Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
• J.W. Hugus & Co. have quite a number of car-loads of freight at Rawlins, and there are a good many freight outfits plying between there and Meeker transferring the same.
• One night last week at the John C. Schutte ranch, on Piceance creek, several stacks of hay, the barn and some farming implements were destroyed by fire.
• William Nuckolls, charged with the murder of George Sager, had a preliminary hearing at Glenwood last week. He was bound over without bail to await the action of the grand jury.
• As we go to press John A. Watson drove past with the biggest load of bear meat seen in this town in a long time. The meat was all within the hide of one monster silver-tip.

The Meeker Herald — 75 years ago
• Reginald H. Nichols, of the Nichols Truck and Implement company, the week reports the sale of a new McCormick-Deering F-12 tractor and mower attachment to R. S. Lough of Price Creek and a used tractor and equipment to Thomas Dairyimple.
• This week the Herald received a list of the officers at the ROTC at Colorado Agricultural college. In the list of non-commissioned officers was the name of Henry Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilson of Flag Creek. Henry will be a proposal this year in the reserve officers training corps.
• Mr. William Writer, head of the predator and rodent control department for the Biological Survey in the Rocky Mountain area, was in Meeker Monday to meet with the county commissioners.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• William and Jacquline Kracht are the parents of a new baby boy born Sept. 25 at 4:42 a.m. at Pioneers Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces, measured 21 inches in length, and has been named Brandan Justin Kracht.
• Last Thursday, Mrs. Syble Barney and daughter, Kay Bivens and her children, Lisa and Molly Bivens, drove to Vernal to attend the funeral of Syble’s uncle, Vick Gardiner. Mr. Gardiner was the brother of Mrs. Barney’s mother, the late Mrs. Harold Williams.
• Bill and Dorene Keele returned home to Meeker Oct. 1 after four months this summer spent in Fairbanks, Alaska. On the route home they spent six days fishing at Browns Park.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Mr. Charlie Hall has been a patient in the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver for a week. Mrs. Harold Hall of Colorado Springs came in to stay with Mr. Hall until he can leave the hospital.
• Postmaster Minta Gerry and Mr. Gerry left Sept. 28 for Hawaii by way from the coast. They drove to Ogden, Utah for a short visit with the Raymond Whites, Mr. Gerry’s daughter and family. Mrs. Gerry is going to Hawaii to attend the National Postmaster’s Convention.
• Eighty-seven-year-old Cecil Duncan of Colorado Springs passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2. Mr. Duncan is the father of Mr. Robert Duncan who is now in Illinois where he took the body for burial.

Rangely Times — 40 years ago
• Larry and Linda Steele are the proud parents of a baby boy born Sept. 30 at Provo, Utah, christened Michael Allen.
• Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dembowski Sr. are back from their two-week vacation. They met their son, Jack Jr., in Omaha, Neb., where they visited other relatives. Among them was Mrs. Dorothy Swope. She is the sister of Mrs. Dembowski.
• The Bible Baptist Youth met in the home of Jack Elder on Tuesday night. After the meeting they made visitations.
• Al and Dawna Stewart hosted a potluck supper at their home Thursday evening. Guests were Edna and Jay West, Mrs. Chowdry and son, Arie Mandrell, Brad and Linda Cady, Carol and Almer Hazlewood and family, Jerry and Betty Hillyer and songs, and Eddie Stewart and wife.
• Sonnie Slaugh is still in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, but is reported doing fine.
• The Bernard Hazlewood Jr. family held a picnic at their ranch east of town Sunday afternoon. Attending were the Bernard Hazlewood Sr. family, Lois Wilczek and children, Nona Bell Wilczek and the Almer Hazlewood family, also Mike and Farlene Brady.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• High Point Trophy Winner Cammy Burke, 13, formerly of Rangely, swam in the Castle Valley Invitational Swim Meet in Price, Utah, Oct. 7 and 8 with awesome results! Friday she swam the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle, winning both events and attaining a National “B” time in the 200-yard freestyle event. Saturday she competed in five events, winning four first and one second. Also she accomplished another National “B” in the 100-yard freestyle. To date, Cammy has received three National “B” times in the freestyle events.
• Kathy and Charles Reed announce the birth of a son named Brice Chase Reed, born Oct. 3, at the Community Hospital in Grand Junction. He weighed 6 pounds, 11.5 oz and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Don and Teresa Bamford of Grand Junction. Paternal grandparents are Don Reed of Gypsum and Polly Raumon of Grand Junction.