Files of the Times


  Friday, August 7,

2009 —

“Thee Show” will be presenting a variety show to entertain all ages at the Fallon County Fair Aug. 13. Proceeds from the event will go to the United Trinity Lutheran Parish Youth. . .Local businesses north of Baker have a petition going to address the speed limit on Highway 7. They would like to have a 45 mph speed zone past their businesses to mile marker 37, just north of the main approach into Mitchell’s Oilfield Service. . .The City of Baker hired Angie Rabbitt to fill the vacant recreation director position. . .Sarah Graham of Baker, formerly of Bartlesville, OK, died July 28 in a rollover accident east of Glendive on Interstate 94. Graham’s children, a one year old and a two week old, survived the accident without injuries. . .Mike Lohof is the 2009 Cheyenne Frontier Day Senior Steer Roping Champion. . .Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center, LLC grand opening will be held Aug. 8. . . LTC Jonathan Neumann has been deployed to Afghanistan. He is commanding the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry assigned to the 5/2 Stryker Brigade. . .Jessica Wagner, 17, recently returned from “the trip of a lifetime” – cheering for the United States football team in the Down Under Bowl in Brisbane, Australia. . .Winners of the A Team category in the Jim Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament was the Let r Buck team comprised of Eddie Coulter, Jeff Greenlee, Ryan Pool, Chad Shepherd and Kevin Bird. In the B Team division, Wash & Go took first place and members of that team were Dave Breitbach, Greg Breitbach, Dennis Varner, Tom Breitbach and Pete Stanton.


  Friday, Aug. 6,

1999 —

Due to early moisture which encouraged a tall stand of hay, CRP grass and grain and the high temperatures of the past two weeks, the fire danger is extremely high. Fallon County Fire Chief Randy Hoenke urges residents to be extra careful at this time of year. . .The community was shocked and saddened by the death of Matt Ross July 28. . .Judy Sivertsen of Laredo Enterprises, Montana Cattle Drives, reported the last big cattle drive of the century planned in Fallon County, Sept. 5-11,  is fully booked. We have 105 confirmed bookings and two on a waiting list. They are coming from 25 states, Germany, Canada and possibly one from France. . .Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative (MRTC) recently hired Erin Lutts of Baker as its new rural economic development representative. MRTC is now actively seeking rural development projects in which Lutts can assist communities within or new MRTC’s service grant/loan writing. . .LeRoy and Betty Kusler will celebrate 50 years of marriage Aug. 14. . .Camp Needmore has a new barbecue grill. The grill was constructed from a 24 inch pipe and other metal donated by Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company. WBI employees Bob Moore, Keith Schwartz, Mike Mettler and Mike Lovec donated time to design and build the barbecue. . .Many people were in attendance recently for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Cleo and Bea Barkley.


  Thursday, Aug. 10, 1989 —

Baker is busy preparing for the Fallon County Fair. Pictured is Rodney Bechtold who is inspecting the newly painted crosswalk downtown. Doug Tate and Keith Helfrich are part of the crew putting the finishing touches on the buildings at the Fallon County Fairgrounds. Eddie Rabbitt is the featured entertainment for the Sunday night show. . .Harvest is underway in Fallon County. According to Wayne Rieger, director of the Baker ASCS, this is an average year. Yields reported range from 8-25 bushels per acre. . .Evelyne Boucher will celebrate her 80th birthday at an open house Aug. 18. . .Satellite dishes have become common sights in the country. Pictured is the dish at the Donald MacKay ranch. It has been painted with a beautiful panoramic view of a valley and farm scene. The picture was painted by Laurie MacKay and her sister Kathy Hutchings. . .Newly installed Eastern Star officers are: Worthy Matron Elizabeth Wheeler, Worthy Patron Wayne Christensen, Associate Matron Teresa Christensen, Associate Patron Leonard Culver, secretary Gladys Moseley, treasurer Mary Lee Dietz. . .Seven co-ed softball teams participated in the Knights of Columbus Softball Tourney. Insurance Store, sponsored by Dale Boggs, captured first place. Members of the team included Jeff Vamer, Bruce Brown, Dave Straub, Pat Harrison, Dale Boggs, Mardi Brown, Tammy Hornung, Debbie Gonsioroski, Sharon Harrison, Darlene Hornung, Phyllis Peterson and Joyce Johnson.


