FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Dec. 19,

2008 —

Baker Lions Club will present their fifth annual Variety Show Dec. 21. . .The second winner of the Be A Winner! Shop In Baker! promotion, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, was Marge Justice of Ekalaka. . .Monte Rene Willman will celebrate her 90th birthday with a party at the Plevna Fire Hall Dec. 27. . .Kids from the Lakeview Baptist Church Awana Program filled shoe boxes with toys and gifts for kids in need all over the world. . .Holly Days winners: week 3 $25 winner – Sue Enos; grand prize $100 winner – Lynne Miller. . . The ice skating rink north of Coldwell Field is ready for skaters and hockey players. . .This issue of the Fallon County Times is filled with letters to Santa, school children’s drawings, poems and stories, and memories of Christmases past.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Dec. 18,

1998 —

Seven days until Chnstmas! . .Fallon and Carter County 4-H and FFA members did exceptionally well this year in the Steer of Merit carcass class. Leading the pack was Jerrid Geving of Baker whose steer graded number one out of 1,045 carcasses across the state of Montana. Third place went to Dustin Erickson, Baker, who is a previous winner of the top award. . .Lighting contest winners were Bill and Jennifer Fisher in the traditional category, Joe and Louella Halmans – animated and Wayne and Gaye Sander – religious. . .O’Fallon Community Choir presented their 20th annual concert Sunday afternoon. Six members of the choir – Milt Hochhalter, Ruth Townsend, Denzil and Marlene Young, Doris Hastig and Ruth Wang, accompanist – have been part of all 20 of the concerts. . .Dan and Doris Thielen will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Dec. 26. . .Saturday night at the American Legion Christmas party, a POW-MIA flag was dedicated in memory of Darrell Wildish, a long-standing member. . .High temperature Dec. 13 was 62 degrees. . .Please stop by and view the Baker CowBelles’ window display at Willa’s Cafe – “Beef For All Seasons”. . .Last week’s Pigskin Picks Football Contest winner was Bud Hoenke. . .Secretary of State Mike Cooney has announced he would be seeking the office of Governor of the State of Montana in the 2000 election.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 22, 1988 —

Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home was the recipient of a big screen TV. . .Baker Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stauss. The fire was started by the fireplace. . .Tammy Hornung, Jodi Newell, Barbie Spriggs and Jonna Hecker were selected to the All-Conference girls basketball team. . .Don Morris is the new car salesman at Randash Motors. . .Lincoln School library just completed a six week “Reading is Dino-Mite” contest. Jana Obye and Dallas Enos were the winners – each read a total of 29 books. . .Marnie Hoke of the Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home crocheted 99 gifts for the staff at the Fallon Medical Complex and the Pink Ladies. . .Gary Stevens has donated a directory to Bonnievale Cemetery. He donated all the cedar used in the construction of the directory case and the fence surrounding the area. He dedicated the addition in memory of his wife, Nora Lee Stevens. . .Baker has its own Santa! Mr. and Mrs. Walt Roth collect toys and repair them for children who might not otherwise have a Christmas. . .Temperature was 55 degrees Dec. 13… Winners of the Christmas coloring contest sponsored by the Fallon County Times are: ages 3-5: 1st Derek Miller, 2nd Brook Buerkle, 3rd Tiffaity Hanson; ages 6-8: 1st Jessica Bruski, 2nd Angie Miller, 3rd Amanda Engel of Santa Rosa,  Calif.; ages 9-12: 1st Robyn Pinnow, 2nd Jolene Reetz and 3rd Dana Sander.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 21, 1978 —

Although it is “old hat- in larger cities, sliding doors that open automatically have just been installed at Reynolds for customers’ shopping convenience. . . Baker FrnHA is now a full time county office and is no longer under the supervision of the Miles City office. . . Barbara Ehret. 82. of Plesna passed away Dec. 13 at Fallon Memorial Hospital. . . Baker Assembly of God Church passed a new milestone on Dec. 10 by burning the mortgage on their church facilities. A major movie production starring Kris Kristofferson will be filmed in Glacier National Park and northern Flathead Valley this spring. The movie is entitled “Johnson County War-.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 19, 1968 —

