Days Gone By: August 30, 2018

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

 – Last Sunday morning David Smith killed one of the largest mountain lions seen hereabouts this summer at the sheep camp on Limekiln Hill. The animal measured seven feet from tip to tip and Dave is justly proud of his trophy.

– Adolph Belot came up from Piceance yesterday to meet a few relatives from Denver who arrived on last evening’s stage. They were Mr. and Mrs. J. Monti and Mrs. T. Turch, and will sojourn in this county for awhile.

Sam Wear re-opened his meat market today, and from now on meats and produce will be sold for cash only.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– We may be wrong. But we’ll bet that a girl believes that a man who asks for a kiss doesn’t want one very badly.

– There will be an election of Red Cross executive board at Red Cross rooms.

– Summer like days and cold nights now prevail.

– When Governor Gunter assumed office, bootleg whisky in this state sold for $1.25 a pint. Through his enforcement of the prohibition law it now is $3.50 a pint. This is the only instance of “profiteering” for which Governor Gunter may be truthfully said to be responsible.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– After the registration books were closed last Wednesday, County Clerk and Recorder Sue Mantle reported a total of 2,214 people are registered to vote in the primary election.

– County Assessor Dale Frisby has announced that Rio Blanco County’s assessed valuation has dropped $131,582 over the 1967 figure of $66,108,492, a decrease due mostly to the drop in oil production.

– 55 hopeful Cowboys reported for football practice.

– Buyers pay $12,886.15 for 4-H livestock.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

A freak bow hunting accident claimed the life of a federal marshal who was hunting with friends in the Fawn Creek area on opening day of bow season. James Humbrick of Brunswick, Ga., bled to death after being shot with an arrow that ricocheted off an object.

– With an anticipated budget shortfall of roughly one million dollars, the Rio Blanco County Commissioners, in an effort to preserve essential county services, approved this week a resolution requesting a mill levy increase from voters this fall.

– A rash of criminal mischief and the burglary of two local businesses this past weekend have kept the Meeker Police Department quite busy, said Meeker Officer Phil Stubblefield.

– Caleb Jensen celebrated his first birthday Saturday, July 17 at home with family and guests.

– Elisha Watt was crowned 1993 Little Britches world champion.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– Enrollment at Rangely High School totals 260 as of the first day of classes. Total enrollment, grades kindergarten through 12, was reported as 799 on the first day. Another 20-30 are expected this week.

– An expert is someone who is called in at the last minute to share the blame.

– Any youngster will run an errand for you if you ask him at bedtime.

– Middle age is that time of life when a married man doesn’t care where his wife goes just as long as he doesn’t have to go along.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– Jerry LeBleu retires after 20 years as fireman.

– New Re-4 school personnel: Darryl Aldrich, Dana Forbes, Kristin Rohnke, Charlee Haderlie, Edie Zall, JoAnne Allred, Robert Jones, Vadonna Winterholter.

– Phyllis Hilton of Design 10 was welcomed by chamber director Debbie Larson.