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This Week in History

The American Hotel in Aztec, undated. (Henry Jackson Collection/Aztec Museum)

The following is a recap of local events for this time period throughout history.

41 years ago (1982)

Dedication ceremonies were held at the Bloomfield Municipal Complex Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 1:30 p.m. with about 100 persons present. During the open house, city officials estimate about 500 people visited the facilities. Mayor Lynch presided and introduced special guests. Remarks were made by Austin Roberts, Farmington, representing Gov. Bruce King, and Carol Cloer, Bloomfield, representing Gov.-elect Toney Anaya. … The Bloomfield Municipal Complex will accommodate the present and near future needs of the City of Bloomfield. It is designed so that additions can be easily made to meet the needs of the city to the end of this century.

Aztec Independent Review

50 years ago (1973)

Is there or is there not good deer hunting in northern New Mexico? The hunters, for the most part, give their answer to this question by circulating a petition in San Juan County which reads: “The undersigned respectfully request that the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish close the deer season in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties for the next three years to permit the rapidly diminishing deer herds to reproduce and expand. We further feel that during this time period steps should be taken to control the predators which prey on the fawn populations.” … Lyle McWilliams, a hunting enthusiast, believes that an overkill ten years ago diminished the doe numbers so severely there has never been a comeback. Then, too, most hunters agree that the outlawing of poison bait for coyotes has allowed these predators to multiply and keep the fawn crop killed off.

Aztec Independent Review

75 years ago (1948)

The old Bloomfield bridge is being moved to a site on the Animas River between Riverside and Cedar Hill. The bridge will serve farms on the east side of the river and is an improvement that has been needed for many years. It will probably be erected and ready for traffic by the first of the year.

Aztec Independent Review

100 years ago (1923)

Farmington is in a mood for general expansion, including a strong desire for a palatial hotel – a hostelry calculated to meet the cultured requirements of millionaire oil men, coal barons, wealthy tourists, foreign nobility and Indian royalists, with accommodations for the commonality of man and womankind. A number of townsmen have organized a hotel-promoting committee which is campaigning for lot purchasing, construction and furnishing funds. The proposition is in the embryonic state and may remain nebulous until large oil operations are visible and the route of the projected southern outlet railroad is authoritatively announced.

San Juan Review

110 years ago (1913)

Realizing the benefits and the need of a literary organization that will interest and improve its members in this town, an effort will be made to organize such an institution on Monday evening December 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school building. All who are interested in such a movement will be welcome and their suggestions thankfully received. Aztec has maintained such an organization for a couple of years to the benefit of its members and the social standing of the town. We believe that the same can be done in our town. Let all those who feel the need of such an organization turn out, both men and women. If sufficient encouragement is given the project Monday night an organization will be made and a program arranged for future meetings.

Farmington Times Hustler

120 years ago (1903)

George L. Bailey, of the firm of Bailey & Howe, of Aztec, died at his home in that place last night, at the age of 32 years. Mr. Bailey came here about three years ago, a sufferer from that dread disease, consumption, but it had progressed so far that his life could not be saved. He was bright and cheerful to the last, and was popular with all who knew him. His many friends will be pained to learn of his death. He had a wife and brother in this county, who were at his bedside at the time of his death. They have the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community in their bereavement.

Farmington Times Hustler

This Week in Local History is compiled by Debi Tracy Olsen, local journalist and member of the Aztec Museum Board of Directors. The stories are pulled from newspaper archives and are reprinted as they appeared, errors and all.