Brainerd to share wealth of knowledge

June 21, 2013 • Local News

The Historical Foundation and the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico are hosting talks on Sunday, June 30, and Sunday, July 28, at the Archive Building, 208 N. Lea St.

“We have our Sunday Fun Day, but it stops during the summer. We have the perfect opportunity to bring in Roswell’s former Mayor Bill Brainerd,” said the Foundation’s Administrative Director Bonnie Montgomery.

Brainerd became mayor in 1968, the year that saw the close of the one-time Roswell Army Air Field at Walker Air Force base. “It was the largest Strategic Air Command in inventory strength,” he said.

During that time, Roswell lost one-third of its population as the military and their families moved from the area. “Our population dropped from 48,000 to 32,000 … The closure was announced on Dec. 18, 1967, effectively ruining the Christmas for everyone involved. My predecessor as mayor was Gail Harris. He got word to Gen. (Curtis) LeMay of SAC and asked if Login to read more

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