Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 75 years ago
• William E. Sides and Miss Bernice VanCleave were married June 9, 1935 at the St. James church.
• Mr. M.L. Shepherd and son Alvin announce that their new service station will be open for business Friday, June 14.
• “It is nearly unheard of to have a rain in June, instead we usually have hot, dry days with some wind.”
• Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Klein are the proud parents of a daughter born on Sunday, June 9. The young lady was named Emma Lou.
• For Sale: Model T Ford in good shape. Cheap. See John E. Wix.
• Miss Carrie Ruckman drove to Grand Junction last week, bringing her brother Jack home after spending the last year at the Grand Junction Junior college.
The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• More than one-fifth of Colorado’s Interstate Highway System now is open to traffic. 200.5 miles of the designated 949.9 miles.
• Si Berthelson was elected President of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
• Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher Day will be held on June 25 with prices for best costumes and fishing provided by the Game and Fish department.
• Miss Judy Luben of Powell Park was picked as the 1960 Range Call Rodeo Queen. Her attendants will be Janet Sizemore and Sandra Mobley.
• Lo Ann Shults wed Lowell Klinglesmith at the Meeker Methodist Church, Sunday, June 12.

The Meeker Herald — 20 years ago
• The county shut down the airport project after questions were raised about permits.
• Range Call theme for 1990: “The Old West Meets the Far East.”
• Colowyo inked a 330,000 ton coal contract with Coors.
• MeekCo, Inc. the holding company owning 91 percent of the stock of the First National Bank of Meeker, has sold its majority interest in the bank to J. and Carol Gentry, Timonthy S. Mather and John R. Schenk. Peter Y. Waller will be nominated as the President of First National Bank in Meeker.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• County Democrats gathered in Meeker Saturday to choose a slate of six delegates to attend the state Democratic convention in Durango June 18.
• Mike Hejl and Danny Hejl won a transistor radio by working together in the Rangely Times subscription contest.
• The 1950’s constituted the worst decade of disasters in the nation’s recorded history. That statement comes from the American Red Cross.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ike Carmickle announce the engagement of their daughter Barbara Jo to Mr. Gary Gurr.

The Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• Beth Hayes will represent Midwest Colorado in the 1980 Miss Appaloosa America Contest.
• Are you a guppy in the fishbowl of life?
• Commission authorizes fewer deer licenses, more elk licenses.
• Tim Collins was the winner of the Lloyd Hahn Track Award. Bryan Roberts was the winner of the Grace Petz award.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• June 4, 1990 high temperature was 90 degrees.
• Cynthia Dawn Hayes of Rangely received an Associate of Arts degree from the Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo.
• CNCC Athletic Director Jim Conrad was recently honored by the Denver Associate of Black Basketball Officials with a Certificate of Honor.

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