Portales Past: March 17, 1945

March 17, 1945: J.H. McArthur was found burned to death at his home 12 miles south of Elida. Officials speculated the home had caught fire and McArthur was overcome by smoke trying to extinguish the blaze. McArthur homesteaded in the area in 1898.

Homesteaders were a sturdy bunch

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist It amazes me what folks who homesteaded this part of the country were willing to endure just to get title to 160 acres of sand and rattlesnakes. For a long time now I’ve intended to read the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by J.G. Greaves, former editor of the […]