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August 1, 1990

Martha Kissman, 69, Las Cruces died July 27. Graham’s Mortuary Chapel.

Gay H. Staten, 83 of Mesilla Park. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Graham’s Mortuary. Survivors: husband, Glen; one daughter, Rita Gay Wells, Las Cruces, one son Robert T. Staten, Mesa, AZ., one sister, Laura Huffer of Sapulpa, OK., one brother, Brian Harmon, Cushing, OK. Wayne Whitworth of the Mormon Church officiating. Died Tuesday

John G. Morgan, Jr., 72 died in Waco, TX. on Saturday. St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX. Getz Funeral Home.

Leta June Stroben, 75, Las Cruces died Tuesday. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Getz Funeral Home. Born in Chicago, Oct. 19, 1914.

Maria Ferrales, 90, of Tortugas died Wednesday. Getz Funeral Home. St. Genevieve"s Catholic Church. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Preceded in death, husband, Casimiro T. in 1982. Survivors: four daughters, Bernie Lucero of Deming, Elsie York , Tucson, AZ., Polly Fierro, Mesilla Park, Maggie Madrid, Dona Ana, five sons, Frank P., Pino P. Arturo P. all of Las Cruces. Jose P., Tortugas, Manuel P. of Modesto, CA.

Matilde M. Garza, 78, Las Cruces died Wednesday. Getz Funeral Home. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

August 2, 1990

John E. Bird, 68 of Las Cruces died July 29, 1990. Survivors: wife, Louise, one daughter, Cathy Hoover, Albuquerque, two sons, John Dean Bird, Dallas, Benny Joe, Las Cruces, one brother, Corke Bird of WA, one sister, Edith Pridgan of Canyon, TX, Getz Funnel Home. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

August 3, 1990

B. L. Witcher, 74, Las Cruces died August 3, 1990. Born in Ashland, TX, Sept. 11, 1915. Served with the 101st Airborne Div. WW2. Survivors: wife, Margaret, two brother: Kermit of Melrose, NM, Osborn of Lake Havasu, AZ. Graham’s Mortuary. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Silver City - Bernie M. Rael, 23 died Wed. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic. Burial at Catholic Cemetery.

Enrique V. Cadena, 50, Chambrino died July 31, 1990. Preceded in death by his parents, Benigno and Maria Cadena; two brothers, Scorro and Manuel Cadena. Survivors: four daughters, Olga Becerra of La Pointa, CA., Elsa Cadena, San Jose, CA., Laura Cadena and Angelica Cadena both of Baldwin Park, CA.,: six brothers: Benigno of El Porvenir, MX., Robert, El Paso, TX., Guillermo of La Palomas, MX., Emillio and Jesus both of Albuquerque, Refugio of Chambrino. Chapel of the Crosses. Burial at San Luis Rey Cemetery.

Alexander N. Bickham, 89 of La Cruces died Saturday. Graham’s Mortuary. Survivors: wife, Emily; four daughters, Betty B. LE Jeune, El Cerritos, CA., Terry A Bickham and Terry L. Bickham both of Santa Barbara, CA., Linda N. Bickham of Palo Alto, Ca; two sons Carl Heathman, Las Cruces, Donald Waters of Fremont, Ca; four sisters, Helen Puckett Annie L. Ballard, Ruby Baxter, Polly Robertson all of Shreveport, LA., four brothers, Francis of Beamont, James , Charles and Jack , all of Shreveport, LA.

Edward Lee Parnell, 79 of Deming died Thursday. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel in Silver City. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery in Deming.

Jesse "Jack" Addington Jr., 64 of T or C died Thur. French Mortuary.

Felipe N. Chavez, 93 of Mesilla died Sat. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Chapel of the Crosses. Survivors: wife, Consepcion; two daughters, Maria De Jesus of San Jose, CA., Josefina Guzman of Berino; two sons, Eduardo and Santos both of Las Cruces

Marta Estrada Franco, 97 of Mesilla died Sat. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at San Albino Catholic cemetery. Preceded in death: husband, Edwardo L. in 1968, two sons, Gilbert in 1974, Melquiades Garcia in 1984, one daughter, Esther Vaea in 1977. Survivors: two daughters, Guadalupe F. Lozano of Glendale, AZ, Celia F. Benson of Las Cruces, four sons, Arturo E. , of Tracy, CA., Benjamin E. of French Camp, CA., Eduardo of Mesquite, Manuel E. of Roseville, CA., three brothers, Elias Estrada, & Eloy both of Mesilla, David, of Las Cruces: five sisters, Delfina Allbiar, Lucia Sanez, both of Mesilla, Aurora Brock, Carmen Green, Josefa Madrid, all of Las Cruces.

