Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 —

Baker Spartan football team defeated Fort Benton 8-6. This win allows the Spartans to advance to the state championship game Nov. 17 in Baker when they will host Fairfield. . .City of Baker officials have appointed a housing steering committee to develop a survey to assess community housing. When the survey is completed, that will allow the consultant the city has hired to apply for grants for possible building, demolition, etc. . . Reynolds is pleased to announce that Mark Domagala will be working in their meat department starting Jan. 2. . .Picture: Kelly Goerndt made a trailer into a ship to take friends and family around town Halloween night. He named the ship “Black Pearl”, which was complete with a ship’s wheel.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Nov. 14, 1997 —

In an effort to promote highway safety and save lives during winter storms, the MDOT has installed three winter gates on Highway 7. The gates are located at Ekalaka, across from the Fallon County Fairgrounds at Baker and a third gate north of Baker by Baker Livestock. Each gate will block the lane of traffic leaving town. . .Baker Chief of Police Randy Ketterling has been selected from law enforcement officials across the state of Montana to attend the 192nd session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA. Three law enforcement officials are chosen each year to attend the academy. . .Baker Lady Spartans are headed to the District Basketball Tournament Nov. 13-15 in Forsyth. Plevna Lady Cougars are off to their District Tourney in Miles City, Nov. 13-15. . .High temperature Nov. 6 and 7 was 68 degrees. . .Over 1,200 head of bred heifers and stock cows are expected at the Plan For the Future Sale to be held Nov. 18 at Baker Livestock Exchange.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Nov. 12, 1987 —

Beginning Oct. 22, Baker saw a new face at the Fallon Medical Complex and Community Clinic – it was the face of Darryl Espeland, D.O. Darryl was born and raised in Glasgow where he received his schooling. . .Plans are being prepared “to widen and resurface a portion of US 12 from Plevna to Baker, according to the Dept. of Highways. . .American Legion Hunters Ball will be held Nov. 14. . .Paul Dowell is the chimney sweep. . .Baker punter, Shawn Rost, is pictured kicking what turned out to be the last punt for the Baker Spartans who suffered their first loss in the last two years. Baker received a bye for the first game and met Shepherd in the second round playoff game. Shepherd was victorious 21-8 on their home field. . .Plevna sophomore class officers are Brett Fried, president; LuAnn Wenz, vice president; Michelle Gaub, secretary-treasurer; and James Rugg is Student Council representative. . .On sale at Reynolds: 3 lb. can ham $6.99, Kraft 8 oz. shredded cheese $1.38, Corn Flakes, 24 oz., $1.88.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Nov. 10, 1977 —

Dick Price was elected vice president of the Montana Hardware and Implement Assoc. at their convention held last week at the Ramada Inn in Billings. Dick is a partner in the L. Price Co. in Baker . . .Pictured are the winners of the Make It-Yourself With Wool competition held in Baker High School. Barbara Neumann – pre-teen category; Jane Russell – junior division; and Marge McRae – of Miles City – senior division.  . .Local boys listed on the Class A  All-Conference Team are Mitch Anderson on the second team offensive. Honorable mention on the offense are Royal Duneman, Doug Vanderpan and Bill Zupanik. Listed on the defensive second team is Bill Zupanik with honorable mention going to Mitch Anderson, Royal Duneman and Kevin Miller. . .Terry Gill finished an impressive fifth in the state cross country meet in Great Falls. . .John Heim, president of John’s Oilfield Service, accepted the challenge of Shell Oil Co. to donate to the Baker Community Fund. In presenting a $215 check to fund drive chairman, Gene Pluth, Heim went on to challenge the businessmen of Baker to equal or exceed his contribution.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Nov. 15, 1967 —

Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Weeks attended the annual meeting of the Yellowstone Valley Scout Council at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings Nov. 5. As part of the recognition program, Dr. Weeks was presented with a 55 year Scouter veteran pin and certificate. . .Hospital Auxiliary reports at the meeting Nov. 6 they took in $316.01 at their recent rummage sale. . .In a special meeting of the board of trustees Nov. 13, it was decided to open registration for a bond election for $312,000.00 to provide elementary facilities lost by the fire last February. . .Steven Rieger of Plevna is one of the 18 winners of the $100 Heywood Foundation awards to improve their sheep and wool products. . . Mr. and Mrs. Bing Bakken went to the Shrine fall ceremony in Miles City Saturday.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Nov. 7, 1957 —

A curfew ordinance with teeth in it was adopted at the meeting of the Baker City Council in regular session Nov. 5. Chief of Police Robert Townsend reported that several cases of vandalism along with the fact that several pickups of youth 14 to 16 years of age were on the streets as late as 4:30 a.m., made it mandatory that something should be done to correct this situation. . .Baker voters will have the opportunity of voting on whether or not there are to be parking meters within the business area of the city, Nov. 13. . .Debbie Eilek, James Morris and Clinton Rakes were awarded prizes for costumes by the Jaycees at the annual Halloween costume parade Thursday evening. . .Lennice Nichols was chosen queen, and Roger Traweek king at the high school harvest ball. . .Grocery prices: hamburger, 3 lbs., $1.00; 10 oz. pkg. frozen shrimp 49¢.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Nov. 13, 1947 —

Farm wages were at record levels, averaging $97.50 per month with board and room and $112 without. . .Judy McClain, Marjorie Morrow and Dick Price won prizes for the three best costumes at the Halloween party held at the Community Church. . .Mrs. R. H. Robinson was hostess at a chop suey supper and bridge party to a group of “deer widows” and other grass widows. . .A recent prairie fire threatened the farm of Elmer Folstich on which he had two purebred bulls, one of which had to be saved. Deciding to leave the old and crippled bull to die, Folstich brought the young bull along with him. However, the old bull thought otherwise and he found refuge in a green weed patch and the young bull died of exhaustion and suffocation.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Nov. 11, 1937 —

The auction sale of used cars by Burns Bros., local Chevrolet dealer, was a decided success. Although sums paid for some of the cars spelled a loss for the firm, the weather was perfect and people were in a good mood for buying. . .Fallon Post No. 35 is writing something new on the local calendar and it is a two day event, reminiscent of the days of ‘49. This affair takes place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Legion Hall and participants will have all kinds of chances to get their Thanksgiving turkey and groceries of all kinds. Evening programs include beano, wheel of fortune, chuck luck, blackjack and dice. . .Leif Holmlund purchased the Baker Furniture Exchange from James Fradenbury of Miles City and announces that his aim is to supply this area’s needs in the best manner possible. . .Reuben Molstad returned this week from Washington where he had been visiting for several weeks. . .Mr. and Mrs. Brit Catron returned to Baker Tuesday after enjoying the weekend in the Black Hills. . .Meat specials Saturday, Nov. 13: steak, sirloin or round, 5 lbs. for $1.00; beef roasts, 15¢ per lb.; hens, freshly dressed, 19¢ lb.