Christmas celebrations stay the same

Celebrating Christmas for the last time during Territorial days, the citizens of this area had great plans. All churches in town were having special services, and most communities had such services at their schools or in larger homes. The town was decorated as it had been for several years with simple items and much greenery. […]

Railroad facilitated growth in Tucumcari

During the territorial days, the Tucumcari Commercial Club printed a folder to advertise the town and to make a few predictions for the future. Obviously, the club was an active civic organization whose major purpose was to create interest among the business people and to advertise the area. Their enthusiasm shows in some of their […]

Tucumcari still friendly, welcoming community

Lynn Moncus As we continue to review some of the history of the territorial days, we note the comments by the John F. Worley Directory Company regarding the development of agriculture in our county. “The evolution of the vast and fertile plains around Tucumcari from grazing to agriculture is yet in its infancy but has […]

Small-town athletics full of tests

At Mt. Vernon High School in east Texas, I played football, basketball and track. Since my twin sister outweighed me until I was a 123-pound senior tailback, baseball or soccer would have been better bets — but we had neither as varsity sports. We didn’t have a track either, so track season was primarily for […]

Leaders prepared town to be part of state

As we continue to look back to the years just before New Mexico became a state, we note that in 1910, our city government was well organized as were a number of churches, and organizations. The city government consisted of Mayor J.A. Street, one of the founders of Tucumcari, City Clerk J.R. Daugherty, City Attorney […]

Directories shed light on past

If we take the time to read some of the early day city directories, we learn a lot about our history. For instance, while reading the 1909-1910 directory, I learned that we already had 5080 residents and were planning for more because of the many opportunities available here. According to the John F. Worley Directory […]

Postcard gives peek into town’s history

Thanks to James Crocker, I am now the proud owner of an early day post card, which contains a picture of the construction gang at work on the new jail here in town. The post card was sent from here on June 22, 1910, to Mrs. L.E. Davenport in Crowell, Texas. In the event any […]

We’ll meet again some sunny day

Russell Anglin Well, Quay County, it looks like we are near the end of our time together. I have decided to move to another town. There’s just something about this time of year and the 100-plus-degree heat that gets me in the mood to pack heavy boxes and carry them around outside. Over the last […]

Publisher: Newspaper thieves can expect prosecution

To all Quay County Sun readers: One or more people reading this may be thieves. Specifically, you may be stealing extra copies of the Quay County Sun, your hometown weekly newspaper, from coin racks placed around the town and region. Shame on you. You are better than that. Theft has gone up quite a bit […]

Residents greet new year in different ways

Lynn Moncus Just as we begin to enjoy one calendar, we have to change in order to keep up with the years. These years seem to speed by, leaving many of us breathless and wondering what has happened. Although this woman from Ima no longer attends New Year’s Eve affairs, I still like to watch […]