Memoirs tell of drama in Portales

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Memoirs left by Levi J. Whiteman, grandfather of the author’s wife Kathy McAlavy brought to life a drama that was produced in Portales in 1907 by Whiteman, then 20, and his friends. The historical melodrama was written in 1888 by John A. Fraser. The melodrama was called “A Noble Outcast” […]

Mark left by printer will never be erased

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist In 1902 “Big Mama” Whiteman, a widow, left Clarksville, Texas, and homesteaded southwest of Portales. At this time Levi J. Whiteman was 15 years old, one of four children. A good friend of Levi’s, Gilbert Terry back in Texas, talked Levi into going into the mail-order business. Yes, two 15-year-old […]

Downey, Levi Trent

Levi Trent Downey Services: Have been held. Mr. Levi Trent Downey, 19, of House, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Curry County. He was born on Dec. 26, 1984, in Tucumcari, to Dwain and Susan Downey. He graduated as valedictorian from House High School in May 2003. Family members said he was a fun-loving young […]

Garcia, Dathan Ray

Dathan Ray Garcia Services: Have been held. Dathan Garcia, 17, of Tucumcari, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, in Portales. He was born on April 1, 1987, in Clayton, to Danny and Janie Garcia. He was a junior at Logan High School. He was a member of the St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Tucumcari. He was […]

Father, son die in head-on collision

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two pickup trucks collided head-on Monday morning near Saint Vrain on U.S. 60/84, leaving two dead and sending two to the hospital with serious injuries, according to a press release from the New Mexico State Police. Russell Dwain Downey, 48, and his son, Levi Downey, 19, both of House, […]

Joiner, Levi

Levi “Red” Joiner, 74, of Clovis died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 1, 1929, in Portales, to Levi Floyd and Jewel Elizabeth Sanders Joiner. He was raised in Fort Sumner. He went into the Air Force in 1948. After discharge from the Air Force he […]