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Pages past — Nov. 16

On this date ...

1977: Col. Joseph D. Moore was preparing to assume command of the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base. He was taking over for Col. Thomas J. Hickey, who had commanded the wing since August 1976.

1966: Howard Martin of Clovis was elected brotherhood president of the Baptist State Convention. Officers were selected at the group’s gathering at Clovis’ Central Baptist Church.

1959: High winds and freezing temperatures hampered firefighters, but they still managed to extinguish a blaze at the Tucker Equipment Co., 2117 W. Seventh, in 90 minutes. Clovis Fire Chief George Maddox said the fire started in a trash box in the rear of the parts section. Firefighters said smoke was so heavy when they arrived they were unable to see the flames inside the building. They had to break windows to play fire hoses on the “blazing interior,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Did you know ...

Oscar Gerome Potter was Clovis’ mayor from 1953 to 1957. Potter Park is named in his honor. He died in 1964 and is buried in Grady.

Price check ...

1960: Coyan’s, a furniture store at 212 S. Ave. A in Portales, was preparing for a moonlight sale and offering up to 36 months to pay. Specials included a five-piece maple bunk-bed outfit for $68, three-piece early American sectionals for $348.88 and Westinghouse washer-dryer sets for $368.88. The store was planning to be open until 11 p.m. for the event.

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

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