May 18, 1955: A tornado struck Melrose about noon, scattering debris from a broomcorn storage warehouse over two miles. Witnesses in Growdon’s Cafe, about 50 yards away, reported seeing the tornado lift the warehouse about 20 feet off the ground before tearing it to splinters.
Roosevelt County needed 500 broomcorn pullers if that year’s crop was to be saved. Robert Dunn, manager of the New Mexico employment office, said in the Portales Daily Tribune. Dunn estimated the broomcorn crop in the county at approximately 30,000 acres that year and said most of it would have to be taken from the [...]