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Pages past, June 18: Good times for local wheat farmers

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1945: Pvt. Edward Estep, who had been a prisoner of war for 43 days, was at home in Rogers with his wife and young daughter.

Estep said he “got along with the Germans pretty well while he was captured but food was scarce,” The Portales Daily News reported.

He was recaptured by American forces.

1945: A Bethel boy was killed when he fell off the hood of the tractor his brother was driving and was struck by a rear wheel.

Clarence Dwayne Synder, 7, was riding home from a neighbor’s when the accident occurred.

1946: Charles Fischer, advertising manager of the Clovis News-Journal, had been named president of the Clovis Lions Club.

New members of the Lions Club included Joe Dotlich, manager of the Clovis Pioneers baseball team.

1947: The Clovis News-Journal classified advertising section featured ads for “male help wanted” and “female help wanted.”

Jobs for males included cab driver, mechanic and ranch manager.

Jobs for females included waitress, feminine apparel sales and child care.

Skeen’s Dry Cleaners, at 213 W. Seventh, was seeking an experienced “silk blocker,” male or female.

1947: Two rural Roosevelt County schools had hired new principals.

George Yarbrough was the new principal at Causey, succeeding Mayo Yarnell who taught during the emergency war years but was returning to the operation of his farm.

J.A. Conway was the new principal at Rogers, succeeding Freeman Epperson, who resigned after 10 years.

1947: Kenneth Allen announced he’d sold his interest in Clovis City Cab Co. and was once again driving for Yellow Cab.

“I will appreciate my friends and patrons calling 429 when you need prompt and safe cab service,” Allen said.

1956: Montgomery Ward was hosting a 10-day bicycle sale.

A 20-inch Hawthorne for boys or girls was $41.50. A 26-inch Hercules Tourist bike for boys or girls was $46.95.

The store would give $10 off the price if you had a bike to trade “regardless of condition,” according to a newspaper ad.

1975: Area wheat farmers were reporting yields far greater than expected.

Jerry Bell, who farmed near Ranchvale, had cut 130 acres so far, averaging 36 bushels per acre — he’d only been expecting 15-20 bushels per acre.

Russell Downley, also a dryland farmer near Ranchvale, said he was averaging 30 to 40 bushels.

“Boy, we really need it,” said Hoyt Pattison, a Curry County farmer and the state House minority leader. “Some of the growers haven’t had a crop in two years. It’s about time.”

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