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B HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014 Harmony & Hope fundraiser held in conjunction with Rodeo Community Garage Sale on April 26 Courtesy submission The Rodeo Community . Yard and Garage Sale will be held Sat., April 26th, from 9 am. to 3 p.m., at the Rodeo Com- munity Center. This year's event will also feature a Raffle a new Mossburg 12 gauge pump shotgun. Raffle tickets are $ 1 each or six for $ 5. All proceeds from The Raffle and Gift Basket Sale will be used to support the daily feeding and care of more than and Gift Basket fundraiser to benefit the Hat- mony & Hope ...... ...... Horse Rescue based in Portal, Ariz., a 501c3 Not for Profit Equine Rescue. Participat- ing "raffle" ticket purchas.- ers have the chance to win -- 50 % of raffle sales; a hand-painted cow skull (with horns) by local artist Terry Miller; a 35mm Nikon (film) professional cam- era; and a handmade, heirloom quality (western inspired) "Queen of the Ranch" lap quilt donated by artisan Teri Denson; 60 horses who have found a car- ing home at the Harmony Horse Haven (a 501c3) founded by operator, Ruth Plenty. *Addi- tional proceeds may be used to purchase a mobile feeding cart for daily horse care operations. For more information about the raffle or basket sale, con- tact Debbie Anbinder (fundraiser coordinator), at or call 558.0980. Raffle tickets can be pur- chased at the Portal Library, at the Rodeo Cafd (on se- lected days) and at the Ro- deo Commu- nity Yard Sale, on Sat., April 26'h (New Mexico time). Winners will be announced on May 10'h. You may also support and open your heart to the Harmony and Hope Horse Ha- ven by making a tax-deductible donation this month. Any amount (big or small) will make a difference in the lives of these horses -- or help save just one of these beautiful animals by purchasing a decorated gift bas- ket (at the Rodeo Community Center). Private donations can be sent directly to: Harmony and Horse Haven, P.O. box 173, Rodeo, NM 88056 or visit www.harmonyand The Haven is for rescued horses not suitable for adoption who find a perma- nent, lifetime home. Fast Approval Build Your Credit No Checking Account Needed No Hassles Call Us Today! Apply in person on .coil ahead] . Main Street * Lord burg, NM Call today/ [] Prese ation News By MUND SAUCEDO&ordsbL g The Historic Murray Hotel in Silver City, NM to celebrate its opening, among development company in Wis- The Murray Hotel on Broad- way Street in Silver City was built during the Great Depression in 1937-1938. The project attracted a large skilled labor force to build its 52 guest rooms, grand lobby, three street-level retail stores, cof- fee shop, dining room, and the Copper Lounge bar. The Murray was originally built by J.E. Morgan & Sons, commissioned by owners W.D. Murray and James S. Ryan. (The hotel was built on the site of the old Broadway Hotel, which was demol- ished in 1925.) The five-story, poured concrete 'and steel building was fin- ished in a remarkable six months and two weeks. The Murray was the tall- est building in Silver City and remains so today. The late 1930s was a time of prosperity and promise for Silver City. The well-established sana- torium industry had weathered the Great Depression, and the economic potential of the area's developing copper mines was being realized. "Progress" and "modem" were the buzzwords of the day and the Murray epito- mized those concepts. Its bright white tower with glass brick ac- cents was the first thing many visi- tors saw upon arriving in Silver City, and its luxurious .Streamline Art Deco appointments attracted visitors of all classes. The Murray's much-publi- cized grand opening in October 1938 advertised "dining, danc- ing, and other entertainment." Special invitations to the open- ing party were printed on sheets of copper from the Santa Rita mines. The hotel's opening was commemorated by a special "Progress Edition" published by the Silver City Daily Press. An ar- ticle by H.W. (Dusty) Waller de- scribes the new hotel in great de- tail, comparing its "comfort, con- veniences, and beauty" to that of them Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotel empire. The steam closets and low shower heads insured that traveling la- dies could steam out the wrinkles in their dresses as they showered. There was certainly nothing to compare to the Murray in south- west New Mexico, except possi- bly the Trost & Trost-designed Hotel Hidalgo in neighboring Lordsburg in Hidalgo County built in 1927. The Murray quickly became a tangible sym- bol of elegance and prosperity, something the town could be proud of. The hotel became a natural meeting place frr local businessmen and area ranchers Copper mining continued