Don Franklin, 75 of Organ died Sunday. Getz Funeral Home. Married Lydia Ross, May 25, 1989 in Martin, SD. Survivors: wife, Lydia; one sister, Joy McWhorter of Las Cruces. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX.

Deming - Sara Otten, 72 formerly of Deming, died in El Paso, TX. on Sunday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Burial at Private Meadow Cemetery.

T or C - Troy A. Burns, 71 of Cuchillo died in Albuquerque on Fri. French Mortuary Chapel. Burial at Vista Memory Gardens

T or C - Benito Trujillo, 49 died Sunday. Our Lady of Perptual Help Catholic Church. Burial at Hot Springs Cemetery.

Santa Teresa - John V. Navarro, 39 died Sunday. Chapel of the Crosses.

August 7, 1990

Alamogordo - Edith Lynn Lewis, 81 died Sat. Grace United Methodist Church. Cremation. Hamilton Funeral Home.

Silver City - Doris M. Ault, 66 died Sunday. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Home.

Ft. Bayard - Thomas Lemmy, 92 died Sunday. Curtis Bright Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Silver City Catholic Cemetery.

Central - Teresa L. Trujillo died Fri. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Home. Santa Clara Catholic Church. burial in Central Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Joaquin B. Molina, 74 died August 4, 1990. Survivors: wife, Clara; one brother, Arturo Hernandez of Las Cruces, one sister, Magdalina Hernandez of Tortugas. Getz Funeral Home. St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church. Burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

August 8, 1990

Deming - Ernest Coutee, 74 died Monday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Holy Family Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Marjorie Ruth Oeding, 72 died Monday. Died in El Paso, TX. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Harding-Orr and McDaniel Funeral Home. Survivors: husband, Col. Ernst C. U. S. Army, Ret., two daughters, Pamela Bateman and Karlene Valencia both of Las Cruces, one son, Ernst C., Jr. of Kansas City, MO.

Lordsburg - Fred Clayton "Duke" Kerr Jr., 68 died Monday of Animas. Baca’s Heather Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

La Mesa - Anna Liza Cajen Check, 24 died Monday. Survivors: husband, Tom , one son, Bryson Andrew; parents Manula and Joe Cajen of La Mesa, twin brother, Martin Cajen of La Mesa, one sister Maria Elena Kilcrease of Las Cruces. San Jose Catholic Church. Burial at Missionary Ridge in Mesquite, NM. Graham’s Mortuary.

Deming - Carla Yvonne Espinoza, 16 months of Columbus died Monday. Baca’s Funeral Home. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery. St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

Silver City - Kelly Jeremy Arellin, 11 1/2 months died Tues. Survivors: parents, Kelly and Debbie Arellin of Tyrone. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. St. Francis Newman Center. Burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

August 10, 1990

Deming - Josephine Klingler, 63 died Thur. Baca’s Funeral Home. Church of Nazarene. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery,

August 11, 1990


Silver City - Frank W. Besely, 50 died Fri. Curtis Bright Funeral Home. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.


Silver City - Manuela Lechuga Madrid, 71 died Thur. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Home. Burial at Hurley Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Emma T. Gonzales, 53 died Aug. 7, 1990 St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church. Preceded in death, father, George Trujillo. Survivors: mother, Angelita Trujillo, Las Cruces, three daughters, Betty Horrell, Josie and Concha of Las Cruces; two sons, Alex, Jimmy of Las Cruces, three brothers, Lawrence, Sam and David Trujillo, all of Las Cruces, three sisters, Esther Reynolds, Lydia Clark and Amelia Grandos. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Manuel "Salvador" Betancourt, 75 died Wed. Born March 24, 1915. Preceded in death, wife, Soledad. Survivors: three son, Salvador, Ramon both of Las Cruces, rudy of Honolulu, HI; three daughters, Eva Betancourt, Sandy B. Orona, Lupita Velasquez, all of Las Cruces, one brother, Jesus "Chuy" of Ontario, CA. San Miguel Catholic Church. Burial at San Miguel Cemetery. Martin Funeral Home.

