Book II of Santa Rosa, A Pictorial History is a continuation of the first Santa Rosa pictorial book published in 2012. Included in Book II are additional pictures used to trace the history of Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Many of the pictures are rare period photos dating back to the early 1900s. Book II also includes many early newspaper accounts from the El Paso Herald, the Santa Fe New Mexican, and several early Albuquerque newspapers. The news articles date back to as early 1901 and the coming of the railroad to that area of the Territory of New Mexico. Book II includes information about the founding of the Catholic and Methodist churches in Santa Rosa, the first high school graduation, the railroad boom days, and finally the bust that followed the loss of the railroad roundhouse to nearby Tucumcari. There are also whimsical stories such as the sighting of a meteor that caused much commotion in the early days of Santa Rosa, the wild and wooly days of Cherokee Dora, and the role model for the title character of the famous western novel, The Virginian. Book II does much to both inform and entertain the reader. As such, it does much to enlighten the reader’s understanding of Santa Rosa from a historical perspective.
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Daniel B. Flores was born in Puerto de Luna, New Mexico in 1946. He proudly claims to have been born in the same house where Billy the Kid ate his last Christmas dinner in 1880. The house once belonged to his maternal great-grandfather, Alexander Grzelachowski. He attended public schools in Puerto de Luna and Santa Rosa. He received a BA degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969 and an MA degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico Highlands University in 1984. He was employed by the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools for over forty years, spending the last twenty-five years as an administrator. He retired from the school system in July 2009 after working his last sixteen years as superintendent. He was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He was named the New Mexico School Superintendent of the Year in 2007 by the New Mexico School Superintendent’s Association. He married his wife, the former Lupita Campos, in 1966. He credits her for helping him complete his college education. They are the parents of Dan, Jr., Steve and Stephanie. Daniel and Lupita are also the proud grandparents of Marcus and Hannah, the children of Steve and his wife, Tina. In September 2010 he and his wife were honored by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as the recipients of the St. Francis of Assisi award for the Santa Rosa de Lima parish. The award was presented in a ceremony in Santa Fe at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis by Archbishop Michael Sheehan. The ceremony was the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s last official ceremony celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe.
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