Days Gone By: Oct. 21, 2021

 The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

• The Herald is a little bit late in getting out this issue, caused by the 10 ticket ballot, which in turn necessitated issuing a double number. The official ballot this year is twice as large as ever before.

• W.H. Jones killed a silver tip bear up Sulphur Creek last week, which weighed close to 600 pounds.

• Go to Photographer Grove’s for photos of Meeker and the dead robbers. Fine views cheap.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

• Ralph Tagert was one of the lucky hunters this season and got about the best head we saw. Harry Wear and Dr. Mathenson who were in the same party also got nice bucks.

• Many people in Meeker, Oakridge Park and other parts of the country were very much grieved to hear that George Wilber, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Wilber, was seriously ill of pneumonia.

The Meeker Herald 

50 years ago

• It’s a great day for Paul Starbuck. Recognized as Colorado State University Honor Alumnus this year, he will receive the “Letterman’s Award” at halftime of the CSU-Utah State football game during CSU Homecoming activities. While he was head football coach at Meeker, his teams won seven district playoffs and three teams went on to the State finals. In wrestling, many of his boys have placed at State with the team taking second in 1968.

• Meeker, Colorado, is the first small town in the surrounding five-state area to have extended rural home mail delivery service, which in this case includes all patrons living outside a quarter mile radius of the post office who may still sign up at the local post office for home mail delivery daily except Sundays and holidays. 

The Meeker Herald 

25 years ago

• Four Indiana men landed in the Rio Blanco County jail, and as many as 20 more are under investigation, after a team of 15 federal, state and local law enforcement officers raided the mens’ hunting camp at Stagecoach Campground in Meeker at dawn on Oct. 22, and arrested them for a long list of felony game poaching violations.

Dustin Allen won the grand prize in the annual elk bugling contest sponsored by the sheriff’s department and Meeker police. 

Rangely Times 

50 years ago

• Rangely’s city council Monday night adopted the 1972 final budget with no increase in mill levy for the sixth straight year. 

• Last week I received an interesting but not very factual letter concerning a recent editorial “Shopping At Home.” The unknown writer said that I “had been pushing very loaded baskets around the Vernal grocery stores,” and also criticized the Times for running Vernal advertising. For the record, I have been in a Vernal grocery store only once in 25 years and that was several years ago, buying nothing then. 

Rangely Times 

25 years ago

• An investigation began about two weeks ago after the Rangely Police received anonymous tips concerning alleged narcotics transportation into Rangely for use and sale. 

• The Artesia Fire Department was on hand during National Fire Safety Week to provide hands-on instruction to the children of Dinosaur Elementary School.

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