Days Gone By in Rio Blanco County

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago

n To the teachers of Rio Blanco County: I ask you to be circumspect, and so act in the wild, unsettled country, that there will be no gossip about you.  I do not think that girls should go to public dances without chaperonage, and they should leave at a respectable hour. The young men should remember that no gentleman would be guilty of drinking when ladies are present.

n Andy Robertson finished Fawn Creek ditch last week.

n “Sometimes the big trusts almost feel that they cannot get along without the United States government.”

n The famous Calamity Jane took up her abode in Meeker — for a brief time.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago

n After one of the driest summers on record, we are now setting another record. Two feet of snow covered the Flat Tops Sunday.

n The schools in the Meeker district opened Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a total enrollment 695 pupils.

n Otto Shults had the champion Suffolk ram and Forrest Nelson had the reserve champion Suffolk ewe at last week’s county fair.

n “Live and learn is somewhat belied by the apparent inability of some of our best to learn anything new after they reach 40 years of age.”

n Miss Josephine Ann Shively became the bride of Robert Dale Tucker in a double ring ceremony performed by Father Michael Schullion of Lander, Wyo., at St. Michael’s Catholic church in Craig.

n The past few years Tom Murray has been processing free the first deer brought to his locker plant each season killed with bow and arrow. Donald H. Bates of Fort Lupton, Colo., was the lucky hunter who bagged his deer on Tuesday of last week.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago

n “Confused and upset” was the way Dr. Robert Dorsett described the way he was feeling about some of the things he saw going on at Pioneers Hospital. Included in his list were his concerns over a top-heavy administration, a business office that is overstaffed and not getting the job done, money being spend on what he felt was unnecessary remodeling expenses, and spending more money on sending a person to school for six weeks to learn how to run the hospital’s $75,000 computer.

n Rumors were flying thick and fast after things blew up late last week about the area’s first “computer caper” which involved RBC Development Corporation director Phillip Fletcher and county employees John Montgomery and Reed Haughey. What actually happened, said county sheriff Ron Hilkey, “is that they were trying to get the RBCDC’s computer up and going.”

n Peggy Back and Sue Taylor were the lucky winners of the $25 meat-of-your-choice raffle sponsored last weekend by the Happy Hearth Homemaker Club.
Rangely Times — 45 years ago

n The RHS cheerleaders have been diligently working on their routines.

n State Senator Roy Romer and Supreme Court Justice Edward C. Day visited Rangely Wednesday and were guests at a luncheon held at Eddy’s Restaurant.

n Campus Theatre now showing “Stop the World I Want to Get Off.”

n Jim Brown, a 1966 graduate of Meeker High School, has been named as a Chevron Oil Company scholarship winner for Colorado.
Rangely Times — 35 years ago

n New faculty members: Roger Whalen, Brady Beek and Carl Oleson.

n Freshman members of the RHS volleyball team include Arlene Hazlewood, Eloise Klements, Teri Striegel, Debbie Clugston, Julianne Poole and LaDonna Lancaster.

n The unprecedented campaign to immunize all adult Coloradans against the new A/Swine New Jersey 1976 influenza virus, will begin Oct. 10.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago

n Colorado Northwestern College dedicated the Weiss Activity Center.

n Jeff Mitchem, son of long-time Rangley residents, graduated this year from Colorado State University in electrical engineering with highest distinction.

n Water filled the Peacock Alley building Tuesday night as another of the city’s water line broke. Rising to a depth of 12 inches throughout the building it did extensive damage to the building and its contents.