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The Roswell Daily Record Archive

  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • 19031979

About

In 1869, Van C. Smith and his partner, Aaron O. Wilburn, came west from Omaha and settled in Chaves County, New Mexico, at the intersection of Rio Hondo and Pecos Rivers. They built two adobe buildings, a general store, and an inn for travelers. Local Hispanic residents called this site Rio Hondo, for the stream. In 1872, Smith renamed his establishment Roswell, after his father, Roswell Smith. Smith also pointed out that mail addressed to Rio Hondo could be delivered anywhere along the long stream and would be delayed. A post office was established in 1873, with Smith as postmaster, and the name Roswell was formalized and has remained ever since.

Archive Info

  • 26,692
  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • 19031979

Paper History

  • Roswell Daily Record

Source Information

The Roswell Daily Record, 1903–1979 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: December 20, 2017

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Lee Drury assault

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Territory against Lee Drury

Territory against Lee Drury

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BUSINESS MANAGER MARRIES BOOK-KEEPER
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Marriage license

Marriage license

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It's Fiesta Time

It's Fiesta Time

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Archive Info

  • 26,692
  • Roswell, New Mexico
  • 19031979

Paper History

  • Roswell Daily Record

Source Information

The Roswell Daily Record, 1903–1979 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: December 20, 2017