RBC Days Gone By: July 17, 2008

The Meeker Herald
100 years ago
n Another step forward! The two “high-stepping” auto passenger buggies recently purchased by Messrs. Harp and Ball for the travel between Meeker and Rifle, came in last evening, loaded with passengers. The schedule time between the two points will be four hours.
n An advertisement reads: “A Michigan young lady lost money on drugs but is thankful she found a way to get back her health by proper food. She writes: ‘I had been a victim of nervous dyspepsia for six years and spent $300 for treatment in the attempt to get well. None of it did me any good. Finally I tried Grape-Nuts food, and the results were such that, if it cost a dollar a package, I would not be without it. My trouble had been caused by eating rich food such as pastry and pork… I began to improve at once and the first week gained four pounds.”
n New porcelain bathtubs at the Meeker hotel barber shop.
n Rangely notes: Skunks made a raid on the chicken house of Fred A. Nichols, killing 17 half-grown chicks.

50 years ago
n The Ki-Ann Indian Dancers of Cheyenne, Wyo., performed traditional dances in authentic costumes at the county fairgrounds.
n Meeker students ranked high in the Civil Service testing program for typists and stenographers.
n Global warming was a concern way back in 1958. “Will the trend continue? Again, there is dispute. Some scientists forecast a century of warmer weather. Others, noting increases in the size of certain glaciers, believe the cycle may have reached its warmest point, and is about to reverse itself.”
n “Between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels of shale oil will be produced daily on Colorado’s West Slope by 1963, a Denver expert estimated.”
n Chevrolet’s 39,000,000th vehicle rolled off the line at Chevrolet’s St. Louis Corvette plant.

25 years ago
n A recent graduate of Colorado State University veterinary medicine program, Dr. Paul Nielson is the W/R Veterinary Clinic’s new associate. His interest was locating in a small town where the work was “not strictly small animals.”
n A record 3,500 people attended Range Call in 1983, yet the festivities ended “in the red” as expenses didn’t keep up with what came in.
n The Rifle Creek Theater was showing “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Adult admission, $3.50.
n The high waters of the White River claimed the life of 34-year-old Ray Stubblefield, presumed drowned while fishing.
n Grape-Nuts cereal, $1.79 for a 24 oz. box.

The Rangely Times
35 years ago
n Many Rangely residents were without water on July 10, 1973 due to a water shortage. Water restrictions were put in place to maintain a sufficient supply for the community.
n “The Energy Crisis” was the title of an opinion piece that stated, “The days of the unlimited use of energy are over. We will all have to help to conserve the energy that is available.”
n “…it would appear that oil shale on federal lands will not be developed soon enough to meet the NEA-term shortage.” Yes, that was from an article 35 years ago.
n At Nichols Market, 12 oz. of Skippy peanut butter was on sale for $0.52. Blue Seal oleo (also known as margarine), four for $0.95, also at Nichols.

20 years ago
n The front page headline of the Rangely Times July 14, 1988: “Ordinance regarding RVs provokes controversy” and “Alaskan North Slope oil: Every drop bound for the USA.” Does anyone else feel like Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, following their own footprints?
n Horse racing action at Columbine Race Park drew more than 600 fans to the park to cheer on their favorite horses and jockeys.
n CNCC graduated the first police officer training academy through the criminal justice department.
n The winners of the 1988
4-H Fashion Revue were Beth Ann Jones, Dani Wood, Jen Coryell and Julie Tobiasson.