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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 9 "AslReme00 Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hun- dreds of stories and po- ems. Back in the 1980's he began writing a col- umn entitled "As I Re- member." With his per- mission, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who is 92, still lives in Lordsburg. This column appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on November 10, 1989.' By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg John Gruwell and his partner in skull drudgery had just come upon tracks made by Mexican lawmen. All their horses were barefooted so they knew it couldn't have been one of theirs that strayed in the night. The two men studied the tracks for a few moments and decided they'd bet- ter back track the horse for a ways to see where the rider had come from. They followed the tracks right back to where they had been sleeping, so they knew the man had discovered them and the herd. They reasoned that he had ridden off for help, so they hur- ried back to the herd, rounded them up from where they were grazing and pushed them out of Brother still,, By ROGER LANSFJSilver City Daily Press SILVER CITY -- Anthony Teran remembers. Feb. 10, 1990, as if it were yesterday. On that day, in the then-named Las Cruces Bowling Alley, his brother Steven, Steven's two daughters, Paula Holguin, 6, and Valarie, 2, and Amy Houser, a friend of the bowl- ing alley manager's: daughter, were shot and killed, execu- tion-style. Anthony Teran grew up in Bayard, and his parents, Polo and Ruth Teran, still live there. Steven Teran raduated fr-n in 198,, and mar- ried Audrey Martinez, a 1985 graduate of Silver High School. Their children, Valarie and Paula, were born in Silver City. Steven and his fam- o" ily mo,ed to Las Cruces' in 1988, ! when he began at- tending New Mexico State University. Anthony Teran, who now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., spoke with the Daily Press on Feb. 19. "I was 19 years old and in my dorm room at New Mexico State University just being lazy on a Saturday morning. I had the radio on and vaguely heard about a shooting in Las Cruces that morning, but didn't pay much attention to it. "A minute or two later my phone rang, and an employee from the local hospital told me I was needed there right away. I asked, 'Why, what's going on?" The person from the hospital said they were not at liberty to say, but that my sister-in-law, Audrey Teran, wanted me there immedi- ately. "I quickly walked the quar- by Allen "Hook" Hill A museum in the Cotton City area there to the west. The two men drove the horses hard for several hours so they could get to John's in-laws as soon as possible. During the night the horses smelled water and stopped on their own at a large water- ing hole that had been filled by a re- cent rain. The horses waded in until the water reached their bellies, so the two riders went right in with them. The water jug was empty so John leaned down while still in the saddle, filled the jug and drank to his heart's content. He declared he had never tasted better water. His partner took the jug and drank until he was full, then John filled the jug again and hung it back over the saddle horn. They were proud to again have water to take with them. After the horses had filled up on water they wanted to graze but the two men pushed them on for a few miles until they came to some flat country where there was plenty of grass. They unsaddled and staked out their mounts so they could graze. Beds were made using saddles for pillows and saddle blankets for bedding and, very shortly the men were asleep. The cowboys awoke at day- light and about the first thing Allen Hook Hill John saw was the gallon water jug. It had about three or four inches of mud that had settled to the bottom and there were about a dozen tadpoles swimming in the top! The two remembered how good that mud had tasted the night before and worked up a good laugh at themselves. They reasoned that with all that mud and meat the night before, they wouldn't need any breakfast! New mounts were saddled up. John selected a big black mule that proved to be a good animal for covering a lot of ground. The men were just a few miles from the Antelope Wells port of entry. John's bedraggled partner decided to go ahead and take the horses through the port and pay the duty on them. How- ever, he counted his cash and found he did not have enough money to pay the duty, so the only thing left to do was continue on to John's in-laws. They skirted the port far enough to the south so they couldn't be seen, then turned northwest to the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains. They got into the mountains about noon and hid the herd in a deep canyon about a half mile from the in-law's ranch, which was located just across the border in the U.S. Hook hookjune@ hotmail.com 3 rPn AI/II ter-mile or so to the hospital from my dorm room, seething inside because no one would tell me why I had to go to the hospital. All the time I was thinking, 'What could it be? Was it a car wreck? Did someone get sick?" It never dawned on me that it was related to what I had heard on the radio a short time before. ingfor answers in deaths ! "When I got to the hospital, someone took me to a room in the back, and I saw through the room's glass window my sister- in-law crying and a priest. 