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   Friday, May 20, 2005 — Approximately a foot of snow blanketed the area May 12. Don Hinman, foreman of the Baker Public Works Dept., said the plowing was slow going because the snow was so wet and heavy. . . High temperature May 15 was 76 degrees. . .

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Whitney Meschke took first in the singles bracket at the Eastern B Divisional Tennis Tournament. Heidi Wang and  Colette Kary won the doubles bracket.  Lady Spartans who placed at the divisional tournament will now travel to Missoula May 19-21 to compete in the state tournament. . . Ben Susa will celebrate his 80th birthday May 22. . . J & M Lumber celebrated their second anniversary. Winners of their drawings were Don Wood – BBQ, Bev Schell – ladder, Floyd Richmond – drill, and Gladys Morris – plant. . . The Plevna All-Class Dinner Theater was held May 16. The freshman class served a roast beef dinner to approximately 200 seated guests. . . St. Jude’s Bike-A-Thon held May 7. Participants raised $1,594.71 which will go to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Joseph Fisher rode the most miles – 25, and Robert John Crow raised the most money – $448.


  Thursday, May 19, 1995 — Ken Griffith received a plaque in recognition of being chosen Montana’s AAU Outstanding Contributor for 1995. It was presented to him at the Little Sullivan banquet in Polson. . .  John Brown bowled a 683 series during tournament play to successfully break a record which was held by Eldon Rasmuson for 25 years. . . 1995 Boys State delegates are Dana Quenzer, Gary Townsend, and Dustin Rudolph. . . Paul and Frances Zachmann celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary May 4 while at the 91st state convention of the Knights of Columbus. They were also honored as the 1995 Montana Knights of Columbus Family of the Year. . . Big 64 Bowling Tournament held May 10-13 at Baker Bowling Center. Winners were: 1 – Russ Fischer, 2 – John Brown, 3 – Ron Siring, 4 – Tom Stevens, 5 – Pat Harrison, 6 – Debbie Veroye, 7 – Scott Smith. . . Main Street Casino and Grill had a good turnout Apr. 14-15 for a fundraiser they held for John Michael Bertsch and Matt Mason. The boys will be going to Japan in July to wrestle. . . Baker Police Officer Patrick Knipp received the Fireman Award at the graduation ceremony of the 91st session of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course held Feb. 26-May 5.


   Thursday, May 16, 1985 — Congressman Ron Marlenee announced that Jonathan T. Neumann of Baker has formally been selected by the United States Military Academy, pending his medical, to begin training this summer. Jon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neumann. . . Baker Men’s and Women’s Association Bowling Banquet was held May 11 with 144 attending. Master of ceremonies for the program were Steve Baldwin and Steve Fradenburgh. Vi Rasmuson was chosen by the Women’s Association as a “Star of Yesteryear”. Vi has bowled in Baker since 1959. . Kariann Shumaker is valedictorian for the class of 1985 in Plevna and Martha Johnson is salutatorian.


   Thursday, May 15, 1975– Coaches, lifeguards and assistants for the summer recreation program are: baseball – Larry Moser with Todd Overton as assistant, Diane Moser will be in charge of the swimming pool with Harold Miller and Rena Alexander as assistants. The summer girls program will be headed by Diane Moser with Shelly McGhee as assistant. . . A welcome sight to many of the senior citizens of Baker was the “taxi” driven by Mrs. Jim Kono. This “taxi” is used several times a week to take patrons to the Center, doctors and run errands. . . New officers for the American Legion are:  Commander Lawrence Schaefer, 1st vice commander Ed Bremer, 2nd vice commander Roger Singer, chaplain Ben Susa, Sargeant at Arms Gerald Bremer, post service officer Bill Bohle, and historian Vicky Gonsioroski.


   Thursday, May 13, 1965– Baker elementary schools reported an 84 percent turnout of parents at the second scheduled parent-teacher conference Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Breeden, Mrs. Burmeister, Mrs. O’Connor, Mrs. Schettler, and Mrs. Smeltzer had 100 percent parent attendance. . . . Poppy poster winners included Larry Jacobs, Mary Paula Young, Robin Kovash from Baker and Debra Bentley, Carolyn Manke, Carol Steffes, and Edith Wenz from Plevna. . . . Mayor Ronald Shepherd proclaims May 9-15 as National Hospital Week. . . Duane Bruce was promoted to Chief of Police at a special meeting called by Mayor Ronald Shepherd. . . Mrs. John Andolshek installed Mrs. Drury Phebus as president of the Legion Auxiliary, Walter Roth was elected commander. . . . Steve Stickney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenton Stickney, has been chosen to attend Boys State from the Plevna School.


   Thursday, May 19, 1955– Top ten students were named for the class of 1955 and are James Corey, Julia Noftsker, Kay Coldwell, Janice Rustad, Doris Linden, Lona O’Connor, Ronald Schorsch, Agnes Freier, Joan Griffith, and John Mastel. . . According to word from Dr. C.F. Hogeboom, inoculation of Fallon County first and second graders for polio has been postponed until May 27 due to the fact the serum had not been cleared to date. . . Ground breaking ceremonies were held Monday for the new Masonic Temple. . Miles City is host to the fifth annual Bucking Horse Sale May 21-23. . . Officers installed in the Beta Sigma Phi are Mrs. Thelma Jackson president, Mrs. Barbara Overton vice president, Mrs. Darleen Kochel second vice president, Mrs. Elaine Malek recording secretary, Mrs. Ilene Burns corresponding secretary, Miss Beulah Pardee treasurer, Mrs. Ramona Shepherd Extension officer, Miss Bobby Lou Moline historian, and Mrs. Merri Burns civil defense.


   Thursday, May 17, 1945– A.O. Gullidge, superintendent of the Baker Schools will become high school supervisor for Miss Elizabeth Ireland, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. He will take office July 1. . . A blizzard raged Sunday and left enough snow so there is still some today. The weather continues cold.


   Thursday, May 23, 1935 — Increasing sales of gas caused Gas Development Company to test Baker gas fields. . . Leon LaCross drove to Bismarck Sunday to attend an IGA convention and from there to Detroit Lakes, Minn., to visit relatives. . . Virginia Baker left Tuesday for Missoula where she took part in the state declamatory contest. . . . Whiskey prices were on a different level, according to 1935 ads. Pints ranged from 65¢ to $1.00 while quarts sold for $1.20 to $1.90. Gin was listed at $1.00 a fifth.


   Thursday, May 21, 1925 — A special issues of the Times tells of the history of Baker schools. The beginning of the present school system was in 1908.