Tag Archives: Spring 2012

Clara Belle Williams

Class of 1937, 1980 Clara Belle Drisdale was born in Plum, Texas, in 1885. She was valedictorian of the 1908 graduating class of Prairie View Normal and Independent College (now Prairie View A & M University). She married Jasper Williams in 1917; the couple raised three sons: Jasper, James and Charles. Clara enrolled at the…
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Era Rentfrow

Class of 1919 If you ever have the opportunity to look through the 1940 edition of Swastika, the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU) yearbook, you will come across the following caption beneath a photo of NM A&M’s registrar, Era Rentfrow: One of the most efficient members of the College staff is…
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Paul W. Klipsch

Class of 1926, 1981 Paul Wilbur Klipsch was born to Oscar W. and Minna “Eddy” Klipsch on March 9, 1904 in Elkhart, Ind. Best known for his contributions in revolutionizing the world of audio, Paul became absorbed in the world of sound, electronics and radio from a very young age. He built his own radio…
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Fabian Garcia

Class of 1894, 1905, 1927 Born in 1871 in Chihuahua, Mexico, Fabian Garcia became an orphan early in his life. His grandmother, Doña Jacoba, brought him to the Mimbres Valley at the age of two. The hardships he suffered early in life didn’t hinder his ability to succeed. In 1894, Fabian graduated from the New…
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Pecos Uvalde Finley

Class of 1939 Born on July 10, 1916, in Bluit, N.M., a small farming village 20 miles southeast of Portales, young Pecos Uvalde Finley suffered the unfortunate death of his father at an early age. Raised by his mother, Ada, he was a handsome, hard working boy who grew into a strapping 6-footer by his…
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