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.
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.”