FEBRUARY 19, 1974
SOCORRO BROWNBILT is celebrating this month its 33rd year in business. It was back on Feb. 13, 1941, that Cecil Goad held the Grand Opening of his now well-known shoe store and Western Wear. The first location was on the east side of the Plaza. Formal invitations were issued to the townspeople to attend the opening. There was a receiving line which included several local dignitaries and H.H. Hale of Albuquerque, the area representative of Buster Brown stores out of St. Louis, Mo. The store was an immediate success. Mr. Goad had been employed by

Mr. Hale who selected him to manage the new outlet store for the famous Buster Brown brand name. The Socorro Brownbilt Shoe store was moved away from the Plaza to its present location on Manzanares in 1966.

Mable Saiz and Carl Meyer

MABLE SAIZ AND CARL MEYER were recently selected as students of the month of D.E.C.A. for the month of January. Students of the month are selected based on how much fellow students feel they have contributed to the growth and development of the local chapter. Mable is employed at Allen’s Department Store and Carl is employed by Tastee Freeze. D.E.C.A. is the youth group that is connected with the Distributive Education Program at Socorro.


Chuck Zimmerly

FEBRUARY 21, 1974
CHUCK ZIMMERLY, a young man of 25, says that his major commitment concerns young people in Socorro. “I would like to see more job openings for our young people so that they will stay in Socorro,” he says. This commitment has motivated Chuck to run for the city council on the People’s Party slate of candidates. Through his choice of professions, Chuck has furthered this commitment to younger Socorro citizens. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree at New Mexico Tech, he became a certified teacher. At Socorro High School he is teaching Physical Science and coaching basketball. He also serves on the county draft board and has participated in summer recreational programs for youngsters. If elected, Chuck says that he will back programs which will provide opportunities for young people in all areas, athletic, vocational, and recreational.

Mickey and Lucy Patterson

FEBRUARY 10, 1999
MICKEY AND LUCY PATTERSON of Albuquerque celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21. Lucy’s maiden name was Gallegos. They married in 1958 in Socorro and moved to Albuquerque in 1959. They had four children, Mike Patterson from Socorro, Richard Patterson, Diane Tavasci and Elaine Patterson from Albuquerque. The Pattersons also have nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They were both raised in Socorro and most of their relatives reside within the area.

FEBRUARY 13, 1999
CALIFORNIA STREET WAS awash in water Tuesday after a month when only a trace amount of precipitation fell. When dawn apparently broke a sprinkler head broke as well. The state Highway Department has been finishing up the California Street project by putting the final touches on the landscaping in the medians and is responsible for the upkeep of the medians. According to Socorro utilities director, the pool formed after a sprinkler head in the median malfunctioned and remained open to allow water to flood a portion of the newly paved street in front of Furr’s market. The utilities director said the water was shut off quickly and the sprinkler fixed, but drainage was the real question the city posed to the highway department.

FEBRUARY 13, 2014
LOCAL ARTIST PETER RICE unveiled his latest mural this week-spanning an entire wall in the library of Midwest New Mexico CAP on Garfield Street, formerly known as Torres School. The painting of hot air balloons and local landmarks represents Socorro’s heritage. Rice said he was bitten by the bug to paint when he was eight years old, years before a stroke at age 21 left him without the use of his right arm. Born right-handed, he taught himself to use his left hand for painting first. In 1989 he became part of staff at New Mexico Tech Community College, teaching art. The mural at the Garfield Street school took him three weeks to complete, and it wasn’t his first.