Files of the Times

Files of the times

10 YEARS AGO

   Friday, June 9, 2006 — Unofficial Primary Election results show Donald Rieger as the winner of the Republican race for County Commissioner and Gene Domagala is the Democratic winner. They will face each other in the General Election in November. . . Three Baker youth were arrested May 31 for a break-in at Lawler Drug Store which occurred Jan. 29. Jason Davison, Steven Tiedemann and Jeremiah Davison were arraigned in district court June 6. . . . High temperature was 92 degrees June 2. . . The Order of Quarantine from the Department of Livestock is in effect until July 17. . . A farewell open house party was held May 28 for School Superintendent Ron Meredith. Meredith is concluding a 30 year tenure at the Baker schools. . . Deputy City Clerk Beverly Anderson attended the 26th annual Montana Municipal Institute in Billings recently. . . The annual Baker Car Show held June 3 proved to be a great success. A total of 86 vehicles were in the show, and Ike Reisenauer of Dickinson was awarded the People’s Choice trophy. Traci Bruha is the event coordinator. The Touch-A-truck event was held in conjunction with the car show. . . Plans are being made for Baker’s 100th birthday celebration which will take place in 2008. . . The “Peace Child” production held in Baker this past weekend delivered an inspiring message. The play is based on the true story of missionaries Don and Carol Richardson who were in New Guinea for many years.

20 YEARS AGO

   Friday, June 7, 1996 — 1996 District III Baker Babe Ruth All-Star Tournament is now only weeks away and preparations are in full swing to welcome players and their families to Baker. The City of Baker Park Board and Darlene Hornung, tournament director and Park Board chairperson, have pulled out all the stops to insure an exciting, well-run tournament. . . May 29, Three members of Senior Girl Scout Troop #291 received the highest award given by Girl Scouts – the Gold Award. Baker Girl Scouts who earned this award were Heather Klang, Hope Klang and Jana Obye. . . Reiny and Violet Straub will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary June 10. . . Bernice Njos is Reynolds Supermarket Employee of the Month. . . Susan Cox is the new RSVP director. . . John and Carol Karch will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 9. . . 4-H Fashion Revue was held May 31. The senior division was won by Desiree Zachmann, and Maranda Zachmann won the junior division.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 5, 1986– In January, Fallon County Commissioners applied for a drilling permit to drill their own gas well. They contended that if the county had their own well it would create a savings of approximately $76,000 per year. The permit was denied by the Montana Oil and Gas Commission. . . Virgil and Mildred Moline will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 8; Andrew and Margie Sonsalla will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary June 15. . . Blood glucose screening at the Health Awareness Clinic next week will be Bill Price’s Eagle Scout project. . . Fallon County Commissioner candidates elected in the primary election were Rodger Myhre and Ronald Shepherd. . . John Meccage, Jr. is hospitalized in Baker with broken ribs and various bruises the result of an accident with his three-wheel vehicle.

40 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 3, 1976 — The last college rodeo of the season, held in Dillon, saw Sherman Engesser taking home the All-Around Cowboy winnings. He was first in the roping and first in bull dogging. . . Piano students of Mrs. Marion Callen in second through sixth grades presented a recital in her home May 26. those participating were Sandi Kruger, Tanya and Teri Dilworth, Vicki Uttke,  Roger Klofkorn, Kathy Irvine, Kami Stadel, Robynn Enos, Beth and Ken Babcock, Starla Householder, Dena Ehret, and Pam Fried. . . Gene Wellenstein, bank president, and Ed and Jake Ehret, Fallon County ranchers, announced this week they have been negotiating with John Vucurevich of Rapid City to purchase the Bank of Baker and hope to sign the final papers today. . . With 156 contestants entered in the Lions Club Little Britches Rodeo, local girl Pam Askin took home the most points of the two day affair. . . For the fifth year in a row, Randash Motors has donated the Drivers’ Education car for Plevna High School. . . Mayor Walter Kreager is pictured accepting a check for $900 from Calvin Lund, president of the Baker Lions Club, to help with expenses in the establishment of a campground area behind Dahlman Motel that will have camper hookups, restroom facilities, etc. for use by the public.

50 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 9, 1966 — Charles Abrams, Richard Atkinson, Gus Crawford and Ronnie Rindy have been passed into Life Rank of the Boy Scout Troop No. 258. . . Fallon County 4-H Club members who spent the first of the week at Camp Needmore near Ekalaka were James Sparks, LaRita Veroye, Carl Jensen, Lynn Mary Russell, Gail Herbst and David Hanley. . . . Jim Halen has been hired as a commercial instructor in Baker High School for the next year. . . A group of 12 men from the east side of Baker appeared at the school board District 12 meeting to protest the proposed building of the new school house on the Longfellow School property site. A comparison census taken on both the east and west sides of town revealed the greater number of children do live on the west side. . . Mrs. Tom Overton is president of the newly organized investor club.

60 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 7, 1956– Rev. John Hanrahan was honored guest of the members of St. John’s parish Sunday at a potluck dinner commemorating the tenth anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. . . . Harold Rusley garnered 238 of the Republican votes for county commissioner. . . Local interest in the election centered on the Republican race for State Representative. In the lead from the first precinct reporting and never approached was Jerry Smeltzer. His vote was 308 with Leonard Howe with 115 and Leonard Schefter with 69. Smeltzer will oppose Ed Herbst with no opposition on the Democratic slate.

70 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 6, 1946– Ed Herbst moved into his new building on Main Street just beside his former location. . . George S. Severson, former Fallon County Extension Agent, who three weeks ago received his honorable discharge from the Navy, arrived in Baker Monday to take care of the Fallon-Carter Shipping Assn. . . Mr. and Mrs. Bing Bakken returned last Wednesday from Rochester, Minn., where Bakken has been under a doctor’s care for some time.

80 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 11, 1936– Robbers, sometime Tuesday night, made a clean sweep of the Plevna Barber Shop taking everything in sight which was portable. . . The Baker Meat Co. says, “Yes, we have oil, but meat prices are no higher.”  To prove the point, the following prices are listed: mock chicken legs, 4 cents each; choice grain fed beef roast, 15 cents lb.; boiling beef, 2 lbs.,  25 cents.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 3, 1926-– The vicious three-legged wolf is still roaming and killing in the Cabin Creek country and ranchers, although they have no trouble in tracking him for considerable distances, have not been able to reach him with a bullet. . . Poisoned by the bite of a rattlesnake, Elvina Wasnuk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Wasnuk, was brought in from the ranch 20 miles south of Plevna Sunday in very serious condition. . Dr. W. H. Blakemore moved his office equipment this morning into part of the building formerly occupied by the post office. The new location is on the ground floor.