Month: June 2017


Lower Valley Woman’s Club Collection

The Lower Valley Woman’s Club was founded in April 1923. The Ysleta Woman’s Community Club was founded at the home of Essie Paden in San Jose, near Ysleta. The Ysleta Woman’s Club wanted a clubhouse and a community center. Jennie Downs was the first president. The community center was dedicated in 1925. The club was […]

cowboy park

Ysleta Cowboy Park

In 1944, Cowboy Park opened in Ysleta, a 24-acre recreation area developed by Sheriff Chris Fox and supported by a group of businessmen. The purpose was to promote horse sports. A stadium with 3,000 seats, a five-mile track and 160 stables was built. The creation of the park was to make El Paso a training spot […]


Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant and Canning

Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant and Canning was founded in 1931 by George Ashley. The sole investor in the business was George’s business-minded mother, Ida Ashley. Ashley’s Mexican Restaurant was considered a pioneer in the reinvention of Mexican restaurants in El Paso. The business was family run, with George’s wife and children playing a role. Some of the […]

women of the year

El Paso Herald-Post “Women of the Year” 1965

In 1965, El Paso Herald-Post awarded its first “Women of the Year” to women in each of seven fields. The awards were announced in the newspaper’s March 20, 1965, edition. Business: Dess Metcalfe was a member of the first group of the Women’s Army Corps who were deployed overseas.  She also served as assistant chief […]

Virginia Storm Turner: El Paso Newspaperwoman

Virginia Storm Turner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Ole Storm and his wife Henrietta. She came to El Paso and graduated from Ysleta High School. Turner attended George Washington College in Washington, D.C., and UTEP. Turner started working as a cub reporter for the El Paso Herald-Post in 1944 and in […]