Days Gone By: February 28, 2018

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

The Meeker Grade School opened in various quarters as follows: Grades one and two in F.E. Sheridan’s house next to the Herald office; grades three, five, six, seven in Rooney’s building; grade four in the district courtroom and grade eight in one room of the courthouse occupied by the principal, Esther Martin.

– This is a selfish old world. The average man doesn’t care what happens, just so it doesn’t happen to him.

– On Sunday last Sheriff Lyon phoned the authorities at Rifle to apprehend Charley Carlisle, and a girl named Deavers, with whom he was eloping. Carlisle is now in the county jail awaiting a hearing, and the girl, who was only 16 years of age, was turned over to her folks, who live down the river, and will later be tried under a juvenile delinquency charge. The offense with which Carlisle is charged is a very serious one, and will likely send him to Cañon for a long term. Carlisle has lived in this section for a number of years, and wasn’t considered capable of pulling off such a stunt. He has a wife and five small children, who will have to be cared for by the state.

– The outbreak of scarlet fever and measles having been gotten under control, the schools were again opened Wednesday.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– Monday night, 34 interested citizens, guests and board members attended the regular monthly Range Call meeting. After listening to various comments by those in favor of an amateur, non-professional rodeo produced by WSRA and those interested in retaining the RCA professional sponsorship, the committee members voted for WSRA.

– The six-member Tijuana brass ensemble, called the “Rio Blanco Wetbacks,” took first place and won for themselves $25 in the “Stars of Tomorrow” Talent Contest staged in Craig Saturday night. The group, directed by Dale Jens, high school music instructor, includes Phil Jensen, Jim McKean, Mike Brubaker, Dave Allen and Gary Merriam. John Villa, pianist, substituted for Alice Martin who recently broke a finger.

– Coach Paul Starbuck and members of his wrestling squad who competed in state competition, received Meeker High School’s first state trophy in wrestling competition. The team was runner-up in the Colorado State Division II tourney held at Aurora the weekend of Feb. 8-10. Rod Crawford, 120 lb. state runner-up; Ron Taussig, consolation champion, 154 lbs.; Dick Watt, 138 lb. state champion; Gary Steward, state champion at 180 lbs.; Phil Jensen and Ray Anderson.

– Mr. and Mrs. K. James Cook and R.W. Cook of Rifle attended the Colorado Press Association convention held in Denver Thursday through Sunday of last week.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– The Meeker Hill Climb at Devil’s Hole attracted 220 racer and 600 spectators. The weather was clear, the track steep, and only a half dozen snowmobiles rolled down the 66 degree slope.

– Eight MHS student athletes were selected to the Academic All-State Team recently. The awards, sponsored by the Colorado High School Athletic Association and Public Service Corporation of Colorado, go only to athletes whose grade point averages is 3.3, for honorable mentions, and 3.6 for first-team members. The students must have participated in winter sports sanctioned by CHSAA and were nominated by their coaches. Amy Martin and James Roberts received honorable mentions, Melisa Oldland, Andrea Reichert, Stephanie Livingston and Julie Vandiver were first team members. Amber Campbell and Amy Dupire were also selected.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– Dr. James Todd, 35, received the Rangely Jaycee Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 13 as the city’s outstanding young man of the year for 1967.

– Rangely’s city council, after studying the effects of the new gas rate schedule, voted to reduce residential and commercial rates 10 percent effective with the March usage.

– Before making up your mind to retire, it is highly advisable to stay at home for a week and watch the daytime television shows.

– Be tolerant and accept people as they are. Remember, they have to put up with you.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– Winners of the local science fair who will enter the regional science fair at Grand Junction include Best of Show winner Ty Petersburg for his project on dominance hierarchy. Runner up and also eligible to attend the regional fair was Zach Padilla for his project entitled “What is the Best Cleanser?”

– The six Rangely wrestlers who went to state this year did a great job. Rangely placed ninth as a team. Four of the six grapplers placed in the top six. One other RHS wrestler was in the top eight of his weight class. Shannon Rasmussen, at 103 pounds, placed fourth overall. Randy Elam, the 140 pounder, looked great on his way to a fifth place finish. David Willians placed third at 160 pounds. Shane Aplanalp did a great job this year in the 189 pound class and placed in the top 8 at state.

– The Rangely Panther girls finished their regular season with a 16-1 record.