10 YEARS AGO
Friday, August 14, 2009 —
Fallon County Rodeo Queen is Lydia Sundgren of Miles City. She is the daughter of Keith and Polly Sundgren. Princess was won by Daetyn Schaffer of Miles City, daughter of Bryan and Janel Larson. . .William “Bill” Randash was sworn into office as Fallon County Commissioner Aug. 3. He was appointed to fill the remaining term of Dennis Afrank. . .Everett Knipp celebrated his 80th birthday the weekend of Aug. 1-2. . .Fallon County Rec Dept. Youth Rodeo Playday high point winners of saddle blankets were Whitney Hilliard, Kalli Post, Seth Mastel and Trace Strub. . .Plevna Schools start Aug. 20. . .Mason and Kaden Kuntz, daughter and son of Dirk and Lori Kuntz of Baker, recently participated in the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Meet. Kaden placed fifth in the 9-10 boys standing long jump, and Mason placed 13th in the 9-10 girls standing long jump. . .Rain has slowed construction on High 7 south of Baker.
20 YEARS AGO
Friday, Aug. 13,
Lady Spartan basketball team will begin practice Aug. 16 and the football team will also begin practice that day. . .Westmore reunion will be held Aug. 20 at the Plevna Fire Hall. . .Eighty-seven golfers participated in the Baker Lions Club Youth Golf Camp the week of Aug. 2-6. Instructors were Ron Meredith, Don Dilworth, Josh Schwartz, Dieter Olson, Ryann Fradenburgh and Drew Abrams. . .Kids and Horses Drill Team will perform Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. before the rodeos begin at the Fallon County Fair. . .Bowman Summer Fest ‘99 third annual outdoor 3 on 3 basketball tournament champions are Dallas Newell, Neal Susa, Brandon Buerkle and Derek Arnell. They defeated the defending champs from Scranton. . .Girl Scout Troop #33 sewed quilts for Project Linus. Each girl colored and sewed a quilt block and the squares were then sewn together by Detta Breitbach. Girl Scouts who sewed the blocks were LaShay Taylor, Jennifer Kary, Danielle Madsen, Shanay Wyrick, Abby Chaska, Elizabeth Brown, Shaleigh Straub, Kaileigh Morris, Jessica Breitbach, Alyssa Dietz and Darci Hoenke. Others helping the girls with the sewing project were Kay Orth, Detta Breitbach and Sharon Straub. . .A 1964-1999 wrestling reunion for all coaches, wrestlers, cheerleaders, mat maids, managers and fans will be held Aug. 20 at the American Legion.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 17, 1989 —
The second Carter-Fallon Wagon Train and Cattle Drive is history. The three day drive, Aug. 10-12, from Baker to Ekalaka was made by 118 people, either in one of the 14 wagons or on horseback. . .John Reetz, 14 year old son of James and LaTonne Reetz, is a patient at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. . .“A History of Baker Businesses 1909 – 1989” will go on sale this week. The book, sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and written by Roy McClain, is a project of the Centennial Committee. . .Three buildings were torn down in Plevna this week: the service station on the north side of the highway, last known as the J & S Service, the old Plevna town hall and the adjoining two story building to the south of it. . .In the early morning hours of Aug. 13, three break-ins occurred in Baker businesses: gaming machines in the Corner Bar, the Green Dragon and the American Legion were robbed and an undisclosed amount of money was taken. . .August 10 the high temperature was 98 degrees. Low was 56 degrees Aug. 14. . .A picnic was held in honor of Bert Hudson’s 86th birthday. . .A four person team scramble was held Aug. 13 at Lakeview Country Club to raise money for the American Diabetes Assoc. First place went to the team of Todd and Vicky Overton, Jack Samsel, Art DeGrand and Ed Susa.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 16, 1979–
Things are ready for the biggest and best fair in eastern Montana. Saturday night will feature Bill Anderson and Mary Lou Turner – Grand Ole Opry stars. Dave & Sugar are on the schedule for Sunday evening. . .Katherine Boucher celebrates her 96th birthday Aug. 12. . .O’Fallon Clinic adds Dr. Musser to their staff. He will be working part-time. . .Mrs. Stasia Corey finds a rattlesnake in her petunias by her front door. She wants to remind everyone that snakes are still around. . .Harvest is about 50 percent complete with the weight of winter wheat at about 60-62 lbs. per bushel. . .Prairie Manor celebrates its first anniversary this month. . . Meeting set up to organize the second annual alumni football classic game. . .Fallon County Commissioners, Baker City Council and members of the Airport Commission meet to make plans to expand and improve the airport. They are going to ask for a grant for approximately $400,000.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 14, 1969 —
Baker public schools will open Aug. 25, a week before Labor Day and close next May prior to Memorial Day. . .New business people in Baker are the Don and Gladys Morris family who purchased the Gambles store from Maurice Jensen. . .At the regular meeting of the Baker Volunteer Fire Department July 29, the membership stood at attention in respect to Earl Jacobs who served with the department for 19 1/2 years. . .Dr. Gary Haynes of Miles City is practicing dentistry in what was formerly the office of Dr. R. T. Joyce. . .Baker American Legion took fourth place in the State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament in Scobey. . .Junior Girl Scout Troops 123, 127 and 143 held a bicycle day at the Jaycee Park Thursday. Bike licenses were sold, scotch lights were applied and bicycle skills were tested.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 13, 1959–
A new venture is being started by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gunderson as they open a doll hospital and cottage. . .Steer calves at 40 cents and heifer calves at 36 cents highlight the first certified feeder calf contracts announced by the Montana Beef Performance Association in 1959. . .More than 30,000 special permit applications for antelope, moose, sheep and goats will be processed and ready for an impartial drawing. . .With some early hunting seasons scheduled to open next month, the Montana Fish and Game Department this week issued a warning to all prospective hunters to wear some article of red clothing while hunting big game.
70 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 18, 1949 —
At a recent meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, John Coldwell was appointed sheriff to fill out the unexpired term of Wm. Holmes, deceased. Mr. Coldwell was appointed undersheriff by Mr. Holmes after his election last fall. Sheriff Coldwell has appointed Claude Moseley his deputy. . .The George Askin-Frank Becker combine has cemented pipe down the top of the gas sand of their new gas well on the known Plevna structure. . .Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanson have purchased the Willard Cooperative Assn. and will assume managership Sept. 2. Mr. Hanson plans to move some of his garage equipment to Willard and will continue in that business about Oct. 1.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 17, 1939 —
Baker schools will open Sept. 5. . .Baker Woman’s Club, sponsoring the flower show, art and antique exhibit, Aug. 26 at the Eastside School is well pleased with interest being taken in the project. Mrs. Leon LaCross is the chairman. . .August 16 was a big day for over 100 Baker youngsters when they went to the Plevna swimming pool. . .Mr. and Mrs. Bill Holmes moved from the Hubbard apartments into the Mrs. Minnie Niccum residence. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard plan to move into the apartment building and have leased their residence to Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Bruggeman.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, Aug. 15, 1929 —
A bigger and better Fallon County Fair is planned for the 1929 fair to be held Sept. 6 and 7. The buildings have all been treated to a fresh coat of paint. New flooring has been worked over and it is in good shape. The fair board includes Larry Burns, Larry Busch, L. Price, M. D. Miller, J. O. Hembre and George McHoes. . .Baker will be represented at the 65th annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Masons of Montana as well as the Eastern Star at Great Falls. L. F. Livingston, Lewis LaCross and D. B. Grant are the delegates. Representatives for the Eastern Star are Mrs. Lewis LaCross, Mrs. H. S. Proctor and A. O. Gullidge.