On this date …
2006: Portales’ First Baptist Church, which had been without a pastor for 20 months, was about to welcome David McFadden to its pulpit.
McFadden had been preaching for 30 years, in Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma.
“I’m looking forward to making a home in the community, the wonderful things the church is already doing here and the bright future I will share with them,” he told the Portales News-Tribune.
1971: Area residents were circulating a petition asking a grand jury to investigate “past and present operation” of Mission Garden of Memories and Lawn Haven cemeteries.
Organizers wanted an investigation into “the fiscal affairs of both cemeteries and that if it is determined that trust funds have been misused or misappropriated that recommendations be made for institution of legal proceedings to rectify the situation and if applicable that indictments be returned in connection with criminal activity.”
The cemeteries were owned by a Colorado company.
A grand jury was convened, but did not return indictments in the case.
1966: A 3-year-old Clovis girl drowned in the swimming pool at the Silver Spur Motel on East Mabry Drive.
Martha Healy, who lived at 2920 Mandell Circle, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital where she was taken by Gold Star Ambulance.
The child’s mother was visiting friends at the motel when the child “apparently got away from her mother and was found in the pool,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.
1956: A 6-month old Clovis boy died in a house fire. Officials said they believed the fire had been caused by children playing with matches.
Fire Chief George Maddox said a 10-year-old boy, the oldest of nine children living in the home at 100 Lydia, had purchased a couple of boxes of matches. The boy told officials he put the matches in a suitcase but a 5-year-old boy took them out.
Maddox speculated the boys “got something afire, and then ran out of the house, forgetting about the 6-month old baby on one of the four beds,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.
Neither parent was home at the time of the incident, the newspaper reported.
The two-room home was gutted, and a neighbor’s house was also destroyed, officials said.