May 13, 1935
More than 3000 persons, including Gov. and Mrs. Clyde Tingley of New Mexico, yesterday moved into Radium Springs, N. M., as the Whynot El Paso? Club sponsored a barbecue, rodeo, and dance.
“Whynot put El Paso in New Mexico?” asked Governor Tingley in a speech cheered by those who listened. He stressed the need of co-operation between El Paso and New Mexico.
The governor disclosed that at one time he suggested to Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas that El Paso should be incorporated in New Mexico, but that the senator did not favor the proposal.
Serve 1500 Pounds Beef
New Mexico cowboys won the majority of the events in the rodeo, which went off smoothly, with no injuries.
At the barbecue, 1500 pounds of beef, 15 gallons of beans, 20 gallons of coffee, seven gallons of pickles, a tub of onions, and 1900 loaves of bread were served to the hungry multitude, as well as beer, soda pop, and lemonade.
“It’s all gone,” said H. W. (“Dusty”) Waller, president of the Whynot El Paso? Club, last night. “The hotel’s still here, but that’s about all.
Waller said his estimate of the crowd was 3100 persons, with about 40 per cent coming from El Paso and 60 per cent from various parts of New Mexico.
20 State Represented
O. J. Thomas, manager of the Radium Springs Hotel, reported the biggest business in the hotel’s history over the week-end.
Automobile licenses representing 20 states were counted among parked cars.
Many persons stayed over last night to dance to the music of Marshall Van Pool and his Whynot El Paso? Orchestra.
Taking part in the rodeo were cowboys from Rincon, Socorro, Silver City, Gallup, Roswell, Hondo, Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Hatch, Derry, Salem, Hot Springs, Hillsboro, and other New Mexico and Texas towns.
Speakers besides Governor Tingley included George Frenger, president of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, who spoke on co-operation between El Paso and Las Cruces; R.C. McMains, Governor Tingley’s secretary; Adjutant Gen. W.H. Charlton and Lt. Ed Purdy, the governor’s aides; Mayor Edward Ward of Silver City, Sheriff Slim Matthews of Grant County, Sheriff Joe Lucero and ex-Sheriff Dick Trivis of Dona Ana County, ex-Sheriff John Case of Grant County, Dan Williams, chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Dona Ana County; John Bingaman, chairman of the Grant County Democratic Executive Committee; Adrian Pool, El Paso collector of customs, and Miss Alda O’Hara, Las Cruces postmaster.