RBC Days Gone By: August 28, 2008

The Meeker Herald –
100 years ago
n Word reached White River Monday that Tom Divine got badly hurt at the oil wells Sunday eve.
n Water rates will become due Sept. 1. Go in and settle with Town Clerk Scott (at the court house) at once. Don’t wait until the town marshal goes round and turns off your curb-cock.

The Meeker Herald – 50 years ago
n Prices for school lunches in 1958 were 25 cents for a single meal and $1.25 for a week’s ticket. The hot lunch program was run by Mrs. Irma Rector, Mrs. Oka Purcell and Mrs. Josephine French.
n For sale: three-quarters of an acre of land, all finced, with a six-room house with bath, log garage, large raspberry patch. $6,000.

The Meeker Herald – 25 years ago
n Front page headline: “Drop in world oil prices causes $24.5 million decrease in county valuation.”
n MHS freshman Melanie Watt won two belt buckles and a $200 scholarship at the Little Britches National Finals Rodeo, finishing fourth in the finals and third in the barrel racing average.
n Trula McFarland and Doug Simmons announced their engagement. The couple planned a Sept. 20 wedding.

The Rangely Times – 50 years ago
n Joe Mann was the new manager at the theater.
n Donnie Collins was a senior at CSU.
n Mrs. Darryl Hayden announced the birth of a son.

The Rangely Times – 35 years ago
n Environmental restrictions have held up use of coal in many areas of the country, delayed the entry of nuclear power into the energy market, frustrated completely the development of domestic oil and gas supplies in Alaska, offshore in California and elsewhere.

The Rangely Times – 20 years ago
n Heath Kenney wanted to thank Moon Lake Electric for purchasing his steer at the fair. The steer was served at Septemberfest.
n “If you haven’t already selected your favorite dress, hat, boots and jeans for the Septemberfest, remember you have only five days leve to do so.”
n Blake Smith, intrepid reporter for the Herald Times, turned 4-years-old and wanted to thank the Rangely community for helping raise money to buy a special hand-pedaled tricycle for his birthday.
n Average gasoline prices in Colorado averaged $1.15/gallon.

N New releases at Family Video: “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Police Academy:5,” and “The Last Emperor.”