Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
• Mrs. Fred Gregory will serve supper at the hall on Christmas night. An excellent supper is promised the dancers, and the charge for the same will be 75 cents each, which is not high considering the expense and disadvantages Mrs. Gregory will have to work under.
• H. M. Dreifuss is now a school director, which, by the way, is Morris’ first public office. Remember, Morris, that they eyes of the public are on you and your faithful performance of the duties now incumbent on you will be their guide when you come up for political preferment.
• Mr. Keesey, who has just completed our new school house, informed the Herald scribe the other day that he could find oil within a mile and half of the post-office. Mr. Keesey has had experience in the Pennsylvania oil regions and knows an oil-containing outcropping when he sees it. He will give the matter due attention in the spring.

The Meeker Herald — 75 years ago
• A. J. Bloomfield left Monday for Glenwood Springs, where he expected to spend a couple of days taking treatment for his leg. His son, Lloyd Bloomfield, drove him over and back.
• Claude Rees and his son, Humber, were over from their ranch on Government Creek last Friday to visit fiends and take in the Stray Day activities. Mr. Rees is secretary of the Western Slope Stockgrowers Association.
• Donald Metzger, who is located with the General Electric company in New York state, came home this week with his mother, who has been taking treatments at Rochester, Minn. They will enjoy the Christmas holidays with Mr. Metzger and other Meeker relatives and friends.
• Mr. and Mrs. James Conto were over from New Castle last Friday and Saturday, taking in Stray Day and the dance. Mr. Conto bought the association calves again this year and had them trucked to his New Castle ranch on Saturday.
• Alex Carstens was over from Craig last Friday to visit the family and take in the dance. He has been working the last two weeks in Craig on the new theater building, which they have remodeled and expect to open Christmas Day.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• For the Christmas holiday, Jennifer Moore and daughter Kate will join their husband and father, John Moore, an employee of Pennzoil Oil in Neola, Utah. Following Christmas, the two plan to drive to Steamboat Spring to spend the rest of the school vacation visiting relatives including the Moores’ daughter, Stephanie, a freshman student at CSU.
• Mrs. Metzger returns from Hawaii. Evelyn Metzger recently returned from her second great trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Her first, in June, was with her daughter, Kristy. This time, she went with her son, Bill, his wife, Sherry, son Kyle and Sherrie’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Nelson. The family then flew over to the big island of Hawaii, where they again rented a car and for two full days drove around that entire island, enjoying the interesting places there, including the huge hole left from the Kilauea volcano and a few more recent ones with several places still smoking.
• Coming in for a Christmas visit on Dec. 23 at the Vic Douglass home was their daughter, Rhonda Puseman, her husband, Ray, and their two children, Adam and Cody, of Bellevue, Neb., and Majorie Robinson of Fort. Morgan. Their visit will extend thru Dec., 31. Joining them from Vernal, Utah, on Christmas Day will be their daughter, Diana Capps, son Joe and Marvin Capps.
• Stacey Whitaker, who has been attending Texas Tech in Lubbock, Tex., arrived home Thursday of last week and will remain here visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Whitaker through Jan. 16. Stacy, an elementary education major, will not be returning to Lubbock as she’s made plans to transfer to West Texas State at Canyon.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Tulsa, Okla., on Dec. 18 – David L. Justus, a 25-year- old Rangely Jaycee, was named one of the nation’s top five recruiters in a membership drive recently conducted by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. He will receive an expense-paid trip to Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 23-25 for his activity.
• Albert Henry Jacobs, age 19, died of a broken neck and skull fracture in a one-car accident on Dec. 22. The accident occurred 20 miles west of Meeker on the Rangely route, about 2:30 p.m. A passenger, Katherine Louise Jacobs, age 18, suffered severe lacerations of the face. She was taken to the Meeker Hospital for treatment.
• The Rangely Panthers outplayed the Rifle Bears in their first conference game and came out of the first round as strong contender for title honors. A genuine team effort was the key to victory, with performances such as this the Panthers will be tough all season.
• Mr. and Mrs. Earl Allred were parents of a baby boy.

Rangely Times — 40 years ago
• Marlin and Viki Davis of Denver visited in the home of his parents this last week, the Martin Davises.
• Pat Mobley from Denver is visiting with his parents, the Dave Mobleys. He will remain here through the holiday season.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ott and family spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Guillory Sr. They also visited the Paul Guillory Jr. family and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lutkierivicz. The Jim Barnharts were also guests in the Lutkierivicz home.
• Visiting in the Frank Smith home is Mrs. Pauline Smith from Dolores, Colo. She is Frank’s mother.
• Donna and Barry Peterson and their daughter, Jennifer, came in last Saturday from Casper, Wyo., to visit with her parents, the D.C. Olrees.
• A “Miss Spirit,” contest was held with 40 senior girls entered. Each girl gave a one-minute speech on school spirit. Susie Hillis of Rangely was one of the candidates.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• The appointment of Grant J. Earl as general manager of Moon Lake Electric Association was announced Dec. 15 by Willard O. Wall, resident of the cooperative.
• Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Rice announce the birth of their second daughter, Jamie Nicole. Jamie was born on Dec. 17, 1983, at 12:29 p.m. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 1/2 ounces and was 21 1/2-inches long. Jamie is joined at home with her sister, Jodi Leigh. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Buckmaster of Rangely and paternal grand parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Berryman of Garland, Wyo.
• A total of eight students from this area were listed on the Dean’s List. The students are: Lisa Coker, Shadlee Cott, Rae Ann Monk, Jo-Dee Padilla, Shelly Reighard, Deborah Smith, Kendra Smith, and Robin Westby.
• Last Thursday, the RHS wrestling team came away with wins over Class AA Roaring Fork and the Rifle Jayvees, 44-18 and 46-18, respectively, at Carbondale.