RBC Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
• A recent publication issued by the United States Geological Survey comments on the alarming consumption and waste of some of the country’s most needed natural resources. “The (coal) consumption is increasing so enormously that all the easily accessible coal would be exhausted by the year 2040.” “Petroleum has been used less than 50 years, and it is estimated that the supply will last only 25 or 30 years longer. The natural gas supply will last about 25 years.”
• Dr. Frigjof Nansen predicts the fate of the earth in the far distant future when the sun grows cold.
• Rev. Dennis returned from his missionary trip to western Routt county. The reverend gentleman is a pretty busy man now-a-days, as he is doing his best to cover a territory that ought to be covered by three clergymen.
• Good people are supposed to be happy, but they seldom look it.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• The new tennis courts adjacent to the junior high were open for public use.
• The Stage Coach Inn restaurant, three miles west of Meeker, made some improvements and celebrated an anniversary.
• The weather this past week has been hot and dry with only one shower which was just enough to settle the dust. The high for the week was 92 which is hot for Meeker. The low for the week was 42.
• There is quite a squabble in congress over President Eisenhower’s proposal to raise the gas tax 1-1/2 cents to pay for the federal interstate highway program. Good roads are fine but the taxes on gasoline are high enough now.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Vandals caused $10,000 in damages at the Highland Cemetery. In all, 41 headstones were toppled.
• New homeowners on that portion of Sixth Street from Pine to Sanderson Drive have their own street. The city council approved the name “Wall Street” with a 3-2 vote.
• Preparatory work for paving Sulphur Creek Road was scheduled to begin Aug. 6.
• The I.O.O.F. Building at the corner of Fourth and Main housed multiple businesses in 1984, including Rainbow Frames, Ruckman Paint and Decorating, Homebound Stitchery, the Yankee Peddler and Rocky Mountain TLC.
• Josie Clapper was named the chamber’s Master Farm Homemaker, “because we believe she exemplified the farm wife and mother.”

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• A luxury airport motel to be constructed two miles east of Rangely was planned by the White River Realty Company.
• It is predicted that the trend to supermarkets will continue.
• Two new businesses in town within two weeks. Now if we can attract a bank, bus service between Salt Lake City and Denver, financing for a few new houses, and a few other like services we’ll be in business.
• Vesper vows unite Miss Roberta Dickson and Richard Tinsley.

The Rangely Times — 35 years ago
• Listening to people yell about the president and ALL politicians … their morals are bad … and then laugh about people who take off their clothes in public. Makes a person wonder.
• Miss Kitty Ann Phipps and Billy Joe Shelden exchanged wedding vows at the Church of Christ in Rangely June 13, 1974.
• James H. Bos, Rangely College, was nominated for the save driver of the month award, sponsored by The Denver Post, Colorado State Patrol and the United Bank of Denver.
• Hydraulic fracturing experiment underway. First joint government-industry experiment.
• Free! Your child’s portrait, in the Magic of Color.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• Emergency crews had logged more than 300 man hours in the month of July 1989, fighting wildfires sparked by extremely hot and dry weather.
• Gigi and Katrina Musat announced the birth of their daughter, Tessa Maria, born July 11, 1989, at Rangely District Hospital.
• The CNCC board voted to eliminate the instrumentation engineering techonology and petroleum technology programs.
• The Rio Blanco Cattlewomen were in the process of updating the popular placemats depicting local livestock brands.
• An easy way to ice cupcakes is to place a small piece of chocolate on the top when the cupcake is still hot, and spread the chocolate as it melts.