Letter proves true Clovis man site discoverer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Lois Leslie, formerly from Melrose, now living in Clovis, has asked me to kick-up the tourist business in Clovis by way of telling more drama about the Clovis Man Site that was found in Blackwater Draw in 1929, by Ridge Whiteman of Portales and Clovis, the father of my wife, […]

Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]

Mark left by printer will never be erased

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist In 1902 “Big Mama” Whiteman, a widow, left Clarksville, Texas, and homesteaded southwest of Portales. At this time Levi J. Whiteman was 15 years old, one of four children. A good friend of Levi’s, Gilbert Terry back in Texas, talked Levi into going into the mail-order business. Yes, two 15-year-old […]

Old-timers carry on family traditions

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist On Dec. 28, 1999, I gathered together some old-timers, calling them the “Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers,” and took them to dinner at a nice restaurant. It was about remembering the old days. The guests were Lynell Skarda, T. E. Willmon Jr., Jim Burns, Dale Campbell and his wife, […]

Clovis Man turns 75 (plus 13,000)

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Sharon Hull, a graduate student in anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, maps a mammoth skull as she works on piecing it back together, in the foreground, Wednesday at the Blackwater Draw Site. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber He lived among saber-toothed cats, hunted giant mammoths and bison and was smart enough […]

Scientists made no bones about Clovis Man evidence

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Blackwater Draw curator Joanne Dickenson points to an Agate Basin point that was found in the remains of a bison mandible in the Bison Bone Bed that dates back to the Archaic Age at the site. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before […]

Whiteman, James

James Whiteman Services: Have been held. James Ridgley Whiteman, 93, of Clovis, a carpenter, entertainer and artist, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 15, 1910, in Portales, to Levi J. and Katherine Greathouse Whiteman. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1928. He married […]

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 […]