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The Meeker Herald
125 years ago

W.H. Jones of this place, has leased the Steele ranch and road house at Buford, and will run the place for the next two years. The Steele family has gone to Mississippi to reside.
Our hustling friend, A.J. Gregory, is advertising in the Vernal Express for 100 four and six horse teams to haul asphalt from mines on White River to Rifle. The distance is said to be about 90 miles.
George Hendricks of White River City was in town on Monday and reports cattle looking badly in the lower country. He says that fully 12 inches of snow fell on the winter range during the late storm, which was the heaviest of the winter and much heavier than the last storm in this vicinity.
Mr. Herrick, who lives on Nine-Mile hill, was in town the other day, and was interviewed by The Herald scribe regarding the alleged wanton slaughter of elk in that section during the present winter, and fully confirms previous reports given in these columns. He says he knows of a great many that have been killed and left on the ground to rot, and that another year will about wind up the elk. Mr. E.R. Leonard of Elkhorn, who was in town during the week, confirms Mr. Herrick’s statement and says he knows of one individual who killed 15 elk at one time and eight on another occasion and left nearly all of them of food for the coyotes. It’s a burning shame that such a thing should be allowed in a civilized community.

The Meeker Herald
100 years ago

The Grim Reaper entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Harp Sunday, Feb. 15, 1920, and took away their second son, William Con, who succumbed to the prevailing malady, which had turned to bronchial pneumonia. Con Harp was 19 years and 8 months of age when taken away.
It is easier to be carefree when someone else is paying the bill.
Too much devilment is excused on the ground of human nature.
There is no closed season for those who insist on hunting for trouble.

The Meeker Herald
50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. R.G. Sprod of Meeker announce the engagement of their daughter Susan to Wiley Berthelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.G. “Si” Berthelson of Piceance Creek.
Betty Jean Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Allen and Meeker high school senior student, has been selected to play in the honor band at Western State in Gunnison.
Progress report on the Founding of our new Meeker Chamber of Commerce as seen by Jim Ruckman, president.

The Meeker Herald
25 years ago

After a season that saw its ups and downs, the Meeker High School wrestling team definitely brought things to an end on a high note. Consider this: of the 13 young men on the team, 10 of them qualified for the state tournament. For the second year in a row, Meeker brought home the state 3A wrestling championship.
Adrienne Leigh Wix celebrated her first birthday Dec. 28. A party was held for her by her parents Steve and Debby Wix, sister Rachel, and her brother Quinn. Adrienne also celebrated her birthday in Denver over the Christmas holiday.
Several single Meeker men received anonymous Valentines last week. It’s rumored that a local single female insurance agent may have been the sender.

Rangely Times
50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Woodard announce the birth of a daughter, born at 7:02 p.m. on Valentine’s Day at the Rangely Hospital. She was delivered by Dr. Roger Albi.
Kenneth M. Bailey, Dean of Rangely College, is now Dr. Bailey. He was among 89 men and women from all across the country who received their doctor of philosophy degrees at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Jan. 24.

Rangely Times
25 years ago

Amidst a tightening budget and a reorganization of Town Hall, Town Finance Director Dan Cooley was fired last week.
Mildred “Milly” Rowley recently received notice that she has qualified as a State Finalist in the Mrs. Colorado-America Pageant and will represent Rangely in the state pageant.
A large number of Rangely residents have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms, which include high fever and severe cough.