the “mercy rule” was put into effect. The Bulldogs won the game 49-6. The win puts the Bulldogs at 7-0, a record not seen since 1975, going into a week off before starting district hosting the Ruidoso Warriors at Bulldog Bowl.

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As reported in the Pinon News: When Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson was returning to Alamogordo from El Paso, there were only six persons on the bus and they were all friendly and visited on the trip. One young woman learned Mrs. Anderson was from the Weed area and asked if she knew Mrs. Oza Holcomb and said she was a cousin. She laughed and said her mother lived in Tularosa and nearly every letter she wrote she would tell something that Mrs. Holcomb had written and they had a good laugh or comment.

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