to provide economic stability to Grant County, and Silver City continued to thrive throughout the 1940s. World War II had ended and the economy had re- covered. An addition to the Murray Hotel was built by Silver City contractor Frank Tatsch in 1947- 1949 that included the north tower with 48 guest rooms, bring- ing the total to q00. [NOTE: In Lordsburg, Frank Tatsch. built the old Hidalgo General Hospi- tal (now known as the Hidalgo Complex located across from the new senior citizen's center) and Lordsburg's second and present high school on Fourth Street. The Lordsburg Municipal School District plans to demolish the school building.] consin. Martin Milner, one of the stars of the 1960s hit TV series "'Route 66", became a part owner, and the hotel was renamed the Milner Murray Hotel. In the 1970s, falling copper prices, mine closures, a changed economy, remote management, and the decline of Silver City's downtown re- tail district accompa- nied the Murray's own decline and fall from its glory days. As business fell offso did maintenance, and by the time the hotel closed its doors to guests in the early 1980s the building was in a sorry state. The hotel's once fa- mous bar continued to operate, but also closed in 1991, bringing about the total abandonment of the deteriorating hotel. Deiermined to save the iconic structure, a few citizens of Silver City stepped in to prevent further decline. The building was sold a number of times, eventu- ally to owners who began the rec- lamation process. The historic hotel was saved, thanks to current owners Kurt and Julianna Albershardt who ac- quired the Murray in 2005. They began the monumental undertak- ing of restoring the cleaning out the shell of the building and restoring the origi- nal features to their Streamline Art Deco best. State of the art elec- trical and mechanical systems were designed and installed to maximize both comfort and effi- ciency. Fifty-five restored guest rooms already host guests from all over the world. The Martha Room and Ballroom host a wide variety of events. [NOTE: The Martha Room was named after the grand- daughter of W.D. Murray, one of the original owners of the hotel. See Martha Ryan's picture in this week's A Picture from the Past on grand hotels like New York's People felt like dancing, so page 7.) Waldorf-Astoria: L~ummanes a ballroom t~ea{urmg a suspende~l In 2013 an additional 27 from across the ~outhwcst came dance floor was, added. The ho- hotel rooms, a tea room, and ban- V' ~.~'~11~-~10f!',*J " B LA FRONTERA_ NEx, V MEXICO Rx PRESCRIPTION PREVENTION Is It DangeJ Prescription Drugs in Combination With Other Drugs? Both prescription and over-the-counter drugs pose increased risk of health complications when combined with other prescription medicatior~s, over-the- counter medicines, illegal drugs, or alcohol. For example, combining opioids with alcohol can intensify breathing problems and lead to death. FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING PRESCRIPTION PREVENTION SER- VICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREAT- MENT, OR FOR SAFE DISPOSAL OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, PLEASE CONTACT EDGAR GOMEZ AT (575) 542- 3304 OR EDGAR.GOM EZ@LAFRONTERA.ORG tel now had a Western theme so the Copper Lounge became the ,Branding Room in which deals were done and local ranchers' cattle brands adorned a giant wall mural. It's been said that more cattle were sold in the Murray's bar than on all the ranches in Grant County. The grand opening of the new addition in July 1949 was also much-publicized, and the Silver City Press reported that once again special invitations printed on copper welcomed prominent citizens of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to at- tend a cocktail party and sump- tuous formal opening banquet. The public was invited to an all- day open house and dance that lasted until 1:30 a.m. By the early 1960s, Silver City had grown and expanded and its economic focus had moved away from the downtown area. The Murray and Ryan fami- lies decided to sell the hotel to a quet rooms opened. A second floor restaurant with a 5,000 square foot outdoor dining ter- race will follow. Seventy-five years later, the hotel remains a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of that .era. The Murray Hotel is once again be- coming the grand hotel it was meant to be. NOTE: Silver City should be commended for saving and re- storing its historic buildings in- stead of tearing them down leav- ing empty spaces full of weeds and trash. Weekly Inspiration Historic Panoramic Photograph for sale 49 " x 8 " printed on foam corn board--can ;played without a frame. Can be seen at the Hidalgo County Herald. Call Edmund Saucedo at 575-542-9716 app 83rct Birthday,