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  • Comment Link Mike Scarborough Tuesday, 24 April 2012 02:32 posted by Mike Scarborough

    Stephen, Great picture taken years after my grandfather would take my brother and me for a walk in the evening across the bridge and tell us there were bears there.
    To the right of the picture is the sign that says: Billards.
    That business was owned by a man named Tex Wilson. Ond day Tex and another man (I'm going to leave his name out as his family might not want it advertised)got into an argument and Tex shot the man in the leg. The man managed to take the pistol away from Tex and killed him.
    Somehow my father wound up with the pistol; When he passed away in 1993 my brother would up with it.
    I'm not gripping about him getting it, as at the time of our father's death I had it and gave it to him, keeping a 380 semi-automatic which had also been involved in a killing in Kentucky in the '30's.
    At the very far end of the street on the right side is the old Bond Mercantile. and the train, the Chile Line, that was decommissioned in 1941 crossed the street just in front of the store.

  • Comment Link Mike Lord Friday, 20 April 2012 04:03 posted by Mike Lord

    I've been meaning to ask you if you knew Peter Asprey and Leonel Gallegos from Española. I graduated from St. Mikes in 1963 with both of them.

  • Comment Link Stephen Earnest Friday, 20 April 2012 02:51 posted by Stephen Earnest

    Sorry I hit this twice, Still a rank amateur run amok.
    This is Onate Street looking west to downtown Espanola. On the left is the El Rio Theater. When I didn't have chores to do my parents would let us go to the Saturday kid shows and watch the cartoons and serials and of course the main feature probably with Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk, Gabby Hayes or Gene Autrey with Frog Milhouse and Champion, or Hopalong or the Cisco Kid and Pancho. It is a precious memory. The building still stands but has suffered the vagaries of time and deferred maintenance. Back in the day they used to have town hall meetings there. My Dad was instrumental in forming the Toastmasters Club and they would have some of their presentations here as well. There has been some talk about applying for some grant money to see if they can recue the old girl. I'll keep you posted.

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