Pages past, Jan. 5: Snow too much for the night bus


Last updated 1/4/2022 at 2:59pm

On this date …

1932: Eastern New Mexico was covered in about 6 inches of snow.

“Old timers pronounced this as the heaviest snowfall in years,” the Portales Valley News reported.

“The night bus was unable to run, and the bus mail failed to come in.”

In other local news:

• Mrs. W.M. Drinkard of the East Valley View Club had won a carpet sweeper and undisclosed cash prize in the Ball Jar canning contest. Drinkard won for canning vegetables.

• Portales’ Leo Stinnett had been arrested for stealing five hens from Ed Spears. Stinnett was in the county jail, unable to pay the court’s $10 fine.

• Wicks’ Modern Hatcheries had opened its Clovis plant and was planning to open in Portales in January. The hatchery offered 100 chicks for $10, 500 chicks for $47.50 or 1,000 chicks for $90.

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