Portales Past: May 18, 1955

May 18, 1955: A tornado struck Melrose about noon, scattering debris from a broomcorn storage warehouse over two miles. Witnesses in Growdon’s Cafe, about 50 yards away, reported seeing the tornado lift the warehouse about 20 feet off the ground before tearing it to splinters.

Portales Past: May 17, 1960

May 17, 1960: Dora High School graduated 22 students in ceremonies at the Dora gymnasium. A party after graduation featured a white sheet cake and a color slide show of senior events.

Portales Past: May 16, 1950

May 16, 1950: Portales’ Chamber of Commerce had purchased 150 pounds of dry ice with intent to “milk the clouds” and make it rain.

Portales Past: May 15, 1950

May 15, 1950: Portales police had arrested a man who claimed he molested a 7-year-old girl in a city park. But officials had been unable to locate a victim. Sheriff J.N. McCall said the transient likely fabricated the story.

Portales Past: May 14, 1960

May 14, 1960: City officials were pushing a proposed paving project. Promotional ads proclaimed, “The mayor and council members want to make as many progressive moves as possible, but we want your reaction because you are going to pay for the paving. If you do not protest, the city governing body will assume that you [...]

Portales Past: May 13, 1950

May 13, 1950: The Tower Theatre showed the controversial “Not Wanted,” an independent film about unwed motherhood. A promotional ad claimed it was “life itself” and reported the message would “lift you into the clouds.”

Portales Past: May 12, 1910

May 12, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald told its readers that Halley’s Comet was plainly visible between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. The paper reported it would be closest to Earth on May 18 and not so close again for 76 years.

Portales Past: May 11, 1910

May 11, 1910: A 12-year-old Portales boy was struck by falling brick at a construction site. Officials said high winds likely were responsible for the accident. The boy was expected to recover “without complications,” the Roosevelt County Herald reported.

Portales Past: May 10, 1955

May 10, 1955: Nineteen seniors graduated from Floyd High School. Joy Griffith was valedictorian and Annette Boyd was salutatorian.

Portales Past: May 9, 1955

May 9, 1955: Workers prepared to build a parsonage for the Assembly of God church at 519 S. Ave. A. The Rev. Earl G. Vanzant participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking.