FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Feb. 6,

2009 —

Last weekend Elizabeth Brown and Alyssa Downing, two Baker High School students, placed first in the State Speech and Drama meet held in Huntley. They took first place out of 18 competing teams in classical duo. . .Anthony Tiedemann, a 21 year old Baker man, has been sentenced to four years in the Montana Dept. of Corrections for being in possession of a controlled substance in May 2007. Tiedemann had pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony, and escape, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Joe Hegel. . .Temperature Jan. 31 was 42 degrees. . . Daniel Eagle pled guilty to two counts of criminal mischief and one count of minor in possession of alcohol in District Court Tuesday. He pled not guilty to one count of criminal mischief by accountability. A sentencing date will be set later. . .Baker Spartan wrestlers will be at the divisional meet in Glasgow Feb. 7. . .The 46th Americanism Program took place Jan. 28 at McGonigal Gymnasium in Baker High School. Master of ceremonies was Russ Stoddard. . .March For Life was held Jan. 22 in Baker. About 70 people were  served lunch at the end of the march at St. John’s Catholic Church.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Feb. 5,

1999 —

Bob Curry has decided to retire at the end of the 1999 season, ending a 20 year career as head coach of the Baker Spartan wrestling team. Over his 20 year career he added 13 names to the state wrestling championship list. . .The O’Fallon Community Men’s Choir, under the direction of Theresa Vaughn and accompanied on piano by Ruth Wang, will perform Feb. 10 as part of the Americanism program. . .Super Bowl Pigskin Picks winner is Harold Miller. . .Army Pvt. Leighton Rieger has graduated from One Station Unit Training at the U.S. Army Infantry School. . .Baker Spartan wrestlers will be at the divisional wrestling tournament Feb. 6 in Broadus. . .Senior youth group at the American Lutheran Church were busy Sunday making and delivering the 300 submarine sandwiches they sold to help finance their trip to Seattle in July. . .Gloria Boggs, Sheriff’s secretary, presented her notice of retirement effective Feb. 29, 1999 at the Commissioners meeting Jan. 19. . .County/City Christmas party held Jan. 29 at the American Legion Club. Certificates of work service were presented to Faye Koenig – 25 years in treasurer’s office; Billy Singer – 20 years with the road crew; Barb Ketterling – 10 years in treasurer’s office; Wanda Schaefer – 10 years as senior citizen bus driver; Alice Kay Schweigert – 15 years as public health nurse; LaRita Huether – 10 years in state appraiser’s office. Kelly Coldwell, Baker mayor, awarded a certificate to Bev Anderson for 20 years of service in the city office.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 9,

1989 —

Cold wave hits area – high temperature Feb. 2 was -26 and low that night was -35. . .Fourteen Spartan wrestlers qualified for state: Jon Miller, Les Afrank and Lance Loehding won the championship in their weight classes; second placers were Mel Varner, Klint Flint, Garry O’Connor, Clyde Crawford, John Manning and Nic Thimmesch; taking third were Clint Erickson, Ryan Loehding and Bryon Wiman; Greg Logar and Ryan Wiseman brought home fourth. . .Bronco Days will be Mar. 10-12. . .As a safety precaution, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is urging homeowners to check their rooftop vents. . .Many athletic events had to be cancelled due to adverse weather. . .Katie Huether’s 101st birthday will be celebrated Feb. 14. . .Allan and Ruth Wang would like to thank their customers of the Insurance Store for their past patronage. New owner of the Insurance Store is Dale Boggs. Other employees at the business are Jodie Hoenke and Brenda Tiedemann. . .Joette Nielsen, daughter of Mary A. Witkowsk, Baker, was promoted to Spec. E-4 Nov. 1, 1988. . .Brenda Hansen’s sixth grade science class was more than pleased to welcome the blossom of their hibiscus flower – a tropical flower that should not be blossoming in 17 below weather.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 8, 1979–

