The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

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.


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