Rio Blanco County Days Gone By

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The Meeker Herald — 125 years ago
n Advertisement: “Vote against state-wide prohibition. Thereby saving for Colorado our progressive local option law which makes for home-rule and local self-government.”
n Dr. Hubbard reports stork visitations to the Hiner family, Buford, and E.D. Wagner family during the week. The former a boy; the latter a girl.
n C.B. Parker, south side foreman for the Keystone outfit, was attending to business in town during the week.
n Messrs. M.W. and S.C. Bailey returned from Blue Mountain early in the week.
n “Salty” lost a pocket-book containing $35, in fore part of this week while on a fishing trip. Hard luck.
n The famous crazy Indian of Whiterocks, Utah, is dead.
n Charley Duffy came in to attend the Democratic rally.
n H.E. Low and family will occupy the dwelling vacated by the Luxens.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
n An essay contest was held recently in the Methodist church to determine which high school youth from Meeker would attend the United Nations Washington Seminar for the Methodist Youth. The winner was Gary Steen.
n Mr. James A. Cain came in this week from Denver to accompany Bob Howey on a hunting trip up the river.
n Mr. Bud Conrado left Monday to attend the oil and gas meeting in Denver. He intends to be home on Tuesday evening.
n John Keller, who has been attending the University of Alaska at Center, which is a few miles outside of Fairbanks, returned home last week and after a visit with his folks left for Eastern Colorado where he will be with the Soil Conservation Service. John attended the university for two years but says it’s just too darn cold up there to spend another winter.
n Tuesday, Oct. 16 being the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Lasley, a day of celebration was held with a special service at the Methodist Church where the wedding vows were renewed.
n Ed Carroll who is associated with his father in the operation of the Carroll LP Gas Company, was this week presented with a safe driver’s award by an insurance company which covers the Carroll operation.
n Kent Nelson who is attending Mesa College this year, came home last Friday evening to spend the weekend with his folks at their Powell Park ranch.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
n Selected by their respective classes as candidates for the homecoming king and queen are Laura Cox, Vonda K. Vandiver, Aimee Hill, Heather Merriam, Tammie Simpson, Amy Nay, Mary Ann Etchart and Jana Grady, Rob Desterhoue, Travis Stewart, J.C. Watt, Larry Ottosen, Scott Stringer, Bill Boulger and Kelly Sheridan.
n A tall blonde with soft blue eyes name Jennie Ericksson is Sweden’s gracious contribution to Meeker High School for the 1987-88 school year.
n It’s been more years than Mel Holland probably cares to remember, but the quarterback of Meeker’s 1926 football team will have an opportunity to relive some of those high school memories again this week as he has been chosen the 1987 homecoming parade marshal.
n With a little help from an unexpected source, the MHS girls’ volleyball team took a firm hold on second place in the NWL following a two-game victory over Moffat County and a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the Rifle Bears. That conference win at Rifle, coupled with Roaring Fork’s upset victory over the league-leading Steamboat Sailors, solidified Meeker’s second place standing.
n Meeker’s eighth grade girls’ basketball team enjoyed an easy romp over the Rangely Panthers, 42-7. Led by Amy Joy’s 18-point effort, the undefeated varsity team never allowed their opponents in the game.
n Everett Proctor has been awarded a Distinguished Honor Scholarship from Ripon College in Wisconsin.
n Awards were presented at the Ladies’ Golf Club’s last meeting: Bernic Anders, least putts; Jody Turk, most improved golfer; Birdies pins to Sue Dunbar, Darlene Krimmel, Lana Idol, Shirley Gooseman, Lora Hertzke, Sally Brown, Emily Holmes, Bernie Anderson and Iris Isham; “Floater” golf balls were awarded to Hazel Edwards and Velma Edwards.

Rangely Times — 45 years ago
n Holly Day, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Trenton Day of Rangely, returned Sept. 1 after a summer spent in Europe as a member of the “Youth for Understanding” student exchange program.
n Mr. and Mrs. Ed Elder are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Micah Maria, born Oct. 12, in Rangely District Hospital.
n Beth Hayes and Judy Powell brought home their share of the awards from the annual Mid-West Colorado Appaloosa Horse Club awards dinner held in Grand Junction.
n Laurel Covington, County Extension Director, left this past weekend to attend graduate school at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.
n The seventh grade girls’ basketball team beat Meeker by a score of 28-19. The top scorer was Mary Lou Cady with 10 points. Other girls who scored are: Sandi Murray-6 points, Lisa Brenton-4, Julie Lollar-3, Kelly Booth-2, Lisa Cullum-2 and Cheryl VanderLinden-1 point.
n A collection of art works by Anita Holloway will be on exhibit in the lobby of the McLaughlin building on the CNCC campus.
n Rangely Garden Club met at the home of Susan Bailey. Kathryn West was a guest and members enjoyed very much visiting with her. Linda Whalen was welcomed as a new member.
n By hook or by crook? Certainly not by crook but hook (????) maybe! A member of our city council, with much help from the administrator, decided it was time to snatch someone from the State Capitol and make it impossible for them to say no about coming to Rangely.

Rangely Times — 35 years ago
n Fred McDonald, president of the Rangely District Hospital Board, announced today that William Bliss of Monte Vista has been employed as hospital administrator, replacing Don Fifield.
n U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant Robert W. Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R.Sullivan of Rangely, has received the Air Medal at Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan.
n Mr. and Mrs. Forest Stewart are here from Mt. Vernon, Wash., visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Mrs. Jerry Mock.
n Mrs. A.M. Joy of Craig is spending some time at her daughter and son-in-law’s home, Mrs. and Mrs. V.G. Miles, and also with her other daughter, Mrs. Delphone Brewer.
n Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rector announce the arrival of a baby girl. They have named her Lea Anne. Lea Anne came to her new home in Rangely, Oct. 3. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. Rector of Rangely, Mrs. George Barber of Muskogee, Okla., and Robert E. Lyle of Muskogee, Okla.
n Jim Sommerville set a new school record at the Rangely-hosted cross country meet Saturday at the Rangely golf course. He ran the 2-mile course in 11:01, 29 seconds faster than the previous record set by Asa Evans.
n The 1967 Rangely Junior High football squad accomplished what only two other teams have been able to do in the past ten years, win all games during the season.
n Nichols Store observed its fourth anniversary Saturday under the present ownership of Bernie Stephenson and Merle Lasley.

Rangely Times — 25 years ago
n About six percent of American households now have computers.
n Jackie Clark announces the birth of her son Daniel Dyer, Jr. born Aug. 8, 1987, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Grandparents are Bill and Margie Dyer of Rangely.
n Sheila Dunn is a new teacher in fourth grade and comes to us from Gillette, Wyo., where she taught for two years.
n 1987 RHS homecoming royalty: freshman attendants Brian Newland and Geri Gunderson; senior attendants Jim Schuckers and Carmen Rivas; Andrew Pauls and Shelly Bayles; Clete Long and Leona Hazelwood; sophomore attedndants Nick Lancaster and Rena Claybough; junior attendants John Hume and Shae Brown. Andrew Paul and Leona Hazelwood were crowned king and queen by crownbearer Brooke Ashley Smith.
n Congratulations to the following Dinosaur Elementary students who were chosen as students of the month for September: Patrick Tolley, James Maybury, Damon Powell, Mandi Gates, Candy Snyder, Doug Kent and Vicky Page. The students were selected for their pleasant, courteous behavior and good citizenship.
n Float winners of the 1987 RHS homecoming parade were junior class, first; sophomore class, second; and freshman class, third.