Portales Past: July 28, 1960

July 28, 1960: Portales police used a stopwatch to catch nine speeders on north Main Street. The area had been the scene of a collision involving two pickups earlier in the week.

Portales Past: July 27, 1950

July 27, 1950: J.M. Armontrout, who lived a quarter mile south of Portales’ city limits on the Lovington highway, reported honeybees were invading his home. He said they were “coming in clouds” and going through a knot hole into a wall of his home. The Portales Daily News reported “it sounds like a million little [...]

Portales Past: July 26, 1960

July 26, 1960: Stroud’s Food Market, at 523 S. Ave. C in Portales, advertised 12-ounce bottles of catsup for 15 cents, 10-pound bags of potatoes for 49 cents and 12-ounce cans of orange juice for 39 cents.

Portales Past: July 25, 1945

July 25, 1945: Portales prepared to host the Veterans of Foreign Wars rodeo, which featured bronc riding, calf roping, bulldogging and bull riding. Dances were scheduled in the Safeway parking lot after the rodeo performances.

Portales Past: July 24, 1910

July 24, 1910: A classified ad in the Roosevelt County Herald offered an unspecified reward for the return of a lost fountain pen.

Portales Past: July 23, 1945

July 23, 1945: William “Happy Bill” Cope, who was promoted as an international ambassador of good will, performed musical acts in the Portales High School auditorium. He was best known for playing Stephen Foster melodies and folk songs on the banjo.

Portales Past: July 22, 1941

July 22, 1941: Area Boy Scouts were preparing for a city-wide canvas to collect aluminum. Officials said 10,000 pounds of aluminum went into every fighting plane and aluminum was “one of the biggest items in winning war!”

Portales Past: July 21, 1910

July 21, 1910: Sidewalks were appearing all around Portales. “The northwest side and southwest side of the square have complete sidewalks and the work on other sides are progressing,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported. “Bascom Howard is leading the way by having a concrete sidewalk laid in front of his residence.”

Portales Past: July 20, 1945

July 20, 1945: Price’s Creameries, at 213 NW Main Street in Portales, reported it paid $48,000 monthly to area dairy farmers for milk, cream and eggs.

Portales Past: July 19, 1950

July 19, 1950: A Portales man was being held by police in Amarillo following a shooting in a city park. Amarillo police said W. B. Parks of Portales told them he shot an Amarillo man twice because he wouldn’t stop talking about birds. “I told him to get away from me. He wouldn’t leave me [...]