The past 100 years

The past 100 years, May 31, 2016

May 31, 1916: Springer, N.M. — Fire practically destroyed the entire town of Roy this morning. The fire originated in a frame building adjoining the lumber yard of the Floersheim Mercantile Company, in the northwest part of town, and being helped by a strong northwest wind, spread rapidly.
  • The past 100 years, May 30, 2016

    May 30, 1916: The heat from the two big bake events belonging to H.S. Kaune & Co. at [West] San Francisco street ignited a wooden pavilion above them shortly after noon today and before the fire could be extinguished, damage estimated at $500 occurred. The loss is covered by insurance.

  • The past 100 years, May 29, 2016

    May 29, 1916: “New Mexico is supposed to furnish a regiment of infantry and a battery of artillery for military service on the border. If she fails to do so it will be the most humiliating thing that has ever occurred in this or any other state.”

  • The past 100 years, May 28, 2016

    May 28, 1991: ANGEL FIRE — Flags rippled in the wind and trumpets gleamed under a sunny sky in Angel Fire on Monday as about 500 veterans, their friends and relatives attended emotional ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial.

  • The past 100 years, May 27, 2016

    May 27, 1961: Las Vegas, N.M. — John Proctor of the Roy district was examined by the district court here and found to be violently insane. He is an old resident of the district having been a prominent rancher there for many ears. He was committed to the insane asylum.

  • The past 100 years, May 26, 2016

    May 26, 1916: Eleven more recruits will leave Santa Fe tomorrow for Columbus. Lieut. Mr. J. Gorman stated this morning that he had obtained six and Lieut. K.O. Windsor five.

  • The past 100 years, May 25, 2016

    May 25, 1916: The cold snap of Tuesday night, May 16, which was thought to have practically killed the entire fruit crop, seems to have done but little damage here in the city. After having examined quite a few orchards during the past few days, it appears that this year’s crop will be a large one. In which case the fruit will need thinning out to insure quality instead of quantity, as it is a known fact that heavily laden trees cannot produce the fruit of quality nor size as those having the proper attention as to the thinning at the proper time.

  • The past 100 year, May 24, 2016

    May 24, 1916: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — That Governor W.C. McDonald will not accept renomination at the hands of the Democratic party, and that he will be the unanimous choice of the Democrats of New Mexico for United States senator two years hence, is now the conviction of some of the warmest friends and supporters of the state executive.

  • The past 100 years, May 23, 2016

    May 23, 1916: Justice Richard H. Hanna, of the state supreme court, has been invited to deliver the commencement address at the Santa Fe High School on the evening of Friday, June 2, and has accepted. The invitation was extended to him by the Santa Fe board of education. Judge Hanna delivered the commencement address at Raton Friday night, and while there was entertained by the Scottish Rite of the Gate City.

  • The past 100 years, May 22, 2016

    May 22, 1916: If the Democratic state convention at Albuquerque this week so desires, it can name 12 delegates instead of six, to the Democratic national convention at St. Louis, June 14. Notice that seats will be provided for the total of delegates and alternates to which the state is entitled, and that the full number may be sent, with a half vote each, has been received Judge. N.B. Laughlin, Democratic state chairman from the Democratic national committee.

  • The past 100 years, May 21, 2016

    May 21, 1991: A driver arrested for drunken driving while on his way to meet with a Municipal Court official was convicted Monday of what prosecutors said was his 15th drunken-driving offense.

  • The past 100 years, May 20, 2016

    May 20, 1916: About the time that a flurry of snow made its appearance in Santa Fe today, the forestry officials here received word that five inches of snow had fallen at Senorito, near Cuba, this week. This unusual snowfall is considered a good omen for much water this summer and it may delay for some time the rapid melting of the snows banked up in the canyons and on top of the mountains. The warm weather of last week caused much of this snow to melt in both ranges greatly to the alarm of ranchers, who saw the Pecos rise so suddenly that bridges were washed away.

  • The past 100 years, May 19, 2016

    May 19, 1916: Las Vegas, N.M. — An interesting civil case, on trial here today, has brought Attorney O.H. Avery to Las Vegas from St. Louis, where he is a prominent lawyer. The case concerns the estate of a man named Barney, who was a pioneer in this county. Mr. and Mrs. Barney, many years ago, adopted a little boy who grew to manhood as their son. The older people died, and Mrs. Barney left a will, which was later set aside. The adopted boy grew to manhood, and married. He was killed in an accident in Joplin, Mo., leaving his wife and a little girl. … The widow later died and the little girl has been kept by her uncles and aunts in Montgomery county, Missouri. There appeared to have been some informality in the adoption of the girl’s father, and this prevented [the daughter] from receiving the Barney estate, as she was supposed to be the sole heir. The evidence was taken in 1907 but the case has never been argued. Mr. Avery is here to argue the case. He represents the child of the adopted boy.

