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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 9 "As I Remember" Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has written hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980s he began writing a.col- umn entitled "As I Remember." With his permission, these columns have been dusted off and will appear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who is 90, still lives in Lordsburg. This column ap- peared in the Lordsburg Liberal on July 19, 1991. Note to today's readers: Mr. Gass and his fdmily lived in the house on the southeast corner of Sec- ond and Pyrami d streets in Lordsburg, where the 99 Cent Store was located a few years back. Our state song, "0, Fair New Mexico," was written in that house when Elizabeth Garrett was staying with the Gass family. Mss Garrett's father was the former Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett, who killed'Billy the Kid. By ALLEN (HOOK) HILL The tall water tank in this byAllen story stood on four legs where there is now a vacant lot on the east side of Main St., between .Railway Blvd. and Wabash St. The old hos- pital was on the west side of Main Street, not quite a block south, about where the 1-10 freeway onramp by McDonald's is now. The pump house was on the opposite end of town, at the far north Allen Hook Hill end of North Street. - Jeanne La Marca, Hook's daughter I've known men of all tem- peraments but I believe one of the most mild-mannered, level- headed men I ever knew was Mr. Sam Gass. He was also a man of great character with a large capac- ity for compassion when his fel- lowmen were concerned. Last, but not least, he was a spiritual giant and not ashamed of it in any sense of the word. All my life I looked up to him as a man among 'men. He was well known and re- spected throughout the area. I'm not certain as to where Mr. Gass worked during my child- hood years. It runs in my mind that he once worked in a hard, ware store, but that could be a Federal funds to benefit NM agriculture initiatives Information courtesy SEN. JEFF technical training seminars, BINGAMAN'S OFFiCE/Washing- ton, DC U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman has-announced that the U.S. De- partment of AgricUlture's Spe- cialty Crop Block Grant Program has awarded $458,542.31 to the New-Mexico Department of Ag- riculture. "This funding will ensure that New Mexico's unique agri- culture industry continues to thrive," Bingaman said. "With this grant, New Mexico will be i able to make its crops more com- petitive and marketable, as well as more widely available." The funding supports the fol- lowing initiatives, among other: Increase market share for New Mexico green chile in the national market by providing' webinars, as well as demographic analysis and innovative taste and preference. Partner with New Mexico State University to ex- plore the possibility of imple- menting a certification program in an effort to increase the value of New Mexico Chile peppers. Partner with New Mexico State University to deter- mine the feasibility for establish- ing a regional wholesale/retail market facility to supply the greater Albuquerque metro area with locally grown specialty crops. Enhance the marketing, development, and competitive- ness of value-added specialty crop food and beverage products for the food service industry. Southside 500k Word Readers Southside Elementary Schools 500,000 Word Readers of theWeek are Madison Miller and Candelario Mendoza. Courtesy photo NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of L0rdsburg, New Mexico wishes to inform all interested parties that public hearings will be held at the City of Lordsburg City Hall, 409 W Wabash, Lordsburg, NM 88045 on the following dates: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:00p.m. 5:00p.m. Wednesday, November 16.2011 12:00 pm.-noon 3:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting will be to report on past CDBG program activities and to discuss and to solicit input on possible CDBG applications. The Community Deveiopment Block Grant (CDBG) Idrogram was estab- lished under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, in order to assist communities in providing essential community facilities, providing decent housing for residents, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment. The State of New Mexico estimates that approximately $14,000.000 will be i appropriated for the 2012 funding cycle to be distributed statewide on a competitive basis. State and national objectives of the CDBG Program require that assis- tance be made available for activities that address at least one