Portales Past: May 9, 1955

May 9, 1955: Workers prepared to build a parsonage for the Assembly of God church at 519 S. Ave. A. The Rev. Earl G. Vanzant participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking.

Portales Past: May 8, 1960

May 8, 1960: The Tower Theatre was showing “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies,” starring Doris Day and David Niven. “It’s all about love and marriage — and how to mix the two,” according to the promotional ad.

Portales Past: May 7, 1910

May 7, 1910: Roosevelt County commissioners had introduced an ordinance aimed at prohibiting cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep and goats from running at large in the more populated precincts.

Portales Past: May 6, 1955

May 6, 1955: Eastern New Mexico University was ready to host the 20th annual Ag Club Rodeo. The two-day run included a parade, rodeo performances and an all-university dance.

Portales Past: May 5, 1945

May 5, 1945: White Auto Store held its grand opening at 115 SW State St. in Portales. J.B. Morrow was owner/manager of the auto parts and home appliance store.

Portales Past: May 4, 1955

May 4, 1955: The Elida Tigers won the regional Class B baseball championship with a 13-3 win over Forrest. Ronald Berry had a first-inning grand slam to set the pace for Elida, which qualified for the state tournament with the win.

Portales Past: May 3, 1945

May 3, 1945: Area residents learned of the death of Capt. Laverne Nicklas of Dora. He was serving with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army when he was killed in action in Germany on April 16, The Portales Daily News reported.

Portales Past: May 2, 1910

May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales was installing “a very comprehensive system of water works, sewers and electric lights,” and also working to build cement walks. Another city need was for more trees, which would “doubtless be fixed as soon as the city is able to supply water.”

Portales Past: May 1, 1955

May 1, 1955: Portales Valley Mills workers discovered the company safe had been cracked the night before while three employees worked in an adjoining warehouse. Employees noticed a strange car in the parking lot, but hadn’t noticed anything out of place. The thieves took $70.

Portales Past: April 27, 1945

April 27, 1945: Proceeds from the Lindsey school box supper and game night amounted to $81.39. The school’s Parent-Teacher Association announced the money would be used for a summer recreational program and “general purposes.”

Portales Past: April 25, 1950

April 25, 1950: Ten teams had signed up to participate in the Portales summer softball league. Squads from Dora and Causey were among the competitors. Admission was 10 cents for league games, 25 cents for exhibition games.

Portales Past: April 24, 1960

April 24, 1960: P&M Broom Co. of Portales was producing 17 to 20 dozen brooms daily. Officials said they could also make four dozen whiskbrooms in an hour.

Portales Past: April 23, 1945

April 23, 1945: Roosevelt County mourned the death of Navy veteran Fred Barr of Floyd. Barr, who earned stars from 10 major battles, was killed “in the service of his country and was buried at sea with full military honors,” according to a telegram received by his parents.

Portales Past: April 19, 1960

April 19, 1960: Census takers said they had completed about two-thirds of their work, but had been slowed by the Easter weekend. They declined to reveal any information about what they’d learned so far.

Portales Past: April 18, 1945

April 18, 1945: A four-engine bomber from Clovis Air Base crashed 40 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas, killing its commander. Ten men parachuted to safety, but Lt. Glenn Erickson of Coffeyville, Kan., died, The Portales Daily News reported.

Portales Past: April 17, 1910

April 17, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald, the “official organ of Roosevelt County New Mexico,” was published weekly. A one-year subscription cost $1.

Portales Past: April 16, 1950

April 16, 1950: The five Portales Baptist churches had a combined attendance of 1,525 — a record by 137, according to Rev. L.A. Doyle. The previous record had been set a week earlier.

Portales Past: April 15, 1955

April 15, 1955: Barry Stone, a basketball and track star, had been selected president of the Portales High School student body. He defeated Kent Greathouse and Wynn Martin in what The Portales Valley News called “a lively campaign.”

Portales Past: April 30, 1960

April 30, 1960: The night’s television lineup included “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “The Real McCoys” and “Red Skelton.”

Portales Past: April 29, 1955

April 29, 1955: Tommy and Brooks’ Food Market, located off the Lovington Highway, was offering large Sunkist lemons for 29 cents per dozen and Wilson’s thrift bacon for 29 cents per pound.