Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

RBC | From the archives of Rangely Times and Herald Times.
The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
• Walter VanCleave caught a 5-pound rainbow trout. As far as heard this is the largest since the season opened.
• County surveyor Dan Moog is the latest convert to the auto. Dan secured a machine this week which will carry him and field equipment everywhere.
• Washed out roads and culverts has kept road overseer Johnny Williams pretty busy the past two weeks.
• A report came to town last evening that Fred Gordon, former district game warden, was found up the river with a bullet hole in his head—whether accidental or suicidal, remains to be determined.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• Volunteers are needed for the improvement of the city park. Since the moving of the evergreens from the hospital property a couple of weeks ago things have really been taking shape at the park.
• Contractor A.E. Joslin is about to complete the installation of the water meters for the city this week.
• Patty Johnson was selected as rodeo queen following judging at the fairgrounds.
• Granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Ridings, Barbara Beaird, will play the part of Teenie, the little girl who teases Fibber McGee and Molly in the television series. Her most “fun” role was that of an equestrian in Walt Disney’s “Toby Tyler” about circus life.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Community spirit was alive and well as almost 85 people took the time to help Bud and Sally Norell clean up their residence which was hit by flood waters several weeks ago.
• Dave Arnold, an EMT with Colowyo, planned to walk from Craig to Meeker to help raise money for an EKG-defibrillator machine at Pioneers Hospital.
• Meeker’s new Sulphur Creek ballfield took on a new look as the lights went up while the sod, all 63,000 square feet of it, went down.
• Happy birthday to Donny Winkler, who turned 1-year-old June 23, 1984.

The Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• The Loma-Rangely road over Douglas Pass will be completed in October.
• Bicycle licenses will go on sale July 1 at Town Hall. All bikes must be licensed by July 15. Rangely Police Department.
• Miss Patricia Kilduff wed Darrel Howard at Rangely at the Catholic church.
• Miss Barbara Jean Warford wed Durwood Duane Carey in Grand Junction. The newlyweds are making their home in Rangely.
• Miss Barbard Sowards became the bride of Mr. Albert Eddy.
• Harold Bland announced his marriage to Barbara Beck in Las Vegas. The couple plan to make their home in Rangely.

The Rangely Times — 35 years ago
• New communities are a definite possibility, even a probability, because of the needs of the oil shale industry. So say the oil companies involved in the Colorado and Utah tracts.
• Miss Kay Lynn Wilson became the bride of Wesley Mark Mobley on June 15.
• Former Rangely College baseball player Greg Yokam signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being drafted in the 30th round.

The Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• The average time lapse between a mosquito bite and a mosquito itch is about three minutes.
• CNCC said goodbye to some fine staff members.
• John Morrill brought his pet turtle to Storytime at the library. Adam Pennell was the lucky winner guessing the number of “Sour Patch Kids” in the jar. Samuel Schofield was the Spotlight Student.