'It must be serious,' I thought. I went in and asked, 'What's going on?' Audrey told me, 'There was a rob- bery and they shot and killed your brother. And they shot and killed your two nieces, too.' "You can't imagine the an- ger and rage I felt. I unleashed my fury by punching a hole in the wall of that brand-new hospital room. And, then you know what happened? My sister-in-law, who had just lost her husband and two daughters, came to me to see if I had hurt my hand. 'What?' I thought, 'She has just lost every- thing and she's concerned about me?' My mind changed instantly, and I realized I needed to be there for Audrey and to support her. And I have ever since. "You know, you always think things like this happen to some- one else, but this time it didn't. "To be honest, I think about that event every day. I have Steven's National Guard photo sitting in my room and I look at him every morning when I get up. He was 25 Years old in the photo and his staring dark eyes seem to be conveying a message to me, saying, 'Don't ever give up. Do the right thing.' And that' s why I will never quit trying to find those responsible for :these murders. Thatrs Why I will always try to do the right thing. "I'11 tell you what, the last three or four years I've been pretty discouraged by the lack of com- munication from the Las Cruces Police Department. Sure, for me, but mostly for Audrey, my sister-in- law. It's a real sore spot with me. But, they have a new detective as- signed to the case now, and he has promised to keep us informed of any fresh leads he uncovers. "You know, my brother and I used to go to that bowling alley. We knew Ron Senac, the owner, and we noticed he had friends and buddies often hanging out there who seemed strange to us. "Do I think it was only a rob- bery that led to these deaths? Not really: I mean, if those two men could look a little 2-year-old girl in the eye and then shoot her in the forehead, they were after something other than money. I believe they were sending a mes- sage. "What will I do if the case remains unsolved for another 24 years? I will never stop pursuing this." By DR. HOSEZELL BLASHICot- ton City Have you heard about a mu- seum in Cotton City? Yes, Cotton City, New Mexico. I did not hear about such news un- til I searched dili- gently for such a place that could possibly be the first museum in Cotton City. But before you get dressed and make preparations to go to the museum, I first must give you some guidelines. It is not open to the general public. It does not have high'- about, he gives the genesis of the problem. "How old are you Primm?" I asked. "Well let me tell you about my mother's situa- tion before I was born," replied Primm. During most of our con- versations, I have to tell him to give me the "bottom line". "Bottom line, bottom line," I tell him. Primm also speaks bibli- cally whenever we talk. He also way signs to direct one toward the museum. It is nestled off of Goat Camp Road near Highway 338. As one enters or approaches the locality, an American flag is hoisted and blowing in the wind. It is so patriotic that I had to stop and salute Old Glory many times. "Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light..." This place that I call a mu- seum may not be actually a real museum but possesses many characteristics of a museum. Af- ter I examined all of the stuff in- side and outside, I was greatly amazed. I said laughingly, "Man, this should be a museum. Man, this could be a museum." As I further scrutinized and examined the area, it was quite impressive to me. It possesses an array of Indian artifacts--pho- tos, arrowheads, Indian head dresses, bows and arrows. One can easily tell that the owner was fascinated by the Indian culture. The owner has hundreds of western VHS tapes. Of course, John Wayne is king. On the walls are western pictures, horses, etc, from room to room is packed with western culture. relates his spiritual experiences. He said, "Hosea, I feel that I have actually been baptized. I cried so much that I feel that I was watered in my own tears." I told him it was not about George Primm his feeling. The Baptists practice immersion and maybe you have an incomplete story. Primm has an expression that is absolutely his own. "Hosea, you are a good represen- tative of your race. He uses the expression so much that I stole it from him. "Primm, you know you are a good representation of the while race," I replied. I noticed that Primm exhib- ited some good Samaritan quali- ties. When one experiences ad- verse situations, Primm is avail- able to help them. If someone calls him for help, he is one to count on. Do you have