Friday, October 21, 2005 — At a public meeting hosted by the Montana Department of Transportation Oct. 11, nearly 40 residents of Carter and surrounding counties were able to come to a consensus on how to spend the $10.5-$11 million now available for improvements to Montana Highway 323 between Ekalaka and Alzada. The construction plan they came up with will result in all but seven miles of the 72 mile stretch of highway being paved by sometime in 2007-2008. . . Nancy Hirsch and her horses excelled at futurities as Broadus and Miles City Labor Day weekend. . . Baker Livestock Commission held their first anniversary Customer Appreciation celebration Oct. 12. The delicious meal provided by Barry and Stacy Lynn Ellis (owners) and Baker CowBelles combined with excellent cattle prices put a big smile on everyone’s face. . . . Picture: Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Co. and Fidelity E & P employees with equipment donated by Griffith Rental and Curt Williams, gave the City of Baker crew a helping hand with the removal of broken tree branches from the early fall snow storm. . . Approximately 600 people enjoyed the annual Appreciation Dinner sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. Stores were also open until 8 p.m. for Moonlight Madness. . . One hundred eighty-four quilts were taken from the American Lutheran Church in Baker to Glendive and from there they will be sent to wherever needed. . . Baker Lions Club 2nd annual Luncheon/Variety Show was held Oct. 16.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 20, 1995- There’s a new business on the horizon – Horizon Electric to be exact. Owner is Ken Mueller and others working with him will be Larry Hanson, Myron Orth and LeRoy Kusler. . . An 80th birthday party honoring Mary Williams will be held Oct. 21. . . Baker’s Moonlight Madness was a howling pre-Halloween success Oct. 10. The appreciation supper, which was served at the fairgrounds exhibit hall, attracted approximately 700 people. . . Universal Tire has taken over Plevna Propane. . . Plevna Pancake and Sausage supper was well attended once again. Volunteers gathered at the fire hall to make their one ton of sausage and by the time supper was over, it was all gone. Approximately 350 pounds of sausage had been cooked for the supper and 1650 pounds had been purchased by those who appreciate and enjoy it. . . Last week’s winner of the Pigskin Picks Football Contest was Ernie Scheetz.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 17, 1985- Nearly 1,000 people were served at the annual Appreciation Day dinner sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce last Thursday evening. . . Baker Police Dept. has been busy with a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Oct. 12 the Trading Post was broken into. Property damage and stolen merchandise was estimated at over $2,000. That same evening Margetta’s Family Diner was also broken into. One juvenile of Baker has been charged with burglary and theft in relation to the incidents. . . Three employees of Shell Oil were recently honored at a retirement party and include Jim Dean, Cog Cameron and Fred Brown from the Cabin Creek field. . . Kevin Plummer, Dickinson State College student, won the saddle bronc riding average at the Iowa State University Rodeo at Ames, Iowa, Oct. 4-6. . . Steve Stanhope of the Baker Fire Dept. was recently recognized by the Fire Service Training school for his contribution to fire service training. . . Jim and Wanda Bickle will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Nov. 3.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 16, 1973- Picture: Tony Stein; Roland Hickey, Undersheriff; Emil Hoem, Sheriff; and Jack Bethel look over the wreckage of a 182 Cessna Skylane that crashed south of the new Gunderson house Saturday night about 7:30. Two persons were killed in the crash – Fr. Don Murray and Kevin Blakey. Martin Pierce was transferred to the Billings hospital and is in a stabilized condition while David Economus walked away from the impact. . . Pictured is homecoming royalty: Tami Lovec, Rodney Enos, Queen Linda McCamish, Mel Moser, Cindy Brown, Phillip Ness, Brenda Jensen and Larry Schell. . . Baker High School cross country invitational meet will be held at the Baker golf course Oct. 18. Runners for Baker are Drury Phebus, Scott Veroye, Terry Gill, Gresh Tuggle and Mitch Anderson.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 14, 1965- Thursday, Sept. 20, the final installation of a school to home hookup was made by Walter Hochhalter of Mountain States Telephone Company enabling Debbie Cawley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cawley, to keep up with her classmates in the sixth grade at Longfellow School. . . Frank Sparks received the State 4-H Alumni Award and will be entered in the national competition. . . School board met Oct. 4 discussing the possibility of consolidating rural areas north, south and east to the Baker school district by means of bus. The buses will either be leased or bought.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 13, 1955- The Lions observed charter night Monday with a banquet at Grainger’s Hall at which the Lionesses were guests. . . Rose Larson, Aberdeen, S.D., was named the new supervisor of the Fallon Memorial Hospital, replacing Mrs. Coleman Krokker. . . Baker Jaycees worked the land north of the hospital prior to tree planting for the proposed site of the new park.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 11, 1945- Mike Molstad passed away at the Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City. Final rites were held in the Baker Community Church with Rev. George E. Meyer officiating. . . Sharon Irish, one of the twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Irish, is critically ill with a blood malady. . . Lyle Popperton resigns from office of county treasurer and will move with his family to Oregon. . . Mrs. Pauline Koenig purchased the Popperton house. . . Lorentine Pleissner writes to her parents from Berlin where she is stationed working for the assistant and deputy for public services. . . Sgt. Raymond Fost arrived home after three years and three months of service in the European War area. . . Five freshmen at Montana State college are Robert Irvine, Jr., Joan Loveless, Meredith Lou Robinson, John H. Smith, and Roy H. Tunby. . . New members of the Baker Woman’s Club are Mrs. Irene Wiseman, Mrs. K.O. Lentz and Mrs. Madge Wilson.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 19, 1935- Dan Helgeson acted as president at the meeting of the Baker Men’s Club in the absence of Rev. H.A. Phillip on Ethiopia. . . Sheriff Jim Kochel was surprised on his birthday. Guests played whist and awards were taken by Mrs. Rush Hall and Sam Kochel. Low fell to Mrs. Cecil Carey and Rush Hall. . . Frances LaCross enrolled at the pharmacy department of the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo. . . Hubbard Hall was fairly crowded when a meeting was held to discuss the Townsend Old Age Pension Program. . . Mrs. Eph Keirle and daughter Pearl went to Missoula to visit Ervin, a freshman at Montana State University.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 15, 1925- Hugh Motor Sales are selling overlands for $595 which feature these new improvements – 27 horse power engine, three speeds, sliding gear transmissions, clean cut, rakish low, extraordinary good looking. . . Boy Scouts who received investitures were Eddie Flastad, Roy McClain, Howard Young, Byron Young, Raymond Moline, Lewellyn Price, Milton Duppler and Bob Lowry. . . Dairy cattle in Fallon County are increasing in value as shown by a recent sale of C.F. Hitzing near Ismay. Cows sold from $100 to $115.