FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Dec. 5,

2008 —

Heiser’s Bar hosted a free Thanksgiving dinneer in the holiday tradition that Bernie Heiser started approximately 37 years ago. Bar owners, Kelly and Angela Heiser, provided food for about 60 people who joined them for this year’s holiday feast. . .Baker Lady Spartans Kelsey Hadley and Bailey Woolington were selected to the 2008 All-Conference Volleyball First Team. Spartans chosen for the second team were Keli Gentilini, Rebecca Havens and Shaleigh Straub. . .Nov. 30, Kelly Brookes, age 12, daughter of Patti and Jeff Brookes of Baker, shot her first deer – a 4×4 mule. . .AWF Zachary Ketterling was recently promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class. Zach is a flight engineer for Patrol Squadron 1 stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor, Wash. . .Nov. 15-16, a group of nine student volunteer’s from MSU-Billings worked at the Eastern Montana Humane Society shelter.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Dec. 4,

1998 —

Christmas Stroll and Santa Claus Day will be Dec. 9. . .Clyde “Bud” Brown will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party at the American Legion Hall Dec. 13. . .Plevna Lady Cougars are headed to the State Basketball Tournament Dec. 3-5 in Livingston. . .O’Fallon Community Choir will present their 20th annual Christmas Concert Dec. 13. The choir is under the direction of Theresa Vaughn with Ruth Wang as accompanist on piano. . .Associated Food Stores of Billings awarded a plaque and $200 to Ken Schell and Craig Pinnow at Reynolds for their promotion of beef. After receiving the $200 check, manager Ken Schell turned the money over to the CowBelles to aid in their effort to further promote beef. . .Volunteers Gerry Gamrath and Randy Morris are checking the holiday lighting displays for faulty bulbs and sockets before the city crew, together with MDU, hangs the decorations on utility poles for the holiday season.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 8, 1988 —

Road sign on outskirts of Baker reads, “If you’re the last one to leave town, don’t forget to turn off the lights”. Many people left town to watch the Lady Spartans in their first ever State Tournament held in Billings last weekend. The Spartans were defeated in their first two outings – against Eureka and Big Timber. . .Jessie Price, age  74, passed away Dec. 1. . .Lesley Stotts is taking over Kuts 4 All. Stop in and say hello to Lesley and good-bye to Cindy Straub. . .Jaycees served a delicious free turkey dinner to the senior citizens Sunday at the Legion Hall. . .The Scissor Wizard, formerly Val’s Barber Shop, is under the new ownership of Louise Braun. . .Brad Merwin, registered massage therapist, will be coming to Baker every Tuesday. . .Winners of the Spartanettes turkey raffle were Joey Bechtold and Barb Klang.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 7, 1978 —

Holiday Fashion Show put on by Baker Band Boosters was again a big success this year, even in inclement weather. . .Terry Gill has been named to the junior varsity men’s basketball team at Dickinson State University and Aaron Olsen was chosen for the varsity team for the 1978-79 season. . .Eleven people completed an Emergency Medical Technician course held at the hospital. Passing results were back for Marian Tinnes, Dorothy Beckers, Doreen Madler and Marilyn Quenzer. . .Baker Jaycees attending the Winter All State meeting in Dillon were Jim Huether, Tom Angel, Lew Price and Larry Neutgens. . .Before the opening curtain of the junior class play held last night, these actors and actresses were caught putting make-up on each other. Pictured are A. L. Reichenberg, Nancee Mahon, Sharwynn Anderson, Valerie Zupanik, Hailey Perry and Ann Mueller.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 5, 1968 —

Donald Johnson, a ranch hand at the MacKay and MacKay Ranch, lost his life in a fire which completely destroyed the ranch bunkhouse early Thursday morning. . .City Council at their regular meeting Tuesday evening passed Ordinance 208 which provides for the registration of all bicycles or other two wheel vehicles within the limits of the City of Baker. . .Baker Woman’s Club will recognize two women, Mrs. Arthur Kuehn and Mrs. Julia Jesperson, who have been members of the club for many years at the annual Christmas party for senior citizens at the nursing home Dec. 8. . .The Longfellow School building was accepted by the board subject to deficiency items, a list prepared by the architect Leonard Sundell, contractor Joe Herbst and board members.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 4, 1958 —

Officially joining the rank of one of the most modern business buildings in Baker will be the Baker Rexall Drug. . .Postmaster Lentz believes the Christmas mail will set an all time record, exceeding the 86,000 pieces of mail handled in the preholiday season of 1957. . .Karl’s Standard Service Station was burglarized and merchandise totaling more than $350 was taken. . .Fallon County Canvassing Board with Mrs. Elmer Newell and Mrs. James Mack reconvened Nov. 24 and found that A. L. Meccage received 765 votes and John K. Rusley received 773 votes. . .County Treasurer Mavis Schopp revealed that 95 percent of the real estate taxes were paid. . .Jim Seaman is one of the seven pilots who has been assigned to the special airlift to the President of the United States.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Dec. 2,

1948 —

By a 65-21 count with Coach Leutkins using every man in uniform, the Spartans defeated the Ismay High School cagers on the local floor Tuesday night. . .Masonic Lodge elected officers as follows: Vernon Wiseman, Worshipful Master; John Brayton, Senior Warden; Francis LaCross, Junior Warden; M. T. Wheeler, secretary; Lloyd Owen, treasurer. . .Officers of Fallon Post No. 35 of the American Legion are to be treated to a dinner by the officers of the Dawson County Post for winning a membership contest.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 8, 1938 —

Baker National Bank’s directors met in regular session last Monday night and elected L. Price to the position of cashier. Price is a graduate of MSC and for the past year has been assistant cashier. . .Nellie Lou Busch was elected worthy matron of Charity Chapter No. 60, Eastern Star. Her other officers will be L. Price, Sr., Dorothy Young, R. W. Marks, Evelyn Hitch, Pearl Harris, Alice Cartwright and Gladys Beasley. Sandstone Lodge elected H. I. Gapen, worshipful master. Other officers are C. W. Samuel, F. C. Williams, Jr., T. L. Owen, R. W. Marks. . .Special events committees of the Baker Commercial Club this week are to set up four Christmas trees in the corners of the town square. Colored lights on the trees and strings of lights from corner to corner with a large star hanging in the center of the square will make a beautiful sight. . .Orville Myhre, employed on the highway maintenance force in this district, has been transferred to Miles City and with his family is moving tomorrow.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 6, 1928 —

Entire changes of program will distinguish the two nights showing of the indoor circus to be staged in the Masonic Hall tomorrow and Saturday under the auspices of the local post of the American Legion. . .First of three counties to be approached in the matter. Fallon County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon gave their approval to the employment of a district home demonstration agent. Custer and Prairie Counties will share agent’s service. If the plan carries unanimously, the new worker will probably be placed in the field early in the year. . .In a deal closed Tuesday afternoon, George P. Sussee disposed of his barbershop here to John Olson, who has been associated with Niccums for several months.

      



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