I love reading the El Defensor Chieftain Online. This oddly named newspaper came about when two Socorro newspapers merged circa 1960: the "El Defensor" and the "Socorro Chieftain". Historically, the "El Defensor" had orginally been a Spanish language newspaper, while the
"Chieftain" was written in English. However, by the 1950s most of the articles in the "El Defensor" were in English.
The online version of the El Defensor Chieftain apparently has all the issues from the past decade or so, which include some good local history articles. I have linked to some of those in articles in the past. Today, I would like to take note of another article, one titled "The Mayors of Socorro". This piece lists and gives a short bio of all the mayors of Socorro beginning with incorporation in 1879.
Please take note of the mayor from 1899-1900, Jose E. Torres. This is my 2nd great-grandfather, my maternal grandmother's maternal grandfather. Juan Jose Baca is another interesting one - I've profiled him before. He's actually related to Jose E. Torres' wife - he was her uncle (or more precise, her half uncle.) Anyhow, read the article and enjoy (click here to read it!)