10 YEARS AGO
Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 —
Norita Fried of Plevna is retiring after 25 1/2 years of driving school bus for the Plevna Schools effective Feb. 17. . .The BHS speech and drama team will travel to Missoula for the state competition Jan. 26-27. . .Brandon Hewson of Plevna has been named to Michell Technical Institute President’s List. . .Spartans of the Week: Dallas Newell, Slade Bettenhausen and Patrick Flor. . .Ronald Anderson of Ismay and Nancy Bainter of Plevna have been named to the Presidents’s List at Miles Community College for fall semester. . .Jennifer Fisher started a new 16 week program at the Baker Rec. Center called “Weight Loss Wars”. The goal of the program is to keep everyone moving. Fallon County Commissioner Don Rieger attended the Elected County Officials Orientation-Commissioner certification held in Helena. . .Amie Schillinger of Baker was among the students named to the Dean’s List at the Rocky Mountain College. . .City Council members voted at the Jan. 17 meeting to have the Baker Hotel building torn down as soon as someone can be contracted.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, Jan. 24, 1997 —
Winners have been announced in the free heifer give-aways. Steve Lund, Lund’s B Bar Angus, donated a heifer to the Fallon County 4-H breeding heifer program. All qualified 4-Hers were asked to write a one page essay to be reviewed by Lund. The winning essay was turned in by Ashlee O’Donnell, daughter of Pat and Tammy O’Donnell of Baker. The Bank of Baker donated four heifers and winners of those heifers were Katy Sparks and Chris Hawkins from Fallon County and Toren Thomas and R. J. Ludwick from Carter County. . .Snow as deep as 20 inches or more in some parts of the state are forcing cattle producers to seek hay. . .Second annual Christmas party for county, city and state employees was held Jan. 17. Employees receiving 25 year employment awards were Curt Huether, Dale Rath and Don Hinman. Ann Kreager received an award for 45 years; and Russell Culver for 46 years. . .Plevna staff and administrators are looking at a different idea for scheduling next year. Block scheduling, aimed at grades 7-12, has been around for awhile and something that individual school districts are adopting nationwide. Principal Mark Anderson stated that block scheduling is basically dividing the day into four 90 minute periods instead of the seven 55 minute periods.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 22, 1987 —
Gerry Gamrath is pictured presenting Steve and Karol Zachmann with a $100 check in congratulations on the birth of their son Travis. Travis is the first baby born in Baker for 1987. . .Don Schillinger, Baker’s head football coach, has recently received two honors in the coaching field. He has been selected “Montana’s Coach of the Year” and was also selected as coach of the East-West Shrine football game. . .Sunday afternoon 49 Cub Scouts entered their pinewood race cars in the annual Scout Derby held in the Longfellow Gym. Mike Nygaard took first place overall, followed by Chris Oliver in second and Russell Rankin, third. . .Fourth annual Ice Drags will be held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 on Baker Lake.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 20, 1977 —
Eight people took advantage of the Baker Chamber of Commerce sponsored Legislative Hotline last Thursday and visited by phone with Rep. Harold Wyrick and Sen. S. A. Olson. . .At the annual stockholders meeting of the Bank of Baker, the following directors were elected; E. V. Wellenstein, chairman; Edward Ehret, Robert E. Herbst, Robert E. Bakken and Eugene Russell. Also noted was that the bank has increased its assets to over $26,5000,000. . .It’s Jaycee Week again and the Baker Jaycees are celebrating. Activities during the week include Radio Day Tuesday. This Saturday they will hold Bosses Night, when Jaycee members take their bosses out for supper at Green Acres and award Boss of the Year. Last, but not least, a junior high wrestling tournament will wrap up the week. . .Two Montana pharmacists have each donated a $500 award they received from the Burroughs Wellcome Co. to the School of Pharmacy Loan Fund at the University of Montana in Missoula. John Lawler, Baker, a 1944 UM pharmacy graduate, was one of the pharmacists selected to receive the award.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 26, 1967 —
The L. Price Co. received the 1966 “Mr. Toro Dealer” award, with most of the state in competition. . .Kenneth Rustad, an officer of the Montana Commissioners Assoc., has been in Helena the past two weeks lobbying for the Association. . .Mrs. S. A. Weeks resigned as service chairman of the Fallon County Cancer Society. Mrs. Tom Overton will take over the position. . .Robert Corbitt, president of the Baker Chamber of Commerce, appointed his committees for 1967 at a special meeting of the executive board held last week.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 24, 1957 —
Mrs. H. Yokley of Baker will receive a five year award for continuous volunteer service with the Cancer Society division in Montana. . .Baker fighters, Al Grenstiner and Clyde Slininger, are shown taking on their foes in a good close match at the Baker Tri-State Golden Gloves tourney. Slininger went on to win the Hard Luck Trophy and Grenstiner won the trophy for Best Sportsman. . .Harold Jensen, R. W. Irvine, Art Hepperle and other office personnel will attend a meeting on wheat acreage reserve at Miles City Jan. 28.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 21, 1947 —
Russell Huether, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Huether, north of Baker, was accidently killed by a 12 gauge shotgun when his friend and he were examining a supposedly unloaded gun. . .Baker Lions warmed up in fine shape Sunday morning when they cleared a 300×100 ft. space for skating on Baker Lake. They used MDU equipment for the job. . .Mr. and Mrs. Ted Everson left Monday for Seattle to visit relatives and friends. . .Dr. R. T. Joyce left Tuesday for Billings to attend the mid-winter dental clinic.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 21, 1937 —
President Roosevelt and Vice President Garner inaugurated Jan. 20. . .Hope of oil was dismissed at Warren Well drilled by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. in Sec. 23, Twp. 8N, Range 59E, six miles northwest of Baker. Salt water was encountered instead of oil. They drilled to a depth of 7,264 feet. . .Fallon County has just received a new snow plow and it will go into use at once, opening roads to the oil well drilling sites and other roads blocked by the recent snow storm. . .Baker Woman’s Club sponsors TB survey of county high school students. Miss Lelia McDonald, staff nurse of the Montana Tuberculosis Assoc., arrived in Baker Monday and is arranging time for conducting tests with school authorities.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 20, 1927 —
The prospect for a commercial oil well being brought in on the Hidden Water Dome located 12 miles southwest of Baker is very good, owing to the showing of oil encountered by the Bull Dog Oil & Gas Co. drilling on Sec. 12, Twp. 5N, Rge. 60E. Oil was found at 1,215 feet in the Eagle sand which so far proved to be dry gas sand at other points drilled on the Cedar Creek Anticline. . .The Commercial Club has finished arrangements for the annual whist tournament and will start playing Jan. 28. . .F. Bruggeman and Vic Grainger just finished erecting a new smoke stack on the Mt. States Power Co. Plant. The stack is 15 feet higher than the old one and points into the air 50 feet. . .Dr. L. R. Lightfoot of Longview, Wash., who was here several weeks ago looking over the medical situation, decided to locate here and open offices in the Baker National Bank building. He will try to establish a good surgical hospital here to give the public a chance to get their medical work done at home. . .County Commissioners Robert Yokley, Claude Baker and Pat Crow left this week for Helena where they will attend the state meeting of county commissioners.