Days Gone By: Jan. 9, 2020

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Those interested in the future of this section should attend the meeting at the court house Thursday evening to discuss the latest railway project.

The coupon system has been adopted at the City Meat Market and will be strictly observed. The system affords mutual advantages and is sure to become a favorite. Coupon books will not be sold at more than thirty days, to anyone.

Somebody, who wants to explain what the editorial “we” signifies, says it has a variety of meanings, varied to suit the circumstances. For an example: when you read that “we expect our wife home today” (this, of course, doesn’t apply to us unfortunates who have no wife), “We” refers to the editor-in-chief; when it is “we are a little late with our work,” it includes the whole office force, even to the devil and the towel; in “we are having a boom,” the town is meant; “we received over 700,000 immigrants last year,” and it embraces the nation; but “we have hog cholera in our midst” only means the man who takes the paper and does not pay for it is very ill.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

Our own lives are robbed of sweetness by bitter thoughts of others.

The railroad will be here in about two years. Be ready to give a cordial reception.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

Mayor DeWayne Merriam appealed to the public to observe the rules of no trash burning at the city dump and to dump in the designated areas. Otherwise, he said, the State Health Department will step in, order the town dump be fenced and a service fee charged, if the town is to comply with the air pollution control law passed in 1966 and amended in 1967 and 1969.

Mr. and Mrs. Onea Miller moved last week to Colorado Springs where both are enrolled at Colorado University Extension College. Mr. Miller is a pre-law student and Mrs. Miller plans to major in English. Mrs. Miller also plans to study as a real estate broker.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

Ed Jirak reports that a mountain lion visited the Christmas decorations on the roof of his 765 Third St. house over the holidays. Jirak noticed large footprints on the roof near the Santa Claus display, and in the yard where the critter jumped onto the roof. He checked with wildlife experts who told him what cougar tracks look like and judging from their description, a young mountain lion made the prints. “Kinda makes you a little edgy about walking out of the house at night,” Jirak says.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

Attorney Cecil Lollar submitted his resignation as hospital attorney at the regular meeting on Dec. 9 of the board of directors of the Rangely District Hospital.

Don Moore of Rangely was the lucky winner of the YV-1 license plate for 1970 at the drawing held at the courthouse by County Clerk Sue Mantle.

Jesse Steele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Steele, celebrated his eighth birthday a day early, on Dec. 31, with 10 of his little friends present. Attending were Doug Franklin, Greg Goddard, Toby Goddard, Ricky Green, Kinny Hillis, Mike Justus, Ricky Massey, Brian Mitchem, Jess Pennell, Judy Steele and Vincent Wilczek. Games were played and cake and ice cream enjoyed by all.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

The Rio Blanco Combined Court in Meeker on Nov. 30, 1994, appointed Peggy Rector of Rangely as the conservator for Bernard Yaeger in Rangely. Yaeger is the owner and publisher of the Rangely Times, and has been unable to operate the business for many years due to illness. Yaeger’s sisters petitioned the court to appoint a local conservator to look after Yaeger’s affairs. Lavella Justus has been named managing editor of the Rangely Times.

All the county’s newly elected officials were sworn in. They were Kim Cook as a county commissioner, Nancy Amick as clerk and record, Jo Ann Findlay as treasurer, Renae Neilson as assessor, Phil Stubblefield as sheriff, Jim Joy as surveyor, and Dave Eskleson as coroner. The board elected Donald Davis as its chairman and Joe Collins as chairman pro tempore.