10 YEARS AGO
Friday, October 28, 2005– Levi Durfey is the new pastor for the First Baptist Church in Baker. Pastor Durfey is a native of Circle and his wife Tami grew up in Hopple, ND. They have three children, Noah, Noel and Nobl. . . For the first time in many years, Equity Co-op shipped grain out of Baker via railroad. Five cars were loaded Oct. 19 to be shipped west. Dennis Mohni is the manager of Equity Co-op and said they decided to ship by rail because of high diesel costs to haul the grain by truck. . . Daylight Saving Time ends Oct. 30. . . Oct. 4, the Fallon County Commissioners issued a declaration of intent to consolidate the office of the Fallon County Superintendent of Schools with the Fallon County Clerk and Recorder. . Bill and Delsa Travis will celebrate 50 years of marriage Oct. 22. . . Baker Spartans are football conference champions and the Lady Spartans are volleyball conference champs. The first football playoff game will feature Baker vs. Shepherd in Baker Oct. 29. The ladies will be at their district tourney in Forsyth Oct. 28-29. . . . Lester Straub and DeeDee Geving were appointed to the Fair Board Oct. 24 to fill the expired terms of Bill Randash and Harry Tronstad. . . Fallon County has installed a new generator at the county courthouse. The new generator has much greater capacity than the old unit.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, October 27, 1995– Baker Fire Dept. was called to the Jack Leibee ranch where the B.N. train had started a grass fire on the railroad right-of-way. The Plevna Fire Dept. also assisted. Oct. 21, a grass fire of unknown origin burned about 30 acres south of Baker at Bart Burdick’s. . . The late Gerald Wiseman was one of three Montana Department of Transportation employees selected to receive the “Governor’s Appreciation Award for Excellence in Performance” from Gov. Marc Racicot. The award was accepted in Jerry’s memory and on his behalf by his wife Terry and mother Grace Maurice. . . Picture: Halloween figures at the Rose and Everett Myhre residence depict Everett and his granddaughter Rebecca Havens. . . Baker Spartan football team will play the Townsend Bulldogs in the first round play-offs, Oct. 28.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 24, 1985- Gene and Rod Schmidt are the new owners and managers of Baker Livestock which closed in May. . . Baker Spartan football team clinched the Eastern B Divisional championship and a first place seat in the playoffs Saturday evening in Baker when they defeated the Plentywood Wildcats 41-0. . . Winners in the Punt, Pass and Kick Contest were Mike Griffith, Eric Bechtold, Ronnie Roberts, and Nic Thimmesch. . . . Henry Huether, Jr. is campaigning for Police Judge. . . Bank of Baker welcomes Allan Wang to its board of directors. . . Montana Emergency Medical Systems sponsored a training course dealing with critical trauma care for area Emergency Medical Technicians this past weekend in Baker. Students participating from Baker were Susie Quenzer, Paulette Merwin, Jodie Schuetzle, Mary Lou Ryden, Lindsay Barrett, Delsa Travis and Dorothy Beckers. Rick Bandy and Kathleen Cornelius are a part of the faculty of the state training team and assisted eight other instructors in presenting the course.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 23, 1975- Two Baker High School students have been selected for membership in the 1975 Bicentennial All State Music Festival to be held in Great Falls. They are Terry Steen, and Diana Young. . . John Ramsey, game warden, fell from a cliff and landed on a rock, breaking his left foot seriously. He was transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Baker. . . . Quenzer Ford women’s bowling team took third place in the Miles City Invitational Bowling Tournament last week. Members of the team are Edna Straub, Darlene Domagala, Ionia Phebus, Florence Quenzer and Beverly Anderson. . . Beverly Jensen, age 37, of Baker passed away at Dahl Memorial Hospital in Ekalaka following a lengthy illness.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 14, 1965- Betti Swart was chosen football queen Sept. 30. Her attendants were Debbi Eilek, Linda Napton and Bonnie Plummer. . . . Jim Wyrick and Billy Rost are attending the FFA convention in Kansas City, MO. . . Kenneth Rustad, chairman of the board of Fallon County Commissioners, outlined the duties of county officials to the Baker Woman’s Club Tuesday with Mrs. Russell Culver as hostess. . . Baker Chamber of Commerce held their regular meeting Oct. 7 in Grainger’s Hall to discuss success of the fall festival, plans for the highway committee, Baker Jaycees are considering a Miss America contest instead of a fall style show, and the captains of the Community Fund were named. . . Rev. John Hanrahan, St. John’s Catholic Church, returned home from his native land of Ireland after a two month visit.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 20, 1955- Roger Brownson and Arthur Fried returned home from the National FFA meet in Kansas City. . . Three Baker High School students, Jackie Gappa, Ruth Sheehan and Carolyn Morrow, were selected to play in the special band made up of outstanding students from high school bands at the MEA meeting in Miles City, Oct. 27-28. . . Edgar Boucher, Baker Implement, announced Tuesday he would be taking over the Pontiac line of cars. . . Baker ranchers are unhappy about the influx of out-of-state big game hunters due to their carelessness concerning fire hazards.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 18, 1945- Rex Flint appointed chairman of the March of Dimes. . . Cpl. Herbert Bertsch writes from Manila where he landed in knee deep mud. He said Manila used to be a nice city but is now all shot to pieces. . The Rev. and Mrs. Dobeck of Plevna have three sons in the service: Cpt. Vernon, Pfc. Robert H. and Pvt. Rudolph J. . . . Receiving honorable discharge from the service lately were Sgt. Raymond A. Post, Pfc. Edwin Fried, Plevna, Pfc. Ervin Freier, Pfc. Herbert J. Schueler, Leonard O. Cozad, S/Sgt. Cecil M. Ketchum, Donald Blair and Victor O. Bert.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 17, 1935- Highway construction east of Baker is making considerable progress. At present time 60 local men are employed. . . Contract for the construction of a three-span overpass 359.5 feet in length over the Milwaukee Road near Baker was let by the highway department Oct. 11. . . Jake Wagner, Baker-Ekalaka mail carrier, returned Monday from Duluth with an extra fine large size truck with carrying room for five passengers and capable of hauling five tons of mail and freight.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, October 22, 1925- Clyde Erther, one of the employees at the depot, injured his knee very seriously while handling baggage and will be unable to work for some time. . . . Baker Woman’s Club will give 13 parties Saturday afternoon and entertain all the ladies in Baker. This event is in celebration of their 13th anniversary. . . Fire last night destroyed the large barn on the Henry Fuchs’ farm between Baker and Plevna. . . If ducks light on the Baker Lake now they will have to use skates. The lake froze over Monday. . In a letter to friends in Baker, Mrs. Paul Collette says that the University of Southern California should consider itself fortunate. It can boast of three students from Baker – Eugene Consor, Alice Trout and herself.