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Marjorie Burkel, 83 Mrs. Marjorie Burkel, 83, of Portales, died Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on May 30, 1920, in Smithville, Mo., to Lela and Joshua E. Kindred. She grew up in Smithville and graduated from high school there in 1938. On Aug. 25, 1940, she [...]

J.R. Schlenker proudly accepts pioneer award

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Mike Linn J.R. “Chick” Schlenker said he knows Portales, its nooks and crannies, its strengths and weaknesses. “I’ve been everywhere in this town except jail,” Schlenker boasted Saturday. This knowledge and his community efforts helped the 94-year-old Schlenker win this year’s Pioneer of the Year award. He was awarded the title at the Memorial Building [...]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker [...]