Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
n Arbor Day was observed in Meeker in a truly public, spirited way. Our citizens, both ladies and gentlemen, turned out in force. Ninety-two trees were planted in two lines east and west parallel and 15 feet apart each way across the park … making 262 trees altogether inside the park.
n Colonel Cook of the W.R. Land and Cattle company, who spent the winter in merry England, has returned.
n Everybody is breaking ground this season and will raise their own oats and garden truck.
n The settlers on Hunter’s Creek have built a bridge across Piceance at the mouth of Hunter’s Creek.
n The JIC Restaurant with S.A. Rice proprietor has opened. Mr. Rice is an old restaurant man and proposes to run a restaurant that will command the public patronage.
The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
n Mother’s Day contest at A. Oldland & Company. Prizes for the following categories: Oldest mother, oldest grandmother, youngest grandmother, mother of most children, grandmother of most grandchildren, youngest mother.
n April 26, 1961 weather: High temperature, 53F. Low temperature, 20F.
n Rev. Max Weir, minister of the Meeker Bible Church, has been in Chicago this week attending the National Convention of the Independent Fundamental churches of America.
n Lost: Three head of cows with calves at side. Brand F11. Call Bud Cox.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
n A long-standing controversy over the Puckett Gulch Road came to a head at the commissioners’ meeting. Six area landowners asked the county to abandon the 1912 right-of-way and close the road. Debate over the road dated back to 1971.
n Miss Cathi Collins, daughter of Richard and Mary Anne Collins, has enlisted in the U.S. Army.
n April 28, 1986 temperatures: High, 65. Low, 37.
n “Mental fatigue, defined as an emotional state of indifference, is cited as the most common symptom of stress.”
n Members of the Meeker High School Student Council and student body got together this past weekend to clean the graffiti off the Sixth Street wall.

Rangely Times — 60 years ago
n Track Royalty: Panther Invitational Queen Mary Bell, freshman attendant Debbie Enterline, sophomore attendance Cheryl Clark, senior attendant Diana Martin and junior attendant Cheryl Striegel.
n Dam project meeting draws over 100 interested citizens.
n 1600 feet of oil was reported in the hole at Mobil’s exploration well near Dinosaur.
n From the Editor: “Once again Daylight Saving Time is upon us, courtesy of the Colorado state legislature which knows better than you do what is best for the citizens of Colorado. Colorado voters decisively turned down Daylight Saving Time at the polls but the last legislature took it upon themselves to adopt a two-year trial period, hoping that we will just accept it as inevitable, along with all the other controls, when the issue comes up again in November.”

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
n The board of RE-4 adopted plans for the new Rangely Elementary School.
n Police Chief E.W. Long resigned after 14 years of service to the community.
n Rangely Hospital births: Preble Giltz and Deedra Dawn Ridings.
n Pinewood Derby winners: Hank Allred for the fastest car and Wayne Pennell for the best design.
n Easter egg hunt winners: Michelle Palmer, Lance Sizemore, Dennis Rowley, Casey Kenney, Michelle Usery, Charles McDerment, James Killpack and Darrell Ahrens.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
n RHS junior Brian Palmer placed third at the ninth annual National Bridge Building Contest in Denver.
n Weather for April 28, 1986: High of 76F, low of 36F.
n “Hello, Dolly!” will be performed at the Rangely High School Auditorium.
n Rangely Insurance Group, new owners Phil and Barbara Widmer.
n The National Secondary Education Council announced today that Rodger Polley has been named an Academic All-American.