Dec. 16, 1942: The Portales Daily News: A short pageant will be presented tonight at 7:45 in the club room of St. Helen Catholic Church, located at the corner of Iowa and Chestnut streets.
Dec. 15, 1941: The Portales Daily News: From “The Stroller” column: “Christmas decorations are more attractive than ever around Portales this year, and we pause to give thanks that we have no power shortage, and as yet haven’t found it necessary to worry about air raids.”
Dec. 14, 1956: The Portales Daily News: According to their annual custom, three clubs at Eastern New Mexico University gave a Christmas party for children from the Baptist and Christian children’s homes and a selected group of other children from the community.
Dec. 13, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Greyhound football banquet given annually by H.T. Brassell was at 6 o’clock in the Conestoga room of Cal Boykin. D.H. Reed, professor in social studies and the first football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, was the toastmaster.
Dec. 12, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Bulletin: A cablegram carried this morning from Manila said all of the Portales and Clovis boys serving in the Philippines were alright. It was the first word received since the outbreak of hostilities.
Dec. 11, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Rogers girls basketball team held a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of their game. However, victory wasn’t assured until the final buzzer, as the Dora girls came back to tie the score 31-31 in the third quarter before falling 40-33.
Dec. 10, 1942: Portales Daily News: “Dear Old Santa, I am a little boy 7 years old and in second grade. I want a real cowboy suit with a gun and scabbard and lots of candy and nuts. Don’t forget any little boy or girl. Your little friend, Ray Donald Hayhurst.”
Dec. 9, 1947: The Portales Daily News: To Travis Corbin, lean and lanky young farm youth from Portales, the world was just a rosy hue today. He was named the top in farm safety in New Mexico. As a result, he was guest of General Motors at the 26th National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago.
Dec. 8, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Two Roosevelt County boys had completed an intensive course in aviation mechanics at Shepherd Field, Texas. They were Pvt. Ted Williamson of Milnesand and Pvt. Lonnie W. Butler of Portales.
Dec. 7, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Headline: “Japs Attack US, 50 Japanese Planes Loose Powerful Bombs on United States Fortifications In Hawaii. Bulletin: The United States Is Now At War With Japan As The Aggressor”
Dec. 6, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Little Randy Doyal shone in the limelight Sunday in observance of his first birthday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Doyal, and other children doing the honors.
Dec. 4, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Two strange explosions over Portales in recent days were likely “sonic booms” resulting from jet aircraft cracking the sound barrier.
Dec. 3, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the Women’s Missionary Society at First Baptist Church observed Lottie Moon Week with “Faithful Unto Death,” a portrayal of the life of Lottie Moon given by members of WMS. Lottie Moon died in China in 1912 after dedicating her life to missionary work.
Dec. 2,1941: The Portales Daily News: Three men were inducted into the U.S. Army this afternoon at the Selective Service office. Homer Braxton was inducted at the same time in Texas. The three inducted here were Lowell William Mullen, Ira Eugene Terrill and Grant Raley Edwards.
Dec. 1, 1942: The Portales Daily News: C.F. Tivis, who left for the Army only two months ago, was learning to save money. This week he sent home $75 worth of bonds and $5 for a Christmas present for his mother. He had learned to barber on the side and was earning a little money.
Nov. 30, 1942: The Portales Daily News: December selective service quotas included married men for the first time in Roosevelt County, according to officials at the selective service office.
Nov. 29, 1948: The Portales Daily News: Bob Anthony of Elida was in critical condition at Miller Hospital, the victim of a gunshot wound from a shotgun shell loaded with salt. The shot was accidental.
Nov. 28, 1955: The Portales Daily News: A magazine peddler was picked up Friday by city police on the complaint of a housewife. The peddler paid a $10 fine in city police court for violating the city’s anti-peddlers ordinance.
Nov. 27, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: Three pistols and an old coin collection worth around $200 were taken from The Trading Post, 1222 West Fir, sometime Saturday night, according to E.H. Bulls, owner.