Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
• Gustaf Kracht was the winner of the greased-pig contest at the 4th of July festivities. Irene Amick won the 50-yard dash. Mary Amick won the nail driving contest.
• It is reliably reported that a railway surveying corp is at work in the vicinity of Yellow Jacket pass (the divide between Coal and Milk creeks).
• The poison weed on the forest reserve grazing grounds and wolves are causing trouble among the cattle.
• Marshal Nichols made it warm for habitual boozers this week. They (the boozers) were given their choice of working in the hay fields, on the city “chain gang,” or languishing in the town bastile. In every instance they took the tall grass. But Ben was good to them; he threw a “drink” into each before escorting them to the town limits.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• It is estimated that over 2,000 were present Sunday night to see this splendid presentation. The pageant was directed by Mrs. Dorothy Barrett with John Wix as narrator. This pageant can be built into Meeker’s biggest attraction and one which will be known over the entire state. We would personally like to see it staged at another time of the summer than during the Range Call.
• Newborns at Pioneers Hospital: Baby boy Morlan, July 1; baby boy Graham, July 8.
• Rumors of a potential typhoid fever epidemic in Meeker were put down by the county health officer, who said there was no need for hysteria or alarm at this time.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• The suggested use of the county trust fund for economic development would have been illegal if the grant request had been approved by the state.
• Range Call 1984 drew 67 parade entries. The “best overall” parade entry went to the Utopia Club.
• Meeker’s swim team, the Pirahnas, had three members with high point trophies in their age division: Karrin Borchard, Matt Osse and Amy Shults.
• Trevor Monte Nielsen was born to Craig and Trudy Nielsen July 9, 1984 at Pioneers Hospital.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Sheriff Harp and District Attorney Delaney investigated a stabbing at the Owl Club. Dorothy Hutton stabbed May Warren with a knife during an argument. Mrs. Warren was rushed to the hospital where it was found that the knife blade, although penetrating some 2-1/2 inches just below the rib cavity, did no serious damage.
• There isn’t much to see in a small town, but what you hear makes up for it.
• Jack Brown, Butch Young and Ronnie Ladd joined the U.S. Navy.
• Jimmie Lee and Bob Matrisciano motored to Grand Junction Saturday.
• Good-looking lady wanted by sheriff for bad checks.

The Rangely Times — 35 years ago
• Seventy-five pipeline workers started moving in for a reconditioning project for Northwest Pipeline Corp.
• Miss Judy Powell was the queen of the Little Buckaroo Rodeo. Her attendants were Miss Gelean Nickson and Miss Judy Steele.
• David L. Menge, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Menge, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
• You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. Governments cannot give to people what they do not first take away from people. That which one man receives without working for, another man must work for without receiving it. You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of it.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• Former Re-4 superintendent Walt Stahlecker returned to Rangely as foreman for the new Trinity Lutheran church building at 736 E. Main St.
• High temperatures reached 100 or more from July 4, 1989 to July 7, 1989.
• Cheryl Blackburn was chosen as the new assistant coordinator for CNCC-Rangely.