FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, March 13, 2009 —

City hires Caleb Sandoval as a new police officer. Sandoval moved from Boise, Idaho. . .Effective April 17, the prescription counter at Lawler Drug will be closing. Gerry and Mary Ann Gamrath are retiring. . .Fallon County Commissioners announce they have given the fire department their blessing to continue with their plans to build a new fire hall. . .Glendive Washington Middle School Student Council sponsored a fundraiser for the Eastern Montana Humane Society during February. They raised $246 along with boxes of dog and cat foods, treats, dog and cat toys, potty pads, blankets, towels, collars and leashes. . .American Lutheran Church has undergone a “facelift”. The inside front of the church has been redone – rock now covers the entire wall, a small storage room was knocked out, the large metal cross was painted and rerouting sound system wires, cleaning and painting was done.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, March 12, 1999 —

A retirement party held in honor of Gloria Boggs Feb. 24, brought to a close over 21 years of service to the Baker community. Boggs began her career working in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, then moved to the County Treasurer’s office, and then as the Sheriff’s secretary. .  .Arnold Duneman, a reserve officer for the Baker Police Department, recently retired after having served the community in that capacity for 15 years. A farewell potluck dinner was held March 6 at Thee Garage. Mayor Kelly Coldwell presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Duneman for his years of service. Police Chief Randy Ketterling presented him with an interesting shadowbox display that included Duneman’s retired revolver, bullets, two badges, patches and a picture. . .Fallon County Commissioners report to various groups, organizations and individuals that the county evaluation is dropping and actual revenues have dropped considerably in the year 1998-99 over 1997-98. The county evaluation has dropped from $129,000,000 in 1986 to $52,000.000 presently. . .David Espeland, CEO of Fallon Medical Complex, reported that FMC is one of the biggest employers in the community. It paid out $1,300,000 in salaries for the first six months of the fiscal year to 130 – 140 employees.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 16, 1989 —

Bronco Days deemed successful. More than 500 contestants turned out to participate in the three day event. Stickhorse champions were Jesse Fleming, Andy Selle, Donavan Hecker, Jason Haar, Levi Johnson and Chase Hayden. . .March 11 vandals struck several vehicles in Baker. The police department has received calls reporting 30-40 slashed tires. . .Amber Panasuk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Panasuk of Plevna, was the top speller in the Fallon County Spelling Bee held last week. Jill Fuchs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fuchs of Plevna, came in second and is the alternate to the Spelling Bee to be held in Missoula April 1. . .The American Legion’s 70th birthday supper will be held March 18. . .Juanita MacKay was chosen as Dawson County’s delegate to the 4-H Citizenship Seminar in Helena. She is the daughter of Dolan and Carol Dyke of Glendive and granddaughter of Mary MacKay of Willard. . .Josi O’Connor was chosen to be a Senate Page for Feb. 27 – March 4 by Sen. Hubert Abrams at the Legislature in Helena. She is the daughter of Nick and Herchel O’Connor of Plevna. . .Plevna High School Boys State delegate is Brett Fried, son of Elmer and Norita Fried. Alternate is James Rugg, son of Keith and Barbara Rugg. . .Lois Beach was honored on her 80th birthday March 5. . .Harold Jensen has retired after 30 years on the Soil Conservation District.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 15, 1979–

The Community Talent Show held March 9 at the Plevna gym was a huge success for all involved. . .Spec. 4 David J. Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Baldwin, Ismay, recently participated in the first Return of Forces to Germany (Reforger) exercises to be held in winter. . .Girl Scout Week, March 11 – 17, marks the 67th anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA. . .A helicopter ambulance service has been established for residents of eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. . .An open house will be held for Mrs. William J. (Anna) Olson’s 95th birthday March 16.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 13, 1969 —

Mr. and Mrs. George Korneychuk celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday afternoon. . .A “first time event” for this area will be the snowmobile race scheduled Sunday afternoon at the Ernest Bechtold ranch. . .The 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion will be celebrated by a party Saturday. . .During the meeting of the Fallon County Commissioners last week, Margaret Jensen presented the architect’s drawing of the proposed addition to the Fallon Memorial Hospital in the event a coronary care unit is added to the present facilities.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 12, 1959–

The Chevrolet team holds first place at the close of the first weekend of the Baker men’s second annual city bowling tournament. In the singles event, Lawrence Goroski is first with 629 total. Bill Bohle is second with 620 and Ray Jones with 615.1. . .Interested Baker residents in the bond issue being presented to taxpayers for constructing a new high school met in the high school gymnasium March 9. . .Nominating committee headed by Dr. Mel Rogstad presented the following slate of officers for the Chamber of Commerce for the coming year: Eldon Mengel, president; Bob Anderson and George Randash, second and first vice presidents; L. Price, treasurer; directors – Jack Lawler, Lloyd Owen, Dr. Rogstad, Mrs. L. K. Lathrop, Vern Bublitz, Eugene Russell and Herb Bertsch. . . .Mayor Ervin Keirle signed the Girl Scout Week proclamation with Sarah Weeks, president of Troop Five, and Mrs. R. W. Luhrsen, leader of Troop Six, looking on. . .Baker Spartans left Wednesday morning for Bozeman where they will compete in the State Class B tournament.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, March 17, 1949 —

Clerk and Recorder R. R. Stevens informs the public that the Fallon County Courthouse offices will be closed Saturday afternoon from now on. . .Harold Sinclair spent Sunday until Wednesday of last week in Billings participating in a talent quest sponsored by the Sawyers Stores and Food Markets, Inc. and under the general direction and guidance of Eric Weaver, talent scout of Hollywood. . .The regular monthly meeting of the American 14 with Mrs. D. R. Young, president, presiding. . .Mrs. T. S. Crow, because of poor health, has resigned as teacher of the Fertile Prairie School and Mrs. Ray Corey will complete the term.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 16, 1939 —

With Richert in the lead as high point man and also outstanding individual player of the tournament, the Ollie independent basketball team came out victorious in the meet held at Sentinel Butte March 9 – 11. . .The Commercial Hotel Cafe opened under new management today and the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lunder, are giving free lunches tomorrow,  Friday afternoon. . .Our Pioneer or “Old Timer” Club is growing and much interest is being shown not only by those living in Baker now but some who have moved away but still feel this is home. . .The Catholic Young People’s Council and sponsor Mrs. Al Sikorski gave a Chinese checker party at St. John’s Catholic Hall Wednesday evening. . .Baker Ministerial Association met at their regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon at the Baptist parsonage.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, March 14, 1929 —

Injured and bruised by the kicking and trampling of cows which had become frightened when she toppled off a stool while milking them, Mrs. M. A. Shreve was brought to the office of Dr. W. H. Blakemore Saturday morning after a long and tedious journey by bobsled from their farm some 15 or more miles southeast of town. . .Flames that had gained too much headway when discovered to be put under control, destroyed the residence of A. W. Hoff, proprietor of the Hoff Mercantile Store in Plevna, Tuesday afternoon. . .Glen Livingston, Robert Felt and Karl Pleissner, Jr. had previously qualified and were awarded First Class Scout badges at the regular meeting of the organization held at the Community Hall Monday evening.