Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
• Judge Hazen has received advice from Washington which states that the Townsite Company will shortly be in receipt of the Townsite patent.
• As was expected, everybody who could possibly get to town turned out to attend Wednesday evening’s dance.
• Dist. No. 3 is getting the material on the ground for the school building.
• Politics are “booming” over on the Grand. Here we got right along putting up hay, branding stray “mavericks,” swapping ponies with the Utes, and still have time left to kill three bears every week, but we have no time to waste on politics.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• More than 300 attended the lamb barbecue last Sunday at the Bert Rosenlund ranch 20 miles west of Meeker. This tasty barbecue is put on each year by the Rio Blanco County Woolgrowers.
• Tom Murray Market reports that they have processed five deer so far in the Bow and Arrow season which started in Colorado this last week.
• Cowboys suffer first defeat of season at Montrose Friday.
• W.H. Purdy is the oldest resident of Rio Blanco County on Social Security and one of the five oldest in the 14 counties in the Grand Junction District.
The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Texaco is making plans to develop a major oil and gas field in northeastern Rio Blanco County with estimated reserves of 10 million barrels.
• Meeker High School candidates for homecoming royalty: Danina Nay, Becca Mobley, Ward Whiteman, Billy Goedert, Lynn Sprod, Becky Coryell, Chris Lines, Rex Copeland, Ann Marie Nielsen, Caprice Lucki, Kelly Sheridan, Matt Jensen, Mark Ridgeway, Shane Phelan, Tina Brown and Jen Coryell.
• Last chance to participate in the Meeker Centennial Play! “Our Town — Meeker” an original play written by Carolyn Cooley will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Freeman Fairfield Center. You will be re-enacting the beginnings of the Town of Meeker.
• Cowboys beat Aspen 18-14, prepare for homecoming with Sailors.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Sept. 20, 1960 high temperature: 84 degrees, low: 35.
• Editor’s desk: “There are three classes of people in the world; the regulators, the regulated and the radicals.” “A man who gives in when he is wrong, is wise; a man who gives in when he is right, is married.”
• Miss Carolee Langhofer became the bride of Donnell R. Robie of Rangely at the Bible Baptist Church.
• The fad in RHS now is still tennis shoes. They are still very popular, and this year there is something different in the way of sneakers. These shoes are made of corduroy, and the very best thing about them, I’m sure the mothers will agree, is the fact that they are washable.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• Homecoming royalty candidates: Bobby Brenton and Sherree Barrett, Gordie Lewis and Jeannine Poole, Brad Hayden and Shari Crook, Russell Ducey and Janna Wilczek, Monty Elder and Kim Bailey, Carl Roberts and Cindi Hillard.
• “Gus for Us — Elect Gus for County Commissioner”
• The Panther football team took an offensive beating last Friday at the hands of annual powerhouse Steamboat Springs, 43-0.
• Football cheerleaders: Lisa Brenton, Dawn Conrad, Lori Hazelwood, Julie Lollar, Kendra Smith.

Rangely Times — 20 years ago
• Colorado Governor Roy Romer has appointed Glenda Lawson of Rangely to the 9th Judicial District Associate County Court Judgeship in Rangely.
• Student Council’s chosen theme this year is “Blaze of Glory.” Senior attendants: Tami McDonald and Milton Prater; Danette Comstock and Ryan Elam; Susan Polston and Baylen Berrett.