Pages Past — Sept. 5

On this date …

1963: Thurman Ray Richardson, 21, was back in custody after escaping from the Muleshoe jail on Sept. 3. Acting on a tip from a farmer’s teenage son, police found Richardson hiding in the closet of an abandoned farm house 8 miles west of Muleshoe. He was in jail for aggravated assault. He escaped by cutting a hole in the roof above the jail’s exercise area.

1957: The Clovis Wildcat Marching Band was preparing to make its first appearance of the season at Wildcat Stadium. The 70-piece band, set for pregame and halftime performances, featured twirlers Karon Hart, Linda Albright and Nancy Cagle with Jeannie Nobles as drum major.

1932: Clovis’ dairy inspector reported 12 “Grade A” dairies were operating in the city, selling 524 gallons of milk daily.

The song in your head …

1979: The Knack’s “My Sharona” was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 throughout September. The words went: “When you gonna get to me /
Get to me / Is it just a matter of time Sharona / Is it just destiny, destiny /
Or is it just a game in my mind Sharona.”

Did you know …

The Roosevelt County village of Floyd was named for Floyd Wharton, one of its early residents, about 1901.

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