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May 18, 2018

On this date ...

1968: Ned Houk, who served six terms on the Clovis city commission and two terms as mayor, died at Clovis Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

Houk had been in poor health for some time, and had resigned his post on the commission in November 1967. In honor of his long years of service to the city, the commission voted to rename Running Water Draw Park as the Ned Houk Recreational Area.

Houk came to Clovis in 1911, opening one of the first meat markets and butcher shops.

He was mayor of Clovis in 1931-32 and again in 1951-52.

1958: Glenn Franklin of House won the Curry County Mounted Patrol World Championship Calf Roping, besting 10 other top-notch ropers on a six-calf average, and repeating an honor he also earned in 1956.

Franklin took care of his calves in a total time of 111.8 seconds, beating Junior Vaughan of Kenna who used 119.2 seconds to rope and tie his six calves.

Billy Wilton of Fort Sumner was third with a time of 126.6 seconds. Sonny Davis of Kenna had the single fastest calf of the day - 12.2 seconds.

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