Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

Friday, November 25, 2005- Baker Lady Spartan volleyball players Laura Beach, Josey Madler and Marnee Overton were selected to the 2005 All-Conference Volleyball First Team. . . Nov. 15 Bob Upgren spoke to middle and high school students from Baker and Plevna, and the public that evening. Upgren is a successful consultant, trainer, public speaker and master chalk artist. . . Winners of the Holiday Scrambler were Pat Ehret, Kathy Leischner, Erna Losing, Kay Hanson, Adeline Bertsch, Echoe Bechtold, Ruby Bruce, Marilyn Wenz, Judy Hufford, Bernice Njos, Erin Lutts and Marguerite Fisher. . . Xi Alpha Nu’s annual Holiday Bazaar was held Nov. 20 with 48 vendors from the surrounding area. . . Dawnette Christensen and Courtney Barkley have been selected to participate in the National Leadership Forum on Medicine. The conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 2-11. Dawnette and Courtney were chosen to represent Baker High School and the Baker community at this event. . . This week’s football contest winner is Ron Rabe. . . Picture: A beautiful cactus in bloom for Doris Hinman. . . Xi Alpha Nu Sorority is once again sponsoring the “Festival of Trees” at Thee Garage Showroom. A silent auction will be held for the decorated items and all proceeds will go to a worthy community project. . . High temperature Nov. 20 was 58 degrees; low was -6 Nov. 15.

20 YEARS AGO

Friday, November 24, 1995- Christmas trees are available from the Boy Scouts. . . Marmarth residents will no longer have to leave town to get a haircut. Judy Howard has opened a beauty salon behind the post office, sharing space with Dr. George Hegge. . . This past weekend the Lady Spartan team traveled to Livingston for the divisional basketball tournament. The ladies earned the right to play at the state tournament in Billings Nov. 30-Dec. 2. . . The Loft Steakhouse welcomes their new chef, Joseph Kavanagh, from the Minneapolis area. . . Brown’s Custom Feeds donated $2 per ton of house cake purchased in the month of October to the customer’s local FFA chapters. Checks totaling $371 were given to the Baker, Ekalaka, Plevna and Marmarth/Rhame FFA chapters. .  High temperature Nov. 18 was 68 degrees.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, November 21, 1985- Baker Spartan football season ended Saturday when they were defeated by a tough Cut Bank team. Final score was Cut Bank 23, Baker 13. . . Braden and Summer Duffield are pictured shoveling show off sidewalks in downtown Baker. . . Ada and Gordon Rustad will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 30. . . George Griffith will celebrate his 98th birthday Dec. 1. . . Baker basketball girls end season in Wolf Point. . . Eight Spartan football players were named to the All-Conference Team first team and include Doug Bechtold, Dave Schweigert, Quenton Hickey, Dale Singer, Sean Smith, Dan Stanton, Mitch Domagala and James Herbst. Spartans on the second team are Dan Stanton, Mark Wandle and Rob Merwin.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, November 20, 1975- Vance Johnson, president of the  Baker Chapter of FFA, presented Jim Anderson, president of the Fallon Memorial Hospital board, and Dr. Hiner with checks for money earned by Chapter members from a slave auction held Oct. 15. . . The first two turkey drawings sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce were Mrs. Robert Schell, Sylvia Lindstrom, Dorie Walker, Ella Householder, and Billy Schell. . . . Mr. Denzil Young was recently elected to honorary membership in the CUC (Children’s Clean Up Committee) of the Baker Community Church because of his long time practice of picking up rubbish as he does his daily jogging. . . Fair Board members attended the 50th Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs this weekend in Billings. Board members have chosen Marty Robbins for their Saturday night show. Fair Board members attending the convention included Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Shepherd, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Morrow, Mr. and Mrs. Art Tronstad, Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kreager, and the three County Commissioners – Mr. and Mrs. Jake Ehret, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rustad, and Mr. and Mrs. Delane Beach.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, November 11, 1965 –  Gas increase rates were the chief concern of the Baker Chamber of Commerce at their regular meeting held last Thursday. The increase in rates will be some 243 percent. This will make a marked difference in the gas bills. . . Mrs. Carl Gaustad announced that Edith Wenz of Plevna won second place in the state Poppy Poster Contest. . . This will be the second year Baker High School will compete in interscholastic wrestling. . . Fifteen high school students are learning welding as part of their study in vocational agriculture.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, November 17, 1955 – Mrs. Robert Pulse, 19, was fatally injured Thursday night when a rifle discharged in an auto as she and three men companions returned to their Ekalaka homes from a hunting trip. . . A-2c Bernell Pfeifle arrived in Baker Thursday from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he has been stationed for several months. . . What was characterized over the state as the worst November cold wave in history brought a low of 23 degrees below zero here Saturday night. . . J.K. and R.K. Munsell, well known stockmen of Baker, will buy stock at the Milwaukee stockyards every Saturday. . . Sleeth’s Bar, one of the popular drinking establishments of Baker, will be moved to a new location about the first of the month.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, November 15, 1945 – Eph Keirle accepts chairmanship of the polio drive in Fallon County. . . Another business establishment was opened in Baker this week by George Randash who leased the Paul Hubbard building and will conduct a service and repair shop under the name of Randash Motors. . . Baker Spartans held their first official scrimmage against the town team Monday, Nov. 12, and managed to edge the outsiders. . . Milwaukee Railroad credits Fallon County with $44,000 victory bonds during drive.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, November 14, 1935 – Drilling for the deep test well for the Montana-Dakota Utilities Company has reached a depth of 5,100 feet. . . . 12th annual poultry show held Nov. 8 and 9 at the Legion Hall was termed a real success. There were 15 exhibitors who entered 75 turkeys, 212 chickens, 8 geese, 10 ducks, and 2 pigeons. . . Firman Loveless accompanied by B.D. Grant and Mike Meuli of Kalispell left Baker Sunday for Rapid City to see the big balloon go up in stratosphere flight. . . A Baker delegation composed of L.E. Baker, Cliff Cate, Wm. McDonald, Charles Otter, Al Hanson, H.W. Sparks, Odin Myhre, and J.L. Larson attended the north-south highway meeting in Wibaux Sunday.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, November 19, 1925- In recognition of the depth of gratitude we owe the pioneers who braved the dangers and hardships of residence in the early west, a program was sponsored at the Lake Theater Tuesday by the Woman’s Club. Pioneers honored were G.A. Vincelette, Fred Hasty, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Varner, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yokley, Mrs. Clyde Burrell, Auntie Newberry, Oakes Ames, and Mrs. Mary Emerson, who have lived in Montana 25 years or more. Janet Price and Mrs. Leon LaCross furnished the musical numbers for the occasion. . . Showing at the Lake Theater this week will be “The Mine With the Iron Door”.

      



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