any questions you were afraid to ask? Well a conversation with Primm will motivate or entice you to ask any questions. He has it down to a fine art. Prirnm is very proud of his collections from over the years. "I try to make this place achieve a certain feeling when one comes in." He threw wood across the field. He has so much bottled water that he seems to be preparing for the 7 year drought. Primm and I drove to Douglas, Arizona, recently. It was an intense trip but some of the conversations were rehashed. Primm met a gentleman at a store and they were talking for a while. Prim said that he was a real Mexican and that he'd had an excellent conversa- tion with him. Outside his home is machinery, hoes, shovels, lawn mowers, motors, cars, beds, the works. It's worth a look. You might find a bar- gain. Oh, Primm even tells of how he reversed is diabetes! Primm is a man you must meet. Everyone how has met him will express the same. Dr. Hosezell Blash can be reached by email at hosezellblashl @aol.com Please meet the owner of the museum in Cotton City. He is George Primm, who hails from Chicago, Illinois. George is one of the most amazing and intrigu- ing men I have ever known. Our acquaintance began when we met at a cook out sponsored by the Morlnri Church in Cotton City. We talked briefly but agreed to have dinner together since our birthdays differ by only four days. We lost all contact until one day I was working outside. He recognized me and stopped. ,We renewed our friendship and agreed to continue our friend- ship. And we did. One can tell that Prim is from the Windy City Of Chicago. He has almost a dozen "Red Chicago Bulls" graced on the wall. Presi- dent Obama and First Lady Michelle also occupy a space near the Chicago Bulls. What is so different or in- triguing about Primm? He's smart, well read and outspoken. He has so much on his chest that he wants to tell his story. And he wants you and me to listen to his story. You have to be quiet! He's well-versed and in- formed in many fields of endeav- ors. Primm feels comfortable talk- ing about politics, religion, old and modem news, travel, fine arts, the classics, World War I, II and much more. If you plan to engage in conversation with Primm, buckle up your seatbelts because you are in for a very long ride. If you have a $64,000 ques- tion that you were afraid to ask, ask Primm. Whatever Primm talks D0H reminds parents of dangers of poisoning Submitted by NM DEPT of HEALTHSanta Fe During National P0is0h"Pr-rvenfirhLWeek, the New Mexi EYe*- partment of Health wants to remind parents to store non-food prod- ucts, including medications, out of their children's reach. The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center reports an average of one phone call per hour about a possible poisoning among children under the age of 14, every day of every year. Nationwide, more than 67,000 children were admitted to emergency departments in 2011 because of unsupervised access to medications, according to the Na- tional Safe Kids Campaign. "Almost half of poison exposures for small children are caused by medicine," said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. "It is natural for children to explore their surroundings, yet they should not have easy access to a purse, medicine or sink cabinet where per- sonal products, medicines, and hazardous chemicals are routinely kept." Poison control centers in the United States receive 1.2 million calls per year as a result of accidental poisoning of children ages 5 and under. Nearly 90% of these toxic exposures occur in the home, and 56% involve non-pharmaceutical products such as cosmetics, cleansers, personal care products, plants, pesticides, art supplies, al- cohol and toys. The Department of Health also reminds parents to learn the toll- free number, 1-800-222-1222, for immediate guidance on poisonings from the Poison and Drug Information Center. If a child is choking, having trouble breathing, or experiencing a seizure, call 911 instead. Here are some additional tips: Store poisonous goods safely. Keep products in their original packages to avoid confu- sion, and avoid packaging that a child might mistake for candy, such as bright-colored laundry detergent pods. Never leave kids alone with an open container of something you wouldn't want them to eat or drink. A child can be poisoned in a matter of seconds. Don't refer to medicine or vitamins as candy and don't in- volve children as helpers with your medication. Discuss these precautions with grandparents and caregivers. They may have medications and other products that are accessible to small children We Will Help You Keep More Of YOUR MONEY! 00iiii!ii:00i!ii00ili00000000i,i!i0000!:ii00 00II!:II Buzzed. Busted:: Broke. ii !i Get caught, and you could be paying around $10,000 in fines, Legal fees and increased insurance rates. BLEW $10,000. WE OFFER PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AT AFFORDABLE PRICES. BOOKK PIN 575:542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A* Lordsburg ', i  i