RBC Days Gone By: August 21, 2008

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The Meeker Herald —
100 years ago
n Meeker is sure on the road to metropolitan greatness; when it will arrive at its destination, we don’t know, but — it’s on the road. The first strolling religious fakir appeared on our streets last Saturday evening, and he told the few who stopped to hear him in the vicinity of the post office how near to Hades they were, and offered to route them via his road to certain salvation. He was listened to respectfully, but with that cynical, calm and indifferent air so characteristic of our cultured population, and — made no converts.
n The Meeker Light, Heat and Power Company advertised: “Fixtures and electrical supplies kept on hand and furnished at lowest possible cost. Let us give you an estimate on lighting your house. We do not pretend to furnish electric lighting as cheaply as oil, but when superior light, convenience and safety is concerned, electric light is the cheapest and best in every way.” Phone No. 16.

The Meeker Herald —
50 years ago
n Businesses succeed when somebody attends to the small things that the average boss is too busy to fool with.
n A 10-wheel truck loaded with mining supplies raced without brakes for six miles down Rio Blanco hill before the driver pulled it into an embankment.
n Mayor Thurston Dull says it will be at least a year and maybe longer before Meeker goes dial (that’s dial telephones, folks); you won’t be able to call central to ask the time and we won’t have a telephone operator to pull our noon whistle or our fire siren.

The Meeker Herald —
25 years ago
n Front page headline: “Town employees upset with new salary schedule — Meeker could lose entire police force.”
n Ben Rogers’ grand champion steer sold for $2.25 a pound at the Junior Livestock auction.
n It’s been 125 years since Meeker’s townsite was officially established.
n Work on the ice rink at City Park and the McHatton Park improvements got underway.

The Rangely Times —
35 years ago
n “Issues” at the Rangely town council meeting included trying to figure out who was responsible for depositing monies and getting the mail, the town clerk or the town manager. Charges against the police were dropped. No mention as to what those charges were, however.
n Mayor Lollar reported that an increase of 1,500 homes was anticipated in the four-county area in the next five years (by 1978) and that the majority of those would be mobile homes.
n A woman’s body was discovered in hidden in a basement freezer during a routine search of her home after she had been reported missing. Officers had identified at least one suspect.
n For sale: 1971 lime green Super Sport Nova.
n Nabisco Oreo cookies, $0.55 at Bestway.

The Rangely Times —
20 years ago
n Would the party that borrowed the skunk trap from Columbine Park, please return it to the place where it was found?
n The first receivers of telephone calls cried out “Ahoy-ahoy” rather than the later greeting of “hello.”
n New professionals at RE-4 included Cheri Smith, Andrea Wubben, Kelly Ruberson, Diana Bissell, Ann Conkle, Lauri Baker, Cynthia Henning, Bob Ver Der Wege, Thom Peck, Yvonne Peck, Deena Brueggeman.