The El Paso Archaeological Society presents its Hall of Honor Banquet featuring guest speaker Karl W. Laumbach who will present the talk "Francisco Bojorquez: The Cowboy Sheriff of Sierra County." Francisco Bojorquez is a fading legend in the memories of Sierra County old timers. Born in California, the son of Spanish emigres, Bojorquez was raised in Sonora where he learned the skills of a vaquero. Arriving in Sierra County in the 1880s, he rapidly established himself as a top hand on local ranches and in regional cowboy contests where he pitted his roping & riding skills against the best cowboys in the southwest. The respect that made him foreman on large ranches employing Texas cowboys also propelled him into political office as county commissioner, state representative, and county sheriff.
Karl Laumbach has pursued an archaoelogical career in southern New Mexico since 1974. A graduate of NMSU, he spent 9 years directing projects for the NMSU contract archaeology program before joining Human Systems Research, Inc. in 1983. After serving as Executive Director for 10 years, he now serves as Associate Director and is Principal Investigator for a wide variety of projects. His research interests include land grant research in his native northeastern New Mexico, the pueblo archaeology of southern New Mexico, and the history & archaeology of the Apache.
The Annual Award of Distinction Honoree is Margaret Berrier. The award is given to an individual who has helped advance Southwestern Archaeology.