Pages Past: Aug. 9

Aug. 9
1969: Former Clovis High School all-state football and baseball player Cecil Davis had been named athletic director and head football coach at San Marcos Baptist Academy in Texas. The 1950 CHS graduate played five seasons of minor league baseball before accepting the job in San Marcos.

1962: Cannon Air Force Base marked a one-year anniversary of fatality-free flying. While plane crashes had occurred, no airmen had been killed since Lt. Arvin D. Eady Jr. died on Aug. 9, 1961, when his plane crashed just short of Cannon’s primary runway.

1954: The Texico Farm Bureau met at the school lunchroom to hear a recording of a speech by Agriculture Secretary Ezra Benson. Officials asked that ladies attending bring sandwiches for the refreshment period.

Nobody’s perfect …
1966: A freshly painted marker at Eugene Field Elementary School featured “school” spelled with a backward “c.” Of course the Clovis News-Journal included a front-page photo the next day.

Planning ahead …
Southern Union Gas Company invited customers to “give cold weather a warm reception” 50 years ago today. Those choosing to install gas heating equipment during August had 36 months to pay and nothing due until Nov. 1.
Pages Past is compiled by Editor David Stevens. Contact him at dstevens@pntonline.com