Days Gone By: Dec 31, 2020

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The Meeker Herald – 125 years ago

  • Judge Platt Rogers is of the opinion that a railroad into Northwestern Colorado is the most important line that Denver men could project for the coming year.
  • For Sale: A four-room dwelling house, with good cellar; lot 75×150; $600 buys it — $100 down, balance on easy terms. See or write H.A. Wildhack.

The Meeker Herald – 100 years ago

  • The Herald has given over considerable space in this issue to what we believe to be the coming industry in Rio Blanco County — oil shale production.
  • It is said that Doc Farthing has dug up all his backyard and part of his cellar since he moved there, looking for buried treasure; a saloon keeper used to live there.
  • Prohibitionists must find it somewhat disconcerting to discover their prophecies with reference to crime to be vain and fallacious. Prohibition not only has not assisted in decreasing crime, but since the advent of that alleged blessed system the country has experienced an unprecedented increase in all forms of criminal activity.

The Meeker Herald – 50 years ago

  • Someone has finally come up with an idea that Russia is good for something. Without them how would we know whether we are ahead or behind?
  • Named this week to the Denver Post AllState Football team was Ed Harp,son of Mr. and Mrs. Bud Harp of Meeker.

The Meeker Herald – 25 years ago

  • The town’s new wood chipper will be at 111 Third Street for at least the next week or two where Christmas trees will be reduced to chips. Please take your trees to this chipping site.
  • Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recently released information related to hospital charges around the state. The information indicated Pioneers Hospital’s charges are some of the lowest in the state and the lowest in comparison with other hospitals on the western slope.

Rangely Times – 50 years ago

  • Beware of the half truth — you may have gotten hold of the wrong half.


  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have not time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
  • Happy New Year!

Rangely Times – 25 years ago

  • Bernard F. Yaeger, one of Rangely’s greatest and most revered fathers, passed away at Colonial Minor Nursing Home in Glasgow, Missouri on Christmas morning. He parted this world at age 76, leaving behind an impressive legacy to his credit.
  • One Wednesday, Dec. 20, The Rangely Times sold to Michael Prewitt, an associate dean for the University of Missouri in Columbia and a relative to the previous owner, Bernard Yaeger. Rather than moving here and running the operation himself, Prewitt appointed local resident Peggy Rector as business manager, since she already had some experience overseeing the Times.