Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 120 years ago
April 4, 1890
• Settlers on the North Fork are very anxious about the proposed road from the mouth of Big Beaver to Pot Hole.
• Results from the annual town election: C. Frank Barton, mayor; long term trustees: J.L. McHafton, J.E. Rooney, L.J. Beemer, L.P. Craig, H.R. Bergh and H.C. Gilmore.
• The past winter in the vicinity of the forks of White River has been disastrous to stock and dead cattle and horses are nearly as numerous as live prairie dogs around Meeker.

The Meeker Herald — 75 years ago
April 7, 1835
• Word was received in Meeker this week that Miss Hazel cotton and Mr. Charles Frost were married April 1 in Denver.
• Latest reports are that Orville Hicken, Jewell and George Butler, Glen, Harold, Charlotte, Betty, Warren, Loren and Lawrence Govreau all have the measles.
• We are having unsettled weather in this locality. The storms have been accompanied by raw winds.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
April 7, 1960
• Floyd Lischke was elected mayor in Tuesday’s town election, beating Frank Kennedy by 39 votes.
• The State of Colorado has located a full time driver’s license examiner for the area. Mr. VanKirk will be in Meeker three days, and in Rangely two days each week.
• A bureaucrat is one who doesn’t know which way the wind is blowing until he throws his hat into the ring.
• This week the Senior Spotlight shines on James Patrick Sheridan. Ambition: to be a veterinary. Food: lamb chops. Pet peeve: loud talking girls. Pat is the student body president and vice president of FFA.

The Meeker Herald — 20 years ago
April 12, 1990
• Jeff and Patty Bean’s newborn daughter, Dannie Lee, was the first baby to receive on of the local hospital’s new shirts. The pink or blue tops read, “Brought to you by Pioneers Hospital.”
• The Whisperin’ Pines Restaurant celebrated its fourth anniversary and Jay and Carmen Orris would like to thank their customers for their support.
• Brian Nottingham, Dusty Miller and Jennifer Phelan all won first place honors at the Palisade track meet.
• J.C. Watt and Brian Lake earned “All-American” honors for their state championship wrestling wins.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
April 7, 1960
• Rangely’s new administration was taking shape today with ex-mayor Bill Elam ready to resume the office he held from 1954-1958. Bernard Hazlewood led all trustees with 246 votes.
• Linda McLennan, John Sims, Pat Murphy and Merrilyn Anderson were set to star in the school musical, the “H.M.S. Pinafore.”
• Mrs. Troy Pollard, vice-chairman of the Democratic county central committee, has been honored by being one of 12 Democrats in the state chosen to attend a leadership training conference in Denver.

The Rangely Times — 30 years ago
April 10, 1980
• Easter Egg Hunt 2-3 year old winners: Alisha Stockman, Kevin Kump, Kendra Dembowski, Shannon Rasmussen and Deitra Ridings.
• A rare baby stegosaurus exhibit opened at the Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument.
• The Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District announced the first annual “Dirty Sneaker Contest.” The judges are searching for the worst looking pair of sneakers in town.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
April 12, 1990
• With microwave ovens in nearly every household, more and more products are aimed at children. Children younger than 10 or 12 should be supervised when they use microwave ovens.
• Nine Rangely students toured Great Britain during spring break. Kiki Conrad, Diedre Gold, Julie Lane, Kathleen Paschke, Mary Lou Allred, Chad Correll, Mylea Petersburg, Becky Simon and Scott Strain.