of the :following: 1) An activity identified and principally benefiting persons of low and mod- erate income 2) Aid in the prevention and elimination of slum and blight 3) Meet other community development needs of recent origin having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and imme- diate threat to the health and welfare of the community where other finan- cial resources are not available to meet such needs. Applications are limited to a maximum of $500,000, except for planning applications which have a limit of $50,000. Those unable to attend the meeting may send written comments to: CDBG Grant Program Requests City of Lordsburg 409 W. Wabash Lordsburg, NM 88045 00ook" Hill Preserv(00tion false memory. I remember  |A=,, = #l, plainly, however, that he was a I N00W,.b city employee for many years and was associated with the water pump housenorthoftownand ricts in Mora nd Lea the water tank in the south part of Historic Dist town. Therein lies my story, a The tank has been down for many yearsandisnolortgeran County Added to State Register attractive nuisance, so I Can state without fear of ciusing other youth to follow suit that we kids Two historic districts--one The CPRC explained the business as the town grew around lived on that tank a gtod deal of honoring a traditional land grant State Register listing provides a the courthouse square. the time. So many dares had been community in northern New measure of protection in preserv- "Saturday nights were a issued and met, with regard to Mexico and another the history ing the Mexican, Territorial and good time to park on the square climbing the thing, that it was not of an early twentieth-century early statehood elements of the and watch the parade of towns- much of a challenge by the time I ranching and oil town in the district and its rural cultural land- people go by," wrote Imogene was 14 or 15. We just climbed it southeastern part of the state-- scape. It also makes homeowners Hanners whose family moved for the laeck of it. were listed in the State Register with contributing buildings eli- there in the 1940s. "Sometimes At any rate, after Mr. Gass of Cultural Properties, the New gible for state preservation in- squabbles broke out between Mexico Historic Preservation Di- come tax credits than can be used tipsy bar patrons. Side arms were retired as a city employee he worked for many years on a part- vision announced today, to rehabilitate aging homes and not unknown; shoot-em-ups took The Cultural Properties Re- structures when preservation stan- place sometimes not confined to time basis for Heather Mortuary. view Committee listed the dards are followed, the movie house on the square." His character and temperament in Guadalupita/Coyote Historic "Queen City of the Plains"" Ms. Hanners letter was one ' that capacity benefitted countless District and the Lovington Com- Surrounding a National Reg of 40 HPD received in support of people, but that's another story, mercial Historic District in the ister of Hist0ric Places courthouse the nomination, which drew no However, several years before his Register at an October 14 meet- square are roughly 12 blocks of opposition. All the letters ex- death, I washelping With a funeral ing.. commercial buildings that speak pressed optimism the State Reg- and had occasion to ride to the The Guadalupita/Coyote to Lovington's roots as a govern- ister listing would help preserve cemetery in the car with Mr. Gass. Historic District in Mora County ment, agricultural, ranching and the city's historic fabric. We in the car were somewhat is 8,140 acres of mountains and oil center on New Mexico's south- Primarily one-and-t,;vo story somber because of the occasion valleys dotted with small ranches, eastern plains 20 miles from the buildings, most built of brick and and perhaps reminiscing about homes, mines and religious sites Texas border, hollow clay file, are found in the our own lives.. Shortly, Mr. Gass dating back to 1851. It was one Lovington is noteworthy as Lovington Commercial Historic said, "Hookey, there's one thing of the last land grants in New the only city in New Mexico that District. The centerpiece is the that has bothered me for many Mexico. To this day, descendants remains tightly compacted 1937 Art Deco-style Lea County years. Long ago. when I worked of families that first settled there around its courthouse square, re- Cqurthouse, whose surrounding for the city we would be working continue to use hearby natural fleeting its identity as a county square is graced by heritage ev- at the pump house and from time resources and acequias that divert government seat with southern ergreen and deciduous