10 YEARS AGO
Friday, May 27, 2005 — 90th commencement ceremonies held at Baker High School May 22. Jordan McWilliams gave the valedictory address, and Leevon Pinnow gave the salutatory address. Diplomas were awarded to 36 students who completed their 12 years of education. . . May 22, Plevna Schools held their graduation exercises. Twelve seniors and six eighth graders were awarded diplomas. Ashley O’Connor gave the salutatory address, and Brittany Straub delivered the valedictory address. . . First place Spartan divisional track winners are Casey Dietz, Zach Hepperle, Shann Schillinger, Neal Susa, Marnee Overton, Cheyenne Thilmony, Mandi Overton, Danni Veroye, and Erik Morris. These athletes will advance to the state meet in Bozeman May 27-28. . . Encore Operating, L.P. donated funding for a new ambulance to the Fallon County Ambulance Service during EMS week May 15-21. Pictured with the new ambulance are C.B. Heiser, Baker Ambulance volunteer; Commissioner Dennis Afrank; Commissioner Deb Ranum; Steve Spriggs of Encore Operating; Commissioner Don Rieger. . . Brent Nelson, vo-ag teacher at Baker High School, submitted his resignation and the board approved hiring Scott Rieger for the position. . . First place Poppy Poster winners are Gina Cantalupo, Abby Gundlach, Donovan Lorbiecke, and Shawnna Steffes.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 26, 1995 — Heidi Fuchs gave the valedictory address at Plevna High School’s commencement exercises, and Marci Sieler gave the salutatory address. . . Commencement exercises took place at Baker High School May 21 and there were four co-valedictorians – Erin Brown, Jennifer Plummer, Kelli Schillinger, and Judd Stark. . . 25th wedding anniversary celebration for Tom and Kathy Stieg will be held May 28. . . New members inducted into the National Honor Society were Lisa Williams, Shannon Mitchell, Gary Townsend, Dustin Rudolph, Eric Kary, Kelly Blake, Michelle Hanson, Jill O’Donnell, Leah Morris, Jennifer Plummer, and Heidi Bechtold. . . The Shell Western E & P driving coaches with the assistance of Montana Highway Patrolman Pat Harrison and Highway Patrol Sergeant Jerry Mahlum held a ‘driving rodeo’ May 18. Five drivers were presented awards for their skill and technique: Jim Vogele, Steve Ficek, Tony Micheletto, Alvin Croy, and Arnie Duneman.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 23, 1985 — Paul Dowell is pictured with a rainbow trout he caught at Pinnow Dam. The fish weighed 4 1/2 lbs. and was 22 inches long. . . The Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon was held May 19 with six riders participating. Riders included Grant Havens, Jon Aaseng, Ronnie Roberts, Celeste Schwindt, Mike Griffith, and Jeremy Roberts. Over $500 was raised by the group. . . Effective June 1, Dr. Patty Huguley will no longer be associated with the O’Fallon Clinic. . . This year’s Poppy Poster Contest winners are Jason Wang, Kim Bechtold, Jessica Meredith, Tammy Hornung, Trina Gunderson, Kris Bechtold, and Lando Crawford. . . Joy Barnard passed away recently. She was the wife of Rev. Earl Barnard, former pastor of the American Lutheran Church in Baker. . . New candidates inducted into the National Honor Society May 20 were Thadd O’Donnell, Brenda Bechtold, Jamyne Mayo, Cyndi Peterson, Shawn Handran, Dave Schweigert, Sandy Madler, Scott Wood, Doug Tate, Lora Williams, Mark Hecker, and Tim Hornung.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 22, 1975– Cheerleading tryouts were held May 6 for the 1975-76 sports season and include: football – Debbie Crippen and Lori Keirle will join Brenda Jensen, Louetta Straub and Tami Lovec on the varsity team. Basketball will have Renee Wood, Debbie Crippen and Mariann Callen joining Tami Lovec and Louetta Straub. Wrestling will have Carmen McCamish and Connie Johnson joining Brenda Jensen, Carla Engesser and Cindy Brown. . . Kevin Tuggle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Tuggle, smiles as he shows his largemouth bass caught at Sportsman’s Dam. . . New students inducted into the National Honor Society include Susan Flor, Mary Breitbach, Barb Gunderson, Sue Dahl, Bob Zachmann, Rock LaCross, Karen Losing, Martha Vest, Lynn Stevens, Gert Benner, Clint Ehret, Kelly Steen, Brad Culver, Cliff Householder, Eddy Clark, Bret Culver, and Larry Schell.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 20, 1965– L.R. Moline has purchased the Enco service station on Montana Avenue from R.V. Lacquement. . . Personnel to run the summer recreation program will be Walter Graf, Mareen Jacobs, and Margo Russell for the swimming pool and Merton Rustad of Livingston will be hired for the baseball program. . . Two high school teachers were given special awards and include Ed Ellingson for an eight week course of graduate work at the University of Montana, and Tom McGonigal will attend the University of Wyoming at Laramie from June 14-23 for advanced study in literature. . . Mrs. Karl Wenz receives honorable mention in the Mrs. Montana of the Year contest.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 26, 1955 — Plevna High School graduates eleven tonight with Lola Quincer and Ronald Rabe, valedictorian and salutatorian of the class. . . Loryann Bruggeman and Thomas Samsel were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 44 eighth graders. . . Watch your Fallon County Times for the date of administering polio serum, said Dr. C.F. Hogeboom. . . Baker Lions entertained about 50 Cub Scouts in their den at the Erwin Keirle residence Monday evening with a picnic.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 24, 1945 — One of Baker’s oldest historic buildings, the L. Price Co. warehouse next door to the Times Office, was “deroofed and desided” by a terrific gale of wind just shortly after the Times had gone to press. A good deal of the roof was blown on top of the Times building and for a minute the printer thought another big explosion had happened. The roof and nearly all of the top story of the warehouse were demolished. . . There is still a fair amount of meat in this community (if you have points) but complaints are general over the lack of potatoes. Restaurants and homemakers are wishing those farmers who have surplus would bring them into town for sale. . . Ollie commencement exercises were held Thursday evening with Rev. H.L. Shreve of Baker the speaker. Virginia Cameron was valedictorian and Dorothy Shepherd, salutatorian.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 30, 1935– County Treasurer B.J. Kuhl reports to date that his office has issued 777 fifty cent drivers licenses and 130 fifteen cent licenses. . . Thirty were graduated in the class of ‘35 with exercises held in the Lake Theater. . . W.L. Riddle of Plevna began work in the courthouse assisting in the office of Clerk and Recorder, Charles Otter. . . Nine were graduated from Plevna High School at exercises held Friday.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 28, 1925– (From a special edition) Baker was first known as the Sandstone Bridge on the old road between Wibaux and Camp Crook. The old bridge has been washed out now but it was used to bridge Sandstone Creek about one-half mile east of Baker on what is now known as the Chilton place. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad was built through in 1908. The engineers saw a possibility of constructing a lake here to furnish water to run their locomotives. The lake now serves as a place of enjoyment in the summer as well as the winter. The town was given the name Loraine which remained with it for about a year before it was changed to Baker. The earliest buildings were all built before the town was laid out. Spark’s Livery Barn was one of the first buildings.