New Hobbs, New Mexico

There were once two towns named Hobbs: Hobbs and New Hobbs. For a number of years, they existed as separate communities. New Hobbs had its own post office at one time, as well.

The first attempt at unifying them failed in 1932. Finally in 1937 they were consolidated with Hobbs being the survivor. The city ordinance below was published in the May 25, 1937 issue of the Hobbs Daily News and is repeated below. The essence of the ordinance was that authorized representatives of both municipalities had met and approved the consider the consolidation of both towns into one.


Publish May 25

ORDINANCE NO. 90

An ordinance approving, ratifying and confirming all proceedings had and taken relative to the election for the consolidation of the Town of Hobbs and the Town of New Hobbs by annexation of the Town of New Hobbs to the Town of Hobbs; Declaring that the Town of New Hobbs shall be annexed to the Town of Hobbs and that the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs shall have jurisdiction over all territory formerly withing the Town of New Hobbs; Providing for the assumption of all liabilities both present and contingent which now exist against the Town of New Hobbs; Providing that all property heretofore belonging to the Town of New Hobbs shall become the property of the Town of Hobbs; Be It Ordained by the Board of trustees of the Town of Hobbs, New Mexico:

WHEREAS, at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs held on April 5th, 1937, a resolution was duly adopted by the terms of which three citizens of the Town of Hobbs were appointed as a Board of Commissioners to meet with a like body to be appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Town of New Hobbs to report upon and recommend the advisability of and the terms and conditions upon which the Town of Hobbs and the Town of New Hobbs might be consolidated by annexing the Town of New Hobbs to the Town of Hobbs;

WHEREAS, thereafter the said Board of Commissioners so appointed did meet with a like body appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Town of New Hobbs and did submit to the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs certain recommendations,

WHEREAS, at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs held on April 12th, 1937, Odinance No. 87 was duly adopted which said ordinance was styled

“An ordinance adopting, approving and ratifying the report of the Board of Commissioners heretofore appointed to confer with a like board of commissioners appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Town of New Hobbs, New Mexico, on th e proposition of consolidating the Tow of Hobbs and the Town of New Hobbs to the Town of Hobbs.”

which said ordinance was thereafter duly published as required by law.

WHEREAS, at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs held on April 16th, 1937, there was adopted a resolution appointing the judges and clerks of election; designating polling places for said election; and appointing Boards of Registration for said election.

WHEREAS, thereafter on May 6th, 1937, there was issued an Election Proclamation signed by Mayor Ross Walker and attested by R. E. Alsup, Clerk, which said Election Proclamation which was in due form as required by law and thereafter published as required by law.

WHEREAS, there was held in the Town of Hobbs on May 18th, 1937, an election at which said election the duly qualified electors of town of Hobbs and the Town of New Hobbs by annexing the Town of New Hobbs to the Town of Hobbs.

WHEREAS at said election a majority of the persons voting therein did vote in favor of said proposition mentioned above and there was duly adopted at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs held on May 24th, 1937, a resolution canvassing the results of said election.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs.

  1. That all proceeding heretofore had in connection with the special election held on May 18th, 1937, be and the same are hereby approved, ratified and confirmed.
  2. That the Town of New Hobbs be and the same is hereby annexed to the Town of Hobbs and that upon the taking effect of this Ordinance all territory now embraced withing the Town of New Hobbs shall become a part of the Town of Hobbs and shall be governed as a part of said Town and be under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Hobbs.
  3. That all liabilities now existing against the Town of New Hobbs both present and contingent be and the same are hereby assumed by the Town of Hobbs.
  4. That all property both real and personal now owned by the Town of New Hobbs shall become the property of the Town of Hobbs.
  5. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect on and after May 30th, 1937.

PASSED and ADOPTED this 24th day of May, 1937.

Attest: (Seal) R. E. Alsup, Clerk

Ross Walker, Mayor


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s