Days Gone By: July 9, 2020

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The Meeker Herald | 125 years ago

• If you would move mountains, grab a spade and go to work.

• Fortunate is the man whose errors are sufficiently ludicrous to pass current as jokes.

• Born on Friday afternoon, July 12, 1895, to the wife of H.S. Harp, a son. Simp is strutting around today as though he weighed a ton, and receiving the congratulations of his friends. 

The Meeker Herald | 100 years ago

• It was the largest turn out ever seen in Meeker at any Fourth of July celebration ever held here. Most of the events were pulled off at the new fairgrounds and was a great improvement on the previous methods although not in first class condition. There were nearly 300 cars gathered around the track and a lot more afoot and on horseback. This program was added to by a big fireworks demonstration in the evening and was certainly out of the ordinary for a town of this size.

• Pay no attention to numerous errors in this week’s issue. Our linotype man observed the Fourth in due form. And, why should we worry about a few errors? 

The Meeker Herald | 50 years ago

• “Bridge Across the Years” the historical-oriented flat entered by the Rio Blanco County Cowbelles, was the sweepstakes winning float in the annual 4th of July parade.

 • The town government and a number of citizens are rapidly reaching the boiling point caused by the frequency of unauthorized burning of trash at the dump grounds north of town. 

The Meeker Herald | 25 years ago

• Buddy Pakuer and George Howey were the big winners in this year’s Range Call Ranch Rodeo. Fourteen teams entered the rodeo. Pakuer, along with his sons Levi and Lance, and Lori Johnson and Isaiah Abbott, pocketed $550.  

• It was like that big mosquito that gets into your tent, and then comes out of hiding after dark… We’re talking about the now-infamous flight of the gyrocopter — the little helicopter — around and around the Range Call July 4 parade in Meeker. Even if you weren’t there, you probably already know the commotion the noisy little machine caused. 

Rangely Times | 50 years ago

• Miss Dina Nickson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nickson, is the 1970 Queen of the Little Buckaroo Rodeo. Her attendants are Jana Lee Nickson, second attendant; and Cathy Caldwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Caldwall, Jr., first attendant.  

• Word was received here this week that federal matching funds for the proposed new Rangely Library building had been approved. 

• Do you ever get the uncomfortable feeling that perhaps your gray hair isn’t premature?

Rangely Times | 25 years ago

• The Colorado Welcome Center at Dinosaur had a great month by being host to 7,279 visitors. 

• Thursday, July 6, the community of Glenwood Springs dedicated the Storm King 14 Monument honoring the 14 firefighters who lost their lives exactly one year ago while battling a fire on Storm King Mountain just west of Glenwood Springs.

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