Files of the Times


  Friday, Feb. 2, 2007 —

Fallon County was awarded a state safety award Jan. 18 from the MACO Insurance Pools (Montana Association of Counties) for the first time. . .Vivian Pinnow retired from the Wells Fargo Bank effective Jan. 31 after working in the Banking business nearly 23 years. . .A 50th wedding anniversary party was held Jan. 20 at the Baker Senior Center for Don and Ella Wood of Glendive. . .The Fallon County Health Department is pleased to offer two new vaccines for Shingles and the Human Papillomavirus. . .The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court #1994 and the Knights of Columbus of Baker held their sixth annual March for Life Jan. 22 with about 65 people taking part.


  Friday, Jan. 31, 1997 —

Gunrunner of Baker hosted its first annual Gun Show Jan. 24-26 in Baker. Despite the frigid temperatures, about 500 people braved the cold to buy, sell, trade or just look at the guns on display at the Fallon County Exhibit Hall. Dealers came from five states and filled 75 tables. . .Tamara Jones, daughter of Dr. Ezekiel and Wendy Jones of Baker, made history for Baker High School at the State Speech and Drama Competition Jan. 24-25. Never before has a first year speech and drama student risen above all competitors to win the first place trophy. Her superb performance of “Ain’t I A Woman” came from a speech originally given by a 19th century African American woman named Sojouner Truth. . .Randy and Amanda Tunby of Baker participated in the Montana Stockgrowers Associations’s Young Stockgrowers Conference Jan. 12-15 in Helena. . .Pat and Cheryl Murphy were featured in the last Farm Journal, published in Philadelphia, with a portable work station for cattle he had built. Prize money was $500 in this contest. Pat is the youngest son of Mike and Esther Murphy of Baker. . .Sunday, Jan. 29, Alvin Madler filled the nursing home with music. Residents were entertained by listening to the music and watching the dancing.


  Thursday, Jan. 29, 1987 —

Spartan speech and drama students won first place at the Divisionals and competed at State last weekend. Cynamon Burdick placed second at State and Rick Kruger placed third. Team members include Dawn Stuart, Rick Kruger, Rob Moon, Theresa Logar, Kitti Kreager, Cynamon Burdick, Lisa Johnson, Carmen Rost, Laura Lantis and Chris May. . .Kuts 4 All, operated by Cindy Straub will hold their grand opening Feb. 3-7. . .Don and Doris Stanhope celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary by taking Gordon and Helen Olson and Marion Hanson out to dinner and then to their home for cards. . .Eastern B Wrestling Divisional will be held at Baker High School gym Jan. 31. Members of the Baker Spartan wrestling team are Les Afrank, Gary Singer, Klint Flint, Garry O’Connor, Shawn Lantis, Don Bruha, John Miller, Clyde Crawford, Robert Angel, Jeff Greenlee, Ward Clark, Todd Barkley, Dan Hoenke, Jeff Sampson, Casey O’Donnell, Mark Wandle, David Orth, Chuck Jardee and Rob Merwin.


  Thursday, Jan. 27, 1977 —

Bernie Heiser strikes again! He has donated another CB radio to the Baker Police Dept. to be installed in the new police car when it arrives. . .Baker Jaycees held their annual Bosses Night Jan. 22. Clarence Schell was awarded Boss of the Year. Colleen Sullivan – Teacher of the Year, and Don Piesik – Law Officer of the Year. . .In November at the Veterans Day Concert, the American Legion presented the Baker High School band with a check for $500 to kick off the campaign to raise funds for a trip to Washington, D. C. next June. The goal has been set at $12,000. . .Mr. Joel Howard, director, is showing part of the cast of Music Man how to act out their parts. Pictured with him are Carrie Hoke, Gary Cameron, Lorri Gundlach and Terri Anderson. . .Mrs. Gladys Moseley returned Thursday from a trip to the Hawaiian Islands.


  Thursday, Feb. 1, 1967 —

Rolph Tunby was elected to the board of Fallon Memorial Hospital at the annual meeting of the stockholders. Re-elected were Elmer Williams, Robert Corbitt and Tom Overton. . .Effective this month, the Osborn-McMillan Agri Market Elevator Co. in Baker will have taken over the elevator. It formerly was part of the Country Division. . .Baker Spartans win two thrillers from Plentywood and Poplar. The wins put Baker in first place in Eastern B conference.


  Thursday, Jan. 31, 1957 —

Mrs. D. R. Young has been named Letter-Appeal chairman of the 1957 Heart Fund Drive in Fallon County. . .Representative Jerry Smeltzer was pleasantly surprised when during recesses of both the House and Senate, his colleague, Senator Karl Wenz, came to his desk to extend birthday greetings. . .Byron G. Manke, electrician’s mate fireman apprentice, USN, is serving aboard the USS Jupiter, the Navy’s only aviation supply ship. . .Dates and talent were chosen for the 1957 Fallon County Fair. August 23, 24 and 25 are the dates and the entertainment is three shows from the Tom Drake Agency.


  Thursday, Jan. 30, 1947 —

Anna Mae Gustafson took over as worthy advisor at installation services Wednesday. . .Baker Fire Dept. was called out twice this weekend and was successful in putting out both conflagrations. One fire was in the Kit Kat Klub and the other in the Baker Hotel Cafe. . .Rex Flint was elected president of the Rocky Mountain Fair Assoc. at its annual meeting held in Billings this past weekend. All members  of the Fallon County Fair Board were present including L. F. Burns, H. B. French, Albert Fost, R. H. Robinson and Gene Hoff, County Agent. . .Jerry Coldwell, age 11, is paying a big price for his winter’s fun as he broke both bones in his leg sliding down water tank hill Tuesday afternoon. . .Mrs. C. K. Wilson and son arrived in Baker Saturday from Bozeman to join Mr. Wilson in establishing their home in Baker. . .Mrs. L. W. Busch returned Saturday after spending a week in Helena with her husband, Senator Busch.


  Thursday, Jan. 28, 1937 —

Fallon County has received considerable blustery weather this week. Sunday, even the oldtimers admitted the blizzard was as bad as they had ever seen. However, in spite of the storm, people managed to get around. The snow is packed so hard that vehicles go fairly safely across the prairie. Low temperatures for the week look like this: -24, -27, -18, -28. . .Harry McDonald of Minneapolis is in Baker superintending the finishing of a new gas well on the James Couser ranch. The well is being drilled by George Askin and Martin Gunderson and is down 500 feet. McDonald states the log of the well varies only one-half foot from the government structure map and is an indication the gas field is immense in anticline.


  Thursday, Jan. 27, 1927 —

Undersherriff Wm. Frankland, who left last week for Billings to get medical attention for his hand and arm which were hurt in the manhunt some time ago in the Knobs territory, resulting in the capture of several desperados, is getting along fine now. . .The showing of the 1927 model Chevrolet will be held at Burns Garage Jan. 30. . .June Olson, Bill Nims and Bud Armstrong are some of the fellows who spent a couple of days in Baker on account of the bad roads caused by snow drifts. . .Announcement was made that Mary Shartz, canning club member and local leader for the Pleasant Valley Springdale Canning Club, was awarded first prize on pears and fifth prize on roast pork in a national canning contest held at Chicago during the International Livestock Show. Mary was the only girl representing Montana 4-H Clubs in the contest. . .When we received a quotation of 75 cents for No. 1 rabbit pelts, we thought it was a very good price. We have just received a telegram that more will be paid if pelts are shipped in large quantities.