Portales past: Sept. 8, 1910

Sept. 8, 1910 Roosevelt County Herald: Lost: one 10-inch, two-horse turning plow, John Deere, which was taken from the courtyard in Portales. Please return at once and accept thanks of owner. G.P. Harris.

My turn: Patience needed for whip recipe

Argen Duncan A 1910 Roosevelt County Herald mentions the Portales Woman’s Club eating “grape whip and cake.” Editor David Stevens found the article and suggested a column. I’d never heard of grape whip. I found two recipes online and chose one from a 1964 Ottawa Citizen newspaper. To start, I heated grape juice too much […]

Portales past: June 11, 1910

June 11, 1910: A woman accused of kidnapping a child in Dallas was arrested when she got off the train in Portales. The Roosevelt County Herald identified her as a “Mrs. Anderson,” but reported she had multiple aliases.

Portales past: June 9, 1910

June 9, 1910: The news from Causey, as reported in the Roosevelt County Herald: “Everything is calm and serene at Causey; some grumbling but that don’t cut any ice.”

Portales past: June 8, 1910

June 8, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald encouraged area residents to clean up their properties. “The streets of a town can be made scrupulously clean in a very short time,” the paper reported, “and it is a condition to be desired now at this season of the year, as it would cause Mr. Fly to […]

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 2, 1910

May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales was installing “a very comprehensive system of water works, sewers and electric lights,” and also working to build cement walks. Another city need was for more trees, which would “doubtless be fixed as soon as the city is able to supply water.”

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Portales Past: April 17, 1910

April 17, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald, the “official organ of Roosevelt County New Mexico,” was published weekly. A one-year subscription cost $1.

Violence calls for change in border policies

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Higher health care costs product of reform

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Portales native dies in wreck

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Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, too, and that was evident in her playing days at Portales High School in the sports of volleyball, basketball and softball. Though standing only around […]

Aug. 15 Obituaries

Betty Sommerville, 71 Mrs. Betty Sommerville, 71, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 29, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alma and Alonzo Harter. She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where she attended school. She married Larry G. Sommerville on Nov. 21, 1956, in Las […]