Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, June 23, 2006 — Larry Merwin of Baker hit a hole-in-one June 17 during the Baker Oilfield Open. He accomplished this feat on hole number three. . . Chuck Lee bowled a perfect 300 game in singles at the recent state bowling tournament in Great Falls. This is the second time Lee has bowled a 300 sanctioned game. The first time was in 1978 during league games. . . High temperature June 14 was 95 degrees. . . Hotel California will take center stage in Baker at the Fallon County Fairgrounds July 15, performing the show, “A Salute to the Eagles”. . . Winners of Reynolds Supermarket Tree Giveaway were Sandra Weiler, Teresa Christensen, Vaughn Goulart and Traci Bruha. . . Connie and Doris Geving celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 17 at the American Lutheran Church in Baker. . . Five generation picture: Louie Breding, 99 years old, holding his great-great-grandson Anthony Gansen, Anthony’s mother Desirea, grandmother Helen King, and great-grandmother Betty Simonitsch. . . Annual Bump-N-Run held June 11 was deemed a success by TARA president Courtney Dietz. There were 27 racers and over 240 spectators. A 50/50 drawing was held with the proceeds going to the Tyler Junso Memorial. . . The cookie jar auction fundraiser held at the O’Fallon Museum June 11 was a great success. A total of 20 cookie jars was donated. A little over $1,000 was raised.

20 YEARS AGO

   Friday, June 21, 1996 — George Gunderson has donated a World War II Veterans Memorial honoring those from Fallon County who lost their lives in combat. It will be placed in Bonnievale Cemetery southwest of the flag pole. . . . Winners of the Father/Son Look Alike Contest are: 1st – Allen and Dean Wang, 2nd – Larry and Chadd Steffes, 3rd – John and Reid Medearis. . . Russell and Ione Coldwell will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary June 25. . . Norwest Bank welcomes Melanie Lund, new branch manager. Milt Hochhalter and Delphine Hoenke are retiring after many years of service with Norwest Bank. Punch and cake will be served June 27. . . Ticket winners for Champions on Ice are Robin Miller and Jan Papstein. They will have a chance to watch Olympic gold, silver and bronze medalists perform in the Campbell Soup’s 1996 Tour of the World Figure Skating Champions in Bismarck.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 19, 1986– About 300 youth plus their chaperones, advisors and range specialists converged on Fallon County today to begin the tenth annual Range Days. Harold Jensen is chairman for the event. . . At 2:17 Wednesday afternoon with the temperature reading 101 degrees on the Montana Bank sign, Milton Dockter reported a fire on an oil well location six miles east and one mile north of Baker. The fire, located in the treater at the location, was the only thing burning. . . Approximately 210 children from the American Lutheran, Community and Catholic Church Vacation Bible School were together June 13 in the Baker City Park. Each child was given a helium balloon with their name and address inside and when the word was given everyone released the balloons. It is hoped that wherever the balloons travel someone will write and tell them they found their balloon. . . . Russell and Ione Coldwell have purchased a home in Baker. They lived the past several years in Arizona.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 17, 1976– Casey Olind received a belt buckle for a reward as being the Most Improved cowboy at the McBeth Rodeo School in Onida, SD in Sutton’s Arena. .  Four girls from Baker Assembly No. 14 attended the Grand Assembly Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Billings June 6-8. Those attending were Dawn Dietz, Vicki Volz, Rhonda Pfeifle, Melodie Boggs and Mrs. Gladys Moseley, Mother Advisor. . . Eight young girls are vying for the Fallon County Fair and Rodeo Queen contest to be held Sunday at the Plevna arena. Contestants are Joyce Ferrel, Jean Hersrud, Tana LaBree, Tanya Rieger, Kaye Overton, Nellie Bondell, Sheila Bondell, and Susan Bickle.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 23, 1966– Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Bohle observed their 50th wedding anniversary. . . Maralee Rieger won second place in both the Plevna and Baker Cook-Offs with an unusual fruited pot roast recipe. . . The annual Jaycee tractor pulling contest was a highlight of Farmers Day, Saturday, with Jack Sikorski, Bud Chester and Marvin Schopp in charge of events at the fairgrounds. . . Things aren’t too happy around the Clyde Burns home after lightning struck the TV antenna and followed the lead wire to the fuse box in the house, destroying all the wiring in the house. . . Pictured are Jim Anderson, first place winner in the light rifle division, and Glen Frye, Ekalaka, second, where 17 shooters attended a target rifle tournament held Sunday.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 21, 1956– Attending the 4-H Leadership Camp at Red Lodge were Lee Rovig, County Agent at large, Miss Joan Birtic and Arlee Fried. . . Manning the Courtesy Station for the benefit of tourists this year are Sam Weeks, son of Dr. and Mrs. S.A. Weeks of Baker and John Marchwick, a high school graduate this spring of Culbertson. . . Darwin Schweigert has been promoted to A1/c. He is a teletype operator and Tech Chief, with eight men working under him with the U.S. Air Force at French Morocco, Africa. . . J.K. Munsell, operator and owner of the Baker Drive-In Theater, announced there will be special shows Sunday to officially open the theater.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 20, 1946– Donald Lentz, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Lentz, arrived home from Iceland Sunday and has been discharged from the Army after two years of service. PFC Samuel Myer of Baker is now serving with the famous First Cavalry Division in Japan. Myer has been overseas 15 months. Raymond Hall, son of Mrs. Ethel Hall, was recently discharged from the Navy after four years and four months service. Receiving honorable discharges recently are the following Fallon County men: Sgt. Leon Wagner, Cpl. Richard Tronstad, Robert Hall, Thomas S. Eilek, Robert W. Mitchell, Clayton Rost, Dwight E. Beach, John Olson, and Cecil Plummer.

80 YEARS AGO

   Thursday, June 25, 1936– All options and necessary papers completing preparations for the construction of the Red Butte Irrigation Project, west of Baker, have been mailed to Helena and everything is in readiness to start construction of the project. . . Combined baccalaureate and graduation exercises will be held June 27 at the Legion Hall for the 63 pupils of the rural schools in Fallon County who have finished the required eight grades of school work.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 17, 1926– The heavy rain which fell in Fallon County from Friday until Tuesday came just in time to save the crops and range in the western part of the county. . . The Star drilling rig, which is to be used in Cabin Creek gas field, arrived in Baker last week. The rig is fresh from the factory and is capable of sinking a hole 3,000 feet deep. . . County Commissioner Robert Yokley arrived in town the first of the week from his ranch south of Baker. He is well pleased with the rain and says the grass and grain are wonderful to look at.  . . . Two junior baseball teams were organized in Baker this week and will play for the first time Tuesday. A purse of $5.00 is offered to the winner in next Tuesday’s game.