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Pages past, April 11: Mrs. America contest included cooking, ironing

 

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On this date ...

1951: A 1951 Philco radio-phonograph was being promoted as the “best buy in town,” by Shaw's in Clovis.

The Philco was “beyond compare in tone, performance and space-saving cabinet luxury,” according to a newspaper ad.

Cost was $99.95. The phonograph played records of all sizes, and customers could take up to 15 months to pay.

1956: Mrs. Bruce Cox of Portales had been selected Clovis-area winner of the Mrs. America contest. Area winners were selected by The American Gas Association, which sponsored the contest.

Mrs. Cox was scheduled to compete in the state finals later in the month in Albuquerque.

The state competition was to include preparation of a complete meal, ironing a shirt, making an apron, and answering a laundry quiz.

The state winner would spend two weeks in Florida with her husband in May, where she would compete in the national contest.

Prizes included luggage, perfume and a toaster.

1986: A Gattis Junior High student had received $800 in Russian coins and stamps after writing the Russian Embassy as part of a school project.

Michelle Mondragon had requested stamps, brochures and a newspaper from the Embassy. She'd also enclosed 25 cents and asked for 25 cents in Russian currency.

The Embassy provided an address in Ohio where she could exchange American money for Russian money. The Paramount Building in Ohio responded with $800 worth of Russian Olympic coins and stamps.

The money was displayed at Gattis and Cameo Elementary schools.

Entertainment in Floyd …

1956: The fourth annual Grand Ole Opr'y was scheduled April 13-14 at the Floyd High School Auditorium.

Performances were set to begin at 8 p.m. Admission was 25 cents for students and 50 cents for adults.

Proceeds went to the Floyd Lions Club.

Portales hoopster honored …

1971: New Mexico high school basketball coaches had selected Portales' Lance Clayton for their AAA all-state team.

Clayton, a junior, previously had been named to The Associated Press all-state team.

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