May 28, 1950: The Roosevelt County community of Lingo was home to 188 registered voters, up from 185 in 1948, County Clerk B.A. Cook reported. Registered voters in Elida had dropped from 735 to 505 in the past two years.
May 27, 1955: News from Causey, as reported in The Portales Valley News: “Ben Fuller’s well is not finished yet. Buster Blakey’s wasn’t any good. I haven’t heard how Fletcher Judah’s pumped out. We all hope that these irrigation wells turn out good,” Sue Duncan reported.
May 26, 1950: Drake’s, at 117 State St., held a 5-cent shoe sale. A promotional ad reported the store had 1,500 pair of shoes: “You buy one pair at regular price and get the second pair for only 5 cents.”
May 25, 1950: A bolt of lightning knocked down a pair of Southwestern Public Service Co. employees, and Mrs. E.R. Harris of Hillcrest Courts earned $3 for reporting the incident to The Portales Daily News. The newspaper offered the prize for the best news tip each week.
May 24, 1910: J.D. Osborn, Portales’ new city marshal, was cracking down on violators of city ordinances, especially those related to “speed of drivers of horses,” and “hitching horses to awnings,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported.
May 23, 1960: Floyd D. Golden, involved with Eastern New Mexico University from its inception in 1934 and its president for 19 years, announced his retirement. Speculation that Golden would be replaced had been reported weeks earlier. Golden said he planned to spend the next few years working on a book about the university’s history.
May 22, 1945: A bond rally was held at Portales’ Yam Theatre and raised $4,000 to help fund military operations. The “Bondardiers” from Clovis Air Base provided entertainment, The Portales Daily News reported.
May 21, 1955: The Varsity Drive-In Theatre on the Roswell highway, where there was “always a double feature,” was showing “Where’s Charley” and “San Francisco Story.” Admission for adults was 50 cents. Children were allowed in for free.
May 20, 1960: Rural residents were being invaded by Miller moths. Residents reported they were leaving lights and television sets off at night in efforts to keep the Millers away.
May 19, 1950: A truck loaded with 2,400 gallons of ice cream mix and condensed milk overturned in Poker Flat, just west of Portales. The driver was not hurt. Walter Jentgen, manager of Price’s Creamery, said he didn’t know how much of the load was lost, but milk was running into the ditch.