Files of the Times

A look back in past issues.


   Friday, April 8, 2005 — Shantel Nielsen and Weston O’Donnell were crowned homecoming queen and king at the 2005 Baker High School Prom April 2. . . High temperature April 3 was 76 degrees. . Montana’s Congressman Denny Rehberg announced Apr. 4 that a $71,250 federal grant has been awarded to Baker Municipal Airport to conduct an environmental assessment for the expansion of its 4900 foot runway. . . Baker’s own Vista Book will be reprinted for 2005 and not again until 2007. . . Hat Creek Supply is going out of business. Effective April 1 they will no longer be receiving boots for repair. . . Dreams are coming true for Matthew Jensen and Larry Brown, former Baker residents. Matthew, son of Tim and Nancy Jensen and Larry, son of Jerry and Carla Brown, always dreamed of becoming “rock stars” one day. The young men are now members of a new alternative hard rock group, Sinnerstone, that has been making waves in Great Falls. . . Bronco Days held this past weekend, Apr. 1-3; and 323 participants from North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Canada and Montana competed. There were 481 event entries. . . Cub Scout Pack 256 held their annual Pinewood Derby Mar. 19. The winner was Tristan Glass of Baker. Ryan Espeland won Best of Show. Open class winner was Solenn Jacobsen of Baker. . . Plevna music students will be at the District Music Festival Apr. 15-16 in Miles City.


  Thursday, April 7, 1995 — Continental Resources, Inc. will begin building the location for their first drilling rig this week and will follow with another one later this month. . . . The Close Up group from Baker High School returned home March 25 after their week long visit to Washington, D.C. Students who went on the trip were Scot Quenzer, Dustin Rudolph, Craig Pankratz, Mike Nygaard, Michael Brauchle, Matt Griffith, Matt Breitbach, Grant Havens, Carlos Faini, Heather Klang, Heidi Bechtold, Kellie Brown, Jill O’Donnell, Kelly Blake, and Marnie Merwin. . . Demany Smith and Jolene Reetz were crowned 1995 Prom King and Queen. . . “Salute to Working Women” is a special section in this week’s Fallon County Times. Pat Williams, New York Life agent; Barb Olind, dietary manager for Fallon Medical Complex; Gwen Miller, roustabout hand for Shell Oil Co.; were featured as self-sufficient women. . . Mike Nygaard was first place winner in the District 8 Beef Cook-Off. Judges for the event which was held at Baker High School home ec room were Ruth Brown of Ismay, Joan Johnson of Baker and Adrian Reichenberg of Marmarth.


   Thursday, April 4, 1985 — Members of Girl Scout Troop No. 243 presented a quilt to Chelsey Sander, daughter of Wayne and Gaye Sander. The quilt was made for the baby girl born at Fallon Memorial Hospital born closest to the week long celebration of Girl Scout Week. Troop members Lisa and Lori Christianson, Tori Collins, Carrie O’Donnell, Missy Stanton, and Shyla Bechtold made the quilt with the help of their leaders Mary Ann O’Donnell and Pat Collins. . . 1985 prom candidates include Jamyne Mayo, Susan Duneman, Maria Prokop, Molly Barefoot, Karl Mueller, Kelly Wike, Chad Afrank, and Andy Kreager. . . April 1, Baker Cement was officially purchased by Roy Wheeler and Everett Mitchell. . . . All-Conference basketball selections were chosen last week and four Spartans were on the first team ballot – Dean Wang, Andy Kreager, Jon Neumann, and Doug Bechtold. Dean was also selected as a member of the All-State Team. . . Darcy Kruger is pictured with Dr. Gary Lucachick and a stuffed bear. Darcy’s name was selected in a drawing for the bear.


   Thursday, April 3, 1975 — March 26, the final concrete pour was made on the Baker Lake Watershed. There is approximately 15,000 cubic yards of earth to be placed in the dam to complete the embankment. . . Picture: This is just a sample of the snow we had over the weekend. Al Grenstiner and his two sons were shoveling the snow Mar. 26, which was the day before the “Big Snow”. The spring storm brought eight inches of new snow in our area with all the surrounding areas receiving at least the same amount. Bismarck had so much snow there were road blocks leaving the city and no one was allowed to travel. Baker was snowbound for several days with only four-wheel drive vehicles moving on some of the streets. . . The man responsible for clean walks in the downtown area is none other than Allan Wang of Wang’s Feeds. . . . A most unusual story is told about Ed Herbst, local barber, who has been a barber long enough to cut the hair of four generations of men in the Cox family. To begin with, Ed cut the hair of great-great-grandfather P.G. Cox, later he cut the hair of great-grandfather Urvin Cox, then the hair of grandfather Robert L. Cox, and finally Aaron Corey, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pat Corey (nee Sherri Cox).


   Thursday, April 1, 1965 — Sunday a crash involving a Northern Tank Line truck and a 1961 Ford claimed the lives of Walter Spriggs, who was driving the car, and one of its passengers, Mrs. Inez Krokker. The other two passengers, Marlys Spriggs and Coleman Krokker, are still listed in critical condition in the Fallon Memorial Hospital. . . . Boy Scout Troop 258 held a Court of Honor Friday. The high point of the evening was the presentation of a life pin to Wayne Rudolph by his father, Scoutmaster F.F. Rudolph. . . School trustee elections will take place Saturday. Dr. Melvin Rogstad, Arthur Martin and Elmer Newell will be on the ballot for District 12.


   Thursday, April 7, 1955 — Former alderman William Campbell was elected mayor of Baker, defeating Ervin (Red) Keirle, also a former alderman. . . Howard Koenig, 24, oilfield worker, was fatally injured in a drilling accident Friday. Three other workers are hospitalized. . . Representatives from the Fifth Street area and the southeast section of the city were at the council meeting Tuesday evening requesting water and sewer facilities to be extended to their area. They were advised to establish a new special improvement district as the city itself had no funds for the project and homeowners would have to pay for it themselves.


   Thursday, April 5, 1945 — Members of the Baptist Church purchased a building site from G.R. Moshier, across from the church, and plan to move in the farm house bought from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Losing to be modernized for a parsonage. . . Eileen Gustafson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gustafson, returned from Portland and began work as deputy county treasurer, replacing R.W. Rose who has resigned. . . Ration reminders were issued on meat, sugar and fuel oil stamps. . . People were urged to take a summer job on a farm, save kitchen fats, and drive slowly.


   Thursday, April 11, 1935— Fallon Post No. 35 American Legion made enough money from a minstrel show and other monthly activities to pay for one overhead heating unit in the hall and decided to keep on working to buy a second unit. . . Plevna School District No. 55 voted a $5,000 bond issue to build an addition to the school plant. . . School election in Baker called out 37 voters, all of whom cast ballots for Leon LaCross as board member.


   Thursday, April 16, 1925— A dust explosion brought havoc at Dean Sinclair’s Blacksmith Shop, throwing William Seaman to his death by an unmanageable horse. . . L.E. Baker was elected temporary manager of the baseball team at a meeting in Niccum’s barber shop. . . Mrs. Bruce Burt started a goat herd at her farm.