trees. to time we'd look through bin- water from Rio Coyote tO irrigate Anglo-American roots. Of the 72 Many buildings are designed in oculars tO check the gauge on the crops for their sustenance, buildings and structures within the Modernist, Moderne and water tank. Along with the gauge "It is rare in the modern the district, 52 complement the Decorative Brick Commercial we would see a group of you boys world to have such a well-pre- town's period of historic signifi- styles. served cohesive area that has cance, 1918-1960. The Lea-County Theatre, up on that tank so we'd rush up there to get you down. We didn't changed little on the ground in Lovington owes its begin- also listed in the National Regis- want to scare any of you boys over 150 years so that roads,, nings to the waning days of large ter, is a 1948 standout that at the -because you might fall, so we'd acequias, property lines, and even scale, open-range ranching, time was noted for its modernis- drive our old car a half-block families are about the" same as which had depleted much of west tic painted walls, men's smoking when ... families first settled Texas' grasslands. The eastern room and a crying room for south to the hospital, turn around there," wrote Malcom Ebright, of New Mexico portion of the LI- women and children. The Com- and come back to the tank. Ev- the Center for Land Grants Stud- ano Estacado, or High Plains re- mercial Hotel built in 1918 is the ery time we got back to the tank ies, in the nomination, gion, was knowff as the "Llano oldest building in the district and you kids were all. sitting around Part of the reason the area is Sea of Grass" and drew Lone Star can be visited today as the Lea on the ground. I've wondered all well preserved--105 of its 143 state residents west. Homestead- County Museum. these years how you did that. resources contribute to the his- ers established smaller ranches The Queen City moniker is There was no way you could have toric nature of the district--is and farms in the New Mexico ter- still in use. It has been a popular climbed down." N.M. Highway 434 connecting ritory by the early 1900s. nickname for towns large and "Well, Mr. Gass," I explained Mora. to Guadalupita was not Lovington is named for Texas " small for more than a century. "do you remember the 4" over- paved until the late 1960s. The rancher Robert Florence Love, Note: Plans are underway flow pipe that went from the top historic remoteness of the three who filed a homestead claim in to nominate the Enrichment Cen- of the tank to the ground? It was principle communities of 1903 in what now is Lovington. ter building to the New Mexico about four feet east of the main Guadalupita, Coyote Arriba and The nomination was com- Register of Cultural Properties ladder and it was fastened to each Lucero is seen today in the area's pleted by New Mexico and the National Register of His- cross joint where they intersected. New Mexico Vernacular style MainStreet consultant Heather toric Places. The historic build- When we'd see the old_Chevy buildings, churches, a morada Barrett of Las Cruces. MainStreet ing merits a listing on both regis- .-coupe coming up the road we and cemeteries, has worked with HPD to estab- ters. Architectural historian :knew it would be you, Mr. Fuller, "There is modern develop- lish historic districts in Hobbs, John Murphey, based in Santa Fe, or Frank Corbell. We also knew ment, but enough of the rural, Artesia, Carlsbad, Clayton and who has vast experience you would go on south and turn agricultural landscape is pre- Raton in the last several years, in Writing nominations, is in the around at the hospital. We didn't served to make this area worthy Ms. Barrett said the district process f submitting a proposal of listing," said Terry Moody, is significant for its architecture, to Hidalgo County Heritage So- know at the time why you'd go up there to turn around but we HPD's State and National Regis- community planning and devel- ciety, the non-profit 501(c)(3) knew you would. Just as you ter coordinator, opment. Isolated, Lovington organization responsible for passed the tank, one after another HPD spent two days docu- grew slowly at first. But in the overseeing the restoration of the of us would crawl over the rim, menting historic and nonhistoric late 1920s when oil .was discov- building. slide down that pipe, hit the cross sites in the district with Mora ered beneath its rich Pecos Val- joint with both feet, swing around County Assessor Frances Torres Icy land and the railroad con- Email us at hcherald @aznex.net or hcherald @ hotmail.com it, slide down to the next joint, to strengthen the nomination, nected