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.
July 17, 1955: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Joiner, pioneer homesteaders northwest of Elida, observed their 61st wedding anniversary with a family reunion and picnic.
July 16, 1941: Portales Photo Shop advertised to develop 6- and 8-print rolls for 25 cents.
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
July 8, 1941: Lee Trammel, a rancher in the Arch community, reported he’d lost four yearlings so far this year to lightning strikes.
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.
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.
July 5, 1955: Portales’ city council learned its city-owned water department showed a profit of $36,216 over the past year.
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.”
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.
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.