Compiled by Denise Ortega

JULY 24, 1947

PICCININI, widely known Socorroan who is the owner of the Coronado Tavern, returned Monday from a four-month trip abroad. Mr. Piccinini made the return voyage to New York aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth. The Socorro man made the trip primarily to visit his mother. Mr. Piccinini reported the Italians are making good progress toward repairing the war damages in their country, and that the nation is getting along “very good.” While away he visited London, Paris, Rome, and Florence, in addition to many other towns in Italy where members of his family reside. Mr. Piccinini stated he “was sure glad” to get back to Socorro and New Mexico, adding, “The U.S. is still the best place to be.”

ATOM BOMB SITE may be closed for years. It certainly will be months and it may be years before visitors are allowed at the spot where the first atom bomb was exploded in the New Mexico desert southeast of Socorro. The blast which left a crater in the earth and liquified the top sands took place two years ago. But it is still a forbidden zone to the public. The park service has drafted a proclamation for use someday when it is proposed that the atom crater shall become a national monument. But the proclamation is filed away, and officials are not expecting to use it soon. Atomic Energy Commission people are not saying much about the site, but presumably, it is still considered too radioactive for anyone’s good.

JULY 22, 1948

THE LATEST MEMBER of the Jeep family is Willys-Overland’s newly unveiled sports phaeton, the Jeepster. Styled in continental fashion, the car is glamorous, smooth-riding descendant of its rugged forbear and is one of the first full-sized light cars to appear on the market. It is powered by the Jeep engine and has independent front-wheel suspension. The Jeepster weighs only 2500 pounds, gives as much as 29 miles to a gallon and has a low center of gravity for roadability. Willys-Overlander calls it “a sun car built for fun.”


Freshness means flavor!!

  • Armour Star Sliced Bologna $.49 a pound.
  • Armour Star Pickle and Pimiento Loaf $.65
  • 10-pound mesh bag of Potatoes $.59
  • Frozen Asparagus 2 pounds for $.49
  • Honey Dew $.10
  • Iceberg Lettuce $.15
  • Mops $1.35
  • Brooms $1.35
  • Clorox bottle $.19

JULY 21, 1949

CHICKEN-IN-THE ROUGH now comes to Socorro and roosts in the Coronado Café. It raises the first loud and lusty crow today and will be on the job 24 hours a day. The Coronado has secured the famous griddle invented by Beverly Osborne- a griddle which makes chicken-in-the-rough possible; and all of the servings of this restaurant will be according to Hoyle. Chicken-in-the-rough consists of five cuts from half a chicken, unjointed, cooked on that special griddle, covered with long, crisp shoestring potatoes, garnished with honey and buttered rolls, and served without a knife, fork or spoon. One does not have time for such trivialities when face-to-face with chicken-in-the-rough. The is the latest service put on by Coronado.

RECRUIT DOMINICO D. ZAMORA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominico Zamora of Magdalena, has been assigned to the Fifth Armored Victory Division, Arkansas, for eight weeks of basic training. Before entering the army, Zamora was a student at Magdalena High School. He is now assigned to Co. “A”, 47th Armored Infantry Battalion.

Chieftain Staff Report