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Pages past — Aug. 17

On this date ...

1967: Turner’s first anniversary sale featured a large stock of “genuine blue Levis” for $4.79. The Clovis department store, located at 520 Main, had waist sizes 27 to 42 with lengths 28 to 38.

1963: Clovis residents had donated four tons of used clothing to migrating residents of Alto Beni, Bolivia, who were trying to escape an outbreak of disease. The drive was organized by Clovis Jaycees, which President Morris Stagner said “exceeded all our expectations.” One unidentified man donated 90 pairs of shoes.

1952: Schools at Center, Ranchvale, Field and Rosedale all announced faculty changes. The four rural Curry County schools, combined, were expecting about 40 beginning students when classes were set to begin on Sept. 2.

Impressive ...

Clovis native Varetta Shankle Heidelberg was crowned the 12th Miss Black America in 1979 in Los Angeles. She was a 1976 Clovis High graduate.

So that’s who that guy was ...

Roy Walker Recreation Center at 316 W. Second St., is named for a longtime Clovis civic leader who was a charter member of the military support group Committee of Fifty, which helped establish Cannon Air Force Base. Walker, who died at age 87 in 1997, was a Clovis native and a high school football star. He quarterbacked the 1927 team, which went 4-0 and outscored its opponents, 90-0.

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