  Thursday, Aug. 9, 1979–

Winning the annual Lions Tennis Tournament were Linda Cameron, John Krouse and Tom Lawrenz. . .If you are looking for something to do, visit the O’Fallon Historical Museum. . . Teresa Rustad is shown accepting a check from the Baker Chamber for the work the organization puts forth in helping with the District High School Rodeo held in Baker in June. . .Marge Nelson held a birthday dinner for her mother, Mabel Kochel. Tuesday, Mabel was 85 years old.


  Thursday, Aug. 7, 1969 —

Mountain Bell is the new name for Mountain States Telephone. . .Results thus far in the Baker Trap Club Tournament put Mr. and Mrs. Jim Anderson in first place for both men and women. . .Baker school named new teachers for this year. They are Jerome Kaiser, Billings, math; Mikell Neumann, Plevna, social studies; Claudia Wollschlager, Dickinson, girls PE; and Peter Blair, Gladstone, MI, English, speech and drama. . .JoAnn Castle, Hanson Cargill and the Isabel Five are on the fair program for this year.


  Thursday, Aug. 6, 1959–

The main exhibit hall at the Fallon County fairgrounds takes on a new look this year. Added exhibit space that places a premium on “seeability” is the new feature. The two main changes will be the zig-zag pegboard to expand display area, and painting the places pastel colors to liven the atmosphere. . .Construction has come to a standstill on the new Plevna High School, due to the fact  the steel beams called for in the specifications have not been delivered. . .Boy Scouts, Troop 29 of Baker, returned from a week at Flaming Arrow camp with top honors.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Aug. 11, 1949 —

Sheriff William Holmes dies in line of duty Sunday afternoon as he was helping to control a prairie fire at the John Coldwell ranch. . .High temperature for the week in Baker was recorded at 107. . .The four walls of the Baker Furniture Co. have reached past the first floor level and are going up to the second story. . .The old building west of the Mellor-North Garage belonging to the Socony Oil Company will soon be torn down. It has been used as storage space for the Baker Furniture Co. for several years. . .The local Osborn McMillan Elevator is being completely remodeled and will have 40 foot scales, new grain bins and new driveway. . .Contract has been let by the Montana Highway Commission for the construction of a 133 foot bridge over Little Beaver Creek.


  Thursday, Aug. 10, 1939 —

The City of Baker is ready to proceed with the first steps in oiling or paving the four blocks of the business district as designated in the call for bids, published last week. In order to avoid delay after the bids have been made, the city administration is getting the preliminary work out of the way and excavation is to begin immediately with WPA labor. . .Robert “Bob” Eilek, aerial engineer from Hamilton Field, arrived in Baker Saturday morning to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eilek. This is the first time Bob has been home since he entered flying school April 17, 1937. . .Fallon Post No. 35 of the American Legion will sponsor Askin Rodeo Sept. 8-9. . .Eastern Montana’s wheat crop will be considerably less than was predicted July 1 because of the damage caused by the two week heat spell.


  Thursday, Aug. 8, 1929 —

The mystery as to the ownership of the Burt apartment building sold last week has been cleared. Lew Ramme, proprietor of Lew’s Quick Lunch Restaurant, is the new owner. He intends to make extensive improvements to the building. . . .To relieve the shortage of housing in Baker, several residents are planning to move houses from Marmarth for residences. . .The local light plant of the Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. with chief engineer Clark in charge will increase its capacity two-fold, the machinery already having been ordered. A new 500 kilowatt generating set and three new compressors will be installed. . .Two weeks of fervent activity on the part of 115 Baker people who enrolled in the Red Cross swimming classes came to a grand finale Saturday afternoon when a water carnival was held. Mrs. Martha Langich and Bud Williams were the only two in the enrollment who received senior life saving rating. . .Harvesting activities commenced the end of last week and the first loads of harvested rye are being delivered at the local elevators. Most of the rye is harvested with the combine which makes it impossible to state the average harvested per acre.


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