Files of the Times


  Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 —

The annual Fantasy Food Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the FMC Foundation, Dec. 2 drew a record attendance of 238 guests. . .Baker Lady Spartans Marnee Overton, Shyanne Howe and Anita Hayden were selected to the 2006 All-Conference Volleyball First Team. . .Russell Culver, attorney, has moved his law practice to a new location. He is now open for business at 6 South Main Street in the building which used to house the Sew What Custom Embroidery business. . .Spartans of the week were Nathan Beck, Patrick Flor, Slade Bettenhausen, Brock Parini and Jordan Hoffman. . .On Saturday, Dec. 2, the BHS speech team won the overall first place trophy at the Glasgow Invitational Tournament.


  Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 —

Dec. 15 the O’Fallon Community Choir will present their 18th annual Christmas Concert in McGonigal Gymnasium. The choir is under the direction of Theresa Vaughn. . .An “Old Fashioned Christmas” will be sponsored by Xi Alpha Nu Sorority with horsedrawn rides around Baker to view the profusion of Christmas lights. Jon Stevenson and Dave Hayden will have their teams hitched up and ready to pick up passengers Dec. 17 and 23. . .Baker Spartan football players listed on the All-State Team include Dana Sander, Josh Breitbach, Allen Varner, Aaron Crow and Brandon Herbst. . .The Community Cupboard is Baker’s way of personally giving a helping hand. Betty Mueller, Director of the Office of Public Assistance, says in order to insure there will be food boxes at Christmas for all needy families, donations are now being accepted.


  Thursday, Dec. 4, 1986 —

Dec. 1 Sandy Kinsey assumed the duties and responsibilities of CEO for the medical complex that includes the hospital, nursing home, clinic and retirement home. . .Christmas Lighting Contest winners are Everett Knipp – religious category, Lloyd Hanson – animated category, Bennie Bechtold – traditional. . .Harold “Dut” Brown, age 76, passed away Nov. 25. . .Baker Spartan girls basketball team is off to the Eastern B divisional basketball tournament in Glendive. They have a record of ten wins and eight losses. Members of this year’s team are Nicole Brown, Tami Robinson, Laura Williams, Shawna Potter, Sandy Jacobson, Tanya Gamrath, Kim Zink, Carrie O’Donnell, Carmen Rost, Coleen Barkley, Barbie Spriggs, Missy Stanton, Lori Christianson and Kim Schweigert. Clayton Hornung is head coach and assistant coaches are Lori Wegh and Mike Welch.


  Thursday, Dec. 2, 1976 —

Joy Steen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Steen, has been elected as Montana Wheat Queen. Representing the Grain Growers of Montana, she will travel to Hawaii and Washington, D.C., and make many guest appearances throughout her reign. . .At approximately 1 a.m. Monday a mobile home belonging to Dennis Swecker on the east side of town burned to the ground. The home was not occupied. . .Pictured is Eric Rost, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Rost, whispering to Santa Claus everything he wants for Christmas. . .Pictured is Everett Knipp and Larry Menke, production foremen for Shell Oil Co. They stopped by the Treasurer’s office Monday and presented Faye Koenig with a check for over one and a half million dollars which is only the first installment for the taxes paid by the company and other businesses and the railroad who own royalties or mineral rights. Total tax bill for Shell and parties connected with them is $3,558,591.58 for the year.


  Thursday, Dec. 8, 1966 —

Members of the City Council created a loading zone on Montana Avenue using the first two parking spaces by the Baker National Bank. . .The Six Mile service station, bar and restaurant burned to the ground last Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. The buildings were vacant at the time, but a member of the Rieger family saw the fire and notified the Plevna Fire Dept. The Fallon County truck, also went from Baker but the fire was out of control by the time the trucks reached the scene. Terry Cameron, Sheriff, went along with the truck and notified the Southeast Electric in Ekalaka of the danger of live wires. . . Robert Corbitt, who has served as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce this last year, will be president in 1967. Other officers will be Walter Ehman, Don Groshans and L. Price. Board members are John Breen, Kerry Goard, Stanley Erlenbush, Erwin Heberle and Mrs. Margaret Lathrop. E. L. Samsel gave the report for the nominating committee. . .The board of school trustees refused to accept funds from Title 1 ESEA federal funds when asked by Fallon County Commissioners Kenneth Rustad, Delane Beach and Rolph Tunby at the regular meeting of the school trustees.


  Thursday, Nov. 29, 1956 —

Pepper, a 65 lb. dog, fell into a hole in the ice on Baker Lake Friday morning. Some boys told Donna Griffith that Pepper was in the hole but  was too heavy for them to get out. Donna enlisted the aid of Sarah Weeks, who was skating. They tried to pull on Pepper’s foot while another girl, Elmarie Rasmuson, pulled on Sarah’s foot but Pepper was still stuck. Two more girls were drafted into the rescue. Donna and Sarah pulled on Pepper and Donna and Sharon Setinc pulled on Elmarie and Pepper popped out of the ice. . .Mrs. Francis LaCross presented the program to the Woman’s Club entitled “Diet and Like It”. . .School census totals 1,164 for the 1956 school year, reports superintendent Lucille Riley. . .Fallon County received $43,140.30 tax from the railroad. . .At a meeting of the City Council Tuesday night, a request was made for scoria on the airport landing so planes could land in any kind of weather.


  Thursday, Dec. 5, 1946 —

Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Hunter and children have moved to the Jack Hunter ranch in Carter County and Mr. and Mrs. Vern Bublitz and family have taken the apartment they vacated. . .S. Birch Co. has stopped work on the highway for the winter and will be back in the spring to complete their work. . .Earl Wiseman heads Sandstone Lodge No. 84 A.F. & A.M. as worshipful master. Other officers are Leroy Moline, Vernon Wiseman, T. O. Owen and R. W. Marks. . .Students who were here home from college during the vacation included Gerald Cherry, Charles Smola, Henning Haydal, Odd Johnson, Donald, Bob and Ruth Lentz, Denzil Young, Jr., Harry Hunter Schenck and Valeria Smola.


  Thursday, Dec. 10, 1936 —

Fallon County loses Keith Sime as County Agent. Following four years of service as Extension Agent for Fallon and Carter Counties, Keith was appointed Yellowstone County Agent. . .Marjorie Burns was elected oracle of Royal Neighbors last Tuesday evening. Other officers include Mary Schartz, Maude West, Doris Jensen, Bessie Grant, Lenic Wright, Ellen Hoag, Lydia Chesmore, Edna Swindal, Mary Smola and Lelia Chase. . .The Masonic Lodge held election of officers at their regular meeting last week including  J. J. Duncan, D. L. Nelson, H. A. Gapen, T. L. Owen and R. W. Marks. . .The Fallon County Board of Commissioners used up a good deal of their session this week trying to alleviate the situation caused by the government’s recent withdrawal of all WPA work in this district.


  Thursday, Dec. 9, 1926 —

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Robbins had a sale this fall and set out to find a better place to live. They went to Canada and Illinois and are now back in Fallon County as this place appeals to them more than any they have visited. They will resume farming operations in the spring. . .Members of the Fallon County unit of M.E.A. met in its annual meeting Saturday at a noon day luncheon at the Peerless Cafe. Supt. A. O. Gullidge, Miss Sadie Furmoil of Willard were elected delegates to the delegate assembly which will be held in Helena Dec. 28 and 29.