10 YEARS AGO
Friday, July 10,
Main attraction for Saturday night at the Fallon County Fair this year will be Lorrie Morgan. The LoCash Cowboys will be the opening act. The Fallon County Fair will be held Aug. 13 – 16 this year. . .A bomb exploded inside a portable outhouse at Iron Horse Park near Baker Lake June 27. Police Chief Randy Ketterling questioned three juveniles he had witnessed in the area at the time of the incident. One individual offered a confession and has been charged with criminal mischief. No charges have been filed against the other two alleged accomplices. Fallon County Day events were taking place at the Lake Gazebo and Park that day. . .A medical student from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Whitney Benz, will be doing a one month clinical rotation in Baker July 6 – 31. . .Ismay and Plevna celebrate their centennials July 3 – 5.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, July 9,
Baker’s second annual softball fundraiser between the Baker Fire Department and the City of Baker will be held at the City Ball Park July 10. . .Helen Rieger of Baker embarked on another adventure this past winter. She spent nearly two and a half months touring Australia with a friend. . .The family of Ruth Townsend held a family reunion over Memorial Day weekend. . .Second Mammo Whammo Golf Tournament will be held July 11. . .Baker Lions Club announced the theme for this year’s Fair Parade as “Family Values Build Communities”. . .“Two Gentlemen of Verona” will be presented July 13 on the high school football field by the 1999 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks summer tour group. . .Farmers Union Oil Co. invites friends and customers to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary July 24. . .April Bruha was awarded the Outstanding Music Campers Award at the third session of the International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens. . .4-H Fashion Revue held June 4. The senior division was won by Anna Schwartz. The evening was presided over by masters of ceremonies Hanna Rugg and Josh Schwartz.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 13, 1989 —
Montana Centennial edition of the Fallon County Fair will get underway Aug. 17. Eddie Rabbit will perform in two shows Sunday evening. Shotgun Red and Steve Hull will entertain Saturday night. . .Since the fire danger wasn’t too high this year, fireworks were once again allowed in Baker. . .Angie Griebel competed in the Little Levi Rodeo in Broadus and was crowned Little Levi Rodeo Queen. . .Britt Owens family invites everyone to an open house July 23 at the American Lutheran Church in appreciation for all the support through the last year. . .Diane Van Gorden received a master of science degree in instructional technology and school library media center administration at Utah State University. . .Hanley brothers and their families treated their many friends to a 75th anniversary of the Hanley ranch where the Pat Hanleys still live. Many friends dropped in for the supper July 8 and the outdoor dance. . .A large family reunion of the Duneman families was held in Baker July 1 and 2. . .The Upper Cut Barbershop introduces a new barber-stylist, Debbie Gonsioroski. . .July 3. D.D.’s Super Valu took time from their busy schedule and saluted Montana’s 100th birthday with free coke, cake and ice cream.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 12, 1979–
Completion of the Baker Jaycee and Jayceen Eastside Park, located on 6th and Texas, is a welcome and well-used addition to the eastside citizens of Baker.. . Softball is growing and growing for the Baker area and it has become necessary to make more room. This year alone there are around 300 people involved and it has become difficult to find a field to hold practice. . .Remember, this Saturday, July 14, is the Chamber of Commerce annual Crazy Days at which time everyone can get in on bargains throughout the city. . .The new family restaurant, “The Talk of the Town,” is now being completed and is planning it’s opening days.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 10, 1969 —
Over 1,000 people attended the 4th of July celebration at the Marmarth rodeo. . .The Montana Fish and Game Department announced that Medicine Rocks State Park just south of Baker received a $20,000 face lift. . .Weather was in the news. With the rain this past week came hail, soft, mushy lumps in some areas while other places were pelted with hard rocks of various shapes and sizes aided by strong winds. Damage reported is between 20 and 75 percent loss. . .Montana-Dakota Utilities filed for an overall increase of six cents a day or $1.80 per month to the average residential gas customer. . .Baker trap shooters who brought home trophies from the State Wildlife Federation trap shoot were Norris Newberry, Claude Ware, Clayton Keech and Jim Anderson.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 9, 1959–
Elsie Chamberlain was bitten by a rattlesnake at the Harold Rusley farm late Wednesday as she walked across the yard. . .Two new oil wells in Fallon County with initial production totaling 440 barrels daily are listed in the weekly report of the Montana Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. . .Saturday morning a well planned and good sized parade of floats passed along the main street of Plevna and welcomed a huge crowd to the Golden Anniversary celebration. . .All are invited to the open house to renew the acquaintance of Dr. Robert Weeks, newly arrived physician and resident to Baker.
70 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 14, 1949 —
The drought has about ruined the crops planted this spring. . .Baker Lions Club and their wives attended the installation of their new officers July 11 at the regular dinner meeting of the club. John Mellor installed the following officers: L. Price, president; Dan Helgeson, first vice president; Albert Eckes, second vice president; Dr. R. T. Joyce, third vice president; Ted Betz, tail twister; Connie Hatton, lion tamer; John Lawler, treasurer and Gene Russell, secretary. . .Baker is having growing pains in every direction. On the extreme east side there are new residences for Simon Wosnuk, Verne Leischner, Ernest Christman, Harold Rediske, Ervin Keirle, Walter Spriggs, Herbert Schueler, Martin Setinc, Tommy Ferrel and R. W. Rose. R. H. Clark is planning tourist cabins and Bud Shepherd is starting to build.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 13, 1939 —
Eleven miles of road building between Baker and Ekalaka was included in the road program for eastern Montana, it was announced this week. The work will include grade, gravel and oil and some small bridges. . .The President sent to the Senate July 12 the confirmation of Karl Lentz as postmaster of Baker. . .In listing the assets of the local banks, the Bank of Baker advertises $309,514.96 and the Baker National Bank $269,893.11. . .The night of the Fourth of July and Thursday night of the same week, many farms lying west and north of Plevna lost from 50 to 90 percent of their grain and gardens. Those having the heaviest losses were Walter Sieler, Joe Dietz, Tony Pistner, Sieler Bros., Harry Hoke, Mrs. Maude Willman, John Ehret and Henry Christman.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 11, 1929 —
The first women’s vacation for Fallon County will be held at Opechee Park near Ekalaka in the Pine Hills for three days beginning July 24. . .At a meeting of the directors of the Baker National Bank July 3, Dick Smith was chosen to fill the cashiership of the bank succeeding E. P. O’Brien. Smith is well known in Baker, having served 16 years as cashier and later as president of the Baker State Bank. . .Partially recompensed in a suit for $900 damages against Tommy Jones north of Ismay for damages their car received in a collision on the highway last September, Francis and Leo Riddle of Plevna by verdict of the jury brought in last evening, were awarded $480 and $30.50 interest. . .A two week course in swimming and lifesaving instruction will be conducted at the Baker Lake between July 22 and August 3.