10 YEARS AGO
Friday, June 5,
During Xi Alpha Nu and Preceptor Psi’s annual Founder’s Day Celebration, Merri Burns was honored as the First Lady. . .St. Jude’s Trail Ride will be held June 21 at the Pete and Anna Mae Wang ranch north of Baker. . .Verle and Arleen Graham will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 7. . .John Laflamme of Bowman hit a hole-in-one in Baker from the blues on number three, 206 yards, May 30. . .Angie Straub Meidinger is pictured with Elaine Weberman, a pen pal she has corresponded with for 36 years. They met recently for the first time in Phoenix, Ariz. . .May 20, over 100 family members and friends gathered at the Fallon County exhibit hall to celebrate the graduation of the Toy Box preschool class of 2009. Twenty-one graduates received their diplomas and are now looking forward to kindergarten.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, June 4,
The Fallon County Times’ web site is up and running. . .Early this summer Quality Personal Care will open in Baker. It is an assisted living home with room for 12 adults. . .Close to 200 Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative members met at the Fallon County Fairgrounds exhibit hall in Baker May 27 for the 47th annual meeting. A free roast beef dinner was catered by The Loft in Baker and entertainment was provided by “Robert and Emmett”. . .Harvey Reetz’s wish for “every kid to have a bike” is rolling right along. Since the notice appeared in the Fallon County Times, seven bikes have been donated to Harvey. . .In celebration of Father Thomas Tobin’s 40th anniversary in the priesthood, St. Anthony’s, St. Joan of Arc and St. John’s parishes invite you to an open house at St. John’s Catholic Church June 13. . .Baker Wrestling Club had a great turnout this year with 66 kids signing up. Twenty-six qualified for the state tournament in Billings. . .Helmut and Edna Straub will hold a farm, household and antiques auction. . .Picture: Memorial Day at Bonnievale Cemetery. Poet Harriet Plummer reads her poem “Freedom’s Choice” while Pastor Ray Willis waits to give his address.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 8, 1989 —
Governor Stan Stephens will outline his school funding equalization and tax reform package at a public meeting in Baker. . .Custer Country directors Jan Kenitzer and Evelynn Hoem present money to the O’Fallon Historical Museum curator Kathryn Larson. The money was part of the profits from the recent Swap Meet held in Baker. . .Accidents in the Willard area: Maxine Rost twisted her ankle and chipped a bone, Todd Barkley sprained and tore ligaments in his foot and Mary Ketchum was kicked by a horse in the cheek and eye. She had surgery Monday. . .Fallon County 4-H Dress Revue was held June 5 at the Longfellow gym. First place winner in the over 14 competition was Kara O’Donnell. In the under 14 contest, Angie Griebel placed first. . .Fallon County folks are to wear western attire the 8th of each month for the centennial celebration. If the ladies need bonnets, there are many on sale at the Pink Touch Gift Shop in the hospital.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 7, 1979–
Jane Russell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Russell, was elected mayor of Crystal City at the 32nd annual Montana Girls State session at Carroll College in Helena during the week of June 2-8. . .A neighborhood birthday party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Travis for Jim Gratz who turned 90 years old. . .Ladies Golf Club held their first meeting May 30 at the home of Barb Stevenson. . .April 29, 58 junior and senior high school students from Baker, Ekalaka, Mill Iron and Bowman participated in a mini retreat held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Baker. . .Milton Hochhalter has been hired at the Montana Bank of Baker as their new vice president.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 5, 1969 —
Eighty-four students have enrolled for the Baker schools’ summer offerings. . .An investigation has been started to collect information for the proposed Baker Lake Watershed. . .Warm spring days are speeding up work on one of the largest and most modern oilfield water floods ever undertaken in Montana. The flood is in the combined Pennel-Lookout Butte fields of Fallon County centered near Baker. . .Those having perfect attendance in rural schools for the 1968-69 school term were Fred Houzvicka – Dry Forks School; Todd O’Donnell, Irene O’Donnell and Rodney Madler – O’Donnell School. . .The first outdoor Memorial Day Mass was celebrated by Father John Gilhooley at St. John’s Cemetery along with the blessing of the new crucifix and statues erected in the cemetery.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 4, 1959–
Heading the Baker eighth graders were Beth Ellen Jones and Tina Ackerman, valedictorians; and Wm. Sheehan and Maureen Jacobs, salutatorians. . .Dan Fulton, prominent rancher, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Montana State College, Bozeman. . .The new First Baptist Church of Plevna will be dedicated June 7 with Dr. Martin L. Leischner of Forest Park, IL, speaker. . .A new nine hole golf course, three miles north of Baker, is nearing completion. . .The final hearing of the State Livestock and Health Commission in regard to granting a license for the operation of an auction business in Baker was held June 1 in the courthouse. No decision was made by the Commission until the first and second hearings can be reviewed.
70 YEARS AGO Thursday, June 9,
Farm life in Fallon County is progressing. Yesterday, says Al Eckes, manager of the local telephone office, a telephone branch line was completed in the Knobs community between the John Meccage and Urvin Cox farms. A switchboard is installed at the John Meccage farm and five other farm homes have lines from there. . .C. K. Wilson was appointed city clerk at the city council meeting Tuesday. . .A petition is being circulated in Baker for the purpose of bonding the high school district in the amount of $50,000. This money is to be used to construct a vocational agricultural building. The cost will be distributed over a ten year period. . .Evangeline Roesler of Plevna and Marlene Corey and Nadine Everson of Baker will attend Girls State, being held in Billings June 17-24. . .Dora Mae, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alden Cate, will graduate Sunday from the Deaconess Division of the Montana State College of Nursing at Billings.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 8, 1939 —
Baker Public Library Board held its tenth annual meeting Tuesday evening. It was reported 3,759 books had been loaned to adults during the year, 2,248 to juveniles, 2,260 magazines, 114 books mended. . .Pete Shiskowsky suffered a heavy property loss Monday afternoon when an explosion from oil he was heating in his service station set the place on fire. The entire building was gutted and the contents destroyed. The loss was only partly covered by insurance. . .A delegation including Bonnie Jean Swindal, Dorothy Hall, Phyllis Hansen, Ellen Young and Ruth Pleissner left Sunday for Butte to attend the state convention of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. All are officers in the local chapter. They were accompanied by Mrs. L. W. Busch.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 6, 1929 —
A southeastern Montana Woolgrowers Association serving principally at this time Carter and Fallon Counties but open to sheepmen of the entire section which the name defines was formed here Wednesday. . .Completing three months of work in Fallon County started here in March, Alma Wretling, State Nurse, left Baker Monday for Ekalaka. While engaged locally, she inspected 895 school age children and 137 preschool age children as well as having consultations with mothers and appearing at public meetings. . .Baker has shipped over 1,000 cases of eggs and a large amount of poultry, according to John Jepson, manager of the Acme Products Co. . .Delegates from Miles City, Rosebud and Ismay gathered at Baker Friday afternoon for the district convention of the Royal Neighbors.