Pages past — April 1

On this date …
1975: Texas International Airlines announced the end of its four-month strike and said most of its flights would be operating again by week’s end. That included TIA service to Clovis Municipal Airport, said Jim Malloy, chairman of the Clovis Civil Aviation Board.

1965: Eastern New Mexico had a new club — “Mollie’s Knitting Club,” named for a Hereford woman who was the club’s instructor. Members at the initial gathering ate sack lunches at a Bellview woman’s home “to give more time for the ladies to knit and receive special instructions,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

1953: Clovis city bus service had been unavailable since March 16, but was expected to return in a few days with a new schedule and new fares. Adults could ride for 15 cents; children for a nickel. The new scheduled called for three hours of runs in the mornings and three hours of runs in the afternoons with “special” service on Saturdays, Mondays and holidays, the Clovis News-Journal reported. Evening service between the city and Clovis Air Force Base was also tentatively planned.

Their business …
1970: The largest land sale in the Southwest in 23 years had been completed with the sale of the Bell Ranch. The Keeney family had owned the 130,855-acre ranch northwest of Tucumcari since 1947 before selling it to William N. Lane of Chicago. The ranch had 28 miles of reservoir and river frontage bordering its western acreage. One of its major landmarks is a jutting mesa, made famous as a backdrop for the television series “Rawhide,” which filmed in the region for six weeks in 1959.

Transitions …
1975: The Clovis News-Journal celebrated its 46th birthday, marking the date Mack Stanton purchased two local weeklies and combined them into a daily. That makes CNJ 86 today.

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