FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, May 15,

2009 —

May 1 work began making land west of the Sagebrush Inn on Highway 12 ready for construction of a new fire hall. . .The first part of the Baker South highway project is slated to begin this month. It will begin by the Bank of Baker and continue for seven miles. Total reconstruction will include new curb and gutters, lighting, storm drains and all new culverts. A walk path, beginning at the bank and continuing to the fairgrounds will also accompany the new road. . .Peggy Niemerg will celebrate her 60th birthday May 22. . .Fallon Medical Complex Nursing Home was recently awarded five stars under a new program that was launched last year, by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare. . .April 23, Fallon Medical Complex hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, May 14,

1999 —

Plevna resident Anne Messmer has been chosen as Area 1 1999 Senior Citizen of the Year. She was an honored guest at the 1999 Older Americans Month Celebration May 11 at the Plevna Senior Citizen Center. . .Montana residents now have a speed limit – 75 mph on interstate highways day or night. 70 mph on two lane roads during the day and 65 at night, 65 mph on Highway 93 day or night. The “Basic Rule” law will no longer be in effect after May 28. . .Fallon County residents arose Monday morning, May 10, to snow. There were at least three inches of heavy wet snow by Tuesday morning. . .Baker makes Playboy Magazine! A small article about the last big cattle drive of the century is in the current issue of Playboy. The article appeals to tenderfeet and compares participating in the cattle drive to Billy Crystal’s experiences in the movie, “City Slicker” The cattle drive will arrive in Baker Sept. 11. . .Baker Community Garden Club forming now! If you are interested in beautifying our town, contact Pam Owens. . .A 2000 all-class reunion is being planned. . .Fallon Creek CowBelles and their guests had their annual spring luncheon April 24 at the Plevna Senior Center. Officers for the coming year are: president Peggy Hagadone, president-elect Marilyn May, secretary-treasurer Wanda Bickle.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 18, 1989 —

Pony Express is revived for a one time only ride. The Pony Express ride is a Miles City project, a Centennial event planned in conjunction with the Bucking Horse Sale. Carolyn Hoff will be the mail carrier for the Baker to Miles City journey. . .O’Fallon Historical Museum will be the site of a Centennial Grand Opening and Open House May 28. . .Richard Schueler is president of the Baker Toastmasters Club. Toastmaster for the evening of May 10 was Jeff Klos. . .Grand opening of Trustworthy Hardware will be held May 19 and 20. . .Co-valedictorians of the Plevna graduating class of 1989 are Janelle Curry and Kristin Schaefer. Salutatorian is Sheryl Allerdings. . .Community Clinic is offering a cancer screening for women during the month of June. Cost is $15. . .Valedictorian of the 1989 graduating class of Baker High School is Laura Lantis. Salutatorian is Tanya Gamrath. . .Dale Barta is president of the Baker Jaycees. . .Fallon/Carter County Extension Service is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Extension Service. May 8 an open house was held and over 85 people visited the office.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 17, 1979–

Vickie Losing, outgoing president of the Baker Chapter of Future Farmers of America, is pictured with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Losing, who were presented honorary memberships in the local organization. . .Bing Bakken, fire instructor, gathered a crew of firemen to practice drafting water out of Baker Lake in case of a water shortage this summer. . .Baker Jaycees and Jayceens held elections last week at separate meetings. Jaycee officers for this year are: president Tom Angel, first vice president Lew Price, second vice president John Geving, secretary-treasurer Martin Drape. Jayceen’s officers for this year are: president Carol Neutgens, secretary Carol Angel, treasurer DeeDee Geving.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 15, 1969 —

Chamber of Commerce members and some parents of seniors joined in a banquet last Wednesday, May 7, at Green Acres for the honor students in the class of ‘69. . .Two thousand dollars is budgeted for vandalism repair in the Baker School system for the 1969-70 school term. . .The 54th commencement exercises of 1969 will be held May 21 in the high school auditorium. Sixty-six members will be graduating. Valedictorian is Roxene Gerleman; co-salutatorians are Kathy Bechtold and Maxine Rost.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 14, 1959–

Zeke Lund was killed as his jet crashed with three other jets on take-off. . .Mrs. Milo Krenz was installed as president of the Legion Auxiliary. Others installed were Mrs. Leland Gundlach, Mrs. Melvin Rabe and Mrs. Drury Phebus. . .Baker Chapter of the FFA was the sweepstake runner-up at the district convention at Bainville. . .Mrs. Fred Westrope received a life membership pin as a charter member of the Women’s Missionary Federation of the American Lutheran Church. . .Trefoil patrol of Girl Scout Troop 6 went to Medicine Rocks for the day. The girls prepared all the meals as well as working on handicraft and nature study.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 19, 1949 —

Commencement exercises will be held at Baker High School May 20. Leona Wiseman is valedictorian of the class of 1949 and Peggy Lund is salutatorian. . .The big news of the day is that deep test drilling for oil on the Baker-Glendive Anticline has been resumed after more than a decade of inactivity. . .Governor John V. Bonner Tuesday appointed Wayne Speelmon of Baker to the Montana Abstractors Board of Examiners. . .Baker High School auditorium resembled a large grape arbor Friday night as a setting for the annual Junior-Senior Prom. Prom king and queen were Herbert O’Donnell and Ramona Phebus.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 18, 1939 —

Nearly a thousand dollars has been raised for the purchase of a western saddle and riding regalia for Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha of Norway for presentation to the couple on their official visit to Montana at Helena May 29. . .Thirty-three seniors of Baker High School will receive their diplomas May 25 and will be the 15th class to be graduated under Superintendent A. O. Gullidge The seniors have two valedictorians, the honor being divided by LaVerne Buell and Paul Trout. The salutatorian is Mary Jane LaCross. . .One hundred-fifty interested parents and other visitors registered at the Eastside School Friday afternoon when the annual Art Exhibit was held between the hours of two and five o’clock.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, May 16, 1929 —

Close to 100 Bakerites, including the 55 participants in the all day program, attended the first annual music festival held at Glendive Saturday. . .Acting under the new law passed at the last session of the state legislature, Judge Stanley E. Felt and the county commissioners met last week at the regular May session of the board to divide the county into commissioner districts and assign a commissioner to each unit. . .H. M. Trandum heads the Baker post of the American Legion. Other officers are: Vice Commander W. D. Hubbard, adjutant and finance officer Fred  Morris, chaplain George Brenzel. . .Mrs. E. S. Shepherd and daughter Verol moved Friday into their new home on the south side. Several weeks ago Mrs. Shepherd purchased what is known as the Lloyd Owen place which occupies the corner directly west of Elizabeth Hospital. . .Starting out the sixth season with greater enthusiasm and more ambitious plans than have been known in any previous years in the history, members of Baker Golf Club met for a dinner and annual election of officers at the Hotel Baker last evening.