Days Gone By: August 29, 2019

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Ed Eakins arrived in town at 4:30 yesterday morning (having left Rifle at 9:30 Thursday evening) brining the news of the killing of Johnny Gebhardt, which occurred about an hour before on the street near the Winchester hotel. Full particulars of the deplorable affair have not yet reached this office, but it seems that the tragedy was the outcome of ill-feeling between the victim and his slayer—a party locally known as “English Bob,” aroused through their rivalry as hotel runners, and at this writing it looks as though the murder was a premeditated affair. Johnny Gebhardt was well-known here, having been a popular stage driver on the Meeker-Rifle line for a number years. Nothing is known of his family or antecedents, but he was a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows and that society has sent for his remains, which will arrive about noon today. The funeral will take place under the auspices of the Odd Fellows this afternoon.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

School opened in the new grade school building Tuesday morning. The board has spared no effort to have a convenient, up-to-date sanitary building.

Mrs. David Smith and the girls left for California this week, where the approaching winter will be spent and the young ladies will pursue their educational studies.

Yes, the prohibitionist may be right about there being more dollars in the banks these days—but he seems to avoid the argument that those dollars of today don’t make as much noise as a “four bit” piece used to.

Wonder how the people who have put down expensive cement sidewalks take to the parade of livestock on their walks nearly every night?

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

Miss Diana Amick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Amick of Meeker, was awarded the championship trophy presented by the First National Bank of Meeker at the conclusion of the round robin showmanship judging Saturday afternoon, the highlight of the 1969 county fair.

The good news created quite a stir in Meeker last week when word was received that the Meeker high school band had been invited to play for the pregame and perform at half time of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers football game at Bears stadium in Denver Sunday, Nov. 2.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

We recently received our copy of 1001 Colorado Place Names. The book was written by Maxine Benson, who scrutinizes the most popular, interesting and unique place names in the state. The book has also provided us with some local trivia that might even surprise the county’s most ardent historical buffs. For instance: What was the White River first called? How did Rio Blanco County get its name? Where is Mount Meeker located? The small hamlet called Buford could have been named after what Civil War general? How was Rio Blanco spelled and when was it no longer considered a town? What do RIo Blanco and Rullison have in common? Who were the two gentlemen which Rangely residents thought the town was named after? Where is Meeker Park located?

Rangely Times

50 years ago

The annual flower show held Aug. 21 at the Rangely Junior High school attracted a large number of Rangely gardeners entering exhibits in artistic and horticultural categories.

Summer is almost over and once again some residents have been able to go through the season without once cutting the weeds on their property, in spite of a city ordinance requiring that this be done.

Mrs. Carole Klements will teach English in the middle school. Mr. Tommy Collins has taught a partial day of Auto Mechanics for for the last two years.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

Town gets basically favorable audit report.

Ken Farmer, from the Colorado Northwestern Small Business Development Center in Craig, was present at the RDA meeting. It was his opinion that Rangely will grow because every town on the Western Slope is growing. The only question to him was how.

The annual Septemberfest will be Monday, Sept. 5 at Elks Park.