Rio Blanco Days Gone By

The Meeker Herald — 100 years ago
• On Monday, Larkin P. Craig sold his fine farm in Danforth Park to George B. Ellis of Los Angeles. The consideration is said to be $24,000. All the farm machinery on the place goes to the purchaser. George B. and Lyman Ellis will manage the Craig farm. We are glad to note that Mr. and Mrs. Craig will continue to be with us. Lark holds on to his farm at the base of Oakridge.
• The near approach of a railroad for Meeker is causing a lively inquiry for good farms. This week, James E. Kilduff bought the Milo Coats place in Danforth Park, known in the early days as the Temple Ranch. About $10,000 spot cash figured in the deal, which included some good stock. The sale was made through the agency of T. B. Scott.
• James M. Buchanan and Miss May E. Huntley were married at the Methodist parsonage last Monday evening, Rev. Nuckolls officiating.
• While on the road to Juniper Springs, Tuesday, and near the James Ranch, the team driven by Ambrose Oldland shied at something on the road and ran up the hillside. The road-wagon was upset and the occupant all thrown out. Mr. Oldland, however, held on to the lines and prevented the team from running away.

The Meeker Herald — 50 years ago
n The Meeker Fire Department is always ready and last week the fire boys were called out twice in less than twelve hours.
n Ranger Walter Winkler tells us that a second fire on the White River Forest occurred Sunday of this week. The fire was on Wells Ridge near the Miller Creek cow camp and was caused by lightning.
• Judge Clifford Darrow was over from Glenwood Springs last week to preside at a case in Rio Blanco District Court.

The Meeker Herald — 25 years ago
• Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bivens of Meeker and Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Lane of Craig are pleases to announce the engagement of their daughter and son, Nancy J. Bivens and Kevin Reardon. The young couple selected Saturday, June 18 as their wedding date.
• The Class of ‘38 held its Rio Blanco County High School 50-year reunion in conjunction with the Old Timers’ Reunion on Saturday, June 4. There were 26 classmates and spouses attending the dinner, also their senior class sponsor, Georgia Thomas Franklin.
• The Rio Blanco County Cattle Women, as part of their “Beef for Father’s Day” promotion, will present a $10 beef certificate to whoever becomes the newest father in town on Father’s Day. The father whose child is born closest to June 19 at Pioneers Hospital will be awarded the prize.

Rangely Times — 50 years ago
• Miss Dorothy Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sanders, was elected last week to head the Girls’ Athletic Association at Rangely High School next year.
• Kris Hayden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hayden, celebrated his second birthday Monday, June 3.
• Donnell R. Robie Jr. celebrated his first birthday on Sunday, June 9 with a dinner at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donnell R. Robie, Sr.
• The summer workshop in economic education for high school and college teachers, sponsored by the Colorado State Chamber of Commerce and the University of Colorado, gets under way on the Boulder campus on June 18.
• The 1963-64 state highway budget signed by Gov. John Love last week included a $300,000 appropriation for stabilizing a section of Highway 64 between Rangely and Meeker. The project is expected to get under way in July.

Rangely Times — 40 years ago
• Remodeling is under way at the former Ford garage on East Main Street, recently purchased by the Daniel Foggs from John Comstock, who had owned the building since the ‘50s.
• Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Burgett wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Becky to Paul Wade, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Wade, all of Rangely. The couple’s wedding plans are set for late June.
• The marriage of Miss Elizabeth Marie Menge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Menge, to Dana Lee Hanvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hanvey, took place at a 7:30 candlelight service on Saturday May 19 at First Christian Church in Rangely.

Rangely Times — 30 years ago
• Three Rangely students were among 335 who received degrees from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling at recent commencement ceremonies. Owen Robertson received his Associate in Applied Science degree while Roland Grodon and John Widmer received the NJC Certificate.
• Moon Lake Electric has power interruptions: “As a result of flood conditions, Moon Lake Electric Association is experiencing numerous power interruptions throughout our service area,” said Peggy Deller, spokesman for the cooperative.
• During the latest high water the “level of (the) river was just about level of Main Street” and there would have been a major problem if we hadn’t blocked off outfall.
• The 71st meeting of the Rio Blanco County Pioneers Assn. (Old Timers). A fine dinner of roast beef and ham was prepared by member of the Utopia Club and as efficiently and charmingly served by a group of young girls. The menu included relishes, salad, etc., and finished with apple pie with whipped topping if desired.
• The Rangely Swim Club and the Western Rio Blanco Recreation District hosted the “Icebreaker” Open Swim Meet this past Saturday. More than 300 swimmers and spectators from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Rifle, Meeker, Glenwood Springs and Rangely competed in and enjoyed 100 events.