Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, June 16, 2006 — Bryan Overton has won the Montana Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest for 14 year old boys. His scores will now be entered in the Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Contest for a chance to become an international champion. . . At the District #12 school board meeting held June 12, Michelle Smith was hired to teach English and history, and Jay Hoversland as the art teacher. Ron Meredith was hired for one year as a consultant/advisor for the schools. Resignations were accepted from Matt Forstrom, art teacher, and Nikki Stieg, special ed aide. . . A major Montana insurance company hired the Flying Horse Communications Company to film commercials in a variety of Montana’s small businesses. One of the sites chosen for a commercial was Universal Tire in Baker owned by the John Geving family. The film crew was in Baker last week to do the filming. The insurance company wants to promote insurance for small businesses in Montana. . . Father/Son Lookalike Contest winners: First place – Cooper O’Connor and father Dirk; second – Tuf Ranum and father Shawn; third – Jess Schulz and grandfather Ronald Knipfer. . . Contest winners at Reynolds Customer Appreciation Day celebration were Ann Madsen, Tuf Ranum, Jayden Entzel, Dannie Harrison and Vaughn Zenko. . . Poppy Poster Contest winners: Justin Irgens, Duncan Wyrick, Kodee Varner and Natasha Higley.

20 YEARS AGO

   Friday, June 14, 1996 — A stop sign has been erected at Center Avenue and Third Street East, changing that intersection from a three-way to a four-way stop. Drivers on Monroe will now find yield signs on the intersections of Kewanee, Wabasha and Kimball. Where before these yield signs faced north and south, they now face east and west. . Teresa Benson sunk a hole in one on hole No. 3, June 7 at the Lakeview Country Club. Her name will be placed on a plaque in the clubhouse. . . In the early morning hours of June 5, as Alice Heiser was opening her front door, she was attacked from behind and dragged across her yard. Her face was sprayed with pepper spray and she was robbed of three money bags containing $15,000-$20,000. . . An open house celebration for Eldon Rasmuson’s 80th birthday will be held June 23; Betty Stanhope will celebrate her 89th birthday June 19. . . Poppy Poster Contest winners are Connor Beach, Crystal Singer and Jennifer Hawkins-Harris. . . 1996 Norwest Community Scholarship winners are Joni Lang of Plevna and Kelly Blake of Baker.

30 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 12, 1986– Over 300 people attended the Health Fair last Thursday and Friday at the fairgrounds. . . Larry Merwin, chairman of the Shuck’s Gas and Oil Golf Tournament held last Sunday, is pictured with the top three winners of the event. Fr. Thomas Tobin placed second, Rick Gatlin of Broadus placed first, and Fr. William Hogan of Wibaux was third. Seventy-five golfers participated. . . Nic Thimmesch will be a contender in the Washington, D.C. Domestic Exchange Wrestling June 15. . . Baker Rural Fire Dept. was called to the John Meccage ranch June 7 where they found the Meccage home completely destroyed by fire.

40 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 10, 1976– A fund drive has been started to help defray the cost of medical help for Mrs. Dennis Afrank who was seriously injured in an automobile accident. . . Vi Rasmuson, Gay Rost, Annette Johnson, Cora Moser, and Bonnie Larson won first place in the Miles City State Bowling Tournament where they bowled 2496, the highest score ever bowled in their division. . . Pictured are David Wiseman, Dennis Varner, Dana Robinson, Jerry Wiseman, Brian Schoof and Fred Varner with one of the two bears they got on a hunting trip to Thompson Falls. . . Fallon County, after experiencing the driest year on record, finally received some rain this past week, but some of it came in the form of hail.

50 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 15, 1966– Many local ranchers practice “Good Neighbor” policy when they helped out Edward Burkle who had a heart attack, doing his seeding and summer fallowing. . . Gene Hoff has been installed as Baker Lions president. . . Mareen Jacobs, head lifeguard at the swimming pool, says she hopes to open next Monday. . . Henry Hepperle has the contract for extensive repairs on the high school this summer. . . Baker’s Babe Ruth “B”, sparked by a tremendous two run blast over the left center field fence by Gary Vanderpan and Dennis Bechtold’s shut-out relief pitching, easily beat Beach’s “B” team, 20-5. . . MDU was authorized by the state Monday to increase natural gas rates enough in the next nine years to produce from its eastern Montana customers additional revenue of $2.1 million.

60 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 14, 1956– Dick Olson was declared the winner of the Sportsman Club’s Fishing Derby held Sunday with his catch of a 1 3/4 lb. bass. . . Howard Corey, the Jaycee entry in the Teenage Road-E-O at Miles City last Sunday, won fifth place. . . A landmark in the Baker community since 1915, the Lakeside Hotel, has recently undergone a remodeling process which removed the early style porch front and now presents a smooth rectangular outside. . . A deal was completed the first of this week where by Harry C. Abrams purchased the hog buying business from the Severson Livestock Co. and will operate the business as Abrams Livestock Co., effective immediately. . . Chuck Hayes and Donald Larson will open an insurance and accounting business in Baker the end of June. . . Jean Morton and Joan Rabe are attending Girls State in Bozeman this week.

70 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 13, 1946– George Grainger, Jr. arrived home Monday from Minneapolis where he was discharged the previous day from the Navy. . . Hail driven by tornado-like wind smashed windows and caused considerable damage to farm crops in extreme eastern Montana Monday morning. In Wibaux, trees were twisted and snapped. . . Gertrude Ehret, Carol Rabe, and Floyd Stanhope of Plevna left Sunday night for Miles City where they will enter nurses training. . . . Andy Spisla of Baker was chosen Commander of District No. 10 American Legion at the meeting held in Glendive Saturday.

80 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 10, 1936– The Bulldog Oil and Gas Company spudded in last Monday afternoon as the 114’ derrick towers above the spot 12 miles southeast of Baker. Before snow flies, it is hoped the huge storage tanks filled with the oil that geologists claim lies deep below the surface of Fallon County, will mark this location as the site of Fallon County’s first producing well. . . Gottlieb Leischner of the Plevna community was a lucky hunter last week, having found a den containing seven coyote pups. . . . Jack Guth, who lives a short distance east of Baker, has a steer which he values at $3,000. The steer tips the scales at 2800 pounds.

90 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 18, 1926– One of the last official acts performed by Congressman Roy Ayers was to approve the appointment of Ted Bergstrom as postmaster of Baker. . . Mrs. Claud Baker, Mrs. Carl Rose and Mrs. Bert Hudson of Ollie motored to Miles City Thursday with Ernie Stark, where they attended the district meeting of Rebekah and Odd Fellows Lodges. Mrs. Rose was elected president of the district and Bert Hudson, vice president of Odd Fellows. . . Vernon West, clerk of the local J.M. Sawyer Store, received a deserved promotion by being transferred to Lewistown to take over similar duties with opportunity for advancement.