Days Gone By: December 29, 2016

The Meeker Herald
— 100 years ago

– Miss DeHart, the Little Beaver teacher, was in Wednesday, making arrangements for an entertainment to be given at the school house Friday evening, Dec. 31.
– Quack, quack, quack. The world is well supplied with quacks. There are quack doctors, quack philosophers, quack newspapers and quack statesmen. To one of a pessimistic turn of mind it sometimes seems as if the prevailing noise in the world is one continuous quack, quack, quack. The “when-all-other-doctors-fail-come-to-me” quack is not the one who makes the loudest noise these days. The quack statesman—the “friend-of-the-people” quack—is the quack who makes the most noise and does the most damage. All quacks have certain traits and pretensions in common. They are all of the “know-it-all” pachydermatous type of beauty. They are all self-conceited vain fellows of shallow accomplishments. They all look upon the public with supreme contempt, and think that the people are imbeciles. They are all loud in proclaiming their own greatness and accomplishments. Each one believes in blowing his own horn. They are all engaged in the business of trying to “put something over” on the people. The cardinal purpose of every quack is to bunco the public. Let us organize a “Swat the Quack Club.”

– After some cold weather during the forepart of the week a thaw set in. The snow is disappearing fast and mud is now taking its place on the main thoroughfares. However, the numerous clouds in the sky indicate more snow in the near future.

The Meeker Herald
— 50 years ago
– The ski season at Nine Mile, which opened soon after our first big snow, is seeing a lot of action from local residents as well as outsiders. As this is possibly the Colorado’s No. 1 sport of the season, we appreciate having a ski tow in our community and this one is free to everyone!
– Three Meeker women have been listed in the “Outstanding Young Women of America.” The ladies listed from Meeker include Mrs. Sue Mantle, Mrs. Betty Etter and Mrs. Shirley Harp.
– The Herald office has been informed that the snow on Pine Street between Fifth and Sixth streets has been left undisturbed by the city maintainer and barricaded so that the young people will have a safe street for sledding.
– Not long after housewives protested in an effort to force food chains to lower prices, a government investigation revealed that the major reason for the rise in food costs is the decline in U.S. Farm surpluses … because of government crop controls and increasing foreign-aid shipments. Grain shortages have led to higher prices for bread, feed for livestock, meat and milk. The rise in fruit and vegetable prices is also due to government policy. And there you have it, one government agency telling what is wrong with another government section.

The Meeker Herald
— 25 years ago
– “Relatively quiet,” reports Meeker Police Department spokesman Rodney Gerloff of this past Christmas week’s criminal activity which resulted in two arrests and a couple of fire alarms.
– White River Valley residents said goodbye to one former millionaire and hello to another as Henry Kravis purchased Malcolm Bricklin’s ranch for $5.5 million case, just a week before the ranch was to go into foreclosure. Kravis made other real estate purchases locally in 1991 including the Seven Lakes Guest Resort and Delbert Pollard’s property upriver.

Rangely Times
— 50 years ago
– Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were in Rangely Dec. 13 to investigate a broken glass in the Bank of Rangely side door. The agents, after their investigation, expressed an opinion that the glass was broken accidentally, possibly from gravel thrown by a passing car on Grand Avenue near the door.
– Rio Blanco County Judge Keith Dunbar is reminding bicycle riders of special rules which apply to them. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon a permanent and regular seat attached thereto. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it was designed and equipped. No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to the roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and not the roadway.
– Panther Purrs… by Cheryl Striegel: Santa Claus (Mike Calhoun) checked out the elves’ gift-making progress last Friday in the pep assembly. Santa brought with him his reindeer and a special gift for the student body—Mr. Tarvin all wrapped and tied with a bow.
­- New Year’s Day is the most important January holiday, and the only one the entire world observes, regardless of race or religious belief. No doubt the greeting, “Happy New Year” in various languages has been most often heard around the globe. This holiday is the oldest one; and both primitive and civilized peoples have noted its arrival with some kind of festivity. Through the centuries, numerous traditions and customs have been associated with New Year’s Day; therefore, when we modern celebrate the day, we engage in some practices that are reminiscent of antiquity.