Month: May 2017


Patricia Wolfe of Jerry’s Restaurants

Patricia Wolfe Wyatts and her first husband, Jerry Wolfe, came to El Paso in 1948 to work as operators for Sky Chief, operators of restaurants at the El Paso Airport. He was previously stationed at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. They opened the La Ponda Motel on Paisano. They also operated the Covered Wagon […]

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Eva Cunningham of Ysleta

Eva Cunningham moved to El Paso in 1907. She grew up with a love of gardening. Her mother gave each of her children a little plot in their yard so they could grow their own garden. Eva married Clifford D. Cunningham. Eva was active in the Lower Valley Garden Club for years. Cunningham taught floral […]


Salazar versus Westfall

In 1979, Mayor Ray Salazar was running for a second term, and many observers believed he would be re-elected without much trouble. Then came retired FBI Agent Tom Westfall. Westfall and his campaign manager, historian Leon Metz, ran a vigorous campaign, with conservatives as their core constituency. Westfall made an issue of the construction of […]

The El Paso mayor’s race of 1981

In 1980 Mayor Tom Westfall announced his would not run for reelection in 1981. Ray Pearson and Jonathan Rogers emerged as the front runners. Pearson was a democratic party activist, lawyer and had a lot of political influence. Pearson also served as chair of the City Housing Authority and public service commissions. He had a […]