RIO BLANCO COUNTY DAYS GONE BY

The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
Meeker began celebrating on the third and kept it up until late on the night of the fifth. Early Saturday morning people began coming in and by noon all sections were represented.

On the morning of the July 3, pony racing was indulged in, Summit Marksbury winning with Morgan’s bay gelding.

Sunday, foot racing occupied the better part of the day. Charley Beall, Billy Morgan, Mr. Rockwell, Summit Marksbury, Henry LaKanmp and Jim Tate being the runners.

At the close of the races, J.V. Houston made quite a display of fireworks in the park, after which everybody assembled at the town hall and took part in the dance, which was the most successful one ever given in Meeker.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
Art Caywood and his band of Ute Indians were picked for the top award in this year’s historical parade. This year’s parade had more than 80 entries.

Stuart Nichol and Robert Burke are the new owners of Bob’s Body Shop. The have changed the business name to Meeker Body and Fender Repair.

The crowd on the Fourth of July was the largest we have ever had at the rodeo; The grandstand was filled to capacity and the fences were lined with spectators and quite a few sat in their cars along the upper track trail.

A Navajo Indian purposely weaves imperfection into a blanket believing creation of a perfect design would mysteriously end his career as a weaver.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
Following the theme “Recreation Unlimited” this year’s best overall honors in the parade went to Moyer Lumber’s entry.

When Charly McClain asked for young boys to volunteer to sing with her, the award when to Toby Willey.

Harlan Bradshaw gave his hometown folks something to cheer about as he rode this mighty bull for the full eight seconds to place in the bull riding competition.

The crowd was estimated at about 1,000 people for this year’s Younger Brothers dance which kicked off the Range Call Celebration.

Gayle Crawford and her Arabian horse were judged to be the best mounted entry in the parade.

Rangely Times — 45 years ago

Rangely’s town council voted to call for bid on construction of restrooms in the park this summer.

James Hixson of Holly, Colo., is the new principal at Rangely Elementary School, succeeding James Bennett.

Mrs. Don Polley has leased Eddy’s Hotel and Restaurant from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eddy.

The Rangely Garden Club awarded the yard-of-the-week to the M.C. Parrishes of the Chevron Oil Camp Co.

Kevin Poole was the winning pitcher and David Fox caught for Rangely in the 13- to 14-year-old baseball game against Steamboat Springs.

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
Jeri Lynn Murray was crowned Miss Rangely, Colo., on America’s 200th birthday. First and second runners-up were Misses Carrie Smith and Ann Rooks, respectively.

The home of Joel Hogan was selected as Yard of the Week.

Much to the Oil Patch C.B.er’s delight, their float took first for the best overall Bicentennial float. Second in the overall Bicentennial was received by the hospital for their float depicting “yesterday” and “today” in hospital machinery.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
Robert Coy was 69 years old on July 2, 1986. To help him celebrate his birthday, his granddaughter Katrina Anne Erickson, of Aurora, came to visit. Katrina’s first birthday was June 25.

The Rangely River Rat Swim Team put another day of experience behind them with the Fourth of July swim meet in Craig.

Excitement in town this weekend! Saturday and Sunday are the Columbine Park Races, post time 1:15 p.m.

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