Days Gone By: September 14, 2017

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
– The British Tommy’s definition of a “Slacker” as given in the dictionary of the trenches is: “An insect who stays back in England and lets other men do the fighting.”
– You can’t worry and be glad at the same time—so just be glad. ~Mildred Shaw
– Fred Nichols was up from Rangely this week, attending to jury duties.
– The rain storms of midweek put auto travel on the Meeker-Rifle road out of commission.
– The season has advanced to a point where flies are considerable of a nuisance—especially to bald-headed men.
– On account of school privileges, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Neal have moved to town, taking the handsome and commodious Coudery residence on west Park Avenue.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
– The moving of the log school house from Marvine Creek into Meeker was made without incident to the location last Thursday. Tacked onto the bulletin board in the school house is a sheet of paper listing the teacher and the names of her four students for the school year 1954-55, when the building was last used as a classroom.
– Cowboy halfback Ron Taussig looked like he had plenty of running room as he took off for an end run sweep in third period action of the Meeker-Basalt game last Saturday at Basalt. Meeker won 26-7.
– No new snow has fallen as yet, but the frost was very evident Wednesday morning.
– Bernard Nieslanik is now the proud owner of a hair dryer after White River Electric Association’s annual business meeting and door prize drawing Tuesday. Other winners and their gifts were: Mrs. Josie Clapper, electric broiler; Mrs. Dorothy Bloomfield, radio; Mrs. Margie Wilber, electric iron; Mrs Martha Garcia, room heater; Mrs. Ethel Stout, electric carving knife; and Mrs. Genevieve Nay, who won the grand prize, a portable dishwasher.

Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
– It’s hard to think the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials started from a cup of coffee. Marv Brown and Laura Lu Watkins and I were sitting at their dinner table talking about dogs and the next thing we knew there were 50-60 dogs trialing at Seely’s field in 1987. What put that trial on the map was a $15,000 cash purse donated by Malcom Bricklin. ~ Gus Halandras

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
– Now is the time to cut unsightly weeds for the last time this summer. We notice, up and down Main Street, several unsightly patches of weeds that should be removed.
– The average net worth of families in Rio Blanco County is estimated at $19,200, based on local earning figures and on overall findings of the Feveral Reserve Board. This compares with $17,600 per family in the rest of the mountain state and $18,100 in the State of Colorado.
– Gary Corbin celebrated his fifth birthday Sunday by entertaining five of his little friends at a party given by his mother. Those attending were Kenneth and Sharie Crown, Annette Moon, Gaylene Aplanalp and Ricky Massy.
– Defensive standouts for Rangely were tackle Jay Rector and linebacker Tom Suchar. Fullback Bill Hume averaged 4.5 yards per carry for a total of 63 yards in 14 carries.
– Absentees from high school classes during the first two weeks of school have been increasing at an alarming rate.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
– The county runs a self-funded insurance program for their employees. At the Sept. 13 meeting of the county commissioners, this was the biggest item of discussion. Basically, the problem is a large increase in rates. Actual rates will be increasing about 25 percent.
A group of those opposed to casino gambling in Dinosaur met last Wednesday evening to discuss plans for helping to defeat the initiatives which could bring casino gambling to at least 33 additional Colorado communities.
– Rangely First Baptist Church celebrated it’s 45th anniversary.
– The Rangely Panther football team won their first game of the 1992 campaign over Basalt 28-0.