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By David Stevens

Pages past, Sept. 5: She was surprised to find things civilized


Last updated 9/4/2021 at 4:38pm

On this date ...

1951: Mary Purselley, 18, was raised in Boston. She came to Clovis for the first time this summer after marrying an Air Force private.

“(She) had heard tall tales about New Mexico concerning Indians, rattlesnakes and Wild West cowboys,” the lifestyle column Up & Down the Street told Clovis News-Journal readers.

“So she was really surprised to find things as civilized here as they are back East.”

Mary reported she did have several new experiences on arrival.

She attended a steer roping. “She thought the ropers were awfully cruel to those poor steers,” according to the unnamed lifestyle writer.

She also attended her first weiner roast.

Jimmy, a Clovis native, and Mary were preparing to leave Clovis, on their way to Jimmy’s new assignment at a base in San Angelo, Texas.

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