RIO BLANCO COUNTY DAYS GONE BY

The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago

Increasing business has caused the Rees company stage lines to seek larger office quarters.
Vic Moulton helped to put up 20 tons of hay on the Moulton-Harp Ninemile hill ranch during the past three weeks.
Word came over from Hamilton yesterday of the sale of the Hamilton store by Lawson Bros., to A. Oldland & Co. of Meeker. Mr. Walbridge of the latter firm was over yesterday closing up the deal.
Mr. and Mrs. David Smith are rejoicing in the advent of a fine girl at their home, which occurred Monday afternoon. Dr. Hubbard reports all well.
Henry Wolcott retired from the livery business this week and was succeeded by Simp Harp, who is an old and popular man at the business.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
The weather the past week has been mostly hot and dry. We have had a few light showers, but only a total of .10 for the week which only dampens the ground. The high for the week was 91 and the low was 44.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
Few things are as important to a Meeker golfer as a Lischke Memorial bag strap. This year Meeker produced five of the seven winners during the 14th Lischke Golf Tournament held last weekend. Topping the rest of the players in their flights were Dean Parr, Don McPherson, Keith Soper, Dave Brown and Jim Calhoun.
“A very sincere thanks to all of the people of Meeker who have traded with me at Jason’s Meat Shop in Watt’s’ Ranch Market. I am looking forward to serving you in a brand new store and location in the near future.” ~ Jason Steiner.
Saturday’s windstorm that blew through town tore down more than few tree limbs and the golf course lost their shed which was located at the end of the sixth hole. “It was weird,” said Sharon Clapper who was one of the women’s club members who was under the shed selling refreshments when the wind hit. “I heard it creaking and the next thing I knew it was blowing over. It all happened so fast.”

Rangely Times — 45 years ago
Foundations will be completed this week on Rangely College Residence Hall No. 4.
Ideas from Club 20 for new tourist attractions on the Western Slope? A dog racing track, mock gun battles between costumed cowboys on the downtown streets, downtown square dances, chuck wagon dinners and scenic color slide shows featuring points of interest in the area.
Moon Lake Electric Assoc. set the last pole on the Rangely Street Lighting Project. A special ceremony will be arranged for turning on the new lights the night of Aug. 23.

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
Behind the clutch pitching of Gary Fullbright and the booming bat of Tom Haas, Rangely’s 13-14 year old O.T.A. baseball team knocked out Aspen in the district championship game last weekend in Meeker and will go on to the state tournament Saturday.
From the editor: The candidates and the experts (they are not necessarily the same) have given us so many explanations of the horrendous $73 billion federal deficit recorded for fiscal year 1976 that average citizens can only be thoroughly confused. The “cure” of inflationary deficit spending is proving more harmful than the “disease” of recession and unemployment.
Mrs. Sandy LeBleu is proud to announce the engagement of her daughter, Lona Dee Turner, to John William Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Cook. Lonnie and John are both 1976 graduates of Rangely High School and plan to make their home in Rangely.
Rangely Times — 25 years agon The opening of this fall semester marks the 25th year since the creation of the college in Rangely. n “With the passage of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bill, which mandates federal budget cuts in order to reduce the deficit, there is great controversy in Washington over what is to be cut and how much.n Mountain Bell said today that it’s time for Colorado to “discard its outdated telephone rate structure and join today’s telecommunications era.”