10 YEARS AGO
Friday, May 6, 2005 — Melanie Reiner will be opening the Lil’ Cougar Preschool at the Plevna School this fall for children ages four and five. . . Max Lorbiecke, 63, of Carlyle died in a one vehicle rollover on Rattlesnake Creek Lane near the Fallon/Wibaux County line Apr. 27. . . Bruce Inion, current pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Plevna will soon be ordained as a non-denominational minister. The ordination service will be held May 8 at the Plevna church. . . According to Fire Chief Randy Hoenke, the quick action of teenagers Jennica Vogel and Crystal Hanson saved the home of Ruth Townsend from being destroyed by fire Apr. 29. They noticed smoke as they were driving by her house and they stopped and opened the patio door. The house was engulfed with smoke, and they used bowls and a bucket to try to douse the fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the girls had basically put the fire out. Townsend was not home at the time and had left her porch light on and a bird nest above it caught fire and dropped to the deck. . . An open house to honor Harold Jensen, Marion Hanson and John Karch for their many years of service to the O’Fallon Historical Society will be held May 15. . . Del and Jan Kenitzer attended the inauguration of President George W. Bush last January. They also attended the Denim and Diamonds Ball one evening and another the next evening.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 5, 1995 — Lisa Rieger and Tim Leland were crowned queen and king at the 1995 Plevna Prom held Apr. 28. Other royalty candidates were Kara O’Connor, Angie Griebel, Kristin Hagadone and Thad Arnold. . . Baker Homecraft Club honors senior girls and their mothers with a formal tea held Apr. 23 at the Baker Senior Citizen Center. The program was conducted by the Homecraft Club president Billie Jo Losing. . . State BB Gun shoot held in Baker Apr. 29-30. Representing the Baker team were Nichole Susa, Joey Hufford, Chet Christensen, Dustin Varner, Justin Weischedel, Shawn Hoenke, and Brandon Schmidt. . . Laurie Pankratz received a check from Nicole Flor, treasurer of Fallon County Plainsmen Search & Rescue, for winning the 50/50 drawing in the amount of $208.50. Laurie guessed the time closest to when Yellow Bellie Nellie fell through the ice on Baker Lake. . . Randash Motors is celebrating 50 years in service this month.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 2, 1985 — Kjell Marthinsen and his daughter Liesvth Baisgard came into the Times Office last week during the press run to watch how the Times is printed. Kjell and his wife Anne and daughter are cousins of Art Tronstad and came to the U.S. for a printing convention. They are from Oslo, Norway. . . Den 2 of Troop 256 Boy Scouts returned from the Scout Jamboree with top honors on their display of an Indian village. Troop members are John Goeders, Joshua Bilges, Grant Ferrel, Jerome Mattson, Michael Schwartz, Luke McLean, Shannon Myers, and Dustin Youngren. Den leaders are Sharon Schwartz and Sharon Myers. . A long awaited dream of County Commissioner Delane Beach is coming close to reality as bids for the Fallon County Retirement Home were given last Tuesday. The Retirement Home will be similar to the Eagles Manor in Miles City. . . The class of 1985 is very unique in that there are four valedictorians. These students are Vicki Uttke, Tanya Dilworth, Dean Wang, and Jon Neumann. . . Vernon Wiseman, age 69, passed away Apr. 26. . . Jim Hurley is the new agent for JDH. . . Air Force Staff Sgt. Donald E. Huether, son of Delores E. Huether of Baker, has arrived for duty at Osan Air Base, South Korea. . . The Loft is celebrating its 18th anniversary. Each 18th person will receive a gift certificate for a free steak dinner.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 1, 1975– Susan O’Donnell and Doug Cox are crowned queen and king of the junior-senior prom Saturday night. Other candidates were Rita Bruha, Shelly McGhee, Paul Myhre, and Cecil Benner. . . The airport was the scene of many dollars worth of damaged planes and buildings when the tornado-like winds hit town Friday evening. Pictured are two planes, one lying on its right side and the other is upside down. . . Troop 142 and their leader Mrs. Roger Pankratz honored Mrs. Emil Sieler last week for having the first baby during Girl Scout Week, Michelle Rose, born Apr. 10. All the girls made gifts at home. Members are Driss Brittain, Kami Stadel, Ronda Safford, Lynette Wolenetz, Dorene Mische, Carol Rath, Teresa Dilworth, Brenda Blake, and Julie Kono. . . Many Baker people were in attendance at the Miss Eastern Montana Pageant in Glendive when Rena Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander of Baker, was bestowed the title of Miss Congeniality.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 29, 1965– L.F. Bruggeman, principal of Baker High School, this week released the names of the top ten students of the class of 1965. Jody Nelson is valedictorian; DiAnn Spriggs, salutatorian; others are Michael Steffes, Ed Lawler, Nancy Striebel, Carter Christiansen, Ray Pruett, Peggy Bickle, Elaine Schweigert, and Mike O’Donnell. . . Brenda Olson and Jody Nelson were crowned queen and king at the junior promenade last week. . Arthur B. Martin, Fallon County native, was appointed as judge of Montana’s 16th Judicial District by Governor Tim Babcock Apr. 22.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 5, 1955 — James Corey was chosen valedictorian of the senior class of Baker High School, Julia Anne Noftsker was chosen salutatorian. . . Thirteen power driven outfits, representing an estimated $40,000 worth of farm machinery, were on the job at the Joe Votruba farm plowing and seeding 160 acres of wheat which was all in by that evening. Several neighbors instigated the work day when they found that illness and accidents had slowed production at the Votruba farm. . . Installed as new Jaycee officers last weekend were Sam Durham, president; Walter Roth, first vice president; Larry Klauzer, second vice president; Gene Wellenstein, treasurer; and directors Bob Kochel and Mert Malek.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 3, 1945 — President Truman revealed Wednesday that it has been officially confirmed on the best authority that Hitler is dead. . Three sons of Mrs. Vera Bruce are in the service: Pvt. Robert Seeley stationed in Germany, Harold, M.M.2C is now in France, and Pvt. Nelson is serving with the Marines in the Pacific. . . The Gottfred Leischners of Plevna received good news that their son-in-law believed dead had been reported in a prison camp and soon after received news that their son, Donnie, was reported missing in action in the Pacific. . . R.F. Lutts left Monday with a truckload of cattle for the Billings market.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 9, 1935 — There were 140 mothers and daughters who attended the annual Mother-Daughter banquet held Tuesday in the Community Church. . . Russell’s advertises young men’s dress oxfords from $2.65 to $4.95 while Penneys lists cotton prints 10 cents to 49 cents per yard. . . Mrs. Fred Bryson closed her school term at the Offley School May 3. . . Frank Hough donated $150 to the Baker Fire Department after collecting his commission of $280 from the American LaFrance Foamite Co. Industries, Inc. when they sold the City of Baker a fire truck. The collecting of the commission was in litigation for eight years.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 7, 1925 — For the second time this spring a horse has been the cause of death of a resident of this community. John Edward Perkins, 60, was thrown from a horse Saturday afternoon and it is believed he was killed instantly. . . The Peoples Exchange shipped 525,960 eggs during April.