Days Gone By: March 21, 2019

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

-The order of services at St. James church tomorrow will be of the finest ever rendered in Meeker. Easter carols, hymns and anthems will be sung both the morning and evening. The Easter offerings will be for the benefit of St. James church. The children will join in the evening service and in the singing of the carols.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

-“Don’t waste the air.” This Injunction, Indicating the passing of the last free commodity known to man, has been added to the conservation program of the Southern Pacific, says Financial America. The attention of thousands of workmen In the railroad shops at Los, Angeles, Sacramento and Oakland Is being directed to the fact that compressed air, used to drive many machines and tools, represents a real expense/

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

-Five chapter members of the Meeker Fire Department played a part in the cutting of the three tiered birthday cake at the department’s 36th anniversary, celebrated Monday evening, March 17. Francis Kennedy, master of ceremonies for the event, which was held in Elbert Hall of the United Methodist Church, called on charter members Russell Harp, Bob White, Loren Idol, Edgar Peltier and Melvin Holland to participate in the annual cake cutting ceremony.

-Under the supervision of Paul Starbuck, the Meeker chapter of FFA has been participating in judging contests in Craig and Rifle during the past week.

-At a meeting of the Golf Association on Friday night, Henry B. Hughes, golf course architect, announced plans for letting of bids by May 10th. Construction of the golf course will be underway this summer.

-Going into the second week virtually every family in Meeker has one or more members of the family ill with one or more types of flu. Meeker high school students were hardest hit last week with as many as 35 absent last Thursday.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

-It probably won’t be as nice as the Colorado Rockies’ new digs in Denver, but the Rec District’s new softball/hardball field at Paintbrush Park will nevertheless be a welcome addition to Meeker’s existing baseball facilities.

-March 5, 1994 marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Public Trustee system in the State of Colorado. It was 100 years ago on this date that the then Governor, Davis H. Waite, convened a special session of the legislature to deal with the unique problems of 1894. Following the repeal of the Sherman Act and the institution nationally of the gold standard, silver mines began to close, unemployment was widespread and citizens throughout the state suffered extreme hardships. At the same time, the debtor was wholly within the power of the creditors which deprived him unjustly of his property without due process of law. This led to the creation of the Public-Trustee system. Today, 100 years later, the public trustee continues to serve as the impartial middle person protecting the rights of all parties to a property transaction.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

Clyde Huber is the new chief of the Rangely Volunteer Fire Department, following elections held in February. Other officers include Joe Fuller, first assistant chief, Red Stevens, second assistant chief, Bill Meese, first captain; John Toles, second captain; Dave O’Conor, third captain; and Gordon Byeres, fourth captain. Fire wardens elected were Troy Pollard and Charlie Cary. Bernie Jacobs was named secretary.

-Ten speech qualifiers from Rangely High School went to Boulder Friday and Saturday for the Colorado Forensic Festival at the University of Colorado and three won superior and excellent certificates.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

Three fifth grade boys from Rangely participated in the Grand Junction Rec. and Park Wrestling Tournament on March 12. They were Casey Rasmussen, Robbie Elam and Tyland Robinson. These boys completely dominated their weight classes by pinning all their opponents. This is a good indication that the Pee Wee program in Rangely has improved the quality of the wrestling.

-There has been a need in the community for the past several years of having a baseball field for the older players of the summer and the Rangely High School baseball team located in town. The Re-4 School Board has given the okay for the project to begin.

-Ms. Morrison’s “Sunshines” and Mrs. Reich’s “Sugar Bears” began their search through the school located at 402 West Main St. The two cookies were nowhere to be found. The children decided they should call the police for assistance in finding them. Since this was not a real missing person, they used the Police Department business phone rather than 911. The children gave detailed descriptions of the missing cookies and officer Nickson responded quickly. Officer Nickson fingerprinted all the preschoolers at their school to aid the investigation. These fingerprints are kept on permanent file at Parkview Elementary, should parents ever have a need for them.