Rio Blanco Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
• John J. Davitt went up to his Sleepy Cat mountain farm last week, shoveled the snow off the land and started putting in a crop.
• Edwin C. Kingsbury and Marie K. Griffith were married at Kimball, Neb., one day last week, reports the New Castle Democrat. Kingsbury, it will be remembered, was granted a divorce from a former wife, here in Meeker, two weeks ago.
• T.D. Riley was out in the Sleepy Cat Mountain region during the week, inspecting his sawmill properties. Mr. Riley reports lots of snow in that section.
• Rifle’s high school graduation exercises were held there last evening. Among the class of 16 appears the name of Harr H. Harp, who began his schooling in Meeker.
• Evan G. Thomas of the Park sold a fine saddle horse to a traveling autoist, and the latter immediately proceeded to break the horse to lead behind the car. In case he gets stuck in the mud, this autoist will have something to bring him to town.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
• The Wayne Luben ranch in Powell Park was sold to Carl Anderson. The Luben ranch is on the south side of the river and just west of the Walter Taylor place. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Luben and family came to the valley a number of years ago and purchased this place from the Oldland brothers of Piceance Creek who had in turn purchased it a few years before from Mr. Bill Hall.
• Mrs. Alice Anna Phipps passed away Sunday of this week (May 12) at the Pioneers Hospital. She was living in Craig when she came to Meeker to stay at the Walbridge Nursing home. She had a daughter, Mr. Leo Dunn of Craig.
• Mr. E. W. Wilson, a local Angus breeder, reported the sale of bulls to local buyers. Mr. Wilson has sold an Angus bull to Martin Villa on Strawberry and to Carl H. Seely of Upper White River and Flag Creek.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Chamber of Commerce President Joe Holeyfield congratulates Meeker’s “Man and Woman of the Year” with commemorative walnut clocks to Emma Lou Frisby and Bill Jordan.
• Barone Junior High School art instructor Jill Myers was one of 12 AMAX scholarship winners.
• Twenty-three Meeker Elementary School students were recognized by the program “Catch a Kid Being Good.” They were; Tiffany Lauer, Cora Clairmont, Michael Thomas, Kimberly Woodruff, Phillip Stubblefield, Kathy Kilduff, Tony Theos, Sadie Clare, Mike Mendoza, Steven Whalin, Wade Stewart, Jason Coats, Heather Mintz, Zane Edinger, Sharliee Guice, Rhawnie Willey, Chris Osse, Sheila Dare, David Dockter, Paul Watkins, Derrik Robinson, Leslie Woodward, Katrina Ruckman.
• Lacey Richardson, daughter of Tiger and Tobin Richardson, celebrated her first birthday on May 10.
• Meeker’s 800-meter relay team set a new school record and placed third at the state track meet. Composing the team were Shane Phelan, Mike Tobin, Scott Marsh and Sheldon Bergenheier.
• The number of doe deer licenses increased from 14,937 in 1987 to 26,580 this year.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Miss Cherry Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jo Brown and Clarence Hamilton reigned as King and Queen of the Junior- Senior Prom held by the Junior Class of Rangely High School on Saturday night.
• Reigning over rodeo festivities next weekend will be Miss Diana Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Powell, Rangely Days Rodeo queen, and her attendants, Jillene Kenney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kenney, and Janice Hegwer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Hegwer.
• 1963-64 Student Body Officers elected last week were President Dyle Olree, secretary Gloria Ragon, treasurer Marshall Ralph and vice president Donnie Moore.
• Three members of the Theta Zeta Chapter of ESA are leaving Thursday for State Convention, which will be held in Lamar: Maxine Ong, the state corresponding secretary; Bessie Hubble, president of Theta Zeta Chapter, and Darlene Wallace, the Colorado state president.
• Mr. and Mrs. Donal Hefner are parents of a 7-pound, 10-ounce boy born at 9:27 a.m. Monday, May 6, in St. Mary’s Hospital.

Rangely Times — 40 years ago
• The Bible Baptist Church of Rangely had a ground-breaking ceremony May 5. The basement is now being dug and the building has been ordered. It is hoped that the building will be completed by next winter. The church is pastored by Rev. George W. Megee and is presently meeting at Harvey’s Electric.
• Alan Ducey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Ducey, placed third in the high hurdles at the district qualifying track meet held in Meeker last Saturday and was the only boy from the Rangely team to place in the meet. Ducey was fourth in the pole vault but failed to qualify in that event. He also made the finals in the long jump with a distance of 19-7 1/2 and finished sixth. He then competed in the 180-yard low hurdles and lost to Meeker’s Homedew for the fifth-place qualifying time.
• Five area muzzleloading enthusiasts joined forces to form what they termed their “Country Style” Muzzle Loading Rifle Team, and traveled to Utah over the past weekend to compete with eight Utah teams for the Zepher Team Challenge Trophy. The area team consisted of Darryl and Ron Hayde, Harlan Cooper of Grand Junction and Ken Hayden and son, Mark, of Rangely.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• Dr. and Mrs. Oren A. Sills, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark., announced the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Sue, to David Chambers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chambers, Jr., of Rangely.
• Leonard and Diana Caldwell of Meeker became proud parents of Nathan Hugh, 8 lbs. 6 1/2 oz., 21 1/2 inches long, born in Grand Junction at 5:95 a.m.
• Kathy Williams of Rangely became a proud mother of Tyland Seth, 7 lbs. 2 oz., 29 1/2 inches long; born in Meeker at 11:54 a.m.
• Mr. and Mrs. Donald Worral announced the birth of their son, Alance Dyla, born May 2, 1983.
• Cammy Burke represented the Vernal Vipers Swim Team at the Cottonwood Heights Swim Meet on May 14. Cammy swam in five events, winning four firsts and one second. She qualified for her “B” times in three events, making her eligible to swim in the Junior Olympics of Utah.
• Thirty-three seniors at Rangely High School will receive their diplomas on May 22 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.