Pages Past - Nov. 19


November 19, 2017

On this date ...

1972: Clovis Mayor Chick Taylor was a good sport as he bought the first fruitcake of a fundraiser being held by the Clovis High School marching band. But he might have also felt a sense of obligation since his salesperson was his daughter, Pam, a member of the Wildcat band.

The two of them posed for a Clovis News-Journal photo, along with other band members Keith Gibbons, JoAnn Martinez, Charlene Naylor, and Julio Rubio.

All band members and band boosters were peddling fruitcakes for the fundraiser. Proceeds were designated to assist paying for band activities, including the annual spring trip.

1942: With New Mexico and the rest of the nation facing a shortage of fuel oil and coal as winter approached, Helen Crandall of the New Mexico Extension Service suggested that “a search through closets and trunks may provide forgotten garments that may be used to provide a little extra warmth in cooler rooms.”

In a Clovis News-Journal article, Crandall advised citizens to repurpose old and worn garments to make them look as good as possible.

“It would be too bad if everyone had to look unattractive merely to keep warm,” she said. “If there is any way of mending, blocking, or otherwise reclaiming old knitted garments, the effort seems worthwhile.”

Pages Past is compiled by Betty Williamson. Contact her at: [email protected]


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