Jan. 20, 1959: Portales News-Tribune: A postman on his route was bitten by a dog yesterday, and the incident, which occurs on the average of five or six times a year, has prompted Bill Foster, postmaster, to appeal for dog owners’ cooperation.
Jan. 10, 1949: The Portales Daily News: Portales Markets (Cissell Produce): eggs, 40 cents; roosters, 10 cents; and light hens, 28 cents.
Jan. 5, 1942: The Portales Daily News: According to Inez McGee, county Health Department, a total of 296 babies were born in Roosevelt County during 1941, and there were 94 deaths.
Jan. 1, 1951: The Portales Daily News: The two-way radio for the county sheriff arrived Saturday, just before Sheriff J.E. “Ping” Evetts was sworn in to succeed J.N. McCall.
Dec. 31, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Grady’s Grocery specials: Pork chops, 33 cents per pound; beef roast, 33 cents per pound; cheese, 35 cents per pound; potatoes, 27 cents for 10 pounds; and yams, 25 cents for 5 pounds.
Dec. 30, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Elida’s Tall Tigers continued their winning ways this week by whipping San Jon and skinning Logan. The game wasn’t over until the final whistle, as the Tigers slipped out in front 49-48.
Dec. 29, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Miss June West, instructor in English at Eastern New Mexico College, went to Denver and spent the remaining holidays with friends there.
Dec. 28, 1942: The Portales Daily News: The movie showing at the Yam Theater was “Private Buckaroo” with Dick Toran and Mary Wickes, and music by Harry James and the Merrymakers, as well as the Andrew Sisters. “A parable of fun and JIVE…”
Dec. 24, 1956: The Portales Daily News: “Dear Santa Claus, I want (a) BB gun for Christmas. I want a bicycle for Christmas. My brother wants a trip to Florida. Your friend, Barry Lynn Walker.”
Dec. 22, 1942: The Portales Daily News: “This Christmas, war needs the telephone wires which will make it increasingly difficult to handle the volume of Christmas and New Year’s greetings to distant cities. War never takes a holiday.”
Dec. 21, 1942: The Portales Daily News: Local ad: “Tomato Growers: Please return all tomato crates belonging to cannery before Jan. 1. Portales Canning Co.”
Dec. 20, 1956: The Portales Daily News: “Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a bicycle. I am waiting for you. How are your elves and deer, especially Rudolph, too? Give others toys, too, Santa Claus. Love, Jack Micky Burkett.”
Dec. 19, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Two more radiograms arrived from Roosevelt County men serving with the Army in the Philippines. One message was from Carl Stirman to Mrs. J.H. Bond, and the other from Vernon to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ginnings, assuring their families they were all right.
Dec. 18, 1956: The Portales Daily News: Ad for the Tower Theater: “Open — 2 p.m., Housewives’ Matinee. Admission 40 cents ‘til 5. Today and Wednesday’s features at 2, 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Movie: “The Prisoner,” stars Alec Guiness and Jack Hawkins.
Dec. 17, 1941: The Portales Daily News: Another group of Portales citizens who know how the beaches of the Philippines and Hawaii look over the sights of a rifle are the United States War Veterans, who officially declared war, not only on the Japanese, but also on Italy and Germany.
Dec. 16, 1942: The Portales Daily News: A short pageant will be presented tonight at 7:45 in the club room of St. Helen Catholic Church, located at the corner of Iowa and Chestnut streets.
Dec. 15, 1941: The Portales Daily News: From “The Stroller” column: “Christmas decorations are more attractive than ever around Portales this year, and we pause to give thanks that we have no power shortage, and as yet haven’t found it necessary to worry about air raids.”
Dec. 13, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Greyhound football banquet given annually by H.T. Brassell was at 6 o’clock in the Conestoga room of Cal Boykin. D.H. Reed, professor in social studies and the first football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, was the toastmaster.
Dec. 11, 1956: The Portales Daily News: The Rogers girls basketball team held a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter of their game. However, victory wasn’t assured until the final buzzer, as the Dora girls came back to tie the score 31-31 in the third quarter before falling 40-33.
Dec. 10, 1942: Portales Daily News: “Dear Old Santa, I am a little boy 7 years old and in second grade. I want a real cowboy suit with a gun and scabbard and lots of candy and nuts. Don’t forget any little boy or girl. Your little friend, Ray Donald Hayhurst.”