This book is about “close calls” the author has had when his life was truly in danger of ending tragically..! He describes how he came to be in the situation he was in, how it developed into a deadly situation and how he narrowly escaped death..! The events could happen to anybody in a similar situation, so the author advises caution in everything you do..!
Early history of Springer, New Mexico from its origins in the mid 1800’s through the 1950’s. The author was born there in 1941 and grew up there until his age 14 when his family moved to Cimarron, New Mexico, 20 miles away. The book contains pictures of significant events, business buildings, people and tragedies that occurred there. It also includes the names of people and some history of families of interest who lived in Springer in its earliest day. It also includes the author’s experiences as a kid growing up in the 1940’s – 50’s and the area history as he remembers it. The book is an historical album of Springer.
In northern New Mexico, as opposed to other regions of the country the people are unique in that the Spanish families of today are the direct descendants of the first Spanish explorers and colonists who came into the area in the 1600’s.
In 1979, I produced a short story of the life of Tessie Maxwell of Cimarron, New Mexico. Although not an author or writer by occupation, I tried to present an image of Tessie, through information she gave me, information gathered over several years by mail, interviews, recorded documents, and from first-hand knowledge I had of Tessie, being her son-in-law.
My account of the Serna (De La Serna) history begins in medieval Europe, about the time of the feuding kings and princes of Europe, Spain, El Cid, Constantinople, Suleyman, Columbus, and the time of occupation of Spain by the Moors.
Following are the memoirs of Liven Serna, a highly respected hunter and craftsman who grew up in the area around Rayado, and Springer New Mexico.
Alfred Alejandro Dorrance was born in Cimarron, New Mexico on June 12, 1919, to Ricardo and Fedelia Dorrance. He grew up in this small village in northern New Mexico, among his brothers and sisters and childhood friends.
The town of “Baldy” was a settlement in Colfax County, New Mexico, 4 miles northeast of Elizabethtown, high on Baldy Mountain, and about 30 miles west of Cimarron, along the beautiful Cimarron Canyon. In the 1860’s a Ute Indian showed a piece of rich copper float to a Capt. William Moore, owner of a sutler’s store at Fort Union, New Mexico.
Many years ago, about 1966, I started doing a study of my wife’s and my own family histories. At that time, “genealogy” was not the popular pastime that it has become and there were certainly no short-cuts or handy computers in which to compile information. it was all pencil, notepad, and file jackets… and lots of frustration and headaches..!
The book begins in the 1840’s in Tennessee and is the story of Clay Allison who became a prominent character / gunfighter in northern New Mexico. The book chronicles many events and battles between the North and South during the Civil War around the Allison homestead in Tennessee.