Days Gone By: Jan. 17, 2019

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

– The Meeker Bank received a new typewriter the other day and now everybody from the manager down to Vic is too busy and preoccupied to say “How-dydoo”

– Sheriff Searles of Uintah County, Utah, arrived in town in the early part of the week in pursuit of a counterfeiter. He invoked the aid of Sheriff Wilbur, and the officers locating their man on upper Piceance arrested him on Tuesday. They also took Al Redden into custody for trying to interfere with the arrest. Messrs. Wilbur and Searles took their prisoners to Vernal.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– A Canadian inventor has worked out a new application of thrift in the form of a gas which can be made from straw. The invention will be of special value in farm communities, as it will enable the farmer to utilize straw that now goes to waste. The gas is made in a three-cylinder retort.

– Soap and water will prevent a multitude of ills.

– Tom Kilduff is enjoying the balmy breezes of old Pennsylvania.

– Billy Cotton is now operating a fine six-mule freight outfit between Meeker and Rifle

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– Four officers and eight directors were elected at the Monday night Range Call, Inc. meeting to start the new year. Vern Wagner, who was president of Range Call for 1968, was unanimously re-elected to head the organization again this year. His fellow officers, all unanimous choices were Dr. Gary Rupp, vice president; Mrs. Suzanne Halandras, treasurer, and Jim Cook, secretary.

–  Two agencies in the same department of the state government are embroiled in a bitter squabble over proposed acquisition of private lands for big game range as part of a proposed northwestern Colorado water project. The dispute is between the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the State Game, Fish and Parks Department, both under the Department of Natural Resources. So serious have the issues become that Gov. John Love is expected to intercede eventually.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– In addition to finally deciding on the size and model of the new school bus they will soon be purchasing, the Re-1 school board Tuesday evening took another careful step ahead on their possible remodeling project at the now-empty intermediate school. With $322,600 in various grant monies already awarded for the project, it would seem that the district has positioned itself well for the projected $400,000 expense, but board members want to be very sure that figure doesn’t climb unexpectedly, as it does come from a feasibility study revision which is a year old.

– The students at Barone Middle School were involved in a project of significant magnitude recently which involved the print media. The project: to produce an American Revolutionary era newspaper, complete with interviews with generals, battlefield reports, editorials, classified ads and letters to the editor. About two weeks prior to the composing the paper, students researched the American Revolution, gathering information for newspaper articles and editorials. Each of Ms. Lydia Frederick’s social studies classes were given the opportunity as an alternative to the usual test taking, to use what they learned about the American Revolution and put it into a creative form. This, the revolution era newspaper.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– The body of Charles T. Mantle, 75, former owner of the Mantle ranch in Dinosaur National Park, was found stabbed and badly beaten on Jan. 5. He was apparently robbed and killed about 24 hours before his body was discovered. Mr. Mantle had been touring the area of Los Muches, Old Mexico, at the time of his death. He had gone to Mexico for the winter months from the Mantle ranch, a winter vacation he had made annually for the past nine years.

– Approval of a $100,000 insured loan by the Farmers Home Administration to develop a golf course at Meeker, Colorado was announced today by Ernest C. Phillips, the agency’s Colorado Acting State Director. The loan to the Rio Blanco Golf Association will finance installation of the 9-hole course, including refinancing of 75 acres of land, club house, equipment and storage shed, as well as legal and engineering fees.

– There is talk of eliminating violence on TV. Well! There goes the 11 o’clock news.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– MARCAL Construction of Rifle to construct an addition to the hospital. As a result, the board will enter into an agreement with Marcal for the sum of $430,750.

– The Meeker and Rangely landfills will have new hours starting Feb. 1, 1994. Operating hours for both landfills will be between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The landfills will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.