Our towns: Floyd touts friendly community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Floyd’s school district is one of the biggest pride and joys in the community, according to Floyd Schools Superintendent Paul Benoit. He said the school holds games regularly and many annual events as well.

Alisa Boswell

Floyd, a small village with just over 100 people, has existed in eastern New Mexico since Roosevelt County was established in 1900, according to 82-year resident Alvis Griffith.

Griffith said Floyd used to have a much larger population and carries some interesting history with it.

“The first one-room school and post office were established in 1903, and the Floyd school district was established in 1921,” Griffith said. “The Floyd school district was the biggest school district in the U.S. at the time.”

Griffith reminisced about farming life in Floyd from the 1940s to 1960s. Residents would help each other harvest broom corn (used to make brooms), and farming wives would cook meals for all of the workers, he said.

“There’s less people here than there used to be now that the farming has become industrialized,” Griffith said. “I don’t think there’s been too many changes in the way people treat each other, though. They are still very friendly. Anytime anything happens in the community, people always come together to help.”

Griffith said the things Floyd residents help each other with and the ways they help each other have changed, but the willingness of residents to help has not.

“If you need help, people are the same now as they were before. People will always help people. If someone loses a loved one, their neighbors are there for them. Anything we can do to help another with health and other things. We’re there for each other.”

Paul Benoit, Floyd resident and superintendent for the Floyd school district, agreed that Floyd is a community of kind and giving people.

“My family and I have been here six years and the community has just embraced us,” Benoit said. “People support their community and the events in their community from the school to other activities.”

Benoit said the friendliness of residents is why he and his wife decided to move their family to Floyd.

He said part of the community’s friendliness is brought out in annual and regular events, which are held at the community’s churches, senior citizen center and the fire department.

“Aside from all the school events, the Floyd Jamboree is one of the highlights of my year,” Benoit said. “As an extension of the jamboree, we have a music group that meets the odd Sundays of the month. The whole goal of the jamboree is to keep good old country music alive and promote friendship and fellowship among people.”

Benoit said, whether for their July 4 celebration and musical jam sessions or in time of crisis, the people of Floyd just love to “come together.”

“Floyd has always been a neighbor helping neighbor kind of deal,” Griffith said. “That includes surrounding communities. And it goes the other way around too.”