Days Gone By: December 6, 2018

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

– There are a larger number of cattlemen (and some of them big ones, too) feeding this winter than ever before. The knowing ones are beginning to realize that it pays, with good hay bringing only $5 per ton.

– The local lodge of Odd Fellows held their semi-annual election on Wednesday last, and the following officers were chosen: Harry Niblock, N.G.; H.A. Wildhack, V.G.; F.W.H. Pfeiffer, Sec.; W.H. Clark, Per. Sec.; S. Mootz, Treas. The installation will take place on the evening of Jan. 3, 1894.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– The annual Stock Show at Denver, which will open on Jan. 18, 1919, will be known as the “Victory Stock Show.”

– Fred Gribble is going to farm right next season, and to that end has purchased 160 acres of fine land from George Aicher. The tract lays up near the Flag Creek ridge, commonly called the “hogback.”

– Moral Courage. If there is any one quality of the mind in which the really great have conspired, as it were, to surpass other men it is moral courage. In private life what daily deceit would be avoided, what evils would be remedied if we did but possess more moral courage-not that the false image of it which proceeds from a blind and inconsiderate rashness, from an absence both of forethought and imagination; but that calm reliance on the decisions of reason, that carelessness of the undeserved applause of our neighbors which will induce the great man to act according to his own informed judgment and not according to the opinion of those who will not know, and who could never appreciate his motives.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– Iris Franklin Recognized As Outstanding Young Woman of America. Because of her outstanding accomplishments in community service, in religious and in professional endeavors, Mrs. Ben (Iris) Franklin of Meeker has been selected and will appear in the 1968 annual biographical compilation, “Outstanding Young Women of America”. Mrs. Franklin is originally from Montrose where she was active in 4-H Club work and became the state leadership winner. She was graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and has been Rio Blanco County Extension Agent for three years. Taking a year’s leave of absence, she went to Finland in 1966 as a United States IFYE (International Farm Youth Exchange) Delegate. Mrs. Franklin is active in P.E.O., CSU Alumni and IFYE Alumni organizations.

– A rest stop will be laid out for I-70 travelers at what is now the Hanging Lake Resort. So, the construction on I-70 will not cut travelers off from access to Hanging Lake. The resort has been bought by the highway department and is now being torn down, except for the residence of artist Jack Roberts. It will be left standing for another two years when all structures will be removed.

– Sunday evening during a light snow storm, Mayor Bob Brubaker pulled the switch to officially commemorate the Meeker Jaycees’ efforts to expand the Christmas lighting program in the downtown area. Through donations the Jaycees purchased over $1,100 worth of new decorations which the White River Electric crews installed last week on Market Street.

– The 1968 MHS football team selected Miss Barbara Lake as its queen for the Saturday evening dance following the annual football banquet. First attendant is Miss Karen Osborn and Miss Cindy Nieslanik, second attendant. The young ladies’ escorts are Jim Jirak, Jim McKean and Jim Cook.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– The Rio Blanco County Commissioners will be presenting the county’s 1994 budget with some substantial changes, due in part to a $1 million decrease in revenues from this year’s budget. Although voters approved the 1.33 mill levy increase which is expected to generate $416,000 in additional revenue, the budget still had to be cut by roughly $400,000.

– The School Board presented Awards of Excellence to Elementary School teachers Dolly Viscardi and Becky Hughes. Viscardi was cited for her innovative reading programs such as the accelerated reading courses, with Hughes recognized for the very successful family math workshops she held for first-graders and their parents. It was also pointed out that Renay Mobley will be hosting similar math programs for 5th graders and their families in January.

– It was a long time coming, but the new K-12 health curriculum coordinated by Debbie Cook was finally put into final form and presented to the board for adoption. The new series of study will cover self-esteem, mental/emotional health, human growth and development, alcohol, drug and tobacco use, relationships and communication, sexuality, communicable diseases, injury prevention, community/environmental health, personal health and consumer health. Speaking for the entire health curriculum committee, Cook noted everyone “feels very good about it because of so many who have seen, examined and contributed to it.” The final version had input from law enforcement officials, the medical community, teachers and area youth-group leaders to name a few of those contributing.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– After hearing complaints from two citizens concerning matters relating to the police department, Mayor B.F. Yaeger declared the meeting to be in “executive session” with only council members and police to be present. Among the matters discussed were drinking by minors, use of drugs in the form of “pep” pills by local juveniles, violation of curfew, vandalism, traffic violations, setting up a local organization to assist officers in controlling crime, recent break-ins, etc. A larger than usual number of juveniles have been charged with crimes in the recent months here.

– Rangely High School band in colors of green and white led the Veterans Day parade in Vernal, Utah, last month as out-of-state guest band, Grant Peel is the local director of the 45-piece marching band.

– Rio Blanco County’s long-range plan to get Colorado TV will get underway this month. First step will be to pick up a Denver CBS station in the next week or so at Wilson Creek, relayed from Juniper Mountain near Maybell. If the signal is sufficiently strong at Wilson Creek to justify making further use of it, it will be relayed to Meeker, then later to Cathedral Bluffs and on to Mellon Hill for Rangely viewers.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– In mid-November the Rangely Museum Society received word that their grant application in the amount of $39,500 for a project entitled Chevron Camp House and Chevron Recreation has been approved. This is part of a larger, long-term project for an outdoor museum near the intersection of Highway 64 and Kennedy Drive.

– The White River Tae Kwon Do Club held their quarterly testing. Former Rangely resident and head instructor Dan Jensen (3rd Black Belt) led the testing board with help from Jack Lambert (High Red Belt) from Vernal. Nineteen students successfully participated in the testing.

– CNCC Coach and Athletic Director Tom Heywood Named to the 24th Edition of Who’s Who in the West. Being named to the Who’s Who in the West is an honor for Heywood who said, “This award was a very nice surprise; but looking back on everything makes me realize that I’m getting older!”