Pages past — Feb. 3

On this date …
1839: Francis Marion House was born in Arkansas. He homesteaded in the community he called House in New Mexico about 1906. Multiple other family members also homesteaded in House about the same time.

1959: Charles Hardin Holley, best known as rocker Buddy Holly, was killed in a plane crash along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson near Clear Lake Iowa. “Rolling Stone” magazine in 2004 ranked Holly No. 13 on its list of 100 greatest artists of all time. Most of Holly’s hits were recorded at Norman Petty Studio in Clovis. Holly was 22 when he died.

1965: Three Clovis juveniles, ages 12, 13 and 15, were arrested after a hot check-writing spree in which they purchased cigarettes, meat, bread, a guitar and a bicycle. They also were charged with breaking into the Clovis city parks office, where first-aid kits and boxes of keys were missing.
Hoop happenings …
1968: Eastern New Mexico University overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to blast Western New Mexico University, 78-61, in college basketball action in Portales. John Irwin led the Greyhounds with 21 points, 13 of them coming at the free-throw line. Ron Oran had 19 points for ENMU, while Greg Hyder added 17.

Master of time …
1970: Tomer’s, at 2012 Wallace St. in Clovis, would repair your watch, clock or jewelry. “Prompt guaranteed service,” was promised. Ralph Tomer was a certified master watchmaker.

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