RIO BLANCO COUNTY DAYS GONE BY

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
Clem Eller and Dick Everts brought in the largest buck seen in Oak Creek this season. It weighed 300 pounds and had a splendid head. ~The Oak Creek Times
Clerk Scott has a few marriage licenses on hand, and he takes special delight in making them out. He doesn’t exact the first kiss from the bride anymore as he used to.
Another upset of the Rifle-Meeker stage occurred Tuesday evening, this time about four miles from Meeker. As they were nearing the State bridge, and innocent-looking burro raised his head and ears, taking the leaders so by surprise that they made a side lunge which took the coach into a ditch and over it went. Aside from a rough shaking up, none of the passengers (four) were seriously injured.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
When the Wilber ranch was sold recently to Carl Seely, not only did one of the finest ranch properties in the White River valley change hands but one of the oldest.
Glen Brady, Douglas Creek sheepman, was killed last Saturday morning when shot by one of his herders following an argument over wages. Ben Roybal, Brady’s sheepherder, is being sought for the crime.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
Rev. Elmo Cook of the United Methodist Church informed his congregation that he would soon be leaving to take a consulting job with Business and Health Alliance of America. Rev. Cook has been the minister for the Methodist church since 1971.
For the first time, Meeker’s whole cross country team qualified for state, after concerns at the beginning of the season that budget problems might keep them from having a team at all.

Rangely Times — 45 years ago
The Panthers continued undefeated by racing to their third Northwestern League triumph at Meeker Friday night be throttling the Bears of Rifle 20-0. It was necessary to play the game in Meeker after Rifle’s field was condemned for use by their team because it is also used as a rodeo ground.
Moffat County’s widely-heralded platinum boom appears to be just another dream that didn’t come true. Craig’s Daily Press several weeks ago had carried “exclusives” on the discovery of a fabulous platinum lode near the Dinosaur National Monument. After a quiet investigation, the USGS issued a statement which said the “platinum was determined to be worth about 3 cents per ton” in the samples analyzed.

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
John and Becky Hume announce the birth of a girl, Jamie Lynn, Oct. 4. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hayes and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Hume.
The streaking Rangely Panthers used an extremely tight defense and their usually explosive offense as they completely dominated the Eagle Valley Devils by a score of 60-0. The win was the fourth in a row for the hustle Cats.

Rangely Times — 20 years ago
Kim Hamilton was chosen RHS homecoming queen for 1986, with homecoming king Kyle Brown at her side.
Rio Blanco County was generous to six big game hunters from Alabama. Each left in possession of a 5-point buck. They stated “they had never seen or enjoyed such good hunting.”
The Rangely Panthers played an outstanding game Friday night to give RHS their sixth homecoming victory in a row.

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