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“The worth of a paper”

Local History - 1932

My father worked for the Roy Record as a young man and later did print work for the Hustler Press in Farmington, New Mexico.

In 1932, he was a printer’s devil,  learning the newspaper business first-hand at the Roy High School for the school newspaper.

Printers ink in the blood.

Dad in the Roy Record print shop - printers apron - somber expression

RICHARD C. DILLON was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 24, 1877. His early education was attained in the common schools of his native state. He later attended the public schools in Springer, New Mexico, where his family moved in 1889. Before entering politics, Dillon worked as a railroad laborer and a merchant. In 1924, he won election to the New Mexico State Senate, a position he held two years. Dillon next secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by popular vote on November 2, 1926. He was reelected to a second term in 1928. During his tenure, the Carlsbad Caverns were declared a national monument by the federal government; and the state government was managed in an efficient, business-like method. After leaving the governorship, Dillon retired from political life. He stayed active in his business career, and eventually established the R.C. Dillon Company. Governor Richard C. Dillon passed away on January 5, 1966, and was buried in Encino, New Mexico.

Source: National Governors Association

Karl Guthmann is the new devil at the printing office.  Karl was the chief printer when J.H. Roy was the editor several years.  He is getting the rust rubbed off and will soon be a full fledged devil.”

Roy, New Mexico

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My dad grew up in Roy, New Mexico and I remember so many times as a child when we would visit his sister and husband in Roy.  This drugstore was still in business and we would always go in for an old-fashioned ice cream treat: generally sodas for the sisters and a banana split for my dad and brother.  Can’t recall what Mother ordered.

We would sit at the table where my father had carved his name many years ago and he would reminisce about life in Roy as we slurped our sodas.

This picture was snapped in the early 1980s on a northeastern New Mexico road trip with my sister.  We visited the cemetery to pay homage to our paternal grandparents.  We looked at some of the surrounding area.  We walked the deserted main street.

About  five years ago, my husband, oldest grandson, and I stopped at this very same drugstore. 


Bustling (there was a parade prancing down main street!).

Talked to a lady in the drugstore who remembered my father and his family and said that the place (all of downtown, actually) is being renovated and restored and revitalized.  The place was ALIVE!

In fact, only recently, a movie company shot some scenes for Did You Hear about the Morgans? in Roy!

Things are lookin’ up!