Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
♦ J. Kircher of Hayden favored The Herald with a visit yesterday. Mr. Kircher is here to meet his family, which had been back visiting relatives in Kentucky.
♦ Reinhold Hartke will open up a harness shop in the vacant room adjoining the Meeker Stables as soon as his stock arrives, which he sent for a few days ago.
♦ Jay Hoff, the Yampa River horseman, is tarrying with us for a spell. Mr. Hoff is always a welcome visitor as things liven up considerable when he puts in an appearance.
♦ Clarence P. Brown, one of our well-known and respected young men, departed this morning for his former home in New Jersey. Mr. Brown owns a valuable ranch almost adjoining town on which he has made some extensive improvements. We understand Clarence will not come back alone, but that he will be accompanied by a life partner. The Herald extends well-wishes and congratulations in advance.

The Meeker Herald — 75 years ago
♦ Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stephensen were business visitors in Craig on Monday of this week.
♦ Mr. Ted Harrison was seen in town on Wednesday of this week with his son, Allen.
♦ Floyd Butts was over from his Axial Basin home on Wednesday of this week, attending to business and visiting his brother, James Butts and family.
♦ Mr. Paul Dunn made a business trip to Montrose on Saturday of this week, attending a stockmen’s meeting as a member of the Fish and Game advisory board of the Izaak Walton League.
♦ Mrs. P. A. Hausser left last week for her old home in Ohio, where she will visit relatives for a few weeks. Mr. Hausser took her as far as Rifle to the train.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
♦ Gene and Sheila Abney enjoyed their son, Larkin, and his wife, Kim, and daughter Maria, who came home for Christmas. On Dec. 17 Larkin reported to the Lackland (Texas) Air Force Base, where he will receive his basic training. Meanwhile, Kim plans to stay with her folks in Las Vegas, Nev.
♦ Ray and Sharon Blazon had their son, Scott, home for Christmas. Scott left Dec. 27 to go to his first duty station in Millington, Tenn.
♦ Wayne and Kathy Nielsen enjoyed having their son, Cory, home from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Cory enjoyed being home with his family and friends and resting up from his finals. He returned Jan. 7.
♦ Joe and Evalyn Carstens enjoyed having their friends, Pat and Bob Jordan of Granger, Idaho, here Tuesday of last week through Monday. On Saturday, Evalyn celebrated her birthday with her daughter, Suzanne, preparing the birthday dinner. Joining them was the Carsten’s daughter, Sherri, and family.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
♦ Mr. and Mrs. Walt Spetter and their son, Budge, and Edna Hurla went to Los Angeles during the holidays to spend a week with the Spetter’s girls and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Don Mathews and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mahan.
♦ PFC. Anthony L. Weiss, stationed at Ft. Benning, Geo., is scheduled to be home the last days of January for a 15-day leave day before going overseas to Bangkok, Thailand.
♦ Lila Nickell, mother of Mrs. Ethel Taylor, and Mrs. Taylor’s sister, Mrs. Loren Alexander from Roosevelt, Utah, were guests on Sunday.

Rangely Times — 40 years ago
♦ Mr. and Mrs. George Lee have announced the wedding of their daughter, Shawna Lee. She was united in marriage to Calvin McCabe on Dec. 28 at the Catholic church in Cortez, Utah.
♦ Wanda and Carl Ray Collett and son from Dutch John have been visiting with her parents, the Robert Wardells. They returned home on Monday.
♦ Captain Clark L. Mobley of the U.S. Air Force visited with his parents, the David Mobleys, last week. He is stationed in Norfolk, Va.
♦ Mr. and Mrs. Don Polley and son visited with the Bazzel Tipps family Sunday afternoon.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
♦ Dave and Judy Raley would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Trista Lee, who is Rio Blanco County’s first New Year’s baby. Trista was born Jan. 3, 1984, at 9:40 p.m.
♦ The Rangely High School Panthers came through with one of their better efforts of the season when they defeated Plateau Valley, 68-63. Coach Hanson felt that everyone who got into the game hustled and contributed to the win. Tony Unzicker scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Rick Candell scored 21 points and dished out four assists; Darin Fogg had 14 pointed, seven assists and six rebounds; Joe Lane had four points and eight rebounds; Brion Reighard added six points; and Kelby Kenney accounted for two. Brad White, Scott Manning and Kenney all came off the bench and provided some spark to the team when they needed it. The Panthers shot 37 percent from the field and 66 percent from the free-throw line.