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Books available for purchase for researching history and genealogy in this area of the United States:


This 700 page, 8 1/2 X 11 inch, hard-bound volume (embossed brown leatherette cover) covers most of four counties in East-Central New Mexico: Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, DeBaca. Contains family histories, community historie (The cemetery data covers all of Curry County, and most of Quay, Roosevelt, and DeBaca Counties and several West Texas cemeteries: Parmer County: Bovina, Oklahoma Lane, and Farwell. In Bailey County, Texas: West Camp Cemetery. The DeBaca County cemeteries include the Old Military Cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, site of Billy the Kid's grave.) $55 + $3.50 S&H


This 572 page, 8 1/1 X 11 inch, hard-bound volume (gold embossed on red leatherette cover) contains the history of Curry County (County seat: Clovis), communities, families, schools, tributes, memorials, churches, busines These two books were published by the non-profit High Plains Historical Fd., Inc., established in 1972, at Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico. Editors for both volumes were: Harold A. Kilmer, and Don McAlavy. Harold A. Kilmer is current president of this historical society. Don McAlavy was the founder. $75 + $3.50 S&H for this Curry County history book.

Since these two books were published, we have recorded nearly all of the other cemeteries in Quay, Roosevelt, and DeBaca counties, including the large cemetery at Tucumcari, N.M. The names and dates on these cemeteries are still on index cards, but can be accessed for a fee.

Book orders accompanied by check, money order, cashier cheque, can be sent, by regular mail to Harold A. Kilmer, 313 Prairieview, Clovis, New Mexico 88101.

Questions concernting these books and cemeteries can be sent to the above address, or by e-mail to: or to

An historical novel on a tragic feud in east-central New Mexico


by Donald Keith McAlavy (1997)

Reprinted Dec. 30, 1998)

This novel, based on a true incident, is of a feud which started during the Civil War in east Texas and settled in the Mesa Redonda country of east-central New Mexico, and is told by a young girl caught up in this tragic feud. Learning to ride and shoot better than most men, she is caught up in the feud, and tries to stop it as her sister marries into one side and her brother into the other side. This book, 8 1/2 X 11 inches in size, contains approx. 940 pages, maps, and illustrations.

The book is limited in number, and will sell while supply lasts, for $25.00 which includes mailing in the United States.

Don McAlavy founded the High Plains Historical Fd., Inc., a nonprofit historical society, in 1971. He co-edited the two massive books listed above, and researched and wrote the Open Range history of east-central New Mexico that is published in the High Plains History book. In 1976 Don wrote an historical column for the weekly Curry County Times. Five years later he wrote his column "Echoes from the Back Trails" for the Clovis News Journal.

He again is writing his historical column after a 10 year hiatus to write the historical novel Our Kind Is Hard To Kill. He took time to publish a novel by Eula Mae Edwards, in agreement with Eastern New Mexico University.

He has also written many melodramas for the Gaslite Players of Clovis and in 1986 wrote the outdoor drama Billy the Kid for the state-built Caprock Amphitheatre. It was produced for 10 years, with Don playing various roles and also in the last few years as manager and director.

He is currently researching his own family lines, those of McAlavy, McCarty, Whiteman, Hilton, and Welch. He cannot find his Civil War Confederate soldier's parents. The rebel soldier, Early Welch, was born, he believes, in Coweta County, Georgia, sometime about 1828. Any ideas? His Civil War records does not show his father's name.

Don was a charter member in 1987 of the Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang, Inc. and in has served as President five years and for the past nine years has been the editor of The Outlaw Gazette that is published annually. He answers all the inquiries generated by the Gang's webpage at


A Novel written by Eula Mae Edwards in 1940 and published by Don McAlavy, 1988, in agreement with ENMU-Clovis.

Married at 12, Junie faced an existence she wouldn't accept. She connived to change it. This novel is about a determined young girl in the open range period of the High Plains. The book has a bio of Eula Mae Edwards who ran a southwestern artifact museum at San Jon, New Mexico and an inventory of the artifacts she left to ENMU-Clovis when she died in 1983. This is a soft-back book, pocketbook size, of 225 pages.

A limited number of books available. Price is $9.95 (plus $1.00 if mailed in United States.)



and other Clovis-Curry County, New Mexico Items

Published by the Clovis-Portales Arts Council in 1972 in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of New Mexico Statehood. Written by Don McAlavy.

This is a 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 size booklet with a wrap around cover, containing 48 pages with a 10 5/8 by 15 1/2 inch fold-out map of 1912 Clovis. A rare booklet, with only 42 available.

Price: $7.50 (add 50 cents if mailed in United States)


Items from Don McAlavy's column "Moments From the Past" Dedicated to Jack Hull 1888-1962, long-time Clovis newspaperman. Also dedicated to The Santa Fe Railway Company which founded Clovis, NM in 1906. Compiled and Edited in 1976 By Don McAlavy, President of the High Plains Hist. Fd., Inc.

This is a 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 size booklet with a wrap around cover, containing 58 pages. Also a rare book with only 79 available.

Price: $7.50 (add 50 cents if mailed in United States)

OUR KIND IS HARD TO KILL, RED IS MY COLOR, and the above two booklets, can be purchased separately or together by mailing a check to:

Don McAlavy, RR 4 - P. O. Box 253A, Clovis, New Mexico 88101

Book(s) will be mailed upon receipt of payment.>

Harold A. Kilmer, current president of the High Plains Historical Fd., Inc., a nonprofit historical society, has been researching for many years his family lines, including Mulvany, Bird (Byrd), Bishop, Hollingsworth, Hollowell, Boyd, Smyth (Smith), Rowland and Kilmer.

The two books listed below concern the Mulvany line:


by Phyllis Kilmer and Harold A. Kilmer, 1983

Contains family histories from separate branches of the Mulvany / Mulvaney / Mulvania family. This book (6 X 9 inches with hard cover) contains over 200 photos on 279 pages of family information indexed, map in back.

Price: $36.00 (plus $2.00 for mailing in the United States)


1892 Landowner Index

Epitaphs of the 13 cemeteries in Omega & Meacham areas. Burial site information for Marion County, and the 1892 Landowners tax records (Hard cover, (5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches in size.) Price: $24.00 (plus $2.00 for mailing in the United States)

Send orders, check, or questions to Harold Kilmer, 313 Prairieview, Clovis, New Mexico 88101. Mr. Kilmer can also be reached by email:

Also available for a limited time is the following book produced by the First Baptist Church of Clovis, New Mexico, and edited by Harold A. Kilmer:

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - 75 Anniversary Book

1907-1982 - Clovis, New Mexico

This 6 X 9 inch, hardcover (gold embossed) has the history of the first church in Clovis, New Mexico, photos of its members, 297 pages in length, and is indexed.

Price: $25.00 (plus $1.00 for mailing in the United States)

Send orders, check, or questions to Harold Kilmer, 313 Prairieview, Clovis, New Mexico 88101. Mr. Kilmer can also be reached by email:

Books will be shipped when payment is received.

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