Jan. 6, 1942: Portales Daily News: Want ads: Two acres land, house 28X32, $300. M.J. McMurphey, Dora, N. Mex.
Jan. 5, 1942: The Portales Daily News: According to Inez McGee, county Health Department, a total of 296 babies were born in Roosevelt County during 1941, and there were 94 deaths.
Jan. 4, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: On Sunday, Dec. 31, Chuck Strain celebrated his 10th birthday with an afternoon party in the home of his parents. His cake had “Happy Birthday Cowboy” with a cowboy in the center.
Jan. 2, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Eldon Whitton was confirmed as justice of the peace for Precinct 1 by the county commissioners today, releasing Keith Rowland to assume his duties as chief of police.
Jan. 1, 1951: The Portales Daily News: The two-way radio for the county sheriff arrived Saturday, just before Sheriff J.E. “Ping” Evetts was sworn in to succeed J.N. McCall.
Dec. 31, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Grady’s Grocery specials: Pork chops, 33 cents per pound; beef roast, 33 cents per pound; cheese, 35 cents per pound; potatoes, 27 cents for 10 pounds; and yams, 25 cents for 5 pounds.
Dec. 30, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Elida’s Tall Tigers continued their winning ways this week by whipping San Jon and skinning Logan. The game wasn’t over until the final whistle, as the Tigers slipped out in front 49-48.
Dec. 29, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Miss June West, instructor in English at Eastern New Mexico College, went to Denver and spent the remaining holidays with friends there.
Dec. 28, 1942: The Portales Daily News: The movie showing at the Yam Theater was “Private Buckaroo” with Dick Toran and Mary Wickes, and music by Harry James and the Merrymakers, as well as the Andrew Sisters. “A parable of fun and JIVE…”
Dec. 27, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Brenda Kay Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker of Dora, was dismissed from the hospital after receiving second-degree burns a week before. Her dress caught fire from an open heater at her home.
Dec. 26, 1956: The Portales Daily News (By the Way column): People here seemed to stick pretty close to the dining table or the couch in the parlor (today). There were few to be seen on the streets, and the business district was vacant except for the bus depot as Wayne Orendorff stayed with his […]
Dec. 25, 1983: Portales News-Tribune: Dear Santa, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a good Christmas and a happy new year! I wont a remote control car and a soccer ball. Your friend, Denver Collins
Dec. 24, 1956: The Portales Daily News: “Dear Santa Claus, I want (a) BB gun for Christmas. I want a bicycle for Christmas. My brother wants a trip to Florida. Your friend, Barry Lynn Walker.”
Dec. 23, 1941: The Portales Daily News: J.T. Tollett of the Rogers community had seven registered Herefords that ranged from 12-22 months of age and which had been pedigreed for four generations. These young bulls were pets. When one received attention, others came up until the person was surrounded by bulls.
Dec. 22, 1942: The Portales Daily News: “This Christmas, war needs the telephone wires which will make it increasingly difficult to handle the volume of Christmas and New Year’s greetings to distant cities. War never takes a holiday.”
Dec. 21, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Local ad: “Tomato Growers: Please return all tomato crates belonging to cannery before Jan. 1. Portales Canning Co.”
Dec. 20, 1956: The Portales Daily News: “Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a bicycle. I am waiting for you. How are your elves and deer, especially Rudolph, too? Give others toys, too, Santa Claus. Love, Jack Micky Burkett.”
Dec. 19, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Two more radiograms arrived from Roosevelt County men serving with the Army in the Philippines. One message was from Carl Stirman to Mrs. J.H. Bond, and the other from Vernon to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ginnings, assuring their families they were all right.
Dec. 18, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Ad for the Tower Theater: “Open — 2 p.m., Housewives’ Matinee. Admission 40 cents ‘til 5. Today and Wednesday’s features at 2, 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Movie: “The Prisoner,” stars Alec Guiness and Jack Hawkins.
Dec. 17, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Another group of Portales citizens who know how the beaches of the Philippines and Hawaii look over the sights of a rifle are the United States War Veterans, who officially declared war, not only on the Japanese, but also on Italy and Germany.