Days Gone By: June 13, 2019

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Marshal Tovey is down in the lower country looking after his asphaltum interests. The road from the mines to Fruita will be completed the coming week, and shipments will then begin.

Reuben S. Ball and wife arrived in Meeker Wednesday evening, having engaged a private conveyance to bring them from Rifle. They were the recipients of showers of good wishes, which The Herald echoes with a hearty welcome to Mrs. Ball and the man of her choice. Bravo! Rube.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

The commissioners of this and Garfield counties viewed the North Fork road this week, with a view to completing that much needed and popular thoroughfare to Trappers Lake.

Boyd Walbridge is sporting about the handsomest car seen on our streets these days. It is a high-priced Stevens and was purchased through the King agency.

Word comes from Washington that the Buford post office will be discontinued after July 1. It is also reported that a post office will be established in the Oakridge park section in the near future.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

Not one, but two big reasons to celebrate and hold a “special week,” were given this week by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Dickman, owners of the Meeker A&W Drive-In. On June 20, A&W celebrates it’s 50th anniversary, and the week of June 15 has been designated as National Root Beer Week.

Calling at the Herald office Wednesday noon was Mrs. Sam Lippard, who remarked that 4 to 5 inches of wet snow fell at the Ripple Creek Lodge that morning, and up to 8 inches in the Trappers Lake area.

Good fishing still exists next to Meeker’s city park. Proof of the pudding is the 20-1/2 inch German brown caught by Bob King and a 17-1/2 inch rainbow caught by his son David. The two lunkers together weighed 4 lbs., 12 oz.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

The Rio Blanco County Commissioners have begun to clear the way for a western and southwest style furniture store to be built this summer east of Meeker on County Road 8, about a quarter mile from the Highway 13 junction.

Meeker firefighters were successful in battling a five-acre blaze Saturday to help save an eagle’s nest containing two young chicks.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

A group of local businessmen consisting of Cecil Lollar, Jack Pennell, FL Seebaum, Harold Wardell, Peter Wasson and Leslie Kyle have purchase the interests of Russell W. Baskett and Ruth Baskett in the Bank of Rangely.

The sixth annual commencement exercises were held Friday at Rangely College, with 60 graduates receiving degrees or certificates.

Woodrow Wilson, in 1912: “I cannot look upon the flag without imagining that it consists of alternate stripes of parchment upon which are written the fundamental rights of man, alternating with the streams of blood by which those rights have been vindicated and validated.” When we celebrate Flag Day on June 14, let us pay homage to the flag of freedom.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

Katie Vanderwege is in elementary school and is a Girl Scout. As a Girl Scout she needed a project that would help her towards her leadership badge. As a student she often noticed that the retaining wall on South White and just below the hill where she lives had graffiti on it. Not much, but enough to make her want to combine her desire to earn the leadership badge and to make a scenic improvement in the area where she lives. The South White wall was completed by Vanderwege and CNCC’s College for Kids class with assistance by local artist Dawna Wardell.

With the retirement of Don Peach as town manager in Rangely, the county will lose the founder and long-time organizer of the Maybe Annual Almost Meeker to Rangely Canoe Race.

The grand opening at the 4 Queens Motel was held Saturday, May 28, and was a great success. The Cowboy Corral catered the refreshments and made a beautiful “Queen’s Cake.”

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