Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
n Frank Sheridan received six cents for some strays of his that reached Denver with a Keystone bunch. Not bad as a starter.

n Frank M. Cobb, a ‘58-er, who laid out the first townsite in Denver, died in that city last Saturday, aged 80 years. Mr. Cobb had many friends in this section, who will regret to hear of his death.
n Boyd and Wilma Crawford gave a party Thursday afternoon in honor of their cousins, Rhea and Audrey Ammerman, who are visiting the Crawford home in Powell park. A large gathering was present and all had a fine time.
n Frank Sheridan was in Wednesday looking as pleasant as Gentry or the other “dry farmers.” This shows Frank’s natural good nature, for a Republican that can look pleasant these days must have a whole lot of natural good nature in his makeup.
n Tom Kilduff came in Saturday to see how Champ Clark’s “houn’ dog” was keeping the trail.
n Claude Wilson gave his dry farm on Flag Creek the shake Monday, and exchanged greetings with his numerous town friends.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
n The Chamber of Commerce Rodeo Committee decided to have some reaping at the fair grounds Sunday afternoon as an added attraction the the Rodeo Queen contest.
n The largest native trout ever caught in Colorado was landed two weeks ago by a Pueblo fisherman at Coffin Lake which is short distance east of Trappers lake.
n Miss Sandra Amick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morris of upper White river was the winner of the contest and was chosen as the “Range Call Queen of 1962.” Miss Amick will be attired in a queen’s outfit furnished by three Meeker stores – A. Oldland and Company, A & B Variety Sotre and Avery’s.
n For sale – About 125 tons good first cutting alfalfa hay, baled out of field. Will load with farmhand, price $24 per ton.
n The Meeker fire department was called out last Thursday afternoon. The fire was in the alley back of George Glasgow residence but did not damage and the fire boys were back at the station in a few minutes after the alarm sounded.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
n Debbie Cook, MHS volleyball instructor, attended a week of classes on “motivation” at UNC in Greeley last week.
n White baby’s breath filled antique containers and leather bootholders to set the tone for the lovely spring evening wedding of Brooke Selene McKay and Dean B. Mantle on Saturday, April 18.
n The Bob Tucker family, Bob, Jo, Erin, and Bobbie Jo, enjoyed a vacation traveling to Yellowstone Park, going on into Washington to visit cousins of Jo’s. They also drove down the coast of Oregon and into northern California before returning home.
n Jody Turk of Meeker, is the winner of a brand new 10-speed bicycle, and is she thrilled! Her day arrived Monday when her name was drawn at Valley Grocery through a Dr. Pepper contest.
n There are only six teams in the Meeker men’s softball league, but judging from the early results, it’s going to be quite a race for the league champion crown this year.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
n Mrs. Sue Mantle, Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder, was elected president of the Colorado State Association of County Clerks and Recorders for 1967-68 at the 42nd annual convention of the association last week.
n Darrell King, song of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. King of Rangely, has enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and is taking his basic training in San Diego, Calif.
n Miss Margot Ellen Smith and Glen Ray Zimmerman exchanged wedding vows at Crossroads Methodist Church at 8 p.m. Saturday.
n The swim team, under tutelage of Mary Bell, is well along in training for their first meet on July 8.
n Dr. John E. Roberts, President of Rangely College, has announced that the students named below have been selected to the Dean’s Honor List for the Spring Quarter of 1967.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
n The second annual Rangely Area Independence Day celebration will get underway the Fourth at 10 a.m. with a big parade.
n This summer, Holly Day will be enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime by living and learning with a family in the Netherlands.
n Myron Chase, RHS senior, received a special award at the Annual Awards Assembly held recently. He had a perfect attendance record for four years of high school classes.
n Since Mother Nature has decided o be downright stingy with the rainfall and generous with soil drying winds, we residents of Rangely are going to have to fight back.
n A meeting of the Rangely Re-4 board of education was held June 14 with directors John Baker, Doug Brady, Dan Conroy, Darryl Howard and Mel Steven present, along with Supt. of Schools Wayne Kelley.

Rangely Times — 20 years ago
n Police Chief Tony Lane, who is leaving to be Chief of Police in Castle Rock, Colo. and wife Lynne were honored with a pot luck luncheon by the county and town staff held on the 26th – his last working day.
n The 1987 Dinosaur Bedrock Day on June 27 was a huge success. We had the largest crowd ever and our new pavilion was enjoyed by all.
n The First Baptist Church of Rangely was the setting for the May 2, 1987 wedding of Debbie Wharton and Gary Smith.
n Executive director Charles W. Ferguson of the NIDF&P announced that Chris Holloway, Colorado’s Singing Poet, and last year’s Grand Marshal of the National Independence Day Festival and Parade, will star again in this year’s July 4 celebration, held each year in front of the Washington Monument in the nation’s capitol.
n Campers and other public land users are reminded that fire danger in parts of northwest Colorado is expected to reach “high” or “extreme” by the July 4 weekend.
n Dennis and Barbara Correll, along with their son Chad and daughter Monica, traveled to Alder, Mont., where they met Dennis’ parents, Clarence and Evelyn Correll of Sidney, Neb.; his sisters, Roxie Correll of Ft. Collins, Delight Correll of Sidney; Tim and Pat Correll and sons Travis and Ty of Mitchell, Neb., and Bodie Correll of Nebraska.