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On this date ...

1970: Downtown Clovis merchants asked City Manager Marvin Hass to consider removing parking meters from Main Street. Revenue from the meters was being used to pay for revenue bonds issued in 1963 — $140,000 to purchase land for city parking lots. Hass said he would look into the issue, but said the city still owed $56,000 on the bonds.

1969: Parkland Baptist Church opened its new church and educational building at Lexington Road and Ashford Drive in Clovis. Herbert Bergstrom was the pastor. A full-page newspaper advertisement promoted the facility as “all-electric,” and announced an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

1953: Kershner Nurseries, at 1930 S. Prince, was robbed after closing for the night. Curry County Sheriff Val Baumgart said thieves got away with $65 or $70 that had been locked inside a tin box bolted to a desk in the office.

At the movies …

1964: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison were starring in “Cleopatra” at Clovis’ La Fonda drive-in.

And they delivered …

1949: Bremer’s grocery, at 407 Connelly in Clovis, offered “prompt, free delivery,” and was “open all day Friday.” Mustard was 17 cents per quart. A large box of Tide went for 26 cents. And pork sausage was 39 cents per pound.

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

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