Pages past — April 28

On this date …
1966: Montgomery Ward was selling 21-inch console color TVs for $449.

A “new-type tube with a rare-earth element” made colors brighter, according to newspaper advertisements.

1946: The employees of Barnes Cleaners in Clovis had hosted a surprise chicken-fry supper at Hillcrest Park in honor of their boss, Buck Barnes.

Employees’ families and friends turned out to eat and play games on Barnes’ birthday.

1941: Heavy rains fell across much of the region.

Ranchvale and Pleasant Hill saw 2 inches of rain.

Water was over the highway in Grier and multiple cars were stalled on the sides of the roads throughout eastern New Mexico because of flooding.

Hail damage was light, mostly to fruit trees and flowers.

Clovis reported 1.77 inches of rain, boosting April’s total to 3.47 inches, the third-wettest April in city history.

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