Days Gone By: March 19, 2020

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The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

The attention of the public is called to the add of Frederick Ouimet, which appears in this issue. Mr. Ouimet will open a new blacksmithing and wagonmaking shop, half a block west of the old Bergh stand, on Monday. Give him a call.

The Rawlins Republican is building a railroad from New Castle, Wyoming, to Meeker, which further strengthens our already well-founded belief that this town is the “hub of the universe.” But the question is, “What shall we do with all the railroads heading for the hub?” Give them right of way and depot sites, of course, and welcome them.

Mr. and Mrs. Rube Oldland of Piceance, were registered at the Miller house during the week. It is rumored that Mr. Oldland contemplates building here during the summer.

After a lengthy visit with the old folks, John Bloomfield left for Greeley, where he is following his profession — civil engineering and surveying.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

If the free publicity fiends were cut out there would be no scarcity of newsprint. This paper has cut them all out. Every publisher should do likewise.

Tom Scott’s real estate office now presents all the handsome appearances of a metropolitan office of like character, with its up-to-date heating plant and handsome furnishings. Tom wants the best, and he has it in his newly furnished office.

“Press News. Rush!” continues to rush into this office; and its rapid pace continues till it reaches our capacious waste basket.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

A series of reported and unreported burglaries of women’s underclothes was believed solved last week with the arrest of a young Meeker juvenile boy. The young boy was arrested as a suspect by Chief of Police James Marinelli after being caught by Marinelli in a home other than his own. Approximately 200 pieces of undergarments have been recovered and are awaiting identification at the Sheriff’s office. 

Charter members of the Meeker Fire Department were a part of those honored at the annual Fireman’s banquet held Monday evening of last week in the dining room of the El Rancho Cafe. Charter members present include: R.G. Lyttle, Edgar Peltier, George LeFevre, Melvin Holland, Loren Idol and Robert White.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

Meeker Fire Chief Doug Overton takes a break to enjoy the fireworks March 18 at the former Deighton House hotel on Market Street in Meeker. Fire trainers from Loveland set fires inside the abandoned building, then Meeker, Craig and Rifle volunteer firefighter teams entered the building to locate the blaze and douse it.

A man in his early 30s who lived near Alamosa died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in February, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

Merrill J. Miller was named General Manager of Moon Lake Electric Association, Inc. at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the association.

Twelve petitions were filed in the clerk’s office by the deadline, March 6, for the offices of trustee and two petitions for the office of mayor, to be elected April 7.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

Rangely and Dinosaur residents awoke at 5:46 a.m. by an earthquake Monday. The quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries, but did give local residents an unwelcome wakeup call. Chevron geologist Fred O’Toole said that the 4.1 earthquake originated from the Willow Creek Thrust Fault and was not caused by the injection of liquids into the basin.

Eleven young wrestlers traveled to Craig on Saturday to participate in a wrestling tournament. Ten of the 11 young men finished in the top four in their respective brackets. Robby Elam, 2nd; Casey Rasmussen, 2nd; Joshua Padilla, 1st; Keenan LeBleu, 1st; Garth Byers, 4th; Tyland Robinson, 3rd; Koby Rose, 3rd; Ryan Torsell, 3rd; Wes Torsell, Don Strain, 3rd; Cody Byers, 2nd.