Local History


Oct. 1, 1910

Slipped One Over

Last spring when the rumor was prevalent that the schools would have to close on account of a shortage of funds our old established banks refused to cash any school warrants and a young man who is connected with one of these banks gave it out in a “knowing way” that the schools would soon have to close. About that time the Aztec State Bank, our youngest financial institution, stepped up and furnished $20,000 for the cashing of school warrants and thus nipped the most devilish scheme ever perpetrated to cripple a school because of a dislike for the county superintendent. Another case where honesty is the best policy.


Oct. 1, 1920

Indications Good

E. T. Williams well No. 1 quit drilling Sunday night and they are now reinforcing the rig and drilling a water well. As soon as necessary repairs are made they will under-ream and lower the casing until the water is cased off. They struck a heavy flow of gas at the depth of 1200 feet. The continued striking of gas is favorable as it indicates that they are higher on the structure.

A Humble Opinion.

“What this country needs is more production.”

“What the country needs,” replied Farmer Corntossel, with a slight trace of irritation, “is less talk about what it needs an’ more enthusiasm about deliverin’ the goods.”


OCT. 1, 1952

Four Oil Workers Fined

A pair of fights on Aztec's Main avenue kept Chief of Police Bill Perry on the jump and won fines for four oil workers yesterday in the court of the Justice of the Peace Fred Lawson. Red Holbrook and Earl Nokes drew fines of $25 a piece for a fight that started in Bill's Bar, then rolled out and on down the street. George Lytle and Lee Benge received similar fines for fighting in front of the Na Ho Hi restaurant late Monday afternoon. For Lytle, it was a case of out again, in again. Shortly after noon Monday he was released from jail where he had lodged on a charge of taking money under false pretenses. Six hours later he was behind bars again because of the fight.