Days Gone By: September 21, 2017

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
– Everywhere newspapers are trying to get sufficient increase in advertising rates in order to meet conditions and pay bills and continue publication. This is a serious matter, for a town without a newspaper has no way of speaking to its citizens; and soon becomes a dead town. The only solution is to sell, not to give away space, and to raise rates to something like what space is worth.
– The man who is discontented merely finds fault with things as they are. The man who is not contented is cheerfully determined to make things better than they are.
– The high school boys have organized a football team. The team is mostly freshmen; are young and light, but they will grow.
– After a business trip to Denver, Messrs. H.H. Joy and Tom Kilduff motored home Saturday, coming way of Rawlins and the northern route.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
– Another interesting gift for the White River Museum has just been reported by Mrs. Dorothy Herring. The unusual gift is a hair wreath about 18 inches across and it is made of braided strands of hair donated by relatives of the late Mrs. Mary Hopkins. The different hair samples vary in color and the tiny braids are formed into flowers and leaves.
– Don’s Market was visited by three male Hippies last week. They wore long hair, lipstick and clothes which symbolizes their caste. Purchasing a few dollars worth of grocers, they commented they were en route to San Francisco, Calif., for a “Love In.”
– Dan Murphy, Meeker High School junior, placed first in the first cross country meet for Meeker high, held at Rangely Monday afternoon.
– Meeker’s own Kenneth (Kent) Sanderson, who left here for Hollywood as a boy of 18, and gained a measure of fame in Western pictures as “Buddy Roosevelt,” may still be seen on TV.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
– Pioneers Hospital faces million dollar deficits in 1992 and 1993 according preliminary drafts of next year’s budget reviewed at a board meeting Tuesday night. Apparently stunned by the magnitude of their fiscal problems, the board was unwilling to explore solutions.
– Nearly a dozen school officials and citizens met Sept. 17 to brainstorm ideas for rallying voter support for a three mill levy increase for the Meeker School district.
– Roni Bibb promises to have “everything you can imagine” in her new ceramic shop next door to White River Trading in the Oldland Store.
– Everyone dressed up grand and spiffy for “Old Days” at the Methodist Church Sunday. The annual event inspired elegant costumes, family outings in dandy old cars and rides about town in Dr. Vandiver’s elegant horse-drawn buggy.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
– Rangely retail sales for April, May and June exceeded sales for Meeker. Rangely sales for the quarter were $734,000, 3.7 percent more than Meeker’s $708,000.
– Thirteen new residents of Rangely are reported during the past week or so.
– First meeting of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Chapter was held at the home of Joan Young with Betty Gilbow co-hostess. Present for the evening were Dorothy Collins, Ruby Duncan, Joan Fifield, Marguerite Majors, Martha Mitchem, Grace Petz, Junie Striegel and Ruby Toles, with guests Marion Washburn and Christine Hixson.
– The first frost was reported Sept. 13 with the low temperature reported at 31 degrees.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
– In business since 1974, Rio Blanco Realty is happy to welcome Steve Strain as a full-time associate broker.
– ESA 1836: Our first meeting with our new officers was at the home of Dorothy Collins. Our new officers are Dorothy Collins, president; Gail Palmer, vice president; Mary Hall, secretary; Bonnie Hartman, corresponding secretary; Martha Mitchem, treasurer; Alleen Millsaps, chaplin; and Eldrid Hilkey, educational director.
– A group carrying a “torch of peace” came through Rangely early Friday morning on its way to Denver on a cross country walk and vowed to carry the torch to Washington, D.C. The girl spokesman for the three said the group intends to dramatize opposition to the Vietnam war. Patrolman James Johnson of the Colorado State Patrol was under orders to follow the marchers to see that “no harm” came to them while in this part of the state.