Files of the times


Friday, April 15, 2005 — County Commissioner Don Rieger told Chamber members Apr. 7 that work is continuing around Baker Lake to better enhance the area for the public. A new boat ramp has been built, new drainage culverts have been added and they plan to widen the road around the lake. . . Kaylee Standard, a seventh grader at Baker Middle School, tied for second place at the Treasure State Spelling Bee held in Missoula Apr. 2. . Plevna’s prom was held Apr. 9. Kadri Schuetzle and Roy Tisdell were crowned prom queen and king. . . The local Sandstone Pheasants Forever Chapter held its third annual fundraising banquet Apr. 9 with 150 people attending. Lucky winner of the shotgun was Dennis Afrank. Other winners of gun raffles were Kim O’Donnell, Marvin Dahl, Brian Davis, Marlene Waterland, Tim Thoreson, and Jason Mayes. . . Baker Community Band performed its tenth annual free concert Apr. 10. Debbi Jo Varner is director of the band, and Paula Fuchs, president of the group, presented a gift of a clock to Varner from the band. . . Rae Heaps was the winner of Western Family’s two minute shopping spree held during Reynolds 80th anniversary celebration. Rae shopped for two minutes for a total of $136.33 in free groceries. . . Twenty-four Williston Basin Interstate employees gave the Fallon County exhibit hall a facelift March 23. Ann Kreager said the hall had not been painted since 1982 and a fresh coat of paint was needed.


Thursday, April 14, 1995– Eric Stanhope, grandson of Lyle and Mert Stanhope, was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 1994. Extensive treatment was provided and we are happy to report that his bone marrow is clear and there are no signs of cancer. . . Lottie LaBree will celebrate her 90th birthday April 23. . . Baker is on the map at the Denver International Airport. Former Baker resident, Rosemarie (Susa) Johnson spent some time admiring the art work at the airport while waiting for a flight and came upon a wall on which was painted a map of the United States. Special points of interest were listed on each state and there for all the world to see it says, “Steer Montana”, Baker. . . Baker received heavy snow last weekend. Some ranchers lost calves and lambs. . . Marlene Ferrel, County Superintendent of Schools, swore in four re-elected school board members April 10. Darryl Espeland, Steve Spriggs, Jerry Lang, and Dale Schweigert have all been elected to another three year term. . . Tom Feeney has resigned as vice principal of Baker School. He has accepted the position of superintendent at Grass Range.


Thursday, April 11, 1985– Traveling to the State AAU Wrestling Tournament this weekend in Butte will be Casey O’Donnell, Nic Goeders, Chuck Jardee, Sonny Wandle, Todd Rustad, Craig Hurley, John Merwin, Todd Bailey, O.J. Aguayo, John Goeders, Shawn Dudgeon, Klint Flint, Eric Bechtold, Garry O’Connor, Ricky Pool, Clyde Crawford, Ronnie Roberts, Dan Goeders, Bruce Moore, Tony Markve, Billy Rost, Jason Aguayo, Tyler Plummer, Tommy Leischner, and Rob Merwin. . . Billy Pratt was featured in the Horse and Rider magazine for April 1985 as part of a foursome that served in the Army’s horse patrol during WWII. . . Erna Geving planned a morning birthday party Apr. 4 for Lena Linden who celebrated her 86th birthday. . . Julie Stanhope is the new manager-counselor of the Baker Diet Center. . . Pete Rising is a member of the MSU rodeo team. . . Baker Girl Scout and Brownie Troops sold 4,452 boxes of cookies. . . Fresh lean ground beef is 99¢/lb, fresh strawberries 79¢/pint.


Thursday, April 10, 1975– District 8 Beef Cook-Off held in Baker Saturday saw four contestants as winners. Carmen Ringen of Plevna, 4th; Nancy Householder, Baker, 1st; Kari Guldborg, Brockway, 3rd; and Janel Begger, Wibaux, 2nd. . . Baker will be represented in the Miss Eastern Montana Scholarship Pageant by Miss Rena Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Alexander. . . Ten members of the St. Isadorus Council of Baker journeyed to Butte to participate in the Knights of Columbus bowling tournament. Earnie Herbst was the defending champion in the all-events and singles competition. Sunday, the scoreboard still had the local K.C. team in first place. Those men making  the trip were Jack and Jim Samsel, Gene Zacher, Jerry Bremer, Gene Domagala, Larry Neutgens, Eddie Nelson, Bob Lindstrom, Earnie Herbst, and Bob Anderson. . . Ranchers in the area are experiencing a heavy calf crop loss this year due to many causes. The weather is the chief culprit but a few farmers have been hit by diseases. Scours and lepto are some of the diseases along with pneumonia.


Thursday, April 8, 1965 — Approximately two-thirds of the registered electorate turned out for the city election Monday when Ronald Shepherd won the contest for mayor by 19 votes. Aldermen elected were incumbents Vera Bruggeman and L.R. Moline. . . . Dick O’Connor was installed as new Jaycee president at a dinner at Green Acres Saturday night. . . Randash was the successful bidder for the new police car for the coming year. . . Elmer Newell and Art Martin were elected to serve three year terms on the school board. . . Keith Rustad  was one of 42 Montana Future Farmers to receive his State Farmer Degree at the state leadership conference held in Bozeman. . . Albert Ackerman has purchased the Dahlman Motel property and took possession yesterday from Bernell Pfeifle.


Thursday, April 12, 1955– J.R. Corbitt was named president of the Baker Lions Club at the regular April meeting. . Elected as new president of the American Legion Auxiliary was Audrey Hansen at a dinner meeting held Monday night. . . Fallon County’s polio vaccination program is ready for operation, reported Dr. C.F. Hogeboom, county health officer. Enough vaccine is expected to inoculate all the first and second graders in the county. . . Commissioners Odin Myhre and J.M. Steffes, Assessor R.W. Rose, and County Agent E.R. Hoff were in attendance Monday at a land reclassification action meeting in Miles City conducted by the Custer County Commissioners. . . Wednesday morning the county commissioners reported a “believe it or not” story of snow plows still in operation in the northern district of the county.


Thursday, April 12, 1945– Mr. and Mrs. Carl Losing presented an Easter gift to the Baker Baptist church of a farm residence and building at Ollie the congregation had planned to buy for the parsonage. . . Mildred Shelhamer was elected president of the Junior Woman’s Club; Mrs. Orlynn Sieler, vice president; Mrs. Peggy Bruce, secretary; Miss Irene Smith, treasurer. . . L. Price of Baker and Rudolph John Dobeck of Plevna were to leave for induction into the Army. . . County Democrats elected Mrs. R.F. Lutts, Mrs. Bob Janz, F.H. Becker and LeRoy Moline delegates and alternates to the state convention; Republicans – Homer R. French, G.R. Mosher, James Kochel and Mrs. Ida Wild.


Thursday, April 18, 1935– Juanita LaCross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis LaCross, in nurse’s training, received her cap and was cited for highest grades and outstanding service at Minneapolis General Hospital. . . Attorney Chester Onstad of Broadus arrived to take over the county attorney’s office while attorney Hansen recovers from illness.


Thursday, April 16, 1925– Methodist Epworth League began Easter Sunday with a prayer service on the water tower hill followed by breakfast. . . Jim O’Connor completed a deal with H.F. Griesy for the purchase of the latter’s farm, nine miles south of Baker. . . Sheriff Clyde Burrell and undersheriff Frankland were kept busy tagging cars and trucks minus 1925 licenses.