DAYS GONE BY: August 19

 The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

• Syrup of Figs: With a better understanding of the transient nature of the many physical ills… There is comfort in the knowledge that so many forms of sickness are not due to any actual disease, but simply to a constipated condition of the system, which pleasant family laxative, Syrup of Figs, promptly removes.

• To the diversity of its mineral resources does Utah particularly attribute its coming greatness. Within a distance of 40 miles from Salt Lake City, in the district known as Camp Floyd, the Mercur camp is making great strides towards fame. Recent development has uncovered an ore body in the neighboring hills for a distance of over eight miles, and indications point to one of the richest and most expensive gold fields the world has ever seen.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

• While under discussion in the house the Fordney Tariff bill was literally riddled by Democratic members. One of the most effective speeches made against it was by Representative James C Cantril (Dem Ky) who contrasted not only the tariff policies of the two parties, but also the results of their respective tariff acts. The following are striking extracts from his eloquent address.

“It has always been the cry of the Republican party during the political campaigns that the great financial panics of the country came under low-tariff Democratic bills. The reverse is true”… “The great financial panics of 1878 and 1893 came on the country when Republican tariff bills were the law of the land.”

• Latest report is that the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean route-makers are about to chop Salt Lake City off their highway.

The Meeker Herald 

50 years ago

• Dale Frisby took three members of the Meeker Swim Team to Security over the weekend where they competed in the State B Swim Meet. As always state meets mean tough competition and winning for the Meeker Swim Team was Mike Tate who placed third in the backstroke. 

• “Water Issues”: Colorado will have a “friend in court” in Secretary of the Interior John C. B. Morton when it seeks future appropriations for water development, Gov. John Love said Monday. 

• Open Fire Ban in Force: Due to the dry, hazardous conditions currently existing in the White River drainage of the White River National Forest, the July 16, 1971 ban on open fires is being reinstated for this area.

The Meeker Herald 

25 years ago

• The Bureau of Land Management, White River Resource Area Office in Meeker is implementing a new policy that changes the procedures for issuing Special Recreation Permits(SRP) for commercial recreation operations on BLM public lands within the Resource Area. 

• Martha Ridges recently celebrated her 101st birthday at the Walbridge Wing in Meeker. Congratulations and happy birthday to one of Meeker’s most senior citizens.

• County Fair wraps up another success: The 1996 Rio Blanco County Fair is history, and once again dozens of dedicated volunteers have helped make it an enjoyable and successful event.

Rangely Times 

50 years ago

• The 71-72 school year (in Rangely) opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

• The Rangely softball team defeated the Vernal All-Stars Sunday 9-0 and 5-2 with Jack Hillis the winning pitcher in the first game as he blanked the visitors and gave up only one hit. 

• Meeker voters overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax on retail sales in Meeker at a special election held Aug. 3. 

Rangely Times 

25 years ago

• Wild horses will be removed from Rio Blanco County in an attempt to comply with rangeland management plans, reported two Bureau of Land Management officials during the Aug. 12 meeting of the Rio Blanco County commissioners. John Melhoff, BLM White River Resource Area director… (said) “the horses are being removed to address resource conflicts.”

• Rio Blanco County Primary Results:

Democrat: Senator: Gene Nichol – 42 , Tom Strickland – 90

Rep. to the 105th U.S. Congress: Albert L. Gurule, Republican

Senator: Wayne Allard – 277, Gale Norton – 210

Rep. to the 105th U.S. Congress: Scott Mclinnis