Helen C. Hoke, an agent for New York Life Insurance Company, has been appointed manager of the firm’s Salem, Ore., general office. . .A Baker student attending Oklahoma Baptist University, Carol Gill, will play the role of “Liza” in OBU’s full production of the Broadway musical “Peter Pan”. . .School board chairman Ashley Stanhope announced he would not run for re-election after serving nine years on the Baker School Board. . .Fallon Memorial Hospital Ball will be Feb. 17 at Green Acres with music by “Jada”. . .Feb. 24 is the annual Beef Cooking Contest sponsored by Baker CowBelles. . .Ruth Townsend has been nominated for Montana Mother of the Year by the Baker Homecraft Club.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 6,

1969 —

Victor Grainger, Chief, and Eddie Nelson, secretary, relinquished their fire department jobs after many years of service to the department. . .This year Diane Lovec and Debra Bentley were chosen to receive the Good Citizen Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution. . .The proposed re-districting of basketball teams was frowned upon by the school board and Bill Donovan, coach, who presented the matter at the regular meeting. The coach felt that taking in Class C teams into the “B” district takes away all the challenge now offered in the present district. . .Mr. and Mrs. Jack Samsel took over as proprietors of Samsel’s Store Feb. 1 from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Samsel.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 5, 1959–

The nation’s 4,780,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers and adult leaders observe Boy Scout Week Feb. 7-13. . .Police Chief Robert Townsend reports there were four accidents on the streets of Baker during the past week, each being attributed directly to the icy conditions . . .For the third year, Mrs. Denzil Young will be chairman of the Fallon County Heart Fund Drive. . .The  50th anniversary of the origin of the Baker Community Church is to be noted Feb. 12. . .Paving and curbing the city streets came up for discussion at the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday evening.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Feb. 10, 1949 —

R. W. Marks, in the insurance business since 1931, disposed of his business by selling out to Mrs. L. W. Busch. Mr. Marks, now in his 83rd year, thinks it’s time to retire but still doesn’t know how he will manage doing nothing. . .Mr. and Mrs. Eph Keirle left by car Monday for Billings where they will attend to business matters. From there they will go to Denver to visit their daughter, Mrs. Pearl Heller, and family and then to Texas to visit Eph’s brother. . .E. L. Russell has been appointed roll call chairman for the Red Cross.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 9,

1939 —

Winter made himself heard with a bang this week and everyone is trying to take it cheerfully and be grateful the cold held off this long. The low for the week was minus 28. . .The Order of Rainbow Girls met this week when the following officers were installed: Vaughn Munsell, Worthy Advisor; Bobbie Jean Swindal, Worthy Associate Advisor; others are Dorothy Hall, Phyllis Hansen, Minneclare Hooker, Orlynn Burns, Ruth Pleissner, Ione Shendel and Yvonne Trandum. . .Baker Rifle Club took part in a match with the Miles City shooters at Miles City last Sunday. They were defeated. Jimmie Ovens was high point man for the meet with the next scorer being 12 points behind his mark. Others going from here were Eddie Nelson, Al Eckes, Emmett Gregerson and Bernard Hall.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Feb. 7,

1929 —

J. C. Boesflug, general contractor for the new gas compressor and power generating plant which the Montana-Dakota Utilities Company is building just east of town, spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Baker on an inspection trip. Mr. Boesflug is also erecting the cleaning plant which J. F. Smola is having built in the rear of his trailer shop. . .After a week of voting at the Baker High School, Fern Blanchard was chosen the most popular girl, and LeRoy Blanchard, the best looking boy. Eddie Flastad and Marjorie McQuinn were pronounced the sheik and flapper of the school. Anna Mae Lawler was chosen the best looking girl and Charles Dumont the most popular boy. . .Baker women’s basketball town team, captained by Lottie Bisbee, will play the high school game as an opener at the Ismay-Plevna game Friday night.