10 YEARS AGO
Friday, February 17, 2006– Ann Kreager has submitted her resignation from her job as secretary of the Fallon County Fair Board, a position she has held since October of 1971. Kreager has actually worked for Fallon County since Jan. 3, 1951 as the secretary in the welfare department. . . Bryan Hastig, a senior heavyweight wrestler at Baker High School, grappled his way to the state championship in the Class B/C tournament held in Billings this past weekend. Two juniors, Nathan Beck and Will Bagley both placed fourth in their divisions, and Colton Cornwell placed third in his division. . . Western Family white or wheat roundtop bread is on sale at Reynolds for 69 cents a loaf. . Colin (Cog) Cameron celebrates his 80th birthday Feb. 18. . . Kay and Pat Hanley celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary Feb. 19. . . Baker Spartans and Lady Spartans basketball teams are at their district tourneys Feb. 15-18 in Colstrip. The Lady Spartans are undefeated this season and won the district title. . . Plevna Lady Cougars are at their district tourney Feb. 16-18 in Forsyth. . . Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest winners were MiKenna O’Donnell, Jalyn Walker of Plevna, Kelsey Hadley, Jennifer Kary, Jordan Walker of Ekalaka, Jordan Gray and Reid Medearis of Plevna, and Bryan Overton of Baker. These students are now eligible to participate at the district level.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, February 16, 1996— Darick Gorder, a junior at Baker High School, garnered the State B wrestling title in the 189 pound weight division at the state tournament held in Billings this past weekend. Darick is the son of Pam and Gary Gorder of Baker. . . Construction could begin as early as next week on a buried pipeline that will run from the Montana/North Dakota border to ten miles west of Baker. The pipeline is being build by Koch Pipeline Co., LP of Belfield, ND. The pipeline will hook up with an existing pipeline for the transportation of crude oil which Koch buys from other companies. . . High temperature Feb. 9 was 56 degrees. . . Adeline Bertsch and Jean Hickey were winners of the Fallon Creek CowBelles Valentine drawing. . . Brenda Uecker and Lana Buerkle were winners of the Valentine’s Dinner For Two Contest sponsored by local businesses. . . . Don Selle of Baker participated in the Black Hills Stock Show Ranch Rodeo Jan. 30. His teammates were Neil Kittelmann, Les Kreitel, Shane Peabody and Hailey Walker from Ekalaka. They won two events out of five and took second place overall.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 13, 1986— Karen Losing will be joining the group of Fair Board directors as a replacement for Ron Shepherd who recently resigned. . . Jim Stanton and Don Schillinger of Baker High School recently attended the Montana High School Association meeting held in Billings. The subject of interest to most was the MHSA’s decision regarding basketball season for girls basketball. The MHSA voted overwhelmingly to go to court Mar. 21 and let the courts decide whether different seasons can be continued for boys and girls basketball. If they had not voted to go to court, girls basketball season would be the same time as the boys season beginning in the 1986-87 school year. . . Beta Sigma Phi Valentine queens crowned at their annual Valentine Ball last Saturday were Verna Hatfield, Tami Baldwin and Lana Buerkle. . . Pvt. Marshall Kinsey, son of Jack and Sandy Kinsey, has completed basic training at Fort Knox, KY. . . Rob Merwin grabbed first place title in the 132 lb. weight class at the state wrestling tourney this past weekend in Cut Bank. Casey O’Donnell placed fifth.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 12, 1976 — Five Baker wrestlers will be traveling to the state meet in Cut Bank this weekend. They are Jim Wang, John Beach, Richard Curry, Cody Johnson and Tom Madler. The boys are coached by Fred Perry. . . A jury of nine men and three women returned a verdict of mitigated deliberate homicide against Gloria Eagan in the death of Russel Hanson. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26. . . Ruth Townsend has been named president of the Fallon County Federal Credit Union for the 1976 term. Helen Hoke is vice president, and Charles Larson and Bernadette Liming were elected to two year terms on the board of directors. . . Mel Moser and Carol Gill earned the right to compete in the state speech contest in Malta. Baker’s speech team is under the direction of Kathy Goldner.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 17, 1966 — Baker High School gym will be the center of activity in the area as the northeast Divisional Wrestling Tourney makes its debut Feb. 18-19. Eleven teams will be competing. . . Eldon Mengel was elected president of the Fallon County Improvement Association at its regular meeting Feb. 9. . . Bids for supplies needed in the construction of the new sewer lagoon were let at the mid-monthly meeting of the Baker City Council.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 16, 1956 — George Severson, who purchased the Baker Hotel three years ago, has resumed active management of the town’s leading hotel. Robert Kochel, who has operated the establishment under a lease for the last two years, left for Dallas, Ore. . . Government hunter Rex Schaefer and Allie Ferrel, Baker, are pictured with their hunting dogs and their kill from the Baker area which included six bobcats and one coyote.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 14, 1946 — John Mellor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mellor, has been discharged from the Navy. . . Corp. Lew Price left Monday to return to Camp Roberts, Calif. His furlough had been extended for a few days because of the illness of his two sons. . . Baker is rated number one place in the tournament. Spartans will face Cohagen or Terry in the first game. . . Nearly two tons of used clothing were packed and shipped for war-stricken families this week. Mrs. Vic Grainger was chairman for the project. . . Jack Lentz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lentz, arrived home Wednesday an ex-corporal, having received his discharge at Seattle.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 13, 1936 — Fire, thought caused by defective wiring, originating in the Baker Meat Market Sunday evening caused damages estimated at well over $3500 to the Meat Market, Grainger’s Restaurant, and Grainger’s Hall. Firemen battled the blaze in 23 degree below zero weather. The two buildings involved are two of the oldest buildings in Baker and are owned by Mrs. Pearce Morris. . . Baker was the coldest spot in the nation last Friday night when the temperature dropped to 40 degrees below zero. Some farmers report snow drifts from 8-10 feet on the level.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 18, 1926 — Over 100 attended the Father and Son Banquet held at the Community Church Thursday evening. . . Judge Felt has moved into the E.O. Lentz home which he recently purchased. . . The Absarokee Oil Company is shipping part of the equipment used in drilling an oil well south of Baker to a location in Washington. . . Larry Burns returned from Minneapolis where he attended the auto show. . . Baker schools are beginning their first music memory contests. A prize will be awarded at its termination.