Pages Past — Jan. 1

On this date …
1971: Clovis News-Journal reporter Imogene Baumgart wrote that New Year’s resolutions are better made in the fall. “Who could quit smoking with those gloomy January days staring you in the face? Why, a cigarette is the only thing between you and the funny farm after two weeks of no sun,” she wrote. “New Year’s resolutions should be made in the fall, when you have the kids off to school, you’re fresh from vacation, and you haven’t just Merry Christmased the family into bankruptcy.”

1966: A Clovis teen was killed in a traffic accident near Portales. Richard Gault, 19, of 515 Wallace, was struck while walking in the middle of a traffic lane on U.S. 70 about seven miles northeast of Portales, police said. The driver of the vehicle, John William Jordan, 21, of Portales, was not injured and police said he would not face any criminal charges.

1903: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway workers began construction on the Belen cutoff — 268 miles of track that connected Texico on the Texas-New Mexico border to the AT&SF’s main line near Belen, south of Albuquerque. The new route, avoiding the mountains of northern New Mexico, led to the creation of Clovis in 1907.

Mister president …

1966: The Clovis Kiwanis Club was preparing to install new officers and directors for the new year. T.E. Willmon Jr. was slated to become the new president at an installation banquet to be hosted by the Silver Grill restaurant.

First baby …

1955: David Ray Hinson was the first baby born in Clovis in the new year. He arrived 48 seconds after midnight, weighing in at just over 8 pounds. He was named for his father David of Clovis and his uncle Ray of Bloomfield. “Most likely, we’ll call him Ray,” the senior David Hinson said. Multiple gifts from area merchants were presented the family, including diapers, a silver spoon, free ambulance service on the ride home from the hospital, an engraved piggy bank, 10 quarts of milk, a pair of shoes, a $5 savings account, a free lubrication job for the family car, a hi-chair pad, a car wash, a free suit cleaning and more.

Pages Past is compiled by Clovis News Journal Editor David Stevens. Contact him at: