10 YEARS AGO
Friday, February 24, 2006– Lady Spartans are crowned conference and district champs. They will travel to Billings to compete in the divisional tourney the first weekend in March. . . The Spartan boys also advance to the divisional tourney Feb. 23-25 in Colstrip. . . As Fallon County has a completely new Fair board, it was decided to do a feature story on the outgoing board members who volunteered many years and much energy to provide great fair entertainment over the years. Those members featured are Ashley Stanhope who served on the board for 31 years, Bill Randash – 18 years, Marge Griebel – 17 years, Harry Tronstad – one year; Don Selle was appointed to the board to fill out the term of Jon Stevenson. New Fair Board members are DeeDee Geving, Lester Straub, Pat Ehret, Wanda Pinnow, and one other member yet to be appointed. . . Temperature was -23 Feb. 16. . . Baker FFA Chapter celebrates 55 years and National FFA Week Feb. 18-25. Currently, the Baker Chapter is led by Mr. Scott Rieger and has 23 members. . Area volunteers, EMTs, firemen, DAV drivers, Search & Rescue personnel are honored this week. . . Jack Hanley of Forsyth is a new resident at Prairie Manor. . . District #12 school board approved hiring a full time recreation manager for the Sports Complex.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, February 23, 1996- Don Schillinger, Athletic Director at Baker High School, was voted “Director of the Year” by the Montana Athletic Directors Association. Schillinger has been Athletic Director at Baker High School for 14 years. . . Area farmers and ranchers Terry and Anna Straub were nominated by the Baker Jaycees as Outstanding Young Farmer candidates for 1995. . . There was a large attendance at the Americanism program held last week. Lt. Governor Dennis Rehberg said people need to work together for a more secure future. . . Winners from the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest are: Girls – Dana Kreitel, Ekalaka; Steph Meggers, Baker; Lacey Tooke, Ekalaka; Brandi Gray, Plevna; and Maranda Sieler, Plevna. Boys – Wacey Meyer, Ekalaka; Chad Hockenbary, Ekalaka; Derek Miller, Baker; Brad Williams, Ekalaka; and Nicholas Stevenson, Baker. . . Cornerstone Reading Council presents books to the first baby born during National Education Week. This year’s winner is Tori Nelson, daughter of Pam and Mike Nelson. . Jeanette Zacher, local artist and crafter, had her dough art bunnies wall hanging published in the “Crafting Traditions”.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 20, 1986 –– First baby of 1986 is 8 lbs. 4 3/4 oz. Cole Edward Young, son of Robert and Sally Young of Mill Iron. . . The men’s independent basketball league completed its season. The Stieg and Associates Insurance team finished in first place. Members of that team were Dale Boggs, Walt Stieg, Les Boggs, Rick Danelson, Steve Vezina, Lori Wegh, Les Straub, Stan Markuson and Kevin Fleckenstein. . . Baker Spartans and Plevna Cougars are headed to their district basketball tournaments. The Spartans are coached by Rick Danelson and the Cougars are coached by Jay Eslick.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 19, 1976 — Coach Fred Perry and state wrestling champion John Beach display the bracket board which was given to him at the tournament held in Cut Bank last weekend. Beach has a 27-0 season record. . . Winners of the American Legion oratorical contest were Pam Sparks, Plevna, first place; Annette Garber, second; Shirlene Schuetzle, third; and Garnee Myhre, fourth. . . Plevna Cougars received fourth place at the District 4-C basketball tournament held in Miles City. Jerry Bradley, 6’3” center for the Cougars, was honored by being placed on the All-Tournament Team. Don Buerkle was placed on the second team. . . Hospital board held their first regular meeting of the new year and elected officers for the coming year. Re-elected were Jim Anderson, chairman; Sheldon Rediske, vice chairman; Lillian Jensen, secretary; and Herb McCamish, treasurer. Clyde Burns was the only new member of the board for the 1976 year. . . Leland Gundlach has been hired by Ekalaka Farmers Union as their new manager.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 24, 1966 –– Baker Spartans will travel to Wolf Point Feb. 24 for the B conference tournament. Baker is presently the number one team. . . Friday, teachers and faculty evacuated the Washington School because of faulty valves in the heating system which alarmed the teachers enough to sound the fire alarm and evacuate the school. . . Roy Wood, band director at Baker High School, will present his band in a pop concert Tuesday in the Baker High Gym. . . Mrs. Alan Cameron, County Safety Chairman, spoke at a county-wide meeting of Extension homemakers at the courthouse Tuesday afternoon on the need for observing poison prevention.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 23, 1956 — There will be a polio vaccination clinic in Baker Feb. 29 at the offices of Dr. C.F. Hogeboom and Dr. S.A. Weeks. . . Herb Jundt, Baker businessman, was appointed as a city councilman by Mayor Wm. Campbell. . . Grainger’s Cafe, which has been closed for approximately two weeks for a face lifting, was opened today to resume business.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 11, 1946 — Mr. and Mrs. Bob Varner suffered a severe loss Sunday when fire of unknown origin swept away their farm home and all of their belongings. . . About half of the Baker High School is at the three day basketball tournament of District Four held in Miles City. . . Monte Wolenetz, recently discharged from the Army, arrived in Baker Tuesday to visit his grandmother, uncle, and family. . . Howard Stanhope has moved a country school to Baker for W.F. Schultz who will make it over into a residence and will use it for a studio temporarily until he is able to build his studio. . . Theo. Bruha, Jr. arrived home after serving in the Pacific and Japan. He is now at the ranch home of his father.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 27, 1936 — The heroic group of the day is the Fallon County road crew who is working in shifts to keep the roads open. . The weather is warming up but we still have recorded five days when the temperatures were -25, -26, -22, -16, and -23. . . A leak somewhere in the water main on the south side of Baker is keeping L.M. Corbitt, head of the water department, and several other men busy digging through five feet of frost trying to locate the damage.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, February 25, 1926 — Baker Scouts beat Ismay 7-5 in a rough and tumble game. . . The girls basketball team of Baker played in top notch form last Friday and defeated the Ismay girls 33-9. . . . Unless a bid of $4950 is advanced on the Lang house before March 5, P.E. Hubbard will be the owner of this fine residence. . . Fourteen bids were submitted to the Post Office Department recently for the job of carrying mail between Baker and Ekalaka. The new contract, which will go into effect July 1, was awarded to James Pepper, holder of the present contract. . . The three-legged grey wolf that roams over the Cabin Creek country is still untouched by gun or trap. A bulldog belonging to Frank Bellis is the latest victim.