On this date …
1971: A local school teacher was among thousands of Americans hoping to learn more about significant others who had been reported missing in action in Vietnam.
Gail Cantrell, a 24-year-old Portales native teaching at Bella Vista Elementary School in Clovis, had plans to marry Air Force Capt. Alan Trent. They met while singing in a church choir in Big Spring, Texas, in 1968.
Capt. Trent, who piloted an F-4 fighter jet, left for Vietnam in December 1969. He was reported MIA after his plane crashed in Cambodia on May 13, 1970.
He was nine days shy of his 30th birthday.
Trent’s body was never recovered. Cantrell, now Gail Bond, still lives in the area, between Clovis and Portales.
1961: Clovis High School had graduated 234 seniors.
Ceremonies were held at Marshall Junior High School’s auditorium before a “standing-room only crowd,” according to the Clovis News-Journal.
The 2016 CHS graduating class was about 420.
1946: A nationwide railroad strike had ended after about 48 hours.
Union workers had agreed to return to work for a pay increase of 37 cents an hour, The Associated Press reported.
Employees in Belen accepted radio reports as proof that they should return to work, but Clovis workers declined to return until they were notified by union representatives.