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Pages past — Oct. 12

On this date …

1969: Mr. and Mrs. Torrence Reed, in memory of Gordon Wicks, had presented the Clovis-Carver Public Library with a “very fine autobiography — The Chaplain of Bourbon Street, by Bob Harrington.” In 1961, the “man on fire for God,” opened his mission in the “most sin-soaked street in America,” the promotional material read. “It’s where the action is,” Harrington wrote.

1969: Curry County Grain Co., in a half-page newspaper advertisement, welcomed visitors to Clovis’ 22nd Annual Cattle Festival. It also encouraged customers to “Come see us for your winter needs now,” including Red Diamond wheat pasture minerals, Morton’s salt, steam rolled milo and cotton seed cubes and meal. The business was at 600 Curry Ave. and West Seventh Street.

1962: Jack Hull, one of Clovis’ pioneer residents, died of a heart attack at Memorial Hospital. He was 74 and had suffered a broken hip in a fall at his home at 2301 Gidding a few days earlier. Hull came to Clovis with his family in 1907 from Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He worked for his father’s bank before becoming editor of the Clovis newspaper, writing the popular “Ramblin’ Around” column for 17 years. He was a state representative and state senator. Hull Street in west Clovis is named in his honor.

Quotable ...

“The top ground-gainer and best ball carrier of the evening was the referee. He stepped off a total of 209 yards in penalties, 129 against Artesia and 80 against Clovis. A total of 95 yards in penalties was marched off in the third period alone, amid cries from both sides of ‘C’mon, Ref. Let ’em play ball.’” — Clovis News-Journal Sports Editor D. David Deland in reporting on Clovis’ 6-6 tie with Artesia in District 2-AA football on Oct. 12, 1962.

Also quotable …

“If you can’t stop, don’t start.” That was the slogan for Boyd’s Brake and Clutch Shop. It was located at 1101 W. Seventh in Clovis in 1953.

Pages Past is compiled by Editor David Stevens. He can be contacted at 1-800-819-9925. His e-mail address is:

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