Las Cruces - Eunice Mae Elliott, 76 died Wed. Preceded in death, husband, Dallas Elliott in 1981. Suvivors: daughter, Eunice Smith of Windham, Maine; one brother, Clyde Alexander. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.

August 13, 1990

Hatch - Consuelo M. Galvan, 74 died Thur. Getz Funeral Home. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Hatch. Burial at Garden of Memories. Survivors: wife, Lorenza, one daughter, Mary Jane Arellin of Silver City; three sons Alex of Las Cruces, Rudy of Oxnard, CA., Fred of Yreka, CA, one brother, Richard Ramirez of Hayward, CA., three sisters, Celia Soliz of Hayward, Mary Lou Garcia and Anita Ramirez of Los Angeles, CA.

Las Cruces - Donald Fiske, 41, died in Albuquerque on Sat. Graham’s Mortuary. Survivors: wife, Susan of Las Cruces; two sons, Donald Jr., Robert both of Las Cruces; four brothers, Gordon of MC., Melvin of Socorro, Tom of CA., and Leroy of L. A., CA., Roberta Shively of WA., Carol Epton of Alaska, Pat Schultz of Maryland, Jan Pascoe of CA., mother, Clara of WA. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Las Cruces - Noma Chrystine Wright, 77 died Thur. Calvary Baptist Church. Died in El Paso, TX. Graham’s Mortuary.

Deming - Hazel Irene Mahar, 66 died Fri. Baca's Funeral Chapel.

T or C - Muriel "Virginia" Culpepper, 73 died Sat. Sierra Vista Church of Christ. French’s Mortuary. Burial at vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.

August 14, 1990

Lordsburg - Joh Jensen, 40 of Animas died at Cotton City in an automobile an accident on Fri. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Burial at Paradise Cemetery in Paradise, AZ.

August 15, 1990

T or C - Jack Kirk Bierner, 29. Died in Albuquerque on Sunday. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial at Hot Springs Cemetery. Rio Rancho and Golden Gates Mortuaries.

Las Cruces - Jessica M. Hosford, 91. Born August 19, 1892 in Chappell, Neb. Burial at Lincoln, Neb. Chapel of the Crosses Funeral Home. Died July 13, 1990. Jessic was elected to the Cowboy Hall of Fame for her book : You Bet Your Boots I Can". Survivors: two sons.

Hatch - Lydia McKinney, 91 died Tuesday. First Church of God. Burial at Garden Memory Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

Silver City - Margarita Jaramillo, 83 died Tuesday. Curtis Bright Funeral Home. Infant Jesus Catholic Church in Hurley. Burial at Hurley Cemetery.

T or C - Rebecca Anne Silva, 39. Died in San Antonio on Monday. French. Mortuary Chapel. Burial at Vista Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

August 16, 1990

Las Cruces - Mae Hamill born Mae Backer on August 7, 1893 to Bernhard Backer and Elizabeth Lee Fry Backer in Benson, ILL. Married Don Hamill in Las Cruces. Survivors: one son, Don Hamill of Las Vegas, NV., one daughter, Helen Garner of Albuquerque, one sister, Margaret Phillips of Dallas, TX. Fitzgerald and Son Funeral Home.

August 17, 1990

Las Cruces - Delbert B. Freeman, 87 died Thursday. Our Lady of Health Catholic Church. Burial at Masonic Demetery. Graham’s Mortuary.

Las Cruces - Arthur C. Zimmer, 78 died Thur. Died on the 16th. Survivors: wife, Lucille; two daughters, Dueline McDaniel of El Paso, TX., Montie Hampton of Milwaukee, WI. St. Pauls United Methodist Church. Grahams Mortuary.

Rodey - Ramon S. Aguirre, 68. Chapel of Crossed. Our Lady of Mercy in Dona Ana. Burial at Rodey Cemetery.

Chamberino - Daniel Ramos, 9 died Thur. Getz Funeral Home.

August 18, 1990

Deming - William Francis Peaty, 72 died Fri. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Deming - Mary M. Randle, 63 died Thur. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Cremation.

