RBC Days Gone By: December 18

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The Meeker Herald —
100 years ago
n “Give him a Keen Kutter Safety Razor for Christmas: He will appreciate you more than ever.”
n Thursday’s Denver papers announce that the Uintah railroad is to be extended to White River and the Ashley Valley.
n Railroad talk is probably accountable for the stiffening in land prices.
n The snow at the Riley-Merrit logging camp is reported as four feet deep.
n New porcelain bath tubs at the Meeker hotel barber shop.

The Meeker Herald —
50 years ago
n Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday, Dec. 20 with a free show at the Rio Theatre at 1:30 for kids.
n Dear Santa: Please bring me a B-b gun telescope. With love, Billy Jordan.
n Dear Santa: I want a little teddy bear please and a cowboy gun. Goodbye Santa. Steve Overton.
n Junior Hi News: Dirty lockers are one of the downfalls of our school … I would like to see us keep our lockers cleaner. Let’s all try! Sandra Amick.
n The Rio Blanco County Cowbelles will entertain their husbands on Stray Day.

The Meeker Herald —
25 years ago
n Local TV technician Burr Singleton says the reason why Channel 7 is off the air this week is because of weather problems in the Steamboat Springs area.
n Rio Blanco County Sheriff Ron Hilkey reports this week that the lost cattle that were reported to his office by Strawberry Creek rancher Martin Villa are gradually showing up.
n Dear Santa: I would like a baby kid and a baby dollie swing for my other kids. I love you, Deni Back, age 3.
n Dear Santa: I would please like a Big Foot and a tool box. Love you, Jason Back, age 6.
n Candymaking tips: At high altitude, decrease the final cooking temperature by 2 degrees Fahreinheit for each 1,000 feet in elevation. This will prevent excessive evaporation of water and help keep your candy from becoming sugary.

The Rangely Times —
50 years ago
n Wesco Refining was sold to Uintah Refining of Jensen, Utah.
n Glen Trachta moved to Tucson, Ariz., to make her home.
n Mrs. James Talmadge announced the birth of a son named Walter.

The Rangely Times —
35 years ago
n From the publisher’s desk: “Impeachment talk is political talk. Those screaming for the President’s head are not acting in the best interests of this nation. They simply don’t want Richard Nixon to be president.”
n Larry and Betty AuMiller and Walter Spetter Jr. purchased the Ace Hi Club from Ray and Mossie Percifield.
n At Mr. ‘S’ clothing, “A new assortment of 8-track tapes have arrived.”
n Six RHS cheerleaders attended a clinic for football cheerleaders in Colorado Springs, those participating were Peggy Hanzon, Susie Hillis, Lisa Brady, Kathey Caldwell, Angela Theos and Judy West.

The Rangely Times —
20 years ago
n The Rangely Community Chorus performed Handel’s “Messiah.”
n Kodacolor developed and processed borderless prints, 24 exposures, $3.99 per roll at Korner Drug.
n The Rangely High School boys basketball team placed second at the Rifle tournament.
n Basic cable TV brings you over 20 channels of exciting and exclusive programming.
n Looking for a novel, yet practical gift to give this Christmas? The Rangely Fire Department suggests you give smoke detectors, portable fire extinguishers, or escape ladders to family and friends.