The following report from the papers of John A. Adams is incomplete; some pages are missing. However, the document is sufficient to give an idea of the convoluted history of this and other land grants. (jai)
Transcribed from Jemez Thunder, December 15, 1997
Snowmen installed at the village park on Dec. 6 were rebuilt to look as much as possible like Christmas decorations from the 1960s that used to be in Jemez Springs. Tanya Struble and Therese Councilor headed the reconstruction project after finding an article about Jemez Springs in a 1968 copy of New Mexico magazine.
From Jemez Thunder, December 15, 1997
This photo was taken about 40 years ago at the American Legion in Jemez Springs. The fire engine was a 1921 American La France, which was given to the Via Coeli Monastery by an Albuquerque fire chief named Westerfield. The fire engine was loud and had dangerous brakes, but it was the first time Jemez Springs had its own fire protection. Via Coeli gave the vehicle to the Village of Jemez Springs. The village soon retired the vehicle, parking it at the American Legion where the photo was taken. Because of vandalism (notice the broken headlight), the village later sold it at auction for $100. The purchaser was Tom Abousleman of Jemez Springs, who had the vehicle parked behind his house for about 10 years before he eventually sold it. “That was the only vehicle I ever saw that had three spark plugs for each cylinder,” he said. Frank and Rita Slowen of Albuquerque took this photo with a timer, which allowed them to get into the fire engine’s back seat before the shutter clicked.
By Nancy Metnik, Postmaster, from Jemez Thunder, December 01, 1997
After many months of seeing activity at the new Jemez Springs Post Office and of wondering when it would be occupied – it has happened!
On Monday, Nov. 24, the move began with the able crew from the U.S. Postal Service maintenance department (Paul, Terry and Ed) transferring non-critical equipment from the old office to the new.
On Tuesday, most other equipment was transferred to the new building after mail was sorted at the old. Clerk Donna Lea remained at the old office to sell stamps, money orders, etc., while the rest of the crew went to the new office to arrange furniture and put away “stuff.”
On Wednesday the 26th, the new post office opened with full window service, mail delivery, mail pickup, and a special blue door where folks picked up keys for the new boxes.
All box numbers at the new post office will remain the same. Good news, eh? There are many more boxes that are now available for rent. We no longer need a waiting list. Just come in and we can rent you a P.O. box immediately.
Post office hours will remain the same. The mail now leaves Jemez Springs at 4:10 p.m. (instead of 1 p.m. in the old days), so you have until 4 p.m. to bring mail to the counter and it will go out that day.
When you come in to pick up your new keys, you must bring in your old keys, as they will be recycled along with the old P.O. boxes.
The box lobby will be open 24 hours a day for mail pickup, just as before. A new item will be the parcel lockers by the front door. We thought this would be a real convenience for P.O. box customers who cannot always come in during business hours. If you find a key in your box, look at the number on it and go to the corresponding parcel locker. You can now get your packages at any time.
Soon we will be having a customer appreciation day/open house to celebrate our new office and our great customers! We will be letting you know when this will be, most likely Dec. 19 or 20.
Please feel free to call us with questions or concerns at 829-3917.
By Rebecca Grandbois, from Jemez Thunder, October 01, 1997
The Southwest Stone Carving Symposium, held Sept. 4-9 at Hummingbird Music Camp, was a great success for the second year in a row. Jemez Springs resident and symposium organizer Rollie Grandbois stated, “A good time was had by all participants. The symposium promises to keep growing as a quality educational experience offered in this unique and culturally rich atmosphere.” Many New Mexican artists participated, as well as artists from California, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Canada and Germany. Instructors and tool and stone vendors came from New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Vermont, Colorado, Utah and California. The symposium instructors are full-time stone carvers who are internationally known for their sculpture.
Highlights of the symposium included a mold-making demonstration by Ana Neighbor of the Pueblo of Nambe; a slide show of the participants’ artwork; a plaster-casting demonstration; and an open house/exhibition of artwork created by the participants. Rollie said that one-third of the symposium’s participants were first-time stone carvers who either completed or partially finished their sculpture. This six-day course presented intensive sessions in Direct Stone Carving for Beginners; Designing and Roughing Out; Sculpture Refinement; Carving Marble; and Mold-Making.
The Third Annual Southwest Stone Carving Symposium is now being planned, and people are already on the list. A special session is also being planned for a group from Japan. The organizers wish to thank the Jemez Springs community for attending the open house and for their support of this event. For more information about the 1998 symposium, call 829-3588.