On this date:
• 1947: The bodies of two Clovis men were found in the cabin of their chartered plane, which crashed about 20 miles from their destination of Eagle Nest Lake. Jimmie Gressett and John Hardisty, both 21-year-old pilots, were planning to go fishing. Officials said their plane crashed into the side of a narrow canyon near the top of a mountain.
• 1951: The Herb Baker store in Ranchvale was robbed while its owner attended a church revival service about a block away. Officials reported the thief unlatched a screen at the back of the store, rang up the 2 cents sign on the cash register and walked out the front door with $26. About $20 in change was left behind.
• 1960: Officials were investigating the overnight theft of $1,300 from a safe at Howe’s Drug Store in Fort Sumner. While all the cash in the safe was gone, the thieves left narcotics untouched.
A lady’s town …
Grady, north of Clovis, was established in 1907 amid rumors the location would become a railroad depot. The railroad never arrived, but Grady remains with about 100 residents. Most historians believe the community was named for Pearl Grady, the first postmistress who owned much of the original townsite. “The Place Names of New Mexico” reports another pioneer landowner, Elizabeth Grady, could also have been the village namesake.
“You’ll be happy to say you tried the Clovis way!”
OK, maybe it’s not “Tucumcari Tonite,” but at least Clovis had a promotional campaign slogan in 1940.
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