Days Gone By: September 27, 2018

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

Some 600 head of White River cattle were loaded at Rifle last week, bound for the markets.

– A. Burnham returned from Limekiln Hill Thursday, where he has burned enough lime to last Meeker until next summer.

– The party who lost a set of artificial teeth on the road below town a few days ago can have the same by calling at this office and paying for this item.

– H.H. Leonard of Piceance Creek was autographed at the Miller House in the early part of the week, and reports all serene in his section and cattle looking well.

The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

– Setting in with an electrical storm Sunday night, another heavy rain storm visited this section Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday. In the Flat Tops it was snow. Clear and cold once more.

– Worthwhile quotation: “He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must have always had a very low standard of it in his mind.”~Hazlitt

– The work of excavating for the basement of the new grade school building is now underway.

– This old town was full of hunting parties this week. If all the outsiders get a deer apiece there will not be much left for the natives. But the natives can eat chicken, pork and home-raised beef.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

– Miss Arlene Gentry was selected Saturday to reign over the 1969 Range Call Celebration in Meeker. Jolene Mobley and Margaret Jensen will be her attendants.

– Sunday was the first official day of the fall season but if you happen to live in the White River Valley Sunday morning you could have sworn it was the first day of winter…couple of inches of fresh snow in town and 6 to 10 inches of snow on the Mesa. Sunday night’s low of 25 in town set off the first real frost, which finished most everyone’s flowers.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

– Meeker firemen had a long trip downriver just past the Piceance Creek turnoff last week to put out a brushfire along Hwy. 64. It’s been a relatively quiet year for fires compared to recent summers.

– The closing of LynMar Tool Company is indeed sad news for our community. It becomes even sadder news if we just point fingers instead of offering thanks.

– Meeker quarterback Brad Sullivan was drawing the attention of the Gunnison defense all night long last Friday evening.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

– The Interior Department’s oil shale test lease program is wonderful news to those living in Rangely and Rio Blanco County. For the past 50 years oil shale development was just around the corner and in 1968 it appeared to be just as far away as in 1920. This could well be the kick to push ahead the proposed dam project for Rangely with a supply of water for industrial users.

– The record enrollment at Rangely College is evident on Rangely’s Main Street, with increased auto and foot traffic. We’re glad to see that more than 40 Rangely High School graduates are taking advantage of higher education opportunities at home.

– Chuck’s Smokery was robbed last month of more than $500 by a thief who broke a rear window and took the cash box which had been placed near the window.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

– “Can you believe it?” asked June Dotson. “We finally have this project underway.” The groundbreaking for the 4 Queens motel was held Monday, Sept. 13 at the Main Street site located between Bestway and Professional Touch.

– The Panthers improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league last Saturday with a win over the Cowboys from Plateau Valley.

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