March 2, 1909

New Mexico territorial Gov. George Curry officially declared Clovis a city, by proclamation. … Theodore Roosevelt was in his next-to-last day as U.S. president. New Mexico was almost three years away from becoming a state. … E.R. Hart, the manager of a lumber company, was chairman of Clovis’ Board of Trustees. … The city’s population was about 3,000. … Clovis’ first school, built at Seventh and Axtell, was already too small to hold all of the city’s students. A new building joined the original later in the year.