Days Gone By: February 8, 2018

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago

The Meeker School Building is again in dangerous condition, and it is likely that when school assembles again it will be in temporary quarters downtown. It is going to be a big burden on the taxpayers of the district to put up a new building, but that seems to be what will have to be done.

– A destructive fire broke out on the Baer block about half past one o’clock last Monday morning, and before it was brought under control it completely destroyed the interior of the Tobe House pool room, together with a large stock of soft drinks and other goods; also the Charlton & Gribble barber shop where fixtures and personal property were completely destroyed.

– Scarlet fever, in mild form, prevails in Meeker now, and as a result both the grade and high schools have been closed. Last Sunday the churches were closed, and the moving picture show was closed during the week. It seems the disease was brought here by a family who recently arrived from Oklahoma. The health authorities are taking strong means to stamp out the disease, and all known cases are quarantined.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago

– A surprised and happy Susan Sprod, MHS wrestling cheerleader, needed the steady arm of the tournament director after she was named one of four district tournament cheerleaders at Steamboat Springs last Saturday following the championship and consolation matches. The next two girls, Ellen Edwards and Cindy Clare, both of Rangely, and Marilee Tomlinson of Kremmling round out the all-tourney sections.

– Two members of the Meeker High School band have been selected to play in the all-state high school band at Coloardo State College in Greeley. Selected from Meeker were Phil Jensen who plays the trumpet and Mary K. Villa who plays the French horn. Phil is a senior and Mary K. is a junior.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago

– Calls to 611 are posing a problem for the Sheriff’s Office. Once upon a time, before the town went to seven-digit dialing, homeowners could make another phone in the house ring by dialing 611. Not so anymore. Now 611 accesses the Sheriff’s Office because their sensitive new communications system translates 611 as 911.

– Humphrey the Camel has been a landmark in Meeker since 1979. He is a dromedary, a one-humped Arabian, native to the Middle East. He moved to the Bar Bell Ranch from the Salt Lake City Zoo which ran out of funds to support him.

– An animated personification of a cassette being dubbed, rewound and eaten by a tape player earned MHS student Amy Dupire the 1993 state championship gold medal for creative storytelling at the state speech festival and tournament in Denver.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago

– With the advent of 1968, prospects for the growth and development of Rangely appear bright. This year we’d like to see: 1. A Conservancy District formed for the lower White River area and definite steps taken toward building the proposed dam near Rangely. 2. A new sanitation system in operation for the district, enabling the town to comply with state pollution regulations and lowering operating costs of the system by eliminating most of the lift stations now in use. 3. A genuine interest and sympathy in the problems of the town, soft pedaling the faults and praising the progress of Rangely. Prophets of gloom and doom should compare our situation with that of other towns and they would see that our future is very bright indeed by comparison. 4. More money spent at home instead of out of town. This is where you make your living, not in Vernal or Grand Junction or Denver. Those merchants couldn’t care less what happens to your town, your schools, your hospital, etc.

– The Rangely Panthers qualified two boys for the state wrestling tournament: Doug Dunn (127) and Jay Rector (hvy.).

Rangely Times — 25 years ago

– Wendy Marie Butcher, age 15, has been accepted as a state finalist in the Miss American Coed Pageants, Teen Division. She is the daughter of Jerry and Carol Cragun of Rangely.

– David and Carol Morton of Rangely wish to announce the birth of their daughter Marie Nichelle. She was born Feb. 4, 1993 at 2:48 p.m. at Ashley Valley Medical Center in Vernal, Utah. Paternal grandparents are Carol Morton and Clarke Morton and maternal grandparents are Louis and Glenna Brunner.