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June 20, 2015

On this date ...

1975: District Attorney Fred Hensley announced he would abandon his private law practice on July 1 and become a full-time district attorney for Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Assistant DAs David W. Bonem and Robert Cochrane also would assume full-time positions as prosecutors on July 1, Hensley said.

Full-time status was an option at the time, but the New Mexico Legislature had set Jan. 1, 1977, as the date all of New Mexico’s district attorneys would be required to give up private law practices.

1945: Blair’s Food Market in Portales offered the following: Schilling’s Coffee for 29 cents per pound, apricots for 23 cents per pound, and 50-pound bags of flour for $1.99.

Transitions ...

1976: Pearl Ramey, who arrived in Clovis from Kansas weeks after the city’s birth in 1907, died in her adopted community. She was 92.

Her first encounter with Clovis was not pleasant, she told historian Don McAlavy.

“My, the place looked terrible,” she said. “Just mud, mud, mud, mud, no people, no business district or anything. If there had been a way back, we would have taken it.

“However, the next morning things looked brighter, and we decided to stick it out.”

Pearl and her husband Cash Ramey became two of Clovis’ leading citizens for decades. She was a founding member of Clovis’ First United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and the Clovis Woman’s Club.

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