RBC Days Gone By: September 18, 2008

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The Meeker Herald —
100 years ago
n A building boom is due in Meeker next summer.
n In just two weeks the season for killing deer opens. An unprecedented influx of tourists is anticipated, as the opinion prevails that there will be no open season after the legislature adjourns next winter.
n The high school enrollment so far numbers 36. The graduating class will number seven the coming year.
n Sunday Miss Peaslee went down to begin the White River school the day following.
n Fall styles in hats are now in. Call and see them. Mrs. E.P. Grove.

The Meeker Herald —
50 years ago
n A Harp Transportation truck overturned at the intersection of Hwy. 132 and Hwy. 13, killing or injuring 44 ewes and 18 lambs. The driver, Richard Burdick, was unharmed.
n Lightning destroyed 40 tons of hay at the Clapper Ranch on the mesa.
n Bill Metzger received the Eagle Scout award.
n The first killing frost of the season hit Meeker. 1958 reported one of the longest growing seasons on record in the county, with four months without frost.
n Cowboy football went on a scoring spree, beating Hotchkiss 33-0.
n Showing at the Rio Theatre in Meeker: “Peyton Place,” in CinemaScope, starring Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Lee Phillips and Lloyd Nolan.

The Meeker Herald —
25 years ago
n R.N. Judy Eskelson explained the risks of hepatitis, mononucleosis and the flu to 240 high school students in an all-school assembly. Several cases of infectious hepatitis had affected football players and there was concern about an outbreak spreading throughout the team.
n The Town of Meeker approved the addition of a fifth man to the Meeker police force in order to provide 24-hour police coverage.
n VHS movies and machines to rent at the Movie Den. “We have a fine selection of movies to choose from, such as … “Flashdance,” “Class of 1984,” and “48 Hours.”
n Babies born at Pioneers Hospital: Kelly Anne Curnutt, Steven Frederick Louis Kracht, Joe Nathan Smith III and JoDee Rae Frost.
n BLM dedicated their new office building west of town.

The Rangely Times —
50 years ago
n Jay Yount was a member of the Adams State varsity football squad as a freshman.
n George Jones moved to California where he had employment with a Ford agency.
n Ronald Hayden and Bill McKnight were enrolled at the University of Utah.
n Mr. and Mrs. Harold Turner announced the birth of a daughter named Lona Dee.

The Rangely Times —
35 years ago
n Weather reported on Sept. 9, 1973 in Rangely was a high temperature of 103 and a low of 43.
n In the “It Happens Every Thursday” column of the Sept. 20, 1973 Rangely Times, “When you think about having a woman for President, that’s no problem. What’s worrisome is the thought of having a man for a First Lady.”
n Showing at the Campus Theatre: “Mary Poppins” starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke; Bruce Lee in “Fists of Fury”; Robert Redford as “Jeremiah Johnson.”
n The Rangely Panthers and the Grand Junction junior varsity Tigers battled to a 6-6 draw in a well played contest.

The Rangely Times —
20 years ago
n The Panthers cross-country team placed fifth as a team in both the boys and girls divisions at the Aspen Invitational meet.
n Aaron Dembowski got the “Bad Cat” award for the week. Bill Sharpnack tackled the quarterback and fractured the quarterback’s ankle.
n Winners of the zucchini weight-guessing contest
were Stephanie Wilson, Sara Tate, Colbie Moody, Jolene Rhodes, Scott Johns, Travis Packer, Jason Gibbs and Ryan Wilson.
n Rio Blanco County has more designated natural areas than any other county in the state.