10 YEARS AGO
Friday, June 3, 2005 — Five long-time members of the Baker School personnel retired at the end of the 2005 school year. They are Ella Arnell, Gail Kramlick, Bob Curry, Jim Schillinger and Gigi Nance. . . Sixth annual Car Show is set for June 4 at the Fallon Medical Complex parking lot. . . A two vehicle crash in Plevna at the intersection of Main and Highway 12 May 25 resulted in a rollover and two totaled vehicles. Leslie Bohle, who had four children as passengers in her vehicle, collided with Tyler Medearis. No one was seriously injured. . . Open positions in the City of Baker up for election this fall will be Mayor currently held by Clayton Hornung; alderman #1 currently held by JoDee Pratt; and alderman #2 currently held by Rod Morris. Positions open in the City of Plevna are for mayor – held currently by Gary Thielen, and alderman positions currently held by Larry Dahl and William Miller. . . Quality Transportation, Inc. was presented a gold award by Great West Casualty Company as part of the 2004 National Fleet Safety Awards Program. During the year 2004, Quality’s owner operators ran a total of 7,677,754 miles with just two at fault reportable accidents.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 2, 1995 — For the second time in 78 years the little white schoolhouse beside the road, Fertile Prairie School, has been silenced. Lack of students has necessitated the closing of the school, which was the last operating rural school in Fallon County. . . Wayne and Sharon Myers will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary June 10. . . . Tavern owners Tom and Pam Owens sponsored an invitational pool tournament May 7. Winners were: 1st – Johnny Henson of Baker, 2nd – Lyle Bennett of Miles City, 3rd – Ernie Nelson of Miles City, and 4th – Jeff Mann of Baker. . . Reynolds Supermarket June Employee of the Month is Jan Schell. . . Beth Obrigewitsch was the winner of a Shell Oil Scholarship. She is the first student from the Baker area to receive this scholarship and was awarded $4,000 per year for four years. She is the daughter of Mike and Georgiana Obrigewitsch.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 30, 1985 — Bryon Wiman, a sixth grade student at Longfellow School in Baker, was awarded first place in the state in the special services division of the Keep Montana Green, poster contest. Bryon was awarded a plaque and a check for $25. . . Alice Newell and Leon Newell were honored recently by the Baker Fire Dept. when they received plaques depicting over 51 years of volunteer fire fighting by the Newell family. . . Sororities of Beta Sigma Phi have chosen Sandy Kinsey as their “Lady of the Year”. . . Lee and Gerry Stevenson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary June 9. . Amanda Marie Ketterling of Baker and Chad Evan Hockenbary of Ekalaka are the winners of the Mother’s Day layettes that have been on display in Eilek’s window.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 29, 1975 — Steve Duneman scored all of Baker’s nine points in the divisional track meet held in Glendive this past weekend. Duneman won the discus throw, and placed third in the high jump to qualify for the state track meet. . . Picture: Forst Eichhorn, as a young eight year old cowboy, is seen riding a bull for the Little Britches Rodeo and hopes for more action this year. . . Baker girls track team qualified eight girls for the state meet while finishing fourth in the conference at Glendive. Those going to state are Shelly McGhee, Carla Engesser, Kathy Crippen, Carmen McCamish, Patty Lutz, and the medley relay team consisting of Karen Losing, Pam Novak, Cindy Brown, and Carmen McCamish. . . Baker Chamber of Commerce is keeping with the bicentennial theme and will be sponsoring a fire plug painting contest this summer.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 27, 1965– Commencement ceremonies were held May 26 for ten seniors graduating from Plevna High School. Edith Wenz gave the valedictory address, and Kathleen Rugg delivered the salutatory address. . . Leo V. Steffes, former Fallon county resident and sheriff from 1954-58, was buried in Missoula. He died as a result of a car accident May 14. . . Pictured are five men who have been members of Sandstone Lodge AF & AM for the past 50 years. They are E.L. Baker, L.M. Corbitt, Lewis LaCross, Thomas Owen, and Harry Hoke. . . Fifty-five seniors graduated from Baker High School May 19. Valedictorian of the class is Jody Nelson and Diann Spriggs is salutatorian. . . . Pictured are officers to serve the Jaycees for the following year: Doug Barone, Gordon Carlson, Stan Howe, James Anderson, Dick O’Connor, Bill Randash, Bob Burmeister, and Bud Chester.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 2, 1955 — Mrs. Jess Crawford, 17, was killed and her husband overcome by gas fumes in their home. According to the physician caring for Mr. Crawford, his recovery is practically assured. . . An open house was held at the Farmers Elevator Company to mark completion of their new storage facilities to 80,000 bushels and gives them new office facilities. Manager Roy McClain says the new structure is 110 feet high. . . Recently Gene Hoff with a crew of high school boys and others planted over 300 trees at the Sportsman Dam on the Fred Westrope property. . . A bridal shower was held in honor of Miss Virginia Brayton, who will marry Russell Culver June 5.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 31, 1945 — At a meeting of the Fallon County Fair board May 25, it was decided that Fallon County would not have a fair this year. Labor is scarce and farmers and ranchers are too short-handed to spend any time participating in a fair program. . . A crew of 16 men moved into Ismay Friday. There are 17 trailer houses in town and all available housing space in private homes is being used along with hotels and restaurants to accommodate the construction crews and their families. . . Mr. and Mrs. H.B. French have purchased the L.N. Howell home.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 6, 1935 — The Ollie Booster Club put on a home talent play, “Jean”, and a good crowd attended in spite of the downpour. Taking part were Betty Shepherd, Leona Bryson, Rhoda Ann Hoverson, Kristine Hoverson, Dorothy Shepherd, and Doris Shepherd. . . Plevna reports a good rain with all indications pointing toward a bumper crop. . . Russell’s are advertising a Gordon hat free with the purchase of every $24.75 suit.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 4, 1925 — Stuart G. Watt of Geraldine, a registered pharmacist, has purchased the Baker Drug and has now taken charge. . . Baker businessmen, farmers and others who can find time for a “day off” will make a tour of the county visiting Plevna, Westmore, Ismay, Twin Buttes, Fitzsimmons School and Willard. A day of varied entertainment will be provided including a picture show “Call of the Wild”, and a free dance at Willard. . Editor and Mrs. James Kramer were Baker visitors over Sunday, coming up from Marmarth to attend the ball game.