Days Gone By: June 21, 2019

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

The Western Slope congress is “dead set” against parks and timber reserves in general.

Several members of the gun club were out practicing on clay pigeons during the past week. The boys say they’ll not allow Craig to walk away with the honors and gate receipts without a struggle.

Judge Wildhack started for Craig Thursday morning for the ostensible purpose of acting as reporter and special artist for The Herald, but in reality for the “more noble and glorious” purpose of seeing that no harm befalls Dr. Bruner, who is to umpire the game.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

Victor Slifka, shoemaker, has moved from shop below the post office to his residence on east Market street (second house east of Sulphur creek), where he will be ready to attend to the wants of all customers.

All parties are hereby requested to use nozzles on their lawn and garden hose, and at no time to waste water. With between 200 and 300 garden and lawn hoses running all the time without nozzles the pressure is so reduced that in case of fire there would not be sufficient pressure to protect the town.

What might have been a bad fire was narrowly averted when the Continental gasoline take caught fire Monday evening in front of the Joy auto agency, which is located in the east wing of the Meeker hotel block. Prompt action on the part of Harry Harp, who was driving the truck, averted what might have been a disastrous conflagration.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

Daily showers for the past week have added up to 1.46 inches of rain for the Meeker vicinity. Up at Trappers Lake for the past 11 days they’ve received moisture daily in the form of snow and rain.

Plans for Meeker’s 1969 Range Call Celebration are nearly set with a full schedule slated which begins on Friday.

Three juveniles, two from Meeker and one from Rangely, charged with numerous burglaries and thefts on Upper White River, were placed on two year’s probation by Juvenile Court Judge Carl Fulghum. In addition, the boys are required to spend the time between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. each night and each weekend between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday for the next 90 days in the county jail.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

Lack of snow this past winter, combined with little precipitation this spring, has waters from the White River dwindling rapidly, so much so that drought-like conditions threaten the White River drainage.

The Fairfield Center complex marked its 20th anniversary. Celebrating a quiet birthday this week is the Fairfield Center, that attractive array of buildings occupying most of Market and Main streets from Third to Second street.

Captain Anthony John (Tony) Seely, Meeker High School graduate and son of Jerry and Mary Ann Seely, was recently selected to serve a two-year term on the Air Force’s Thunderbird aerial demonstration team.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

Retail sales in Rangely increased 6.5 percent during the first three months of 1969, compared with the same period in 1968.  Sales for January through March of 1969 were $1.053,000 as compared to $989,000 in 1968.

Paving of Douglas Pass, a long-sought goal of the people of Rangely and northwestern Colorado, will be accomplished in the next fiscal year.

A problem for interested psychologists to study is whether it is better to have TV full of violence which keeps the kids off the street, or boredom, which drives them out into it.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

The Rangely Racing Association would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this year’s race great.

On May 25, a large gathering of around 250 people attended the first annual Customer Appreciation BBQ at Moon Lake Electric’s office and warehouse in Rangely.

Rangely Junior Girl Scout Troop #534 was among over 400 Western Colorado Girl Scouts who recently gathered in Grand Junction for the Festival of Fun and Friendship. Attending were Arianne Morrison, Dorothy Morrison, Katie VanDerWege, Carol VanDerWege, Jessie Ramirez and Amber Wocher.

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