August 19, 1990

Las Cruces - Billy L. Pearcy, 74 died Fri. Grahams Mortuary. First Baptist Church. Born in Stourtland, MO, on July 25, 1916. Survivors: wife, Helen; one daughter, Sherry Baca; one son, Chris; one sister, Jessie Harrold of Richland, MO.

Las Cruces - Helen Smithhisler, 61 died Aug. 18. Survivors: husband, Jack; one daughter, Nancy Smithhisler of Alexandria, VI; one son, John of Las Cruces, his mother, Jane Fitzgerald. Grahams Mortuary. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral Church. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.

August 20, 1990

Dona Ana - Rolf Steidel, 85 died Fri. Chapel of the Crossed Funeral Home.

August 21, 1990

Las Cruces - Maurice E. Adair, 70. Getz Funeral Home. Survivors: wife, June, one son, Edwin of San Francisco, CA., two brothers, Orin of Nevada City, CA., Fred of Kirkland, WA.,two sisters, Ruth Hickerson of Brooklyn IA, Naomi Henderickson of Annadale, VA. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Allan N. Zacher, no age given died on Sun. 32 degree Mason. First Presbyterian Church. Survivors: wife, Eleanor A. children, Allan Zacher, Jr. Ph.D., Stephen E. Zacher and Martha Elizabeth Bates. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.

T or C - Theo Allen Bullard, Sr. Born Aug. 8, 1925 in San Marcial, NM to Jackson Lee and Mattie Ruth Bullard, died Mon. Preceded in death by a brother, Jack Bullard and sister, Marie Ditterline. 32 degree Mason. Survivors: two daughters, Judy Mills of Houston, TX, Kathy Gaethje of El Paso, TX., one son, Ted Bullard of El Paso, TX. Burial at Masonic Cemetery. Grahams Mortuary.


Tortugas - Mary B. Arevalo, 81 died August 20, 1990. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Tortugas Cemetery. Chapel of the Crosses.

T or C - Frank C. Maher, 72 died Mon. French Mortuary.

August 22, 1990

Las Cruces - Margie Shortes Stephens, 76, died Sun. in a Houston hospital. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Grahams Mortuary. Survivors: two daughters, Phyllis Bernell of Las Cruces, Marilyn Tharp of Houston, TX, two sisters, Irene Read of Hobbs, NM., Ina Folk  Seminole, TX.


Deming - Roy Keith Hudson, 73 died Mon. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Deming - Myrtle Lee Angle, 90 died Tuesday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Deming - Richard Joseph Gauthier, 50 died Fri. Baca’s Funeral Chapel.

Lordsburg - Clyde Arnold Nard, 82 died Sunday. Baca’s Heather Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Thomas J. Jordan, 77 died August 18, 1990. Survivors: wife, Vivian, two sons, Thomas J. Jordan, Niles Edward Jordan of Phoenix, AZ., one brother, Rev. Dr. Warren C. Smith of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Las Cruces - Louis C. Monge, 71 died August 18, 1990. Survivors: wife, Annie; one daughter, Cecelia Kressa of Little Rock AK., one son, Arthur Monge of Brooksville, FL., three brothers, Alfred of La Mirada, CA, Jesus and Joe both of Silver City; one sister, Lupe Tannar of Silver City. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Ft. Bayard National Cemetery.

August 23, 1990

Las Cruces - Sam Stitt, 31 died Tuesday. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX. Martin Funeral Home, El Paso, TX

Las Cruces - Ruben Carbajal, Jr., 31, died Aug. 20, 1990. Preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Marcos and Adela Carbajal, uncle Joe Carbajal. Survivors: parents, Ruben and Celia, two sisters, Debbie Paz and Rosie Carbajal, maternal grandparents, Santiago and Josefa Valles, all of Las Cruces. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Burial at Hillcrest Cemetery. Getz Funeral Home.

August 24, 1990

Deming - Malon Arthur Addkison, 68. Baca’s Funeral Home.

Silver City - Avenildo J. Vigil, 55 died Tue. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. San Juan Catholic Church. Burial at San Lorenzo.

