Days Gone By: February 6, 2020

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Rev. Ostenson turned teamster this week and went to Buford and brought back a load of lumber to be used in the finishing work now being done in St. James church.

Simp Harp has bought the Meeker stables and will take possession of same on the 13th. Simp is an experienced livery man and will make this well-known stand popular with the traveling public.

County Commissioner Oldland, John Delany Sr. and Jr., and John Blair were among the White River City delegation in attendance at the interment of the late Thomas McGrath, which took place in Highland cemetery last Sunday.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

The flu which appeared here last week in mild form, has assumed alarming proportions during this week. It is estimated that there are three to four hundred cases in the county; of that number there are probably one hundred and fifty in Meeker; most of the cases are in mild form, but there are a number of dangerous cases. So far as known there are only two deaths which can be attributable to the prevailing epidemic — that of Vance Stephenson, and Miss Crunk.

Monday was Ground Hog Day, but his hogship didn’t have much chance to see his shadow, as the day was mostly cloudy. The ground hog may be held in high esteem in Missouri and other foreign regions, but we are losing faith in him, and don’t rate him any higher than Dr. Hicks, Wiggins and other more or less noted weather prognosticators.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

New Meeker Chamber officers and directors: Walt Brown, Craig Carmain, Doralee Dickman, Joe Shimko, Jim Cook, Jim Ruckman, Dr. Wilton Cogswell, Rev. Joseph Johns and Ed Jirak.

Eight listed on junior high honor roll: David King, Steve Allen, Danny Jens, Jon Kreps, David Hurlbut, Beth Bright, Beverly Moyer, Kirk Gentry.

By spring, new signs with a real sales message will be greeting travelers entering Meeker from the east and west entrances. The 6×12 signs will be painted by the Smith Brothers, sign painters, who are presently living in Meeker.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

Two items of good news surfaced this week in Meeker. First, a Utah man appears ready to establish a spa manufacturing facility in the former Lynmar Tool Company building. The Provo firm expects to employ about 10 people.

Gus and Christine Halandras, Lonnie Shults, Ethyl Owens, John Maneotis, and Angelo “Butch” Theos are featured in a four-page Range Magazine story about mountain lion predation in the Meeker area.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

Formation of a 20-member police reserve force is planned for Rangely.

The Colorado District 7 wrestling tournament will be held in Rangely this year.

The council discussed complaints dealing with dogs running in packs during the winter, upsetting garbage cans, etc.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

“None of us really trust the government,” said one gentleman. This remark seemed to sum up the general attitude of the citizens at the Bureau of Land Management public meeting on Feb. 4 where local citizens were given the change to respond to the latest draft of the BLM’s White River Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement.