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Pages past — Oct. 21

On this date …

2003: Tucumcari native Alice Hoppes, one of the New Mexico’s most proactive civil rights leaders, died from cancer at age 64. She left behind “a legacy of ceaseless struggle to ensure that Blacks were afforded equal standing with Anglos, Hispanics and Native Americans in multicultural New Mexico,” the Albuquerque Journal reported. She was largely responsible for having Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday declared a state holiday. “She’s going to be remembered for her tenacity, her straightforwardness, her amazing sense of humor and her heartfelt belief that when you stand up for justice, you will make a difference,” Gov. Bill Richardson said.

1954: Bub Snell had returned to Clovis from a northwest Colorado hunting trip with a 12-point elk estimated at 1,100 pounds. Snell said his guide claimed the elk was the biggest he’d seen in 20 years of packing. “It was plenty big,” Snell said. “We had to haul him two mile by pack horse and 12 more by jeep … all the way down from 10,000 feet.”

1931: Hotel Clovis was officially open, instantly becoming the nine-story center of the city’s social activity. It had 114 guest rooms, each containing a telephone, bathroom and hot/cold running water. The hotel employed 55 people.

Price check …

1973: The Hotel Clovis Buffet offered “home style cooking” weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost was $1.85. Depending on the day, entrees included baked halibut, tacos, cheese enchiladas and stew, plus assorted salads, vegetables and desserts.

Quotable …

1969: “Support by the people of Clovis is the biggest need at Eastern New Mexico University. For some reason the people of Clovis and Portales are at ends with each other. I think it starts in high school. … If we have a drawing power of 69,000 (people from Clovis to Roswell to Hobbs), we should be able to get 10,000 to each home game. That will boost the community of Clovis. People will eat your food, buy your gas, stay in your motels and shop in your community. This will mean a lot of money for the Clovis region since Portales is a dry town.” — ENMU football coach Howard White, in an interview with Clovis News-Journal Sports Editor Bob Evans.

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

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