The Frank N. Page Family of Puerto de Luna is a series of vignettes about the family of Frank N. Page. Page earned a place in history books while he was working in the Grzelachowski mercantile store in Puerto de Luna in the early 1880s. One of his customers has the notorious Billy the Kid. Frank and his brother, Powhattan R. Page, were true New Mexican pioneers. Frank came to New Mexico from Missouri for health reasons. He was seeking relief for what was then called consumption. Doctors frequently recommended New Mexico’s dry climate for their consumption patients. Frank N. Page had come to Las Vegas in the late 1970s. After working there for a short time he went south to Puerto de Luna where he gained employment as a store clerk and bookkeeper for Alexander Grzelachowski. He lived in the Grzelachowski residence for several years. Grzelachowski and Page even became partners in a separate livestock business. Powhattan, he preferred to go by his initials, P. R., followed his older brother to Mexico in the early 1880s. He worked in Las Vegas for the Gross, Blackwell & Co. mercantile store before joining his brother in Puerto de Luna. Powhattan also acquired some land in the Santa Rosa area. When the railroad came to Santa Rosa in 1901, Powhattan sold his Santa Rosa real estate to the Santa Rosa town site company. He also acquired a ranch southwest of Santa Rosa. The brothers were joined in New Mexico by a sister, Kate Rector Page. Kate settled in Las Vegas. Her wedding to T. H. Lawrence in 1884 was one of the social events of that year in Las Vegas. The Lawrence family later moved to California. At Puerto de Luna the Page brothers entered into a partnership and established a general store on the Puerto de Luna plaza. In the early 1900s Frank moved to Clarendon, Texas and operated a cattle ranch in the area. He later came back to New Mexico and operated a ranch in the new town site of Buchanan.
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Daniel B. Flores was born in Puerto de Luna, New Mexico in 1946, in the home of his paternal grandfather, Cipriano Flores. That is the same house where Billy the Kid ate his last Christmas dinner in 1880. In 1880 the house belonged to his maternal great-grandfather, Alexander Grzelachowski. Grzelachowski built the house in 1870. Grzelachowski’s estate served as a combination residence and mercantile store. A large warehouse was also connected to the rear of the store, He is the oldest of thirteen children. The Flores family lived in Puerto de Luna until they moved to Santa Rosa in October 1959. Flores attended public schools in Puerto de Luna and Santa Rosa. After graduating from Santa Rosa High School in 1964, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico. 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 returned to Santa Rosa after graduating from UNM in 1969 and was employed by the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools for over forty years. After working as a teacher for fifteen years, he spent the last twenty-five years of his educational career as an administrator. He served as middle school principal for two years and then was high school principal for seven years. He retired from the school system in July 2009 after working his last sixteen years as the school district's superintendent. During his tenure as school superintendent the school district built a new middle school complex located in the southwestern part of town along U. S. Highway 54 and Camino de Vida. The school district also built a new high school gym and fine arts center. The 1996-97 school year saw the Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools become the first public school district in the state to have all its classrooms and offices wired for the Internet. The school district also had major remodeling projects at the high school, the Anton Chico schools and Santa Rosa Elementary school. 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 Daniel, Jr., Steve and Stephanie.
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