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Aug. 2
On this date …

1974: Hometown favorite Tony Romero was knocked down three times in the first round and lost his professional lightweight boxing match with Mexico’s Bobby Estrada at the Clovis Sports Arena. Romero said after the fight he could not remember anything after the second knockdown.

1960: A 13-year-old Carrizozo boy rode his horse 53 miles in 3 hours and 38 minutes to win the race that kicked off the Clovis Junior Rodeo. Eighteen horses and riders competed, traveling from Fort Sumner to the grain elevator at Grier, just west of Cannon Air Force Base. Lester Lee Harrelson, 12, of Fort Sumner was five minutes and a quarter of a mile behind Kenneth Crenshaw.

1958: A 37-year-old Clovis woman was fined $25 for discharging a firearm in the city limits. She said she was attempting to bring her husband home after he’d been “gambling all night” in a home at 515 W. First.
She said she fired a shot into the floor, which caught the attention of the gamblers, who lined up against a wall. “I wasn’t shooting at anybody,” she told officers.

‘Uncle John’s coming’ …
Portales historian Joe Blair used to be a law breaker. He told this story in an essay for “Portales, New Mexico: The First 100 Years.”
“Sometimes on Saturday nights I liked to play pool with my friends Jim Warnica and Gordon Brown.
“When we were in junior high school, no one under 18 was allowed in a Portales pool hall. We had an arrangement with the owners to play on the back table.
“If someone yelled, ‘Uncle John’s coming,’ we would go out the back door. Uncle John Grider was our chief of police.
“It was a good arrangement. We never got in trouble and neither did the owners of the pool hall.”

Now playing …
Clovis’ Sunshine theater offered Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” starring Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour and Jimmy Stewart. Admission was 60 cents for adults, 10 cents for kids, on this date in 1953.

Pages Past is compiled by Editor David Stevens. Contact him at:
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