Days Gone By: Aug. 13, 2020

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The Meeker Herald 125 years ago

• A Grand river fruit man was in this week with a load of peaches. The ordinance licensing hucksters is not yet in effect, but likely will be by the 7th of September. In view of the fact that the postoffice store (and at other places too, doubtless) they are selling peaches at $1.25 a box, where does the profit come for the consumer? The huckster got his $1.50 a box, and not a cent of it went into the town coffers.

• James M. Cole, Piceance creek’s well known cattle baron, returned yesterday from Leadville where he disposed of several car loads of cows and steers. The former netted him $21, the latter $31 per head.

• Judge J.W. Hugus came in from Craig last evening on a tour of inspection of his many interests in this part of the country.

The Meeker Herald  — 100 years ago

• The fame of Meeker and the White River Country continues to spread. The number of visitors this season, up to date, has been greater than ever before.

• Lyman Ellis formerly a well known young man of Meeker, is now a member of one of Uncle Sam’s aviation units and is in active service on the Coast. This is a service to which Lyman would naturally take to and make good in.

• The above reminds us of the fact that last spring we urged our town authorities to set our trees around the town park. No action was taken. It is now too late to take action, this season; but such action should be taken next spring, and the town park made comfortable and attractive for visiting autoists. More than twice as many auto parties have visited Meeker this season than last; and all say a much larger number will visit us next summer. All should be sent away with a good opinion of Meeker.

The Meeker Herald50 years ago

• Four men were burned shortly before noon Tuesday in an oil well explosion about 30 highway miles southwest of Craig and taken to Craig Memorial Hospital, a Moffat County Sheriff’s office spokesman said. They were identified as Arthur Sims, 43; Eldon Lane, 22; William Pilcher, 21; and John Pittensbarger, 34, all of Rangely, Colo. Well Service employees. Sims was in good condition, the others in fair condition. 

• The Aero Inn Supper Club two miles west of Meeker, which opened July 3 under the new management of Gary Coulter and Larry Ebert, will be hosting their Grand Opening Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22.

• Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Sue Mantle said this week the current registration figure compares with 2,094 persons who were eligible to vote in the 1968 primary. The current figure also includes 853 Registered Democratic voters, 978 registered Republican voters and 348 Independent voters.

The Meeker Herald25 years ago

• Meeker plays reluctant host to stranded migrant workers; Meeker police officers had their hands full over the weekend when a state highway patrolman discovered a disabled truck full of what apparently were undocumented migrant workers from Mexico on a highway just outside of Meeker. 

• Mike Theos 1924-1995; Mike Theos, 71, longtime Rio Blanco county resident and rancher, died Aug. 16, 1995 at Pioneers Hospital in Meeker following a heart attack. Mike Theos was born in Leadville, Colo., on July 20 1924, the fifth son of Angelo and Maria Theos. He attended Grand Junction schools and graduated from high school there in 1942. He spent summers at the family ranch in Meeker where he and his brothers helped with the many facets of sheep ranching. After Graduation, he worked for his father full time, herding sheep, maving camp and helping with the haying at both the winter range in Utah and the Little Beaver Ranch in the Meeker area.

Rangely Times 50 years ago

• Rangely RE-4 School District will start the 1970-1971 school year on Tuesday, August 25, with the students to report at 8:45 a.m. The faculty is complete at this date. Walter Stahlecker will start his fourth year as Superintendent of Schools and William Bell will be in his second year as High School Principal. George Tookey will be in his eighth year as Principle of the Middle School and William Palmer will be in his third year as Elementary Principal. 

• Two new vocational course have been added to the curriculum. They are Vocational Automobile Mechanics and Vocational Building Trades. Primarily, these courses are offered to students who do not intend to further their education from high school by attending college.

• Everyone knows that the husband is the head of the house and that pedestrians have the right of way. The trouble begins when you try to prove it.

Rangely Times 25 years ago

• In a relatively short Aug . 21 meeting, the Rio Blanco County Board of Commissioners passed a motion to help ease the troubles at Deserado Mine facilities. The commissioners moved to free Western Fuels-Utah Inc., from a settlement agreement with the County dated Dec. 26, 1989. That agreement held Western-Fuels responsible for maintenance on the road from Colorado Highway 64 to the Deserado Mine road and the bridge over the White River. According to the commissioners, Western-Fuels paid the county, who did the actual roadwork. “I hope maybe this helps Western Fuels stay in business,” said Commissioner Don Davis after the motion passed.

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