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Pages past — Oct. 26

On this date …

1974: James Clyde Sutherland, 33, began serving a 25- to 100-year sentence in state prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder the day before. Sutherland admitted to shooting Calvin Rolen Pennington, 32, on June 25, 1974, southeast of Clovis.

1973: Newspaper readers were reminded to change their clocks on Oct. 28, from Daylight Saving Time to standard. “Clock watchers can either set their clock back one hour at bedtime Saturday night or make their own arrangement to be awake at 2 a.m. Sunday to make the change,” the newspaper reported.

1963: Tech Sgt. Clyde Hollars had received two awards for outstanding job performance — the 3rd Bomb Wing’s Maintenance Supervisor of the Quarter Award and the Oustanding Achievement Award, at Yokota Air Force Base in Japan. Hollars was a 16-year veteran of the Air Force. His mother, Maude Hollars, still lived in Portales where her son had attended school.

Front-page funny …

1954: Little Liz appeared on the front page of the Clovis News-Journal with commentary. “School days,” the comic reported, “are the happiest of your life — providing your kids are old enough to go.”

That’s entertainment …

1941: William Powell and Myrna Loy were starring in “Love Crazy,” showing at Clovis’ Mesa theater. The Lyceum had Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette in “Down Mexico Way.”

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

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