Past papers paint Portales picture
August 2, 2003
Remember Roosevelt County in 1953? Here are some of the top stories from the pages of The Portales Daily News:
-- The Farm Bureau adopted 12 resolutions during its annual meeting. Among them: “We believe the best way to secure and maintain world peace is by trading with other countries.” And “We urge less government action, ownership or control in agriculture, business and labor.
-- “Never Let Me Go,” starring Clark Gable and Gene Tierney, was among movies that showed at the Tower in Portales.
-- Tommy and Brooks’ Food Market, 523 S. Ave. C. in Portales, offered free delivery. The phone number was 39.
-- Penney’s sold maternity dresses, flannel shirts and decorator pillows for $1 each. Men’s handkerchiefs were 10 for $1.
-- Eastern New Mexico University opened its final football season in the New Mexico Conference with a 20-0 win over Arizona State (Flagstaff). Bill Engman was the Greyhounds’ quarterback.
-- Elida was promoting itself as “Eastern New Mexico’s Most Progressive Little City.”
-- Dorothy D. Varnell was postmaster in Rogers.
-- Dempsey Herpeche, 15, planted a quarter-acre of blackeyed peas on his folks’ farm east of Portales and was harvesting 300 pounds a week. The patch, grown on sandy land without fertilizer, brought 6 to 10 cents per pound.
-- Blue Birds and Campfire Girls were needing leaders. Qualifications to lead the youth organizations: “One must like children, want to work with them and be willing to devote one hour a week to the young girls.”
-- And the region joined the nation in keeping a wary eye on the Soviet Union. President Eisenhower warned Americans our system of government was being threatened by “the godless philosophy” of Communism.