Adult education classes will likely start the week of Jan. 13. . .Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boggs returned from attending Showcase ‘69, the second annual Farmers Union Central Exchange merchandise exposition held last week in the Minneapolis Auditorium Convention Center. . .The city council in their mid-monthly meeting considered the snow clearing job that is prevalent in the city. Tons of snow have been moved from the downtown area with the white stuff still coming down at the time of the meeting. Their main concern is the wind. If another blizzard strikes the town, there is no doubt the streets will be blocked. The job of maintaining the streets rests on the shoulders of the crew of three. . .In a declaratory judgment recently signed by the court, Stanley Wagner, plaintiff, won the right to operate his mink farm, provided he abides by certain sanitation rules. . .Valley Motor Supply moved their stock Friday and Saturday into the recently completed Armco Steel building at 117 South 1st St. West. . .John F. Kleis, teacher of Dry Fork School in Fallon County, has been nominated for State Teacher of the Year. . .The Gun Control Act of 1968 went into effect Dec. 16 with Montana’s sporting goods dealers reporting a rush on ammunition and hand loading supplies during the past week to beat the deadline. The new law requires registration of all guns, ammunition and related supplies when purchased.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 18, 1958 —

Icy streets cause minor accidents. . .Now that we’re heading directly into the Christmas mail rush, Postmaster K. O. Lentz, put his “Mail Early for Christmas” campaign into high gear today. Several boxes of clothing and toys were distributed to the needy families of Baker by the Baker Jaycee Jaynes. Those in charge of this project were Mrs. Charles Hayes, chairman; Mrs. Holland Gill, Mrs. Gene Wellenstein and Mrs. Tom Melby. . .The driver licenses of 1,263 Montanas convicted of driving while intoxicated were suspended this year for 12-month periods. . .The Baker Spartans returned late Saturday night from a road trip which saw them defeat Plentywood 68-66 Friday night and lose to Fairview 51-53 Saturday night.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Dec. 16, 1948 —

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stockhill of Miles City spent Monday in Baker to meet with Fallon Post No. 35 of the American Legion and the Auxiliary. . .The Baker Lions Club would like to thank everyone who helped make the “Miss Dandee Lion’’ project a success this year. The winners were as follows: Girls 1st Prize – “Miss Dandee Lion” Doll, Ticket No 1171 – Mrs. W. W. Peck; Girls 2nd Prize – Miss Baby Doll, Ticket No. 543 – Gene Hoff; Boys 1st Prize – 22 Remington Rifle, Ticket No. 65 – Theo. Zupanik; Boys 2nd Prize – Erector Set (large), Ticket No 174 – Leonard Lambert. . .John Bechtold, farmer south of Baker, is offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the identity of the person or persons who riddled his new mail box with a .22 recently.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 22, 1938 —

The Times received two wires Saturday from Washington, D. C., relative to the WPA appropriation to improve the county-owned roads in Fallon county. . . Fallon county captured sixth place honors in the county collective corn exhibits at the Montana corn and seed show held at Billings last week. . .A checker tournament will be held in Baker Wednesday evening, Dec. 28, beginning at eight o’clock at the Commercial Hotel. . .Baker people have had the privilege of a very useful public service in being allowed to put mall into the Baker Hotel mail box, but this privilege is being sadly abused from every angle. No local mail should ever be mailed at the Baker Hotel. . . The Eastern Star Chapter and the Masonic lodge held joint installation Wednesday evening and afterwards enjoyed a social hour and lunch.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Dec. 20, 1928 —

The long expected Norbeck Special drilling rig arrived in Baker Tuesday and was moved into the Wm. Bruce farm, 15 miles southeast of Baker, one and one-half mile from the Bull Dog, Co. test well. Mr. Norbeck has the contract for the drilling of 30 wells during the winter and next spring. . .The Fallon county fair of 1929 will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 5, 6 and 7. . .Unless some entirely unforseen delay occurs, the new Penney building will be completed and ready for occupancy on January 1. The Penney store does not plan to move into its new quarters however, until the latter part of January. The store will take advantage of part of this time before moving, to take inventory of stock.