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Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date …

1963: Ten tons of new and used clothing left Cannon Air Force Base on its way to Bolivia. Clovis Peace Corps volunteer Mike Hacker, stationed in Alto Beni, asked help for local children who had little clothing after migrating from higher plateau regions. Clovis Jaycees responded to Hacker’s request, gathering donations from across New Mexico.

1954: The Hilton Hotel paid a State Fair record $5.60 per pound for a 90-pound lamb shown by George Martin of the Fort Sumner Future Farmers of America chapter. The 89-pound grand-champion calf shown by Billy McCasland of Clovis went to the Bank of New Mexico for $1.50 per pound. Safeway stores of Clovis paid $3 per pound for the top barrow, a 219-pounder shown by Charles Baxter of Clovis.

1954: Pioneer Airlines Flight 61 arrived in Clovis, marking the company’s 12,000th flight into the city. Flights began May 1, 1948. Pioneer officials said 22,423 people had flown in or out of Clovis on Pioneer in the six-plus years. More than 4 million pieces of mail had also been boarded on Pioneer planes.

Price check …

1956: Kenner’s Drug Store, at 14th and Main in Clovis, sold more than aspirin and cough drops. It also offered Polaroid cameras for $67.49, lamp shades for $2.98 and tricycles for $10.95.

1941: Clovis had four downtown movie theaters — the Lyceum, Mesa, State and Sunshine. Admission prices ranged from 5 cents to 20 cents.

Pages Past is compiled by Clovis News Journal Editor David Stevens. Contact him at:

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