  • The past 100 years, May 18, 2016

    May 18, 1916: The Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Elks’ Club this evening will be called at 8 o’clock sharp. It is Judge Hanna’s purpose, as expressed at the annual meeting of the chamber after his election as president, to call all meetings of the organization promptly at the hour advertised, and to expedite in every way possible the work of the chamber at these meetings, so that the members may get home at a reasonable hour of the night.

  • The past 100 years, May 17, 2016

    May 17, 1916: That the Santa Fe Orchard company, of which Dr. Fosberg of Chicago is one of the leading boosters, is putting out 16,000 fruit trees two miles below Arroyo Hondo, is the news brought to the city by people who recently viewed the immense orchard now being planted. It is said two carloads of trees arrived recently to be set out and that no fewer than fifty men are busily engaged in the work. There are all kinds of fruit trees, but the apple is the principal one.

  • The past 100 years, May 16, 2016

    May 16, 1916: With the arrival of 13 prisoners from five different counties in the past few days, the total number of prisoners on the penitentiary rolls is 455, which is far in excess of the record number since the prison was built. Of these 455 there are 355 at the pen and 100 in road camps and on penitentiary ranches.

  • The past 100 years, May 15, 2016

    May 15, 1916: Beautiful and impressive services were held this morning in the historic old church of San Miguel, His Grace, the Most Rev. J.B. Pitaval presiding. The occasion was the reception by several of the students at St. Michael’s College of their first Holy Communion. This ceremony takes place annually at the College on the feast of St. De La Salle, the saintly founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

  • The past 100 years, May 14, 2016

    May 14, 1991: The city’s Torreon Park art project legally cannot be restricted to a Hispanic artist nor can a neighborhood be allowed veto power over a city project, according to an opinion released Monday by the city attorney,

  • The past 100 years, May 13, 2016

    May 13, 1916: Columbus, N.M. — The mobilization of over a thousand citizen soldiers of New Mexico at Columbus for patrol duty on the Mexican border was completed here today when the last of the companies from Deming, Silver City, Clovis, Portales, Artesia and Carlsbad and the Roswell artillery battery, arrived on the second section of the big military train, when into camp at the southern extremity of the great military reservation with their comrades from Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Las Cruces. While the National Guard it at present only a skeleton regiment, the work of recruiting, according to Adjutant General Herring, is proceeding steadily and rapidly in all parts of the state and it is confidently expected that the state fighting force will swell to quite respectable proportions in the next few weeks.

  • The past 100 years, May 12, 2016

    May 12, 1916: That the guardsmen of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona will be used entirely for border patrol work and resisting “Invasion,” and will not be sent into Mexico or to any foreign country, is the statement of the San Antonio correspondent of the New York Sun published in that paper Tuesday. The troops the three border states sent to Columbus today will be mustered into the regular army, this correspondent announces, following a physical and medical examination which will be a little less rigorous than that given recruits for the regular army.

  • The past 100 years, May 11, 2016

    May 11, 1916: Cheered by hundreds of their friends who lines the streets from the armory to the depot, Santa Fe’s two companies of the National Guard and the band of 28 musicians entrained at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon on a special of seven coaches bound for Columbus, N.M., with the expectation of arriving there by noon tomorrow. At Columbus the troops will be turned over to the command of General Fred Funston, of the United States Army.

  • The past 100 years, May 10, 2016

    May 10, 1916: For the first time in many moons, Julio Bisarraga, of Taos County, was able to enjoy a meal today. It would not appeal to a man as a very solid meal, but it had a novel taste to Bisarraga, as the nourishment was introduced directly to his stomach without passing down his throat.

  • The past 100 years, May 9, 2016

    May 9, 1916: The New Mexico National Guard, over 1,000 strong, will probably be traveling toward the border within 24 hours.

  • The past 100 years, May 8, 2016

    May 8, 1916: A meeting of a club is a meeting of a club. It is not a public mass meeting called by a club.

  • The past 100 years, May 6, 2016

    May 6, 1916: Rumors that a grave, recently dug, had been discovered on top of Fort Marcy, a few yards from the platform of the Pagoda that once graced Fory Marcy heights were current today an an anonymous communication on the subject was received by The New Mexican. That there is a recently dug hole in the ground near the Pagoda site, and that a number of bones are now in it, is the truth. This much was discovered by a representative of The New Mexican who visited the “grave” this afternoon. Who dug the grave or whose bones are in it remain to be ascertained.

  • The past 100 years, May 5, 2016

    May 5, 1916: More and more material is being found in excavating the site of the Headquarters building. Almost a wagon load of pottery has been taken out and in some portions the regular stratifications of consecutive occupations of the site can be traced. Some of the pottery is being pieced together and restored and together with the stone hammers and other stone utensils found, will be placed on exhibit in the vestibule of the Old Palace, to go with the mural painting of ancient Santa Fe. … The three Pueblo Indians at work with the excavating gang, are intensely interested in the finds that indicate that their forefathers in ancient times occupied the site and they keep a sharp eye out for artifacts.

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