Roswell - A. E. (Gene) Cash, 80 died Aug. 22, 1990. Survivors: wife, Mary Alice, one daughter, Joyce Negley of Odessa, TX., four sons, James of Castor, LA., Jerald of Phoenix, AZ., Alvis, Jr., and Pat, both of Las Cruces, one sister, Opal Copeland of Bryan, TX, two brothers, Milton of Caldwell, TX.,James of Dickenson, TX. Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery. Grahams Mortuary.

August 25, 1990

Ft. Bayard - Donald W. Smith, 78, died Thur. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. Burial at Memory Lane Cemetery.

August 26, 1990

Las Cruces - Elvia M. Rose, 89 died Fri. Getz Funeral Home. Burial at Masonic Cemetery.

August 27, 1990

Las Cruces - Arline Ernst, died Sat., no age given. Grahams Mortuary.

Las Cruces - Lois R. Fahringer, 82. Grahams Mortuary. Died Sunday. Burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX.

Las Cruces - Edna M. Moore, 82. Grahams Mortuary.

Las Cruces - Fern Porter, no age given. Died Aug. 26. Grahams Mortuary. Survived by her husband, Harry; one son, Byron of Redondo Beach, CA.,  One sister, Frances Shaw of El Paso, TX. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Las Cruces - Ruth Helen Randall, 93. Grahams Mortuary. Cremation. Died Sunday.

Silver City - Robert Grijalva, 68, Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Home. San Lorenzo Catholic Church. Burial at Grijalva Cemetery with veteran honors.

Glenwood - Jimmy Don reed, 11 died Sat. Baca’s Hillcrest Funeral Chapel. Burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Williamsburg - Oliver Norman Bryant, 57 died Sat. in Hillsboro. French Mortuary Chapel. Burial at Vista Memory Garden.

August 28, 1990

Las Cruces - Ignacio Pena, 75, died Sat. Chapel of the Crosses. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Las Cruces - Fern Porter, 73, died Sun. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Cremation. Grahams Mortuary.

University Park - Frank Lee, 27 died Aug. 25, 1990. Survivors: parents, Anton and Marilyn of Las Cruces, maternal grandparents, John and Maude Floyd of Raton, three sister, Frances Kampsky of Grants, Mary Gidney of Silver City, Connie Garrison of Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home. First United Methodist Church of Grants. Burial at Elizabethtown Cemetery in Eagle Nest, NM.

Las Cruces - Georgia K. Haslam, 88 died Aug. 25, 1990. Survivors: son, Jim Haslam. Magadalena Church in Magdalens, NM. Grahams Mortuary.

Las Cruces - Dolly Beth Highsmith died Aug. 18. Formerly of Mineral Wells, TX. Survivors: one son, Robert M. of Las Cruces, two sisters, Auda Lummus of Ranger, TX., Nola Garland of Mineral Wells, TX. Getz Funeral Home. Baum-Carlock-Bumgardener Funeral Home, TX. Burial at Palo Pino Cemetery, Palo Pinto, TX.

Las Cruces - Ignacio B. Pena, 78, died Aug. 25. Our Lady of Guadalupe Corporation. Chapel of the Crosses Funeral Home. Burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Survivors: children, James L. Barela of Chula Vista, CA., David W. Pena, Isabelle P. Pena both of Las Cruces, Martha J. Pena of Arcadia, CA, sisters, Susie Pena of Las Cruces, Anna Bracklesberg of Las Vegas, NV., Josephine Zuniga and Clara Olivas of Las Cruces.

August 29, 1990


Deming - Maona Viola Hare, 91, died Tuesday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Deming - Norman Miller, 78, died Monday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Deming - Charles Brian Armstrong, 64 died Monday. First United Methodist Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Deming - Ernesto Dominquez, 69 died Saturday in Albuquerque. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

Hatch - Thelma Henderson, 77 died Wednesday in Santa Fe. Grahams Mortuary. Burial at Garden of Memory Cemetery in Hatch. Survivors: husband, Andy, four sons, George of Hatch, David of Pocahantes, AK., Stanley of Orland, CA., Kenneth of Glorieta, NM. First Baptist Church in Hatch.

Animas - Harold L. Stevens, 67 died Monday. Baca’s Funeral Chapel. Cremation.

T or C - William D. Wooldridge, 34, died Tuesday. Burial at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. French Mortuary.

