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March 11, 2018

On this date ...

1973: Roosevelt County was preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary with a special program sponsored by the Roosevelt County Historical Society.

Former New Mexico Gov. John Burroughs of Portales was set to be the keynote speaker, and Pearce Grove, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library, was planning a presentation called “Roosevelt County — A Glance Backward.”

Program chair Keith Payne said the event would also recognize those who had lived in the county during its earliest years.

But, Payne said, they were uncertain how many would be honored because, “we’re in the dark on how many pioneers and early settlers we have.”

1973: A late-winter mix of rain and snow saturated eastern New Mexico leaving the “Area Squishy After Storm,” according to the headline of a front page article in the Clovis News-Journal.

The official total for Clovis was 1.42 inches of moisture. Other communities received even more, leaving the roads a mucky mess.

Mrs. Gib Hightower of Melrose got stuck twice on her mail run to the McAlister area.

“It was reported that Mrs. Hightower had to walk two miles to the nearest residence to obtain assistance the first time,” the newspaper reported, “and three miles the second time her vehicle got mired.”

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