Pages Past — Aug. 15

On this date …

1984: Music producer Norman Petty died of leukemia in a Lubbock hospital. He was 57. The Clovis native was best known as Buddy Holly’s first manager.

1974: An Albuquerque accountant auditing Clovis Memorial Hospital disclosed a loss of $80,000 in operations during fiscal year 1973-74. Hospital board members asked for the audit to help decide whether they should borrow money. “I’m upset beyond belief,” board member Fred Tharp said. Hospital Administrator Bob Brooks said he was “shocked” by the findings.

1949: A membership drive was organized for the Clovis Quarterback Club. Memberships were $1 per person, which meant a seat in the reserved section of the grandstand at Wildcats home games.

Heroes all …

About 175 Curry County men have died in service to their country during wartime. The first was Everett Fitzhugh, 18, in 1916. He died from injuries suffered when he was thrown from a wagon pulled by a team of mules. Fitzhugh had volunteered to fight Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa as a member of New Mexico’s National Guard. He is buried in Mission Garden of Memories on West Seventh Street.

Old-time religion …

Clovis’ First Baptist Church was established in 1907, built on land donated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in the same location it stands today — at Grand Avenue and Gidding Street.

Pages Past is compiled by Editor David Stevens. Contact him at:
dstevens@cnjonline.com