A Tribute to Gale Moore
Not long ago many of us in this “frontier” area were shocked to hear of the death of Gale Moore, the ‘one woman’ dynamo who owned and operated the Glenwood Gazette. She was one of those powerful, active, social people who seemed like they’d “go on forever.”
Here are some recollections from Kathy Knapp, of the Pie-O-Neer restaurant in Pie Town, New Mexico:
Gale was one of the first people I met when I first moved to Pie Town in the mid90's. She was one of the most enthusiastic people I've ever known. In her authentic Houston drawl she would introduce herself, "Hi, I'm Gale, and I'd like to sell you an ad!" I just loved that she could make friends so easily. No one was a stranger.
I watched her take her Glenwood Gazette from a simple flyer to its present day professional, widely-acclaimed status. She was innately curious and would research a subject thoroughly. She wanted to share this area she loved and all its rich history. Many a night the midnight oil burned in her office, while dotting her i's and crossing her t's. Editing was her forte.
She took it upon herself to introduce me to all her friends and business contacts when I moved to Silver City. She found me a job at Silver Image, and a place to rent, all in the same weekend. In between jobs, she would find temporary work for me, making pies for events. I often found myself calling her for advice. If she didn't know the answer, she knew who did. I was proud to call her my friend.
She suggested we take a "girl" horseback trip into the Gila with Lia Jones, outfitter and a longtime friend. We had some mishaps due to a sick mule and the trip did not go as planned. Our group got separated and half of us spent a very cold and damp night in the wilderness with no food and no camping equipment. Even though we were miserable sleeping on horse blankets and under saddles, we found ourselves making jokes and cracking each other up because someone had a small bottle of whiskey. Little sleep was had, but at sunrise we were smiling because we were within shouting distance of the rest of our group. We laughed about that trip for years.
Halloween 2001 we dressed up in costumes and went to a party at the Blue Front. We danced until the bar closed. Gale was always carrying her camera and I have some very wild and happy photos of that night.
She liked having fun.
One January she helped me hold a moving sale at my place in Buckhorn. In the middle of the craziness it started to snow. She was a trooper. She said, "Let's put on a pot of coffee and keep people warm while they shop." So many times she came through for me. I'm sure many others have similar stories.
She had a nose for bargains and we loved going to estate sales. She knew how to locate treasures but most of her finds were earmarked for someone who would really love a surprise. Her heart was size XL.
She introduced me to Stan King, who is now my partner. We all went hiking in the Gila and spent a wonder-filled weekend at his Silver Creek Inn. On our trip back I said, "Wow, what just happened, Gale, there were sparks flying!"
She laughed her hearty laugh and said "I don't know, but if I were you, I'd go for it, girfriend!" I am going to miss her and her many kindnesses.”
Sam Palahnuk, the publisher of the Catron Courier had this to say:
“Years ago when I was considering moving to Catron County, I stayed at the Alegre Motel in Quemado. In the room I found a variety of magazines and one newspaper—the Glenwood Gazette. I read that paper cover-to-cover. I was blown away by the detailed histories of local people and the amazing pictures. That single issue of the paper helped me decide to move to Pie Town.
Later, when Naomi Martineau asked me to take over the Catron Courier, it was the success and influence of the Glenwood Gazette that motivated me to take on the job. Local newspapers are really important because more than announcing news, they act as the voice of the people.
In many ways, I owe her a debt of thanks.”
We at the Catron Courier wish the best to all of Gale Moore’s kin. We will all certainly miss her. Mary Alice Murphy from The Grant County Beat tells us there will be a special Gale Moore Tribute issue of The Glenwood Gazette published about September 15, which we look forward to. What will happen to the Gazette after that is unknown, but for fourteen years that newspaper was read and enjoyed by thousands and was truly a small-town newspaper that made it big.