Dona Ana - Fernina Garcia, 76 died Thursday. Getz Funeral Home.
*Dona Ana Republican
Nov. 10, 1900

Rosa Kropp Dead
The little 9-year old daughter of Frank Kropp, who had her leg so horribly mangled in a horsepower Friday of last week, died Sunday evening at Lt. Luke's hospital, El Paso. She was taken to El Paso last Saturday morning in charge of Dr. Ridenour, at which place her leg was to have been amputated, should she recover sufficiently, but she never recovered from the intense shock her nervous system sustained. The remains were brought to Las Cruces, for funeral services which took place Tuesday. The blow is a sad one to the mother who lies very low from fever.

Dec 8, 1900

Mrs. Woodworth Dead
Mrs. Anna C. G. Woodworth, wife of Mrs. Oscar Woodworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 5. They came to the valley about a year and half ago for the benefit of Mrs. Woolworth's health, but she gradually failed until the end came. She was a good Christian woman and her death will be regretted by the many friends she made while here. Mr. Woodworth returned Thursday with her remains to Trenton, N. J.

Mrs. F. H. Mills Dead
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Mills in Las Cruces were very much surprised and saddened Monday morning by the receipt of the news of Mrs. Mill's death, at her home in Florence, Ont. These people have resided in Lass Cruces for nearly two years past in the hopes of recovering health. Mr. Mills, having lung trouble and Mrs. Mills suffering from heart disease. Oct 19 they gave up the battle, starting for their home in Canada, and Mrs. Mills survived but a few days after reaching there.

Dec. 19, 1900
Charles Kezer

The sad news of the death of Chas. Kezer at Earlham on Thursday evening, reached Las Cruces the next morning. Mr. Kezer was about 65 years of age and for a number of years has been an esteemed citizen of Earlham. He was a brother of Mr. Kezer of Las Cruces. About ten days ago he was taken with the dreaded pneumonia, with the fatal termination recorded above.

David Graham Dead
This community was saddened yesterday afternoon to learn of the death of David Graham at his home near the station from pneumonia, at 11 o'clock. Mr. Graham was a man of sterling worth, conservative and reticent, and greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He was about 60 years of age at death and has lived in Las Cruces for a number of years, having been pump engineer between here and Rincon for about 20 years or nearly since the road was built. He came to this country from Colorado as a book keeper for Lynch Bros., who then had a large stock business. Mr. Graham leaves a wife and three children. He was an Odd Fellow, and interment will take place today at the Odd Fellows' cemetery.

Dec. 29, 1900

Juan Telles Shot and Killed
Carlos Telles Did The Bloody Deed.
Claims Self-Defense--Admitted to $3,000 Bail at Preliminary Hearing
Sunday morning a little before one o'clock two shots rang out on the night air. those present in the Exchange and Tiptop Saloons ran out on the street and were just in time to see a man walking toward the plaza, and at the same instant Juan Telles staggered into the Tiptop saloon, saying he was shot and that Carlos Telles had done the deed. The victim lived less that two hours, rapidly bleeding to death from a bullet wound that cut the aorta above the heart. Deputy Clinton Llewellyn ran after the fleeing man and overtook him in the plaza and commanded him to halt. The man proved to be Carlos Telles and a pistol was found only a few feet away, where he exigently had thrown it. He denied knowing anything of the deed, but was hustled off to jail nevertheless. Wednesday the prisoner was given a preliminary hearing and claimed self defense. He was admitted to bail in the sum of $3,000 but as yet, has been unable to secure it. Fall and Pino represent the defense. There were no actual eye witnesses to the tragedy but several say Carlos Telles went into the Tiptop saloon and invited his victim out into the street, and he went, telling several bystanders that Carlos intended to shoot him. It is not known whether or not he was joking, for he had no weapon with which to fight a duel. The two shots were the sequel. The step daughter of Carlos Telles, who was a married woman, had been the mistress of Juan Telles, and they were each convicted at a recent term f court and served a jail sentence for adultery. This matter is said to have had something to do with the bad blood which had existed between the two men, but in view of the bad reputation of the woman it can scarcely be said to have furnished sufficient provocation to murder. Carlos Telles defense will be a difficult one unless he can adduce a keeper provocation than is known to the public at present. Juan Telles, the man who was killed, was a blacksmith by trade but a musician around salons by choice; he was a member of the militia company here and his funeral last Sunday was held under their auspices