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November 18, 2018

On this date ...

1960: Coyan's, a furniture store at 212 S. Ave. A in Portales, had a moonlight sale and offered up to 36 months to pay. Specials included a five-piece maple bunk bed outfit for $68, three-piece early American sectionals for $348.88 and Westinghouse washer-dryer sets for $368.88.

1960: A Mack truck, hauling a load of lumber, had overturned on Portales' Second Street in front of Mac's Drive-Inn.

Truck driver Roy Wright, of Portales, said a chain broke, causing the lumber to shift to the right as he was turning left through a curve. That caused the trailer to overturn, which took the cab with it.

Wright, who was not injured, said it was his first accident in more than 1 million miles of truck driving.

1960: Burglars escaped with $8,000 in cash from the Cannon Air Force Base post exchange and commissary.

Authorities said the thieves also took watches, jewelry and a foreign automobile belonging to Capt. Cecil Smith.

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