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August 26, 2020

On this date ...

1970: A tornado came through the San Jon area, starting very close to the A.E. Roberts home. Though no buildings were damaged, all but two telephone polls during a one-mile stretch north of town will have to be replaced. The twister also uprooted trees.

• The Tucumcari Rattlers football team held its first scrimmage of the year against Fort Sumner. Running the Power-I formation were center Randy Smith, quarterback Mickey Gares, fullback Steven Birckett and tailback Walter Hines.

• The Odeon Theatre in Tucumcari was screening a double-feature of the historical drama “The Hawaiians,” starring Charlton Heston, and the World War II film “Hell in the Pacific,” starring Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune.


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