Portales Past: July 18, 1945

July 18, 1945: Portales was home to 1,700 electric meters, according to Southwestern Public Service Co. The city had just 639 electric meters in 1939.

Portales Past: July 17, 1955

July 17, 1955: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Joiner, pioneer homesteaders northwest of Elida, observed their 61st wedding anniversary with a family reunion and picnic.

Portales Past: July 16, 1941

July 16, 1941: Portales Photo Shop advertised to develop 6- and 8-print rolls for 25 cents.

Portales Past: July 15, 1950

July 15, 1950: Two area residents were unsure what to do with a discovery they made hunting arrowheads northeast of Portales. Oscar Shay and Jim Warnica found what they believed to be an 8-foot elephant tusk buried in the sand at Blackwater Draw. Archaeologists were notified because the men were concerned they could destroy the […]

Portales Past: July 14, 1941

July 14, 1941: Two cases of typhoid had been reported in Roosevelt County. Victims were a young man working on a farm and a 4-year-old girl. Cause of the outbreak was unclear but officials suspected recent flooding may have resulted in pollution of open water wells.

Portales Past: July 13, 1960

July 13, 1960: Slaten Brothers Home and Auto Supply at 201 S. Main in Portales advertised power mowers as low as $39.95. And “Yes!” the ad claimed. “You can buy on easy terms!”

Portales Past: July 12, 1955

July 12, 1955: A California woman visiting relatives near Arch was killed when she lost control of her vehicle 12 miles southwest of Portales. The Portales Valley News reported the traffic death was the sixth in Roosevelt County this year — “more than any recent year, and probably an all-time tragic record.”

Portales Past: July 11, 1960

July 11, 1960: Bill Molder and Claudia Prince were honored as the top bowlers at Pinspotter Lanes. Molder rolled a 256 average in June; Prince had a 224 average.

Portales Past: July 10, 1955

July 10, 1955: Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” opened a three-day run at Portales’ Tower theater. The movie’s stars included Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre.

Portales Past: July 9, 1960

July 9, 1960: Turner’s Department Store in Portales advertised purses for $1.99, cotton skirts for $3.99 and swim trunks for 69 cents to $1.99.

Portales Past: July 8, 1941

July 8, 1941: Lee Trammel, a rancher in the Arch community, reported he’d lost four yearlings so far this year to lightning strikes.

Portales Past: July 7, 1910

July 7, 1910: Miller & Luikart Co. was promoting its “semi-annual clearing sale,” claiming “everything in the house will be cut to the very limit.” One attraction was the planned giveaway of “a beautiful 9 x 12 Axminster rug” valued at $25.

Portales Past: July 6, 1960

July 6, 1960: Causey residents were reporting 8.9 inches of rain had fallen on the community since July 1. Portales was reporting 3.93 inches for the month after an overnight drenching.

Portales Past: July 5, 1955

July 5, 1955: Portales’ city council learned its city-owned water department showed a profit of $36,216 over the past year.

Portales Past: July 4, 1950

July 4, 1950: Roosevelt County Sheriff J.N. McCall complimented citizens for their holiday behavior. “We didn’t have a bit of business,” he said. “No wrecks, no arrests.”

Portales Past: July 3, 1950

July 3, 1950: Elida prepared for an all-day July 4 celebration that included a carnival, a rodeo and enough free barbecue to feed 3,000 people. Gov. Thomas Mabry planned to be on hand for the dedication of state highway 330 that would link Elida, Floyd and Melrose.

Portales Past: July 2, 1960

July 2, 1960: The Portales High School class of 1940 held its 20th reunion with 65 members registered. Milton Van Dyke, a professor of aeronautical engineering at Stanford University, claimed he was responsible for the cow spending a night in the superintendent’s office.

Portales Past: July 1, 1955

July 1, 1955: A plane crash one-half mile north of Portales’ municipal airport claimed the lives of two area men. The Portales Valley News reported the fatalities were the first at or near the airport since it was built in 1947.

My turn: Fire dance leaves writer snake bitten

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Jared Tucker I seriously thought performing arts was the most boring thing in the world, until I saw the YouTube video of a young Portales woman playing with fire and hoola hoops. Come to find out, it wasn’t the first time she’s done it. Angela King, better known as Snake, has been dancing with fire […]