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VELTRI’S VAULT with Pat Veltri – Histories and Features

Medicine Shoppe Logo

 The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Raton NM

Nina Strong, Harvey Girl, in her crisp, white uniform (La Castaneda is in the background.)

Nina Strong, Harvey Girl

Posted on Apr 17th, 2017 - By Susan Ward - 3 Comments

By Pat Veltri   Sad and lonely, deserted and abandoned, and mostly empty it has stood alongside the railroad tracks in Las Vegas, New…

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Mickey Baker, with his dog Sam, holds a dish his mother, Jenny Baker, used to serve cranberry salad for Christmas and other holidays. Baker grew up in the coal camp of Sugarite.

Coal Camp Christmas Memories

Posted on Dec 19th, 2016 - By Susan Ward - 2 Comments

  By Pat Veltri Store displays up in October, Christmas lights and decorations up in mid November, Black Friday, excessive consumer spending…

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Johnny Bacca, U.S. Navy, USS Essex

Veteran Salute: John F. “Johnny” Bacca, U.S. Navy, World War II

Posted on Nov 11th, 2016 - By Susan Ward - 6 Comments

  By Pat Veltri   A young man is on his knees, sobbing hysterically, screaming for his mother. The time is World War II, the place is…

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"The Last Trail", an original oil painting by Bert Geer Phillips, is owned by the Raton Public Schools.

Keep It or Sell It?  “The Last Trail” Debate

Posted on Aug 15th, 2016 - By Susan Ward - 4 Comments

  By Pat Veltri   It was dubbed “Our Indian” by some of Columbian Elementary School’s students. For over six decades school children…

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While Hattie Sloan was home on leave, before going overseas, her father arranged for her to have her photograph taken in uniform. She did not see the photo until after the war was over. (Photo is courtesy of Cathy Naylor.)

HATTIE SLOAN: WARTIME NURSE, U.S. ARMY NURSE CORPS

Posted on Apr 13th, 2016 - By Susan Ward - 3 Comments

 In Fond Memory of Harriett (Hattie) Sloan August 28, 1919 - February 12, 2016 By Pat Veltri   Picture it. War-torn England. 1943.…

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Sugarite Miners (Courtesy of Arthur Johnson Memorial Library)

COAL CAMP CHAT WITH MARY KING

Posted on Feb 9th, 2016 - By Susan Ward - 13 Comments

  By Pat Veltri   Along with its abundance of flora and fauna, and its varied opportunities for outdoor recreation, Sugarite Canyon State…

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City of Bethlehem Postcard, circa late 1970s or early 1980s, made from a slide by Bill Mobley

THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM: A CHERISHED TRADITION SPONSORED ANNUALLY BY THE RATON LIONS CLUB

Posted on Dec 22nd, 2015 - By Susan Ward - 5 Comments

 By Pat Veltri “It will remain a sacred display without commercialism.”  That’s a recorded proviso in the archives of the Lions…

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Al Manfredi in dress uniform of the U.S. Army Air Force

VETERAN SALUTE: ALBERT  (AL) MANFREDI, U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2015 - By Susan Ward - 5 Comments

By Pat Veltri During a 1989 reunion of the 490th Bomb Group, in Reno, Nevada, Ratonian Albert (Al) Manfredi and his wife Tiny connected with…

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Dawson, New Mexico

COAL CAMP CHAT WITH EMAGENE SARACINO

Posted on Oct 9th, 2015 - By Susan Ward - 8 Comments

By Pat Veltri   Hundreds of white iron crosses, marking the graves of men who died in the mines, fill the Dawson Cemetery. The crosses, most of…

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RATON PASS, in neon, on the marquee of the El Raton Theater.

World Premiere of RATON PASS, the Movie

Posted on Aug 10th, 2015 - By Susan Ward - 7 Comments

By Pat Veltri   In Memory of Bob Allen, a lifelong Ratonian, who possessed a wealth of knowledge about the town’s history, and didn’t mind…

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