Days Gone By: March 12, 2020

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Dwight Ryland, accompanied by J.C. Bell of Cripple Creek, and H.H. Hallett of Kansas City, Mo., were passengers on the incoming state Wednesday evening. The two former gentlemen are her to stay for the summer and came in early in order to get a good grip on our Italian climate before the “maddening crowd” surges in, while Mr. Hallett is after a small bunch of grizzly bears and mountain lions.

The annual meeting of the White River Stock Growers’ association will be held in Meeker Tuesday, April 16. This meeting will be the most important in the history of the association. A system of graded dues, whereby members will pay in accordance with the number of cattle they own, thus enabling the smallest stock owner in the valley to share in association benefits, will be up for discussion and adoption. “In union there is strength.” Attend this meeting whether you wish to join the association or not.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

All advices from the outside indicate that there is going to be a big awakening in oil and gas development during this year.

J.N. Neal is acting as assistant cashier of the First State Bank these days.

As Dooley’s man, Hogan, would say: The political pot is commencing to simmer nicely.

Sometimes as we go along the street we are convinced that if there is a shortage of anything in this world it isn’t talcum powder.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

Rio Blanco County Sheriff Bob Kracht’s annual 1969 report shows that serious offenses against persons or property are down 15% from 1968. However, it shows that total number of arrests increased by 12%, with marked increase in the drunk-driving and disturbance categories.

Third place tournament team winner: the Meeker Cowboys. Coach Don Zeigler, Mike McGruder, Terry Ivie, Darrell Arnold, Keith Watson, Steve Nieslanik, Gary Merriam, Dave Allen, George Kritsas, Gary McClain and Rick Nieslanik.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

The Meeker High School girls basketball team earned and deserved this state 3A championship trophy. It was a fitting conclusion to an excellent season, and most people in Meeker probably would have been surprised if the team had not competed in the state tournament.

Kathleen Sullivan Kelley attended the recent National Farmers Union convention as a voting delegate. Kelley is vice president of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

This year’s Range Call Rodeo will not be sanctioned by the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association. Apparently CPRA won’t sanction rodeo stock from the company that is furnishing the livestock for the Range Call. It’s too late to line up another stock supplier. This means no professional rodeo competitors will participate.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

The Mesa College District committee last Thursday adopted a resolution establishing the precincts for the April 14 election to determine whether Rangely College and Mesa College will be separated.

The Rio Blanco County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been reorganized as the Rangely Chapter, according to Bob Daniels, new secretary of the organization.

A homemade airplane was landed on the highway .2 mile south of Dinosaur by its builder-pilot, David R. Karren, of Vernal.

Automation is just another term for mother.

Truth only has to change hands a few times to become fiction.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

What would otherwise have been a sedate City Council meeting erupted at the end in a few heated moments between ex-councilwoman Barbara Widmer and Rangely Mayor Frances Green.

Nine Rangely Pee Wee wrestlers traveled to Grand Junction on March 10 and 11 to participate in the parks and recreation tournament. The Rangely wrestlers participated with little or no practice and did an outstanding job. The wrestlers brought home seven championships and two third place finishers. Don Strain, Robbie Elam, Westly Torsell, Tyland Robinson, Casey Rasmussen, Coby Rose, Ryan Torsell, Joshua Padilla and Keenan LeBleu.