New Mexico woman recounts her past

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: Miss Nelle Gable moved to Santa Fe in the late 1890s. On Jan. 3, 1899, she married Charles Adolphus Scheurich, who in his lifetime became known as a pioneer builder in New Mexico, Curry County, and especially Clovis, she said. This is her story. “My husband was the grandson […]

Centennial banquet held on rails

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Leo Delaloye, a BNSF Railway chef, prepares a cheese tray Friday in the railway’s Red River car. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It’s been an adventurous month for Leo Delaloye, a chef with 17 years experience from Kansas. He has spent his time cooking in a kitchen zooming by […]

Education Feature: Patchwork project

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Patricia Thompson, 56, holds a quilt she made for a teaching class at Wayland Baptist University. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Patricia Thompson’s fascination with quilt making and the underground slave railroad earned her an A in her last class. Her quilt has also given her an opportunity to […]

Railroad underwent turmoil during early 1920s

By Don McAlavy: Columnist On Oct. 30, 1921, some of the workers in the railroad yard of the Santa Fe Railroad went on strike. Back in May of 1921 the railroad had ordered a 20 percent wage cut. Dr. I. D. Johnson, a retired Clovis dentist, in 1982 said he went to work for the […]

First temporary courthouse in Clovis caught fire 1910

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not many people today know that the old yellow brick courthouse built in 1911 in the middle of the courthouse block is not the first courthouse in Clovis. The first courthouse was in the tallest building in Clovis, built in 1909, at 118 West Grand Ave. It was on the north […]

N.M. 467 overpass near completion

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The N.M. 467 overpass is set to open in June, according to project manager Patrick Garcia. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By CNJ staff The N.M. 467 railroad overpass is in the final phases of construction and will be open in June, according to the project superintendent Mike Barnes. The $3.6 million project, which began […]

Stolen van recovered near railroad tracks

CNJ Staff Police recovered a stolen van Monday morning after it was abandoned near the railroad tracks on Zulek Street, according to police reports. The van, a 1996 Ford Aerostar, was reported stolen Sunday afternoon in the 1500 block of Red Cloud Place. A citizen reported the vehicle abandoned near the railroad tracks around 10 […]

Train town: Railroad drives growth

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BNSF Railway is Curry County’s eighth largest employer with a workforce of about 500 men and women. About 90 to 100 trains roll through Clovis each day, according to railway officials. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The railroad saved Tom Carter. He may have starved. He may have turned […]

War interrupts friendship

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The disappearance of Lily Kimura haunts Berna Jene Kreitzberg Sanders. Open up Sanders’ photo album. On page 13 is a photograph of Kimura in knee-high socks and a headband. Look in her home. Stowed away is an aging doll Kimura gave her some seven decades ago. “It’s beginning to […]

Clovis graduate became railroad chairman

BY Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The man who built Clovis’ first school and first courthouse came to New Mexico to restore his health. He didn’t live long but he accomplished much in Clovis. His name was J. Sterling Marsh, born 1878, near Lynchburg, Va. Marsh first located at Albuquerque, but then to El Paso, Texas. […]