10 YEARS AGO
Friday, January 27, 2006– The Baker High School speech and drama team finished in first place at divisionals, defeating their nearest competitor, Shepherd, by five points. The team now travels to Glasgow for the state competition. . . Broad-band media services are in place in the Fallon County court room. The video-conference equipment was installed by Vision-Net, and Mid-Rivers Telephone Company is providing a link to Glendive and other locations. . . High temperature Jan. 23 was 50 degrees. . . Norton Walker was elected president of SMART at their January meeting. Sharon Gookin is vice president and Desiree Bertsch, secretary/treasurer. . . Ken and Karen Griffith are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary; and Karen’s parents, Raymond and Jessie Fost, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. . . Reynolds employees were awarded plaques for outstanding service and dedication. Those honored were Larry Schell – 20 years, Cindy Austin – 30 years and Craig Pinnow – 26 years. . . Marco Morris, Bradon Losing and Richard Morris are pictured with six Northern Pike they caught while ice fishing on Baker Lake.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, January 26, 1996– Diana Young Morrissey, daughter of Denzil and Marlene Young of Baker, was recently certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association. . . Xi Alpha Nu Sorority will sponsor a pancake and sausage brunch Feb. 11. All proceeds donated to the Jerry Quenzer benefit. . . High temperature Jan. 19 was -8 degrees. . . Fallon County has one full time independent trapper, Brian Noftsker, who has trapped full time during the winter months for the past five years. He skins his animals, flushes them, and even washes and dries his coyote pelts.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 23, 1986- Leo Giacometto of Alzada has filed as a Republican candidate for state representative for District 24. District 24 includes the counties of Wibaux, Fallon, Carter and east of the Powder River in Powder River County. . . Mary Gappa will celebrate her 80th birthday Feb. 1. . . Blue Room will hold its third annual Super Bowl party with the Sugar Mountain band Jan. 25-26. . . Alita Inman of Westport, Conn., has joined Derma Clinic as a make-up artist. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russ Helgerson of Baker. . . Paul Straub’s 93rd birthday was celebrated at the nursing home recently. . . Mrs. Alice Stickney was honored at a retirement party recently. She retired after 21 years as postmaster of Ismay.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 22, 1976- Icy roads and careless driving were the main causes of several accidents between Baker and Plevna. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when driving and to drive defensively. . . Sig Kohler is doing very well after undergoing heart surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. . . Jim Malcom, upon leaving the home of a friend, found a bullet hole in the window of his pickup Friday morning. A bullet passed through the back and out the front, apparently coming from a rifle. No one was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. . . New officers for St. John’s Altar society are: president Mrs. James Kirschten, vice president Mrs. Mike O’Donnell, secretary Mrs. Harold Jensen, and treasurer Mrs. Leo Riley. . . Jaycee Week is being held throughout the nation and also observed in Baker. The Baker Jaycees are presently celebrating their 25th year of community involvement. Ralph Fink is the acting president, second vice president is Gerry Miller, treasurer is Lew Von Kleeck, directors include Les Njos, Jim Wheeler, Mike Jackson, Mike Knopik, and Larry Singer.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 27, 1966- John Breen was officially installed as the new Baker Chamber of Commerce president at the annual meeting held at Green Acres last Saturday. . . Fallon Creek CowBelles held their January meeting at the home of Mrs. Bill Bickle. They were honored by the presence of the state president Mrs. Art Bickle. . . Farmers and ranchers in Fallon County, one of the seven counties, are eligible for three percent interest rate emergency loans due to the cold weather last winter.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 26, 1956- Jackie Westrope renewed his fame as a jockey when he brought in Beau Busher at a 20 to one shot at the San Fernando track in Santa Anita. The Baker jockey was stated to be one of the best jockeys of the land in 1933. . . The rig on Dugout Creek has been staked and the wildcat abandoned. No oil show, according to our report. . . Bud Bowen was elected president of the Fallon County Fair board at their meeting Monday evening. . . According to George Whitesell, manager of the booster plant for Butte Pipeline, construction and installation is very near completion and visitors are now welcome to inspect the plant at their convenience.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 23, 1946- Theodore Bertsch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bertsch, arrived home Monday from the Pacific area. He spent more than two years in service and has been discharged. . . Sgt. R.R. Kochel, who joined the Army in 1940, has re-enlisted and has chosen Tinker Field, Oklahoma, his permanent base. . . Vern Olson, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Olson, and the last of five sons to be discharged from service, arrived from the Pacific area. . . Ruth Lentz was installed as Worthy Advisor in the Rainbow Order for Girls. . . Baker four team tournament will be held here Friday night. Competing teams are Baker, Ekalaka, Ismay and Plevna. . . Dean Sinclair’s blacksmith shop, a cement building on the rear of his residence property, is nearly finished and he and his son Quincy will be moving the shop equipment from the old frame building shortly. By spring the old shop will disappear and with it one of the old time landmarks. . . Mrs. Clinton Welch has resigned as teacher in the Eastside School because of poor health. Mrs. George Schettler has consented to fill the vacancy until the close of the term.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 23, 1936- Cold, snow and drifted roads are giving way to a chinook and all day water has been dripping from roofs. . . While Fallon County has not experienced the extreme cold wave the rest of the country has suffered, it has been cold and all roads have been blocked including the highways. . . Mellor-North Garage advertises that $25 a month buys a Ford V-8.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, January 14, 1926- Farmers in the area are pleased with the snowfall this week which assures good covering for the winter wheat crops, although it is hard for cattle and horses, there is enough feed on the farm to take care of the livestock. . . County Commissioner Claude Baker has been in Baker for some time. He is afraid he will have to wait until spring to get back to his ranch. . . Judge Felt and family returned from Glendive Wednesday. They made the trip by car until within 18 miles of Baker where the roads were impassable for car traffic. The car was left at a farm and the remainder of the trip was made by sleigh.