Days Gone By: August 16, 2018

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Nothing official has, as yet, reached this office concerning the reported marriage of H.S. Harp, which was supposed to have taken place at Rifle on Friday last, but those who keep posted on such matters say the happy event occurred as reported. The young lade in the case was a Miss Charlotte M. Meeker, of Orson, Mesa county, Colo.

– Bear are said to be numerous up on Coal Creek. Burt Williams bagged a fine specimen of the black species the other day.

– The assessor’s returns shows Rio Blanco’s valuation to be $803,346. This is a very good showing considering the large decrease in the number of cattle on the range.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– Two pounds of sugar a month, half a pound a week, that is the sugar ration the U.S. Food Administration has asked every American to observe until Jan. 1, 1919, in order to make sure there shall be enough for our Army and Navy, for the Allied armies and for the civilians of those nations.

– All roads leading in and out of Meeker are in pretty bad shape these days, and everybody is taking a “crack” at Commissioner Harp in consequence. Simp says it is almost impossible to get hands for road work; hence, bad road.

– M. Villa, the Strawberry farmer, who took a hand at the carpenter work on the new Baer block, is again attending to his agricultural duties.

– J.M. Walsh of Rangely was at the county seat, Thursday.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– Chief Warrant Officer Ellis L. Quiett, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Quiett, Crossbar Z Ranch, received 15 awards of the Air Medal for service with the 240th and 135th Assault Helicopter Companies in Vietnam. The 27-year-old Army aviator wears 14 other awards of the Air Medal and Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in action.

– Danny Hughes of Meeker caught his first big trout of the season when he hooked and landed a 13-1/2 inch rainbow while fishing along the river bank by the city park.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– 4-H Livestock Auction reaches record heights with $121,273 sale. Jeannie Jensen no doubt felt on top of the world after listening to the bidding climb to $4 per pound on her 1,234 grand champion steer at the junior livestock sale. Westlands Ranch paid a total of $4,936 for the animal.

– For what is rumored to be the sixth year in a row, White River Electric claimed the Meeker Softball Association Championship title this past weekend.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– Rangely’s own cheerleaders picked up a third place in large group competition: Linda Broome, Kathy Yeager, Mary Lou Gabriel, Sharon Warren, Colleen Caldwell, Sarah Liles and Conda Matrisciano.

– The 1968 assessed valuation has increased $17,531 above last year’s valuation, as reported to the State Tax Commission. County Assessor Dale Frisby computed the city’s worth for this year at $1,757,680, a gain of 1 percent over the 1967 value.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

The Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking an executive director. Salary $5.80 per hour. Average hours per week 25-30.