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1972: Officials broke ground for the new site for First National Bank of Tucumcari at First and Aber streets. The Tucumcari High School band played music as bank President G. Wilbur Jones presided over the ceremony, which included a small donkey named Rickey assisting with the groundbreaking.

Jones said the original bank occupied a small wooden building in 1902. A two-story brick building was built at that location about a year later. He said the new First National Bank, which would require about one year of construction, would take up 24,000 square feet, with multiple drive-in banking spots. The site now is occupied by a Wells Fargo bank.

• Local election officials reported heavy turnout in the general election. President Nixon prevailed by more than a 2-to-1 margin in Quay County over Democratic challenge George McGovern. Pete Domenici and Manuel Lujan Jr. also easily carried the county in their races for U.S. senate and U.S. representative, respectively.

• The Odeon Theatre was screening a Vincent Price horror film, “Dr. Phibes Rises Again,” and “Who Slew Auntie Roo?” starring Shelley Winters.

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