Days Gone By: March 29, 2018

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago

It would seem that the woes of the country editor and publisher are never ending. In addition to ninety-seven and a half columns of “immediate release” matter, this we are in receipt of about a column and half from that old contributor—the Rivers and Harbors Congress. But our feelings were considerably mollified on receipt of an offer of a whole barrel of paint, from a Cleveland concern “without paying a cent for it.”

– From now on it is going to go hard with people accused of pro-German sympathies. This week Sheriff Lyon went after one German accused of disloyal talk. His case will be heard as soon as the U.S. authorities at Denver can be reached. Such people don’t belong in this country. They should be on the Kaiser’s fighting lines.

– Ed Kostitch, the Ford man, made the trip to Rifle, Wednesday, in five hours in a Ford. A few more days and the Meeker-Rifle road will be in auto condition.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago

– Favorable reaction to the preliminary announcement and plans to restore the Meeker Hotel property has encouraged a more rapid development than originally planned. As a result, Fredericks Realty will this coming week make available the purchase plan forms.

– The Town of Meeker was plunged into total darkness at 8 p.m. last night when a major breakdown occurred at the Colorado Ute substation in Rifle. It took the local crew some 30 minutes to isolate the trouble and switch to a feed-in north of here.

– Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Frantz announce the birth of a son born March 22. He has been named James Oren and at birth weighed 7 pounds, 2-1/4 ounces.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago

– While the town grapples with federally-mandated flood prevention regulations, the county is pondering what to do about trash being dumped along the banks of Sulphur Creek. The problems are not new. For over a century, the creek has provided Meeker’s residents and government with a continuing series of headaches.

– Watch for Thumbelina the Buffalo in upcoming commercials for Round the Corner restaurants. Gayle Crawford gussied up her three-year-old pet and took her to Denver to perform for the TV cameras on March 18.

– “If you kin read, they’ll let you on the school board. Play co-ed volley? Parks and Rec needs you. Slap on a Band-Aid? Sign up for the Hospital Board. Turn on a lamp? You’re ready for an REA post. Flush the toilet? Sanitation District, of course. That’s what I like about this valley, everybody kin be involved. There’s enough boards and committees and societies to keep plenty busy and git more than your fill of potluck suppers and gossip.”

Rangely Times — 50 years ago

– Vandals cost the city of Rangely several hundred dollars Monday night when they opened a valve and allowed thousands of gallons of water to escape from the storage tanks south of Rangely.

– Fred McDonald and B.F.. Yaeger, members of the board of directors of the Western Slope Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases Assn., report that the Mobile X-Ray unit will be in Rangely on Friday, April, 19. They urge all residents to have an X-ray even though they have had one in the past. School children who had a positive reaction to the TB testing this month will be given an X-ray between 9-10 a.m. that day.

– Everyone is of some use, even if nothing more than serving as a horrible example.

– Junior Mark Row of the Rangely Panthers was named to the first five on the 1967-68 All-Northwestern League basketball all-star team.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago

– The proposal of the Clinton administration to impose a fuel tax at the initial or well head point has not been met with pleasure by many western politicians. Commissioner Don Davis, who is also President of Colorado Commissioners Incorporated was concerned enough to have a resolution drafted that opposes this and offers an alternative.

– U.S. West Communications has notified the town that it proposes to sell the Rangely-Dinosaur telephone exchange.