Days Gone By: November 22, 2018

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

– Commissioner-elect Oldland was in county seat on private business yesterday. Mr. Oldland has in contemplation various improvements on his store and residence.

– The cost of the late election in Rio Blanco County in round numbers was $600—just double what it cost under the old law. Of course, this does not include the expenses of the various candidates, which also foots up to a snug sum.

– A large delegation of Utes paid a visit to White River City during the week. The country around the head of Yellow, Spring and Douglas creeks has been the scene of their operations for a few weeks past, an their slaughter of game for the hides has been terrible. Another party, said to number 500 (Uintahs) have cleaned out all the game on the north side of the White from Coyote basin down, and in the meantime the bloody war against the Indians and white hide-hunters goes bravely on from the ninth floor of the Equitable building, Denver.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– Work on the basement walls of the new school building is progressing nicely these days.

– Charley Earl, the jolly hide buyer, well known in this county, is dead at Rifle, a victim of Flu.

– The quarantine ban will be partially lifted next Sunday to allow brief morning services at the local churches. There will be no Sunday school and no evening service.

– The Flu, in addition to other troubles, struck the Herald office (in mild form) this week; so we are not getting out as good a paper as late momentous happenings warranted, but—we are not in the habit of making apologies.

– A fire of mysterious origin completely destroyed the fine barn on the Lyttle residence property Sunday afternoon last. The loss will be about $1,000 with no insurance.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– “South Pacific” will be presented next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, in the Meeker High School auditorium.

– The application of a 3.2 beer license for the White River Bowling Lanes was denied unanimously by Rio Blanco County Commissioners following a public hearing Monday afternoon in the District Court Room.

– The Meeker Cowboys extended their football season one more week when they crushed Rocky Ford, 33-0, knocking the Meloneers out of the State Class AA semifinals.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– Phillips Petroleum Company’s tax assessment will either be a $300,000 windfall to the county, or it could simply vaporize as it had once done in the past; that is, until Rio Blanco County Assessor Renae Neilson discovered it.

– Wasn’t it nice to know that because of the abundant supply of gasoline during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend prices dropped a cent and a half a gallon; bringing the average cost to a $1.15 per gallon everywhere, except here—on the western slope—where a gallon of gas averages about $1.30 a gallon, and the average driving distance between destinations is about five times greater.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– Board of Directors of Rangely District Hospital employed this past wee a new administrator, Irvin Dean Anderson, who comes to Rangely from Star Valley, Wyo.

– A Rangely juvenile has been arrested and charged for assault with a deadline weapon and forcible rape, according to Deputy Sheriff Bob Daniels.

– Hard work: A lot of easy things you didn’t do when you should have.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– Brenda Jackson, manager of Rangely’s Kum & Go Food Store, was recently eligible for an award during the store chain’s annual sales contest. Brenda won the gold award—a big screen TV.

– At an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 18, a new residence hall at CNCC was shown to many interested citizens.

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