10 YEARS AGO
Friday, August 26, 2005 — Fallon County Fair is over and was a great success. Katie Gray had the Grand Champion Market Beef; Steven Brewer – Grand Champion Market Sheep; and Tyler Swanke – Grand Champion Market Swine. First place winner in the Demolition Derby was Kyle Johnson of Williston, ND. The powder puff race was won by Ashlee Moore. There were 51 entries in the parade. Cub Scout Pack #256 had the “Most Creative” float. The third annual Gary Hufford Memorial Variety Show, hosted by Lester Straub, held Aug. 18 proved to be a real crowd pleaser. . . Governor Brian Schweitzer and his chief business development officer Evan Barrett stopped in Baker Aug. 19 and spent over an hour visiting with Fallon County Commissioners Don Rieger and Dennis Afrank. The two state officials were on their way back from a tour of a small coal liquifaction plant at Beulah, ND. . . Several cases of pertussis, more commonly called whooping cough, have been identified in Baker. . . Picture: Aug. 18, Greg Powell and Sheldon Benedict were fishing in Baker Lake when Greg hooked an 8 lb. 31 3/4” Northern. . . Low temperature Aug. 19 was 44 degrees. . . Baker Volunteer Fire Department raffle winners were: Rifle – Ross Gray, fire extinguishers – Baker Body Shop, Lakefront Bed & Breakfast; smoke alarms – Insurance Store, Janice Moser, and Jerry Wyrwas.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, August 25, 1995– Steve Klang received the district Award of Merit Aug. 6. This award is given to Scout leaders who “rendered noteworthy service to youth over an extended time”. . . Justin Steffes brought his Cadillac stretch limo to Baker for the Fair Parade. . . Custom combiners have been seen in the area for a few weeks and harvest is now in full swing. . . Nicholas Stevenson had the Grand Champion Market Steer at the Fair this year. . . 24-30 CRP acres burned Monday afternoon at Bill Zupanik’s, and an early morning fire at Harry Tronstad’s burned across the road. Both fires were lightning caused. . . Kelli Schillinger, a 1995 graduate of Baker High School, was a guest of the Montana Coaches Association at their annual awards presentation in Great Falls in August. She was presented with the MCA’s top female scholarship award. . . Angie Griebel was crowned Fallon County Fair Queen. Princesses are Shye Boggs and Stacey Wang. . . Eric Sonsalla had the Grand Champion Market Sheep and Katie Straub won the Reserve Champion in this year’s Fair.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 2, 1985- Fallon County Fair began last Thursday and continued through Sunday. Despite the unpredictable weather, large crowds still were on hand for most of the events. Sunday evening’s Conway Twitty shows were both presented before sell-out crowds. Saturday evening a surprising number of persons braved the raw, cold weather to attend the Reba McEntire shows. . . Baker will be Capitol for a Day Sept. 25 . Gov. Schwinden, Lt. Gov. Turman and other state officials will be in Baker to meet with local government officials. . . Theodore Everson, age 79 of Baker, passed away Aug. 20. . Clarence Schell purchased the Grand Champion Steer of the Fallon County Fair for Ehret Meat Service from Steve Schweigert paying $1.20 per pound for a total price of $1,446. . . Leonard Howe, age 79 of Baker, passed away Aug. 15.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 21, 1975- Picture: Rex Farstveet and Dale Strobel, linemen for MDU, switched from high lines to picket lines Wednesday at 8 a.m. The local employees of the company were called at 6 a.m. Wednesday and were told not to go back to work until a contract could be worked out that would be agreeable to both MDU and the union. . . Word was received this week that Barbara Neumann, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Neumann, and Baker 4-H member, has distinguished herself at LABO Camp Mujajima in Japan. She completed a 25 mile hike and climb of Mount Dogo. Barbara was the only American to complete the difficult course and by reaching the top in eight hours set a 4-H record. . Classes for all students will begin Aug. 25, according to Superintendent Harry Erickson. . . Mrs. Frank Mehling is the proud recipient of the best stock horse trophy earned at the Fallon County Fair.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 12, 1965- The Fallon County Fair will be officially opened Friday evening and Saturday will be the Hazel Randal Show with the Browning Family Show to follow Sunday. . . The car stolen from the Jim Bruces’ in West Yellowstone the night of July 31 was just borrowed, as a gray haired man is reported to have brought it back Sunday night. . . Delegates from Fallon and Carter Counties who will go to 4-H Congress include Nancy Thielen, Faye Morrison, Lynn Anderson, Mary Speelmon, Sue Powell, Betty Frye, Dorothy Wocicki, Lynnette Yates, and Ross Major.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 18, 1955- Baker schools to open Sept. 6. . . . Baker people had the best surprise they have ever had when without fanfare, oil was placed on city streets Saturday. . . . Those attending 4-H Congress include Vernon Jardee, Luella Strangford, Henry Logar, Theo. Bickerdyke, Barbara Tiegen, Falas Burch, and Charles Davis attending with County Agent Gene Hoff. . . Excavation work on the new service station to be built by the Continental Oil Company was started Tuesday, Herbert Bertsch, manager, stated. . . Walter Martel, Baker, and Jerry Howe, Plevna, will join 330 high school juniors from 55 of the Treasure State’s counties at Dillon for the ninth annual Boys State. . . James Ovens announces the opening of the Circle J Trailer Court in the east end of Baker.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 16, 1945- Japan surrendered unconditionally Tuesday night. History’s most destructive war is over except for formalities. . . Baker schools open Sept. 4. . . George Askin finished five test wells this week on the 101 structure south of Baker for Frank Becker. . . Another new store is to be opened in Baker. Fred Morrow of Terry has leased the former Catron Hardware Store from Mrs. Lydia Yokley and will remodel it for a Coast to Coast store.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 22, 1935- Point Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 16 – Death reaching through an arctic fog overtook Will Rogers, peerless comedian, and Wiley Post, master aviator, when their airplane faltered and fell. . . At a meeting held Friday evening, the Baker Tennis Assoc. elected officers and adopted a set of rules. L.E. Baker was named president. . Rocky Mountain heavy rotary drilling equipment arrived in Baker and is being moved to the deepest well at Little Beaver. . . Baker will celebrate with Ekalaka Friday as the neighboring town notes their 50th anniversary with a Golden Jubilee.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, August 20, 1925- Tony Hythecker, wife and four children miraculously escaped injury Saturday afternoon when their Ford car was overturned on the road to Wildwood Park. They were traveling 15 miles an hour when a car from Marmarth came up from behind and tried to pass them. . . The Continental Oil Co. will erect a new service station on the Midland corner. . . Baker last week was numbered among the few Montana communities which is able to say “We have the Order of Rainbow for Girls”.