FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Jan. 30,

2009 —

A Fallon County Jury found 19 year old Colton Cornwell of Baker “not guilty” of Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs, a felony, on Jan. 18, but delivered a “guilty” verdict to an alternative count Criminal Distribution of Dangerous Drugs by Accountability, a felony, for his role in the $60 sale of approximately 2.88 grams of marijuana to an undercover informant in Baker on or about Mar. 9, 2007. . .A Baker teen, Jeret Bennett, has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both felonies, and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, after law enforcement officers recovered drugs and syringes from his residence. Bennett was arrested Jan. 20 after officers recovered Fentanyl and injectable morphine, both defined as opiates, from the suspect’s residence. . .Six students from Peru are working in Baker at Reynolds Market. They arrived Dec. 11 and are here to experience other cultures and languages. The temperatures during their stay so far have been incredibly cold, something they are not used to. . .Mike and Anna Griffith were in Pasadena, Calif.  to take in the Rose Bowl Parade.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Jan. 29,

1999 —

Anna Lisa Espeland is Fallon County’s first newborn of 1999. She was born two months prematurely on Jan. 16 at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City. She is the daughter of David and Lisa Espeland and joins brother Ryan, age 4. . .The Montana High School Association refused to switch girls’ basketball and volleyball seasons, and three volleyball coaches said they would launch a legal challenge. . .Heidi Klang, a music major at the University of Mary, Bismarck, performed a senior clarinet recital Jan. 24. Klang is the daughter of Steve and Barb Klang of Baker. . .A happy 75th birthday open house for Gwen Setinc will be held Feb. 6 at the Tavern dining room. . .The Plevna White Dove flew into town Jan. 20. The White Dove is Fallon County’s newest senior citizens’ bus that will be serving the community of Plevna. . .Lynette Kyle, president of Xi Alpha Nu Sorority,  is pictured with Linda Moore, radiology manager at Fallon Medical Complex. Lynette presented a check to Linda for Fallon Medical Complex’s new mammography machine. A seraphim angel was raffled off by the sorority and all proceeds were donated to the mammogram fund. . .Baker and Plevna Volunteer Fire Departments are honored this week. Fire Chief for Plevna is Gary Thielen and Fire Chief for Baker is Randy Hoenke.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 2,

1989 —

Britt Owens is finally able to come home after a seven month battle to recuperate from corrective surgery last June – a bone marrow transplant for Hurler’s Syndrome . . .The first baby of 1989 born in Fallon Medical Complex was born to Peggy Petersen of Plevna. His name is Alan Joseph. . .Linda Wade won the “Guess The Weight and Gender of the First Baby of ‘89” contest sponsored by the Fallon County Times. . .High temperature Jan. 30 was 49 degrees, low was 1 degree Jan. 24. . .Baker School District No. 12 will elect two members. The terms of Evelynn Hoem and Everett Knipp will end Apr. 4 when the annual school elections will be held. . .Annual Pinewood Derby was held Jan. 29. Grand champion winners were Robby Cox, 1st; Wayne Newell, 2nd; and Dan Kalstrom, 3rd. . .Spartan wrestlers will be at the divisional tournament Feb. 4 at Poplar. Senior wrestlers are Jon Miller, Garry O’Connor, Lance Loehding, Clint Erickson and Clyde Crawford. Mat Maids are Lorna Bennett, Jamie Rost, Jonna Hecker and Angie Townsend.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 1, 1979–

Pictured receiving their trophies from the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest from Grand Knight Steve Prokop are Michael Carter, Scott Tuggle, Vicki Uttke, Gerard Meschke and David Schweigert. . .Girls State delegates include Tracy O’Donnell, Jolene Allerdings and Jane Russell. . .Navy electrician’s mate fireman apprentice Edward J. Bechtold, son of Leona Bechtold, has completed the basic electrician’s mate course. . .Valerie Miller of Baker, a sophomore at Northern Montana College in Havre, is one of 12 college coeds vying for the title of  homecoming queen.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 30, 1969 —

