Carrizozo Outlook 4/17/1908 Oscuro Cemetery. Mr.
N. L. Davis died Sunday. (April 12, 1908)
“Mr. N. L. Davis died at
the home of Jack Nelson of our City last Sunday night. Mr. Davis was
known from his work here as operator last summer and had returned to
take up the same work here again but died upon his arrival of heart
I have searched for
years for proof of that cemetery. It had to be there. The county might
have the lot description. Any help to find the cemetery location from
county records is greatly appreciated. I suggest that the N. L. Davis
grave, and perhaps the only grave in that Cemetery, was later confused
as the resting place of R. L. Lee. I seek any photo of the
Oscura/Oscuro settlement. Oscar officially became Oscuro in 1901 when
the Post office changed the designation. In 1906, Mr. E. G. Rafferty
purchased the land for a townsite because the area was beginning to
grow. The layout may exist in the county records.
Carrizozo News 9/10/1909 Oscuro school
teacher was Miss Alma Martin. By 1910 Oscuro had its own Precinct number
and School District number.
Carrizozo Outlook 12/30/1910 Oscuro Teacher
is Miss Helen Jones.
Carrizozo News 8/20/1909, Oscura was
being called Oscuro as is currently done. Other: Lincoln County
teachers at the “Lincoln County Normal” session for teachers. L. M.
Mathis-Corona. Samuel Kelsey-Nogal. Howard W. Hall-Carrizozo. Mr. Irene
Peters-Lincoln (the village). Miss Jennie Peppin-Lincoln. Mrs. Elizabeth
Gumm-Carrizozo. Miss Elsie Mountz-Carrizozo. C. L. Kennedy-Carrizozo.
Miss Carrie Worthington-Ruidoso. Miss Alda Anglin-Mt. Park. Miss Mary
Adams- Corona. Miss Callie Thompson-Corona. Miss Annie
Hensler-Carrizozo. Miss Pearl Taylor-White Oaks. Miss Cora
Kelley-Carrizozo. Mrs. G. W. Smithson-Capitan. John Henley-Nogal. Miss
Eula Collins-Carrizozo. Miss Margueritte Moody-Carrizozo. Other: Ancho
gets a new school house.
Carrizozo Outlook 5/19/1916 mentions a
school house at Oscuro and building new class room. 5/26/1916 Oscuro
School’s teacher was Miss Mary C. Monroe from San Antonio. 11/30/1917
Miss Broadhead was an Oscuro teacher.
Oscuro 6/2/1916 Mrs. Maud Blaney was local teacher.
By 1920 Maud Blaney lived in Carrizozo, occupation teacher, listed as
Superintendent. The 1920 Oscuro census listed 159 people with about 30
of those being school aged. Her husband Dr. Robert Blaney was a dentist
and was also known to be part owner in the Lincoln County Oil Company.
The 4/9/1915 Carrizozo Outlook reported that the
Oscuro School added a board fence, a Spanish cedar hedge, a windmill,
and cottonwood trees. Oscuro cast 23 votes in the 1915 general election.
In 1916 the County Supervisor ordered 8th grade graduation
examinations in Carrizozo, White Oaks, Capitan Oscuro and Ruidoso.
Miscellaneous Facts about Oscuro. In 4/8/1910,
Oscuro held a school election for school trustee in which E. F. Jones
won three years, Robert Young won the two-year term. Joe Ashford and
Charles Thornton also received votes. In 1910 continued, Joe Ashford was
a merchant in Oscuro and also owned the Oscuro Hotel. Oscuro obtained a
telephone line connecting from from Socorro in February 1910. Oscuro had
a Women’s club in 1916. In 3/2/1917 Fred Roberts was town Constable and
shot dead by Lum Bayfield. Teachers listed in Oscuro on 9/8/1916 were
Miss Ida Schimpf and J. M. Smith. Oscuro had a Saloon. In 9/10/1909 Miss
Alma Martin was in charge of the Oscuro School. In 1/22/1905 W. P.
Doughrey was elected Constable. Oscuro Merchantile Company existed in
1920. In 2/6/1920 the Oscuro school was still open. 4/2/1909 a post
office and store were built, same building. 1/23/1920, County School
Superintendent visited Oscuro School. Oscuro had a doctor in 1920 Dr.
Guide Ranniger. 9/1/1916 Albert Ashford was a student.
Some facts about Oscuro above, Charles Barnum