Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
• T. G. Leisenring of North Platte, Neb., is on his way to Meeker to open a drug store.
• Rube Oldland has taken his famous bull calf from Leonard’s ranch on Fourteen Mile Creek to its home on Piceance.
• “All That Glitters Is Not Gold” will be presented to the lovers of drama on Friday evening. The cast was selected with great care by Harry and Miss Maud Evans.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• Ethelyn Kincher has had another of her poems published in the Denver Post.
• Mr. Joe Sullivan spoke to a sixth-grade class about the operation of internal combustion engines.
• The Meeker Cowboys have made an impressive showing this year, winning 14 and only losing 2. Team members: Bill Jones, Gary Dunham, Fred Oglesby, Glenn Miller, Lonnie Shults, Earl Eliasen, Lewis Anderson, Mike Martin and Jim Lancaster.
• Bobby J. Peters of Williams Fork holds the national record for shooting 104 bobcats in areas near Craig in the month of January.
• After an undefeated regular season, Ray McKee lost his first match in the state tourney last weekend.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Celebrating their first birthdays: Matthew Christensen of Meeker, Howard Joseph Ridings of Meeker, and Morgan Nieslanik of Palisade.
• Legislative snowmobile tour attracts 150 enthusiasts.
• Sheila and Frank Stewart are the parents of a daughter, Kathryn Ann, born Thursday, Feb. 27.
• Linn Pettijohn of the Forest Service, hereafter known as King of the Porta-potties, was presented with a special award at the chili supper Saturday. He was honored with a plaque specially designed to recognize his odoriferous and meritorious service.

Rangely Times — 45 years ago
• Mr. and Mrs. James Talmadge announced the sale of their Dairy King property to Keith Brady.
• The Rangely Panthers open the district basketball tournament at Glenwood Springs tonight against Meeker. Team members: Derry Banta, Brent Hardy, Russell Sullivan, Budge Spetter, Larry Gierhart, Glenn Urquhart, Gary Noel, Pete Miller, Junior Matrisciano, manager Gary Hejl, and Gary Chism. Coaches Bill McDaniel and Bob Plant.
• Miss Wynona Gay Stark and J’Dean Redding were married at her grandparents’ home on Sunday, Feb. 20. The Rev. Eddie Scroggins officiated.
Rangely Times — 35 years ago
• Rangely coach Greg Lasley was hoisted high by the Panthers after the stunning victory over Craig Saturday at the Northwest League Tourney. Alan Ducey (20) said, “We’re No. 1!”
• Miss Teresa Clugston and Tommy C. Breshears Jr. exchanged wedding vows Feb. 15 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. MacDavid Fields officiated.
• At Bestway: Maid O’Clover Milk, 71 cents/half gallon; 10 oz. Box Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, 65 cents; Utah Delicious Apples, 12 cents/lb.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
• Trustee Grant Peel saw the mud on the streets as the result of employment and activity and that “the minute you have no mud, you had better watch out.”
• James Delbert Moon, an employee of Ducey Electric of Rangely, and his wife, Susan, drowned in the Green River on Feb. 9 while fishing.
• Phil and Edna Smith have purchased the Rangely Exchange from Bob and Denise Staley and will be moving their floral shop, The Flowersmith, to the Rangely Exchange building.