New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Friendships thrived among Eddy County's early settlers


July 5, 2021

The youth of the First Congregational Church Choir gathered and posed for a picture, only to have someone fall out of a hammock just as the shutter clicked. Choir leader George Norton looks on with amusement from his seat.

It is all too easy to look back in history and create images of superhumans who were far stronger and wiser than people of today.

We often talk of the hardships they endured; bitter cold, disease and isolation, furthering the image that the early settlers had no option but to grit their teeth and push forward in the face of adversity.

Part of today's social narrative builds upon the notion th...

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