FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, May 8,

2009 —

Unofficial Plevna School Levy Election results: 23 against and 102 for; unofficial Health Facility Levy Election results: 545 for, 385 against. . .Picture: Gerry and Mary Ann Gamrath  have retired after 26 years of owning Lawler Drug. . .Over the last month the Plevna BPA collected Pennies for Patients as part of their community awareness project. The money raised will go to assist families of children suffering from cancer. Overall the school and community contributed $701.14. . .Fourth Annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair drew a crowd of 701 people this year. Fallon Medical Complex Lab Dept. performed 675 blood draws. . .Spiffy’s will hold their first anniversary Grand Opening May 23. The 2009 Nascar Sprint Car  #77 Mobil 1 Dodge race car will be here for the celebration. . .During Ag Week, Molly Barkley, a member of the Baker CowBelles, presented the Perfect Cheeseburger Program to Lincoln Elementary third graders.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, May 7,

1999 —

A retirement party was held for Barb Olind at the Fallon Medical Complex April 29. Barb worked as dietary manager for 18 1/2 years and as dietary liaison for the last year and a half. . .A three-wheel bicycle was stolen from the garage at the Krisy Bush residence May 1. When police found the bicycle May 3 it had been extensively damaged. Harvey Reetz donated a bicycle to the police department and Baker Police Chief Randy Ketterling and Sgt. Pat Knipp took the bicycle to the city shop and outfitted it with new equipment such as a basket, reflective tape and a flag. The new bike was given to Krisy May 4 and she once again has “wheels”. . .High temperature May 1 was 74 degrees. . .Fallon County Historical Society held election of officers. Elected to office in the Society for the coming year Drury Phebus, chairman; Harold Jensen, vice chairman; Esther Murphy, secretary; and John Karch, treasurer. . .Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home residents Evelyne Boucher and Lois Steen are pictured accepting a check from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 958, Baker for the activity fund. . .A retirement party is planned for Plevna teacher Jean Tennant May 21. She has taught in the Plevna School system for 24 years.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 11, 1989 —

Randy Hoenke was chosen “Fireman of the Year” at the awards dinner held April  29 in the firehall. . .Stasia Corey will be honored on her 80th birthday May 28. . .Kay Hanley was honored as 1989 First Lady of the Year by the Sorority groups at their annual Founder’s Day celebration. Women of the Year awards went to Nancy Schillinger, Debi Wiman, Merri Buerkle and Donita Malkuch. . .Saturday and Sunday a grand opening was held at Sakelaris Kitchen, formerly Margettas. The restaurant is now owned by Chris and Shirley Sakelaris. . .Bowling in the state bowling tournament in Billings this year were Edna Straub, Pam Hickey, Rose Sampson, Jan Stickney and Vi Rasmuson for the Services Unlimited team. Bowlers for the “Has Beens” were Gladys Morris, Billie Jo Losing, Helen Rieger, Mary Madler and Cheryl Morris of Great Falls. Bowlers for the Bank of Baker team were Esther Meidinger, Judy Fradenburgh, Mary Bohle, Sherry Varner and Alvina Varner. . .Wanita and Clyde Priebe were Baker’s first Citizens of the Day. Citizens of the Day is a new project of the Chamber’s Centennial Committee. Twice a month an out-of-state traveler will be offered the chance to be Citizen of the Day. They will be given a tour of the city and lunch will be provided. Del and Jan Kenitzer were the host and hostess for the first Citizens of the Day.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 10, 1979–

Bean Stanhope and Irene O’Donnell were crowned king and queen at the Baker prom last Saturday night. . .James H. Nichols, 34 year old Baker area rancher, died Thursday morning, May 3, in a plane crash five miles east of his ranch on Rte 101, Baker. . .Senior Airman Randolph D. Tronstad, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Tronstad, has arrived for duty at Beak AFB, Calif. . .Bean Stanhope, emcee for the Baker High School Athletic Banquet held last week, congratulates Gary Wade, All-Conference Football and Basketball player; Rick Livesey, All-Conference Football; and Karen Knipp, All-Conference girls Basketball Most Valuable and Most Inspirational Athletes in their respective sports include Doug Vanderpan, Kevin Miller, Gary Wade, Craig Pinnow, Allan Fleckenstein, Joe Mayo, Mike Domagala, Karen Knipp and Lester Straub.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 8, 1969 —

Mrs. Bruce Dahl – Jayceens and Leo Miller – Jaycees were installed as presidents at the annual banquet held at Green Acres Saturday evening. . .As a tribute to L. F. Bruggeman for the 35 years he has been with the music department of Baker High School, the annual spring concert was dedicated to him. . .A group of parents attended the regular meeting of the school board and remonstrated about the hot lunch program telling that not enough time was given for students at Washington School to eat and others telling that the food served either made their children ill or was not cooked correctly. . .Mourice Myhre was elected president of the O’Fallon Historical Society at the meeting Sunday afternoon at the John Karch, Jr. home.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 7, 1959–

Dedication ceremonies for St. John’s Catholic Church are scheduled for May 13 with the Most Rev. William J. Condon, D.D., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Great Falls, officiating. . .Letterman’s Club of Baker High School held their annual outing May 3 at Green Acres picnic ground. . .Jack Mc-Cauley and Lory Bruggeman were named valedictorian and salutatorian of Baker High School senior class of 1959. . .The approximate cost and work involved for installing curb and gutters were discussed at the city council meeting.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, May 12, 1949 —

Baker is planning an all out Market Day May 21. Merchants will present bargains and Commercial Club offers entertainment. . .Six cars, including 29 members of the senior class and their chaperones, L. W. Heftie, Leonard Haskell and Miss Gladys Cassidy, set out early Monday morning for their “sneak day” which resulted in a most pleasant two day outing. . .Twenty-three Baker O.E.S members went to Marmarth last Thursday evening to attend a regular meeting of the Pretty Butte Chapter.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 11, 1939 —

The annual event to which most mothers and daughters look forward to, the Mother-Daughter Banquet at the Community Church, will be held next Monday evening. . .U. C. Patton, one of the prominent ranchers in the Mill Iron country, sold his wool clip this week at 23 cents per pound, delivered in Baker, which is considered this season’s best price offer in the county. . .One hundred students and parents attended the music festival at Glendive last Saturday. . .The meeting of the Baker Commercial Club last Friday at Grainger’s Hall was devoted to entertaining the high school basketball team at supper and to transact other important business.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 9, 1929 —

George Stegall, who has been associated since September with Ora Blanchard in his barbershop here, last Thursday purchased the former Susee barbershop which H. E. Niccum took over early in the year, putting Ed Herbst in charge. . .More than doubling the score of its nearest competition, Baker High took an easy victory in the recent scholastic meet held here in which Ismay, Ekalaka, Ollie and Mildred were the other competitors. . .That the Commercial Club as a group will work with Elmer Schneider toward improving Baker’s Airport, grading the ground, laying out new runways and such other work as is necessary, was determined at a meeting of the directors of the club held yesterday noon at the Bank of Baker, L. K. Hills presiding. . .Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Van Hook purchased the 160 acre farm belonging to W. W. Breckon in the Fertile Prairie section Monday. . .Returning to his office at the Farmers Elevator after his recent trip to Wisconsin, Ed Bergeson discovered the safe had been rifled, the lock box containing $32 in currency pried open, the money taken and a small strong box containing insurance policies, deeds and other papers carried away. . .Mrs. Thomas S. Crow and family accompanied by Mrs. Jay Hoag motored to Plevna Sunday afternoon to pay a call upon Father William P. Fitzgerald.