July 30, 1917: Gil Perea, the Torrance county resident who recently lost 2020 sheep in a hail storm, can easily qualify as the leading “hard luck” resident of this state, according to Cleofes Romero, state insurance superintendent, who is here from his home at Estancia today.
In the last 15 days, in addition to losing a fortune in sheep, Perea has lost a child, his wife and grandchildren, the three having died within that period.
The death of Perea’s child occurred about two weeks ago. His wife died a few days later. The grandchild expired last week in Perea’s arms while the latter was waiting for a priest to baptize the infant.
The death of Perea’s wife left ten children motherless.
July 30, 1967: House Speaker Bruce King, D-Santa Fe, said Saturday he is thinking about running for the nomination for governor in the 1968 Democratic primary.
King gathered sufficient delegate support in the 1968 preprimary nominating convention but later withdrew from the race.
July 30, 1992: Three artists calling themselves Artes Guadalupanos de Aztlan got a $2,500 federal grant in 1986 to paint a mural on a wall around the property at 743 Alto St. The artists said they wanted to bring art to the community.
Last May the home decorated by the mural was raided by a four-county narcotics task force and police SWAT team after a five-week investigation. One of the residents of 743 Alto St. — 34-year-old George Cervantes — was arrested on drug trafficking charges.