10 YEARS AGO
Friday, April 29, 2005 — After owning and operating the Sagebrush Inn for 29 years, Del and Jan Kenitzer have sold the facility to a young couple from southern California, Chris and Cheryl Duke. . . High temperature April 24 was 72 degrees. . . Registered voters are asked to vote May 3. There is only one issue on the ballot – the county is asking voters to approve or disapprove continuing ten mills for two years for upkeep and maintenance of Fallon Medical Complex. . . Jayden Entzel of Rhame was the winner of Incredibles DVD in Reynolds’ Easter Contest. . . Ray Maier will celebrate his 75th birthday May 1. . . Baker School Board held a special meeting Apr. 25 to cancel the mill levy election. The legislature passed HB 624, which allows disequalized districts to use any of the last five years’ budgets. . . Baker Car Club met Apr. 15. Agenda for the meeting was to name the car club and form a committee to oversee the car show and to work together to schedule cruises for the club. They decided on Classic Cruisers Club as their name. . . Russell’s Clothing is celebrating its grand opening under new owners, Don and Merri Beck, and the 89th anniversary of the store, May 5-7. . . Bea Siring celebrated her 90th birthday Apr. 9.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 28, 1995– Trustworthy Hardware has been purchased and the name has been changed. Randy and Donna Morris are the new owners of Hardware Hank located in the Lake City Shopping Center. The store has been completely remodeled and several departments have been expanded. . . The Corner Bar and T.A.W., Inc. will sponsor “Battle On The Prairie”, an invitational bullriding event June 3 and 4. . . Montana Lt. Governor Dennis Rehberg will travel to Fallon County next week to visit with county commissioners, city officials, and the public. . . A piece of Baker history came crashing to the ground last week when the Baker Drive-In Theater was torn down to make room for impending road construction. . . Barb Klang was recognized by the E.F. Foundation for her support, guidance and counseling of international exchange students. . . Country Lake Greenhouse will be opening May 1. . . . Lea Grainger celebrated her 87th birthday April 19.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 25, 1985– Molly Barefoot and Karl Mueller were chosen prom queen and king at the junior prom held last Saturday. . . Daylight saving time starts Apr. 28. . . Margetta’s Family Diner will open Apr. 29. It is located in the Lake City Shopping Center. . . Bernice and Emmett Gregerson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 4. . . 501 Shrink to Fit Levi’s are now on sale at Samsel’s for $14.88. . . . Fallon County’s delegates to the 38th annual Montana Girls State are Tricia Strangford and Pam Feisthamel from Baker and Heidi Bickle from Plevna. Alternates are Kim Quenzer from Baker and Traci Thielen from Plevna. . . Baker Homecraft Club elected officers and they are as follows: president Shirley Barth, vice president Sharon Nordahl, secretary-treasurer Sarah Schueler, and sunshine lady Billie Jo Losing.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 24, 1975– A two car head-on collision took the lives of two children Apr. 22 when a 1973 GMC pickup driven by John Soyland, 31, of Colstrip and a 1965 Dodge car driven by Shane Waples, 17, a student in Plevna working at the Fred Berzel ranch met on the crest of a hill nine miles south of the six mile turn-off of Highway 12. Riding with Waples were Steven Berzel, 7 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Berzel, and Brenda Askin, 8 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy “Chunky” Askin. Both children were killed instantly, Waples and Soyland were taken to the Holy Rosary Hospital for treatment. . . Sandy Kinsey, nurse in charge of the newly organized Plevna Health Center, is shown visiting with Mrs. Tom Judge, representing the Governor, at the open house last week. Besides Mrs. Kinsey, RN, others involved in the project are Charles Neumann, president; Leon Rieger, vice president; Mrs. Kermit Livengood, treasurer; and Mrs. Isadore Leischner, secretary.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 22, 1965– A new era in banking will begin for the Bank of Baker with their grand opening this weekend. . . Cub Scout Pack 229 held their second Pinewood Derby racing car contest at their monthly pack meeting. There were 29 entries with prizes going to Todd Overton, Charles Bethel, and David Houser. . . Carter Christiansen, Virginia Nelson, Mrs. James Hoffman, Roy McClain and narrator Margaret Lathrop served on the panel, “It’s a Free Country … or is it?”. The sixth of a series of Talks with Teens program over KFLN.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 28, 1955– Several crew men miraculously escaped death and injury when the derrick being erected on a new wildcat location northwest of Baker collapsed. . . A new 16 inch pipeline running 450 miles was announced by Shell Oil. The line will run south from the eastern Montana area of the Williston Basin to connect with lines now operating from eastern Wyoming, the Platte Pipeline at Guernsey, and the Western Pipeline at Fort Laramie. . . Power lines of the Goldenwest REA were blown down and nearly all the poles in the heavy rain and 56 mph winds, Apr. 16. Damages amounted to more than $20,000.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 26, 1945– L.W. Heftie accepts position of superintendent of schools in Baker. . . Two motor accidents at the bridge over the creek just south of the Commercial Hotel occurred this week. The first happened when Gunder Gunderson ran his small truck off the side of the road between the bridge and the walk; and the second occurred when Richard Biffle ran into the rear of Robert Madler’s truck. . . Harry Hartse left for Butte Thursday night where he will enlist in the armed forces. . . Baccalaureate services were held Sunday evening in the town hall at Plevna with Rev. Little the speaker.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 2, 1935 — The departure of April found Montana enjoying a soaking rain which extended eastward as far as Miles City. . . Paul Hubbard of the Baker Hardware Store suffered a loss of $100 in stock and change taken from his place Friday night or after midnight. The villains broke through the front window. . . Plevna High School will present “Huckleberry Finn” in the town hall Saturday night. Ray Huber will play the title role. . . Local grocery store sells Alaska pink salmon, 2 cans, 22¢; coffee, 3 lbs., 57¢. . . Royal Neighbors gave a farewell party for Mrs. C. Guenther Tuesday at the J.F. Smola home.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 30, 1925– L.P. Ryan of St. Paul arrived Saturday and has accepted a position as tinner for L. Price Co. . . Max Mellor won first prize in a declamatory contest given by Baker High School. . Saturday evening the Springdale community had a gathering at the school house. J.A. Williams, attorney, gave an address on “An Appreciation of Ma and Pa”. Music was enjoyed and Frank Becker also rendered a selection. . . Westmore State Bank pays creditors a dividend of 25 percent.