Days Gone By: October 5, 2017

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
– Motioned and seconded that town purchase three street markers (“Turn to Right”) and four town limit signs.
– Down with sedition and treason is now becoming a very forcible slogan in this country.
– The Surgical Dressings Committee is in need of clean old rags. If you have old spreads, cotton blankets, Turkish towels, flour sacks, worn sheets, linens or muslins, leave them at the work rooms. They will be greatly appreciated.
– Honey for sale at 12-1/2 cents per pound, while it lasts. Bring your bucket.
– Mr. and Mrs. John A. Watson, and Mrs. Ed Fairfield and son Freeman, returned from California, Thursday.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
– A new Plymouth Fury II, which will be used for Driver Education classes was recently presented to Meeker High School by Osborne Motor Co. of Rifle, as part of Chrysler Corporation’s program to provide Driver Education cars at no cost to qualified schools.
n Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bivens announce the birth of their daughter, Nancy June, born at Clagett Memorial Hospital in Rifle Friday, Sept. 29 at 2:14 a.m. She joins a family of three other children who are staying with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Barney.
– Quite a few college students were home for the weekend and arrived in time to attend the Meeker-Rangely high school football game. Home were John Merriam, Les Crook, Jenny Frost, Sally Holland, Mike Nieslanik, Ray Evenson, Jim Watson, Patsy Allen and Joe Sullivan.
– It won’t be long before the unpaved portions on Main Street will be ready for paving… that is if we can get the hot mix plant back before winter sets in.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
– Next week Countryside Hallmark on Market expands to Countryside in the Loft at Sleepy Cat. Proprietor Barbara Swanson will babysit the newcomer, a hunting season trial run, which will feature designer T’s and mugs, jewelry and antler arts, leathers and laces.
– Melinda Parker was the prime beneficiary of John Brotherton’s visit to the McCoys. He came all the way from South Carolina to present her with a stringer of fish.
– Denton and Mary Jane Kitchens and youngsters—nine, five and three—are abandoning their Laurie Circle house to move into the back of Main Events Video on Market Street. The store, purchased from J & S Video, has been moved to the building which housed Buckskin Leather and now boast 900 tapes, 150 of which rent out each Saturday night.
– Teachers for the Meeker School District, Tom Cisar, Renay Mobley, Sally Eatherton, Lee Ann Merritt and Martha McCoy experimented with primary colors during the mini-science lab workshop last week.
– The seventh grade football team remains undefeated after beating Steamboat Springs 13-0 Sunday. The Cowboys first score came in the second quarter. Quarterback Ty Gates hit tight end Taton Suter on a 20 yard pass which took the Cowboys to the 20 yard line. Donald Blazon ran the ball into the end zone for the score.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
– Approval is expected soon on a bus line through Rangely, connecting with Craig, Hayden, Grand Junction and Meeker.
– Two men were injured in a two-car accident which occurred 0.2 miles east of Rangely on Colo. 64 at 11 p.m. Three pedestrians were pushing a disabled car without lights west when it was struck from the rear by another vehicle.
– State librarians call Rangely’s library “one of the best libraries on the Western Slope.”
– Cadet Gary L. McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. McDonald, and Clark L. Mobley, son of Mr. and Mrs. David L. Mobley, were both named to the dean’s list at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
– Football cheerleaders this fall at Rangely High School are Sarah Liles, Kathy Yeager, Dede Schmacher, Mary Lou Gabriel, Ellen Edwards and Linda Sutton.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
– A $4 million plant is being constructed at the Taylor Draw Dam. The plant will use water from Kenney Reservoir to generate electricity via a $1.1 million turbine and generator.
– The library has received a copy of “Coolin’ Down,” an anthology of contemporary cowboy poetry. Our local cowboy poet, Bob Peterson, has several illustrations and poems featured in this book.
– Many mothers in rural areas are worried because doctors in their areas are no longer delivering babies. Such is not the case in Rangely where all the doctors are delivering babies. The hospital reports that it has no intention of stopping the practice of delivering babies. It adds that it feels that small town hospitals, especially the more remote ones, owe this service to its citizens.