Days Gone By: November 24, 2016

From the Rangely Times 50 years ago: A new telephone with the dial built into the handset will be introduced Nov. 28 to Mountain States Telephone customers. Called the Trimline telephone, the new Bell System model is designed to make calling easier by incorporating the receiver, transmitter and dial in a lightweight handset.

The Meeker Herald —
100 years ago
– The government of Canada has placed a ban on the Hearst papers. Too bad the jurisdiction of the Canadian authorities does not extend to Denver. We would like to have John Clean’s Rocky News and Bon-Tam’s Pest banned and canned. No city of its size and importance in the United States is afflicted with such vile newspapers as is the capital city of Colorado.
– “There is nothing harder than getting out of a bad habit.”
“Yes, there is—getting into a good one.” ~Boston Transcript
– The Pioneers Dance for 1916 will be held at Rooney Hall on the evening of December 7. All pioneers are invited. If you don’t get a card, come anyway. Some are bound to be overlooked in sending out cards.
– The high school entertainment last Thursday was, as predicted in these columns, a literary and elocutionary treat, and greatly enjoyed by the large audience in attendance.
– Newspapers should not find it necessary to apologize for publishing political matter. Nowadays the great mass of the people form their opinions by reading instead of being swayed by political orators. The press has supplanted the stump speaker.—Lamar Sparks

The Meeker Herald —
50 years ago
– Jody Linden and Ron Taussig were named as the outstanding 4-H boy and girl and received the Danforth “I Dare You” awards at the annual 4-H Achievement program.
– Friends of Max Weir will be happy to know the family is planning to bring Roger home from the Craig hospital within the next few weeks. Especially good news is that Roger is beginning to talk on his own, is now able to feed himself and attempting to write.
– Kathleen Sullivan was initiated into the Assembly No. 65, Order of the Rainbow for Girls last Tuesday.
– Mrs. Jean Dole honored Mrs. Virginia Sutton at a blue and white baby shower Thursday at Kilowatt Korner.
– Don’t go out of town to do your Christmas shopping. If you start early you’ll see just what you need here in Meeker or the local merchants will be happy to order it for you.
– Mentioning weather, so far we have had very little winter and little snow is seen in the mountains. Any day now, I suppose we can expect to see the end of this fall-like weather and the snow will be falling.

The Meeker Herald —
25 years ago
– The charred remains of a mobile home, car, boats and appliances are all that’s left of a gas explosion fire that gutted Mr. and Mrs. Vic Parker’s residence Monday evening. The Parkers were at home at the time
– Six MHS students were recently recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association for their combined activity and academic achievements: Amy Joy, Martha Taylor, Julie Vandiver, Mistalyn Livingston, Kerrin Borchard, Beth Ann Jones and Bumper Hertzke.

Rangely Times —
50 years ago
– New directors elected to the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce are Russell Baskett, Red McDonald and Bernie Stephenson.
– Town crews are taking advantage of the continued good weather to get drains and streets ready for winter. Roger Padilla operated a backhoe to clean out a ditch near Main Street.
– Thanksgiving 1966 – In many Rangely homes, there’s a vacant seat at the dinner table. It seems like only yesterday when the high chair was put out in the garage and he sat down at the table for the first time, propped up with a pillow or two. As he began to grow tall, he talked about many things. He would be one day another Micky Mantle or space scientist, rancher or coach. The world was his oyster. His adolescent years passed quickly—high school days had come and gone—and suddenly he became a man—for Uncle Sam beckoned and approved. His Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings will not be the same as ours. The Viet Cong may not wait. We’ll miss his infectious grin—his kidding around with the rest of the family—no, he on serious business now. To those families with the empty chair—words are inadequate to express the feelings of a family separated by war. What all of us can do, when we sit down to that traditional Thanksgiving feast, is to pause—give thanks to the Supreme Being and pray that a safe return may be granted to those absent and that peace will come in the world.
– Returning lettermen for the Panther basketball season this year are seniors Larry Gierhart and Pete Miller; juniors Gary Chism, Mike Hutton and Tom Suchar.

Rangely Times —
25 years ago
– Joe and Sandy Carter announce the birth of their daughter Alene Marie. She was born Oct. 29, 1991.
– Laura Write and Jake Osborne announce the arrival of Logan Wayne Osborne.
– Chris Powell, a 1985 graduate of Rangely High School, was recently elected Class President of Harvard Law School’s 550-member Class of 1992.
– Presented for future discussion was a report on a possible youth bureau or center for Rangely that is based upon a concept that has been very successful for several years in Glastonbury, Conn., and where Mayor Don Peach at one time had been town manager.