Clovis History Tied to Land

Don McAlavy David Calvin Myers and his family stand outside of their home at 123 Prince St. in Clovis in 1916. Photo Courtesy of High Plains Historical Foundation. “The old-time cowmen were a type of which we will never see again. They are as distinct as gold is from silver. They came from the same […]

Golden years saw Clovis population double

Don McAlavy A decade that has been called Clovis’ “Golden Era” saw the population double in a 10-year period, and has not been matched since. The decade got off to a slow start with the early 1920s financial recession and Congress enacting prohibition in 1919, which didn’t look good to a lot of people. Even […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]

Deep-well irrigation changes farming

Don McAlavy Following the end of World War II, the first irrigation wells dug are credited to either N.L. Tharp or L.R. Talley. Along the east side of Curry County and over into Parmer County, Texas, N.L. Tharp farmed. It was said that he, an inventor, fashioned an upside-down truck differential over the well casing […]

Buddy Holly, Norman Petty at the heart of the ‘Clovis Sound’

Don McAlavy In 1949, Hank Williams was all over the radio, as were a dozen cowboy, western and hillbilly singers. A few years later, Elvis Presley came out with his first hit, “That’s Alright, Mama,” and popular music would never be the same again. Then came Buddy Holly, who in 1957 soft-rocked the world with […]

Area Events of Note

Don McAlavy Events that helped the area… –1901-1907 – The Santa Fe Railway building the 250-mile Belen cut-off from Texico to Belen and founded Clovis. The railroad made possible the great influx of homesteaders from 1903-1912. –1907-present: Clovis created a 5,000-square-mile trade area that became a major factor in our growth. –1909 – The creation […]

Sources

Don McAlavy Reading sources on east-central New Mexico, Curry County and Clovis: “Curry County History,” 1978, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “High Plains History,” 1980, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “Our Kind is Hard to Kill,” 1997, by Don McAlavy. “Clovis Revisited – […]

Breaking boundaries

Tracy Simmons A gun rests on his hip, a radio is clipped to his shirt, a golden badge shines from his chest and a camera hangs on his shoulder. This has been his uniform for nearly 25 years. Lt. Robert Morgan, 50, is more than a police officer with the Clovis Police Department, he’s a […]

Lady Eagles Beat Clovis

Special to the CNJ HOBBS — Clovis junior Roxanne Luera nearly capped off an improbable comeback, but her 3-pointer just before the buzzer came up just short as Hoibbs held on to beat Clovis 64-61 in te District 4-5A girls basketball tournament championship game Saturday at Ralph Tasker Arena. Clovis (17-8) trailed by as many […]

Deadly Day in Clovis Area

CNJ Staff The bodies of two men found early Friday morning in the middle of a county road west of Clovis have been identified. The victims are Wesley Griest, 39, of Clovis, and Alex Rodriguez, 29, also of Clovis, according to Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher. “The information we have at this time is very […]