Lovington to Hobbs , de- swing around it, and slide on to Approximately 30 people, many velopment picked up. Grocers, the ground. One slip and any of of them landowners who can trace pharmacies, dry goods merchants, us could have dropped to his their family's history on the land restaurants and bars opened for back to the 1850s, attended the death, but we always had time to make it safely." CPRC meeting. All but two of "Well, I'I1 be," resounded Mr. them strongly supported estab- Have you used Methamphetamine? Gass. "I'm glad to know the an- lishing the district as a way to Mcthamphetamine urs are needed for a medical re, arch study. Volunteers swer to that puzzle after all these preserve its traditional qualities, should be between the ages of 18-45, in good general health and taking no ,ears !" Mora County Commissioner regular medications. Testing will take place a t the Johns Hopkins Bayview He had his answer and I had John Olivas's family lives in the Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. MD. an uncommon feelifig that the district. He expressed the senti- Volunteeers will be paid for completion of all study procedures. thoughtful actions of this extraor- ments of many attending the Travel Expenses will be covered. dinarily considerate man those meeting when he said there was a many' years ago probably pro- strong desire to preserve the Please call 410-550-6266 or 410-550-2588 longed a life or two, maybe even area's resources while recapturing or emailjohnshopkins.lab@gmaii.eom its peak period as the "breadbas- for more information. my own. Hook ket of the Southwest, " and retain- Principal Investigator: Una D. McCann (hookjune@hotmail.com) ing the community's traditions. ,p-.,y,o.2o,o mS:NAOO3,3 I I I NOTICIA PUBLICO . , / ,-- La Cuidad de Lordsburg, Nuevo Mexico, quiere informar e invitar a todos los interesados a participar en unas audencias publicas en el edificio de las cuidad situado en 409 W, Wabash, Lordsburg Nuevo Mexico en las siguentes fechas: Miercoloes el dia 9 de Noviembre, 2011 a las 3:00 de la tarde a las 5:00 de la tarde Miercoloes, el dia 16 de Noviembre, 2011 a las 12:00 (medio dia) de latarde a las 3:00 de la tarde Esta.reunion considerara propuestas de proyectos para aplicacion de fondos 2012 de Community Block Grant (CDBG). Esta estimado que el estado de Nuevo Mexico recibira aproximadamente $14,000,000 en fondos. El programa de Community Development Block Grant f'ue establecido on Forever and Always 1974 bajo el Title I/Housing & Community Development Act para asistir 1) Why are you criq ng? 13o you think that I'm gone? a comunidades y a residentes de pocos o moderados recursos, 2) ayudar I have n't left you. I'm where I belong. a eliminar barrios bajos, sucios y manchados 3) y tambien estos ton.dos se Anytime you are lonely, anytime you are sad, pueden usar en condiciones de emergencias que pongan en peligro inmediato a la salud y bienestar de la gente. Anytime that )'our heart breaks, an),time you are ma d-- Al !.you have to do is close your eyes and ['11 be there with you. Elpregramaestaadministrado por elestadode Nuevo Mexico, Depart- You see the world may take my body but that's all that it can do. mentof Finance and Administration, Local Government Division. El publico When Jesus died upon the cross, he took away our sins. esta invitado a hacer presentaciones, peticiones, y recomendaciones al . consejo cerca de los proyectos que se quieran aplicar para el proximo He conquered death so we can live in heaven where life begins. ciclo de CDBG fondos. El maximo total para Cada aplicacion es $500,000 Don!t stop the memory of the time we shared. excepto aplicaciones en la categoria de un plan de pr0yecto que tienen It's God's way to help you through. limitefijode$50,000. Take time to laugh when life gets hard, the way we used to do! Si ustedosu organizaciontiene un proyectoque puedaserelegiblepara A smell? A touch? The morning sun? They all wilt help you see. consideracion, usted esta invitado a hace'r su presentacion y peticion en I'm still there. I never left. Now smile once more for me. esta reunion publica. Para los residentes que no hablan ingles, y requiere Live each day. Keep looking up. My life was not in vain. un interprete, contacten a la oficina de administracion, una semana antes de la reunion, l finished the task I was born to do. That's why I couldn't remain. Paralagentequenopuedaatenderlareunionpublica, suscomentadosse Until I see you I love you forever and always. recibiran en la siguenta direccion: . CDBGGrantProgramRequests J .'ne (t. . z t',  c o tt ,e   ,'# u d  . City of Lordsburg 409WWabash ,'o#e, diJ()tz,, Y/t(t#,/t/ Lordsburg, NM 88045 a I