Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• The Rhodes Maytag Shop plans an all day show and demonstration of Maytag washers and dryers at the Odd Fellows Hall. There will be a Maytag specialty man to help Mr. Rhodes with the demonstration.
• The Meeker rural fire department was called to the old Sexson ranch two miles west of Meeker just after noon last Friday.
• The White Rivery Creamery, one of Meeker’s leading businesses, has been sold by Mr. Carl Strauss to the Hi Land Dairy Association.
• The District Attorney’s office filed a complaint against George Herrel, charging him with assault with a deadly weapon and intent to do bodily harm to Delbert Smith.
• At the Rio Theatre, “Gidget” starring Sandra Dee. “The Hanging Tree” starring Gary Cooper. “Onionhead” starring Andy Griffith.

The Meeker Herald — 20 years ago
• LynMar Tool Company backers are looking at Plan B after the Army Corps of Engineers designated the 1.6 acres west of the W/R Vet Clinic east of Meeker a man-made wetlands area.
• Malcolm Bricklin offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who burned down the Bricklin Ranch cowboy sign.
• Seven Meeker Elementary students led a campaign to get kids to wear bike helmets when riding to school: George Herter, Joe Garrett, Jeremiah and Wes Wedding, Randy and Missy Elder, and Isaac Madison.
• Jim Key, the new executive director of the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, brings 30 years of experience to the job.
• Fall and early winter moved into the valley, dropping temperatures 30 degrees and leaving several inches of snow upriver.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Judge Clifford Darrow denied probation to three Rangely oil field workers who were convicted of robbing a Rangely restaurant.
• Rangely school enrollment was up 8 percent, to 757 students.
• Two Rangely men were in St. Mary’s Hospital after almost identical accidents on Douglas Creek. Jack Kethman and Wilifred Shelton stopped to shoot at a bobcat. Kethman got out to see if he hit it, fell 40 feet down and embankment and broke his ankle. Shelton got out to help, misjudged the size of the embankment, and also fell, breaking his leg. Mrs. Shelton drove back for a neighbor, who built a fire for the men to keep them warm until the ambulance arrived. They were on their way to pick up their daughter’s pony, which also had a broken leg.
• One of the most alarming aspects of modern young people is that they believe money comes from the government.
• Gasoline demand was expected to rise again in 1960, but with the forecast that two of every seven cars sold will be smaller ones.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• Velvet Kenney would like to thank Rangely True Value Hardware for purchasing her lamb and the Town of Rangely for buying her pig.
• The town has a long range program to install concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalks in developed neighborhoods.
• Jordan Walz of Rangely announces the birth of his baby sister, Hannah Mae Walz.
• Jillien Faye was born Sept. 3, 1989 to Denise and Ronald Wade at Rangely District Hospital.

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