FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, July 3,

2009 —

June 24 Sheriff Tim Barkley was called to the scene of an accident on Dennis Afrank’s homestead south of Baker. Commissioner Afrank had been busy farming and was found pinned between his tractor and V-rake. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Afrank was elected to the County Commission in the fall of 2004. . .Monies have been approved in the Disaster Emergency Services budget to purchase one new warning siren for the Baker area. The current siren is a 1976 model and is stationed at the fire hall. The new siren will cover 6,000 square feet and will have a backup battery system. . .Linda Wagner will celebrate 35 years of dedicated service to the Fallon Medical Complex July 8 at Thee Garage Showroom. . .Kaden Gentilini won the Kids’ Fishing Derby held on Fallon County Day. Four teams competed in beach volleyball and 48 golfers divided into 12 teams to enjoy the day. . .Moriah Kesinger is pictured with a 7 lb. walleye she caught in Sandstone Dam June 28.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, June 25,

1999 —

Liability for the cleaning and removing of tar from the exteriors and undercarriages, and repair of automobiles has been the hot topic of conversation in Baker since the weekend of June 5-6. It has not yet been decided if Prince Construction Co., Wickens Construction Co. or Montana Department of Transportation will be held accountable for the cleaning bills of the vehicles involved. . .Severe weather hit southeast Montana and southwest North Dakota Sunday night. A lightning storm unlike anything many residents had ever seen preceded a pounding rain and hail storm. In Fallon County tornados touched down. At the Turk Stark ranch three tornadoes were sighted. . .Cleo and Bea Barkley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 3, Don and Pat Holtz will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 10. . .A 900 pound flagstone memorial for Dana Robinson was donated to Lakeview Country Club by Bob Kittelmann. It sits outside the Baker Clubhouse and reminds area golfers of Dana’s enjoyment of the game. . .New officers of the Baker Lions Club are Scott Fradenburgh, president; Shane Bettenhausen, vice president; Jean McCusker, secretary and Dick Price, treasurer.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 29, 1989 —

Ollie Reunion to be held July 7-8. . .Plans are being prepared to replace the bridges over O’Fallon and Station Creeks on Secondary route 320, just south of lsmay in Custer County. . .At City Council meeting, Charles Larson was appointed to fill the City Magistrate position vacated by the resignation of Emil Hoem. . .Air show sponsored by Baker Hangar Club was postponed until the following day, June 25, due to inclement weather. About 450 people turned out at the airport to view the aerobatics performed by the Pietsch Air Show. Drawings were held for 20 free airplane rides, but according to Greg Bach of the Baker Hangar Club, about 40 people were taken up for free rides. . .Winners of Beta Pi’s first annual talent show were: women’s division – Shari Rossow; men’s division – Chris May; group division – Ron, Renee, Amy  and Shannon Callen. . .Jay and Barb Eslick and family of Plevna moved to Harlem the first week in June. Jay has accepted a principal’s job in the public schools there. . .Bill and Joyce Almy celebrated their first anniversary at the Baker Livestock Auction during the sale June 27. It was their first year as owners.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 28, 1979–

Pictured are the first place winners of the Fallon County 4-H Dress Revue held on All Events Day. Vicki Losing, Vicki Arnell and Nikki Volz were winners in their respective categories. . .Women’s Invitational Golf and Card Tournament was enjoyed and termed a big success. Winners include Florence Groshans, Barcia Samsel, Merella Bublitz, Martha Rediske, Mary Madler, Donnetta Schaefer, Ariel McClain, Helen Olson and June Rindy. . .A new interim pastor joined the Community Church last Sunday for the first time. He is Kent Elliott. . .Donald J. Kenevan, 73 years old, passed away at Prairie Manor apartments June 15. The cause of death was asthma and heart trouble. . .Last week Helen F. Black and her son James were arrested for selling what was thought to be “acid”. However, customers were in for a surprise when it was discovered the “acid” was no more than Scholls Foot Pads ground up.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 26, 1969 —

The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Clocksene, long time residents of Fallon County, was celebrated June 20 with an open house at their home. . .The selling of bonds for building an addition onto Fallon Memorial Hospital for a coronary care unit and related facilities was passed by 72 votes. . .Bud’s Standard Station was burglarized late Sunday night, June 22. A stereo tape unit for a car and about $150 in cash was taken. . .Democrat John Melcher was assured the Congressional seat before midnight Tuesday in the special election held for Congressman in Montana’s election.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 25, 1959–

The Golden Jubilee celebration for Plevna is scheduled for July 4 and 5. All Plevna residents have been working hard to get events lined up for an interesting program over the holiday weekend. . .The Fertile Prairie boys were rated first at the annual 4-H talent show. Fred Morrow acted as Master of Ceremonies. . .Leaving for Ireland this week is Father John Hanrahan of St. John’s Catholic Church. . .Four cars were involved in a highway accident. No bodily injuries were reported. . .Dr. Robert A. Weeks, physician and surgeon, will open offices in the Bank of Baker building July 8.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, June 30, 1949 —

The improvements at the Baker playground, a project sponsored by the Baker Men’s Club, are adding up. The equipment has been reconditioned. The grounds have been worked over, a drinking fountain installed, sand box, trapeze, outdoor basketball court and equipment for basketball, softball and baseball have been obtained. Coming up is badminton and volleyball equipment. The beach at the lake has also come in for some needed cleaning. It is to be deplored that people thoughtlessly drive cars on the beach and mess it up. . .Robert Loveless, Zeke Lund and Leonard Howe of Plevna will represent Fallon County at Boys State this summer. . .Crops and rangeland are burning up in eastern Montana is the report.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 29, 1939 —

The town of Plevna invites the public to join them in their big Fourth of July celebration. A full day’s program has been planned beginning with a band concert at 10 a.m. . .The Misses Charlotte and Mary Faye Connor, Helen Madler and Reva Rakes, all of Baker, and Ernest Stenseth of Ekalaka returned Sunday evening from a two week vacation to the San Francisco World’s Fair and other points west. . .By a vote of 236-169, a mass meeting of Fallon County residents Saturday afternoon at the Legion Hall voted against further extension of the government land buying program in the county. . .Local golf players are planning a golf tournament at the local course Sunday.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, June 27, 1929 —

The Chautauqua opens at Baker tonight for nine performances, afternoon and evening, to be staged under the big tent which is now taking shape on the lot west of the Community Hall. In case of inclement weather, the hall will be used. . .Judge and Mrs. W. E. Felt were hosts at home Wednesday evening to nearly 50 of their friends. The occasion was inspired by the Judge’s birthday. . .By a lease executed yesterday, W. J. Wagner rented his four section stock farm in the Hidden Water country to Albert Couser and Stanton Rakes, who will put 1,000 head of sheep on the land in the fall. . .E. H. Sandberg, county agent at large in the state, who will relieve J. O. Hembre during the six weeks Hembre will attend summer session at the University of Wisconsin, arrived in Baker Tuesday to take over the local office. . . L. M. Corbitt was called to Billings Tuesday to act as witness in the Nieman case now on trial there. . .Sheep shearing on many of the large ranches in the county and over the line into Carter is now completed or will be within the next few days.