The most welcome sight for those stalled on the highway Sunday was the approach of a state snow plow. Many were helped to reach their destination by those manning the machinery. . . Complete isolation was the condition in this area over the weekend with the roads being blocked by a blizzard. This brought the mail truck stuck in Baker, a school bus from Jordan stalled in the Willard area, Plevna school bus stayed in Wibaux, Baker school bus stalled in a snow drift on the Big Hill and a state of emergency declared with KFLN staying on the air until late Sunday evening. . .Baker High School symphonic band, under the direction of Roy Wood, will present a winter concert Feb. 5 at the high school gym. . .Tom Eilek died suddenly from a heart attack at his place of business Wednesday afternoon.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 29, 1959–

Cub Scouts of Den 4 with Mrs. Loyce Roberts, den mother, further their monthly project, Freedom of Speech and Newspaper, with a visit to the Times Office. Those attending were Eddie Renner, Calvin Randal, Jimmie Cody, Reid Kochel, Butch Roberts, Kenny Olson, Lane Stanhope, Greg Malek, Jimmy Rambur and Jerry Ketchum. . .The facilities of the new church edifice for St. John’s Catholic parish in Baker will be utilized for the first time Sunday morning when mass is offered at 10 o’clock. . .Audrey Howe was chosen the Homemaker of Tomorrow from Plevna School. . .Violet Rasmuson, Peggy Cate, Vivian Kreager, Becky Munsell and Martha Schweigert were among those participating in the bowling tournament in Sidney.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Feb. 3,

1949 —

County road crews have been working heroically on the roads. They can’t confine themselves to the roads but here and there make a road across the prairie. Roads first opened are blocked again and it is very difficult to re-open them because of the huge snow banks. Farmers and ranchers are taking advantage of the open roads and hauling supplies for both man and beast. . .Baker Fire Department held their annual meeting at the hall Friday night and elected officers. Vic Grainger was re-elected chief assisted by Firman Loveless; A. L. Eckes, treasurer; Harry Hanson, secretary; Elmer Newell and Edgar Boucher,  captains. . .Royal Neighbors installed as their officers Marion Hanson, Katherine Boucher, Mary Lee Sinclair and Anna Marie Peck. . .People of Plevna have been greatly alarmed because the snow plow failed to appear. . .Mrs. Adolph Janz is sick in bed and the report is that they are out of coal.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 2,

1939 —

Local Girl Scouts met last Thursday after school at their club room and held their investiture service and presented a program for their mothers. Special awards were presented to Joan Loveless, Mary Lou Robinson, Eva Jane Owen, Aleta Hansen and Ruby North. . .Someone entered Mrs. Clara Cate’s basement last week and took with them some canned fruit. However, Mrs. Cate says to return the jars when empty as she wants to fill them up again this fall. . .A couple who envy Ben Grant’s hearty constitution and youth in spite of his 70 years found out that he walks daily to the overpass, two miles east of Baker, and last Sunday decided to do likewise. Jimmie Owens got there first but felt worse the next day than did his runner up, Frank Becker

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 31, 1929 —

Fire started from a blow torch being used to thaw out water pipes in the basement, according to findings of Fire Chief Emil Ravey, brought severe damage to the Fallon House last Friday morning. . .The J. C. Penney Co. will open its new store to the public Saturday. . .A delegation including Judge Stanley E. Felt, Denzil R. Young, Larry Burns and Mr. and Mrs. George Vinton represented the local American Legion Post at Terry Tuesday afternoon, attending the district meeting in session there. . .After putting in 24 hours of continuous service Tuesday in opening the road north of town almost to the county line, the county’s caterpillar plow was laid off Wednesday until the high wind had blown itself out. . .A fire creeping up the outer wall of the office building at the Farmers Elevator called out the fire department early Tuesday morning but was quickly extinguished.

      



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