FILES OF THE TIMES

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, September 11, 2009 —

This year marks Baker Metal and Recycling’s 70th anniversary in business. Since its inception, this business has changed its focus with the times and changed hands through four generations of family. Bruce, Lee and Neil Moore now operate the business. . .Baker Community Church – United Church of Christ is very pleased to announce the opening of their new Labyrinth Walk. Walking the labyrinth path in prayer and meditation is a vehicle to let go of earthly cares and trials. . .Fallon County Times was notified that rattlesnakes have been seen in Baker. . .Philip Huft is the new salesman for Anipro – a liquid feed supplement for cattle. He will visit producers in Plevna, Baker, Ekalaka and Wibaux. . .Influenza shots will be given at the Fallon County Exhibit Hall Sept. 17.

20 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Sept. 10,

1999 —

The first Medicine Rocks Black Powder Muzzleloader Shoot was held recently on a cool, rainy Saturday. Approximately 35 expert marksmen and women participated in the shoot. . .This past July, Bert and Loretta Schell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. All nine of their children and spouses, 17 grandchildren and their only great-granddaughter helped them celebrate. . .Low temperature Sept. 4 was 36 degrees. . .Last Cattle Drive of the Century commemorative numbered belt buckles are available at Lawler Drug. Proceeds go to the Baker Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture. . .Spartan football team traveled to Plentywood for a non-conference game and defeated them 39-0. Lady Spartan basketball team hosted Roundup Sept. 3 and defeated them 51-47. The Ladies played host to Huntley Project Sept. 4 and won 54-31. . .Plevna Cougars split their opening weekend with a win over Park City and a loss to Reed Point at the Reed Point Invitational. . .The Chamber now has a permanent web page on the internet at www.bakermt.com. . .School Superintendent Jim Stanton said student enrollment was down a bit at the high school and middle school levels and down approximately 20 students in the elementary.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 14, 1989 —

The Great Montana Cattle Drive and Wagon Train of 1989 may be over, but for some Fallon County residents it will be a cherished memory. Area residents who took part included Charlene and Frank Mehling, Leland and Virginia Gundlach, Cleo and Bea Barkley, Dorothy and Sharlotte Beckers, Garnee Erickson, Elaine Traweek, Darryl Espeland, Tom Jardee, Belle Wendelburg, Llewell, Craig and Vance Johnson, Don and Penny Denning, Hubert Abrams and Dan Murphy. . .A large crowd turned out at the Jim and Wanda Bickle ranch Sept. 9 for a celebration. The occasion was 100 years of ranching for the Bickle family. . . Bob Neumann of Baker has been appointed to serve as a volunteer spokesman for the National Cattlemen’s Association in this area of Montana. . .Lakeview Golf Championship held recently. Winner of the women’s championship flight was Pam Nelson and winner of the men’s championship flight was Ernie Scheetz. . .Snow flakes were in the air Sept. 10. . .Baker Trap Club held the Baker Centennial Trap Tournament Sept. 9-10. Leonard Leland won the high overall champ award in a shoot-off with Mike Newton of Glendive.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 13, 1979–

New teachers for the Baker school system include Edna Maychrzak, Carole Knutson, Ann Gustafson, Mary Sanderson, Arleen Graham (teacher aid), Mildred Palczewski, Mary Ann Hecker, Barbara Johnson, Terry Curry, Kim McKeighan, Robert Curry, Bruce Gottwig, Susan Ramsey and Rick Danelson. . .Baker Country Club held golfing championship Sept. 9. Father Tobin and Ron Meredith were first and second place winners. . .Ben Franklin has new owners. Larry Neutgens sold the store to Kenneth Heier and Michael Howard of Lemmon, SD. . .Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hanson have sold their store at Willard to Mr. and Mrs. Graham Roberts. . .Annual Eichhorn Calcutta was held last weekend. Belt buckle and overall events winners were Gary Knight and Willard Swanke for team roping and Dixie Berzel for the barrel racing. . .Department of Energy notified the Baker High School recently of their program to enforce the new ruling concerning thermostat settings at 65. Baker High School will comply immediately to the rule that states any and all public buildings will set the thermostats at 65 degrees this winter.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 11, 1969 —

Annual Fall Festival was set for Sept. 27 at the regular meeting of the Chamber of Commerce. This is the annual appreciation dinner given by the Chamber to show appreciation for the business given to Baker businessmen. . .In action Sept. 6, coach “Butch” Donovan’s Spartans dumped the Bowman Bulldogs 38-6. . .Mrs. Sarah Eilek, who has recently been appointed to the position of county public health nurse by the Fallon County Commissioners, will speak at the Baker Community Church Sept. 17. It has been more than 30 years since Fallon County has had a public health nurse. . .Montana Livestock Commission will conduct a hearing in Baker Sept. 12 to determine whether the Baker Livestock Auction, Inc. shall be granted a license to conduct a livestock auction sales yard.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 10, 1959–

Arthur Meccage of Baker is the new member of the Fallon-Wibaux area committee for the Farmers Home Administration. He succeeds Alvin Woodsend. . .Noting increased juvenile offenses with the beginning of school, Police Chief Bob Townsend pointed out that the thefts of two cars, vandalism on property, curfew violations, burglary and muffler violators have been happening frequently. . .Curfew will be on at 10 p.m. Sunday night through Thursday night. Friday and Saturday nights it will be at midnight. . .Baker High School football team will open its 1959 season with a non-conference game against Class A Miles City next Saturday. . .Something new in Appreciation Days is being considered by members of the Baker Chamber of Commerce.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Sept. 15, 1949 —

Sheldon Lee Rediske, three year old of Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rediske, was kicked by a horse Wednesday afternoon of last week and received a bad gash over the left eye. Nine stitches were required to close the gash. . .The Purity Dairies, Inc. of Miles City and Glendive purchased the Friendly Dairy, previously French’s Dairy, and took over the management Sept. 1. New manager is Fred Wolfe of Minneapolis. . .The City Council has issued a building permit to the Farmers Union Oil Co. to build on their lots on Highway 12. . .Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schwagel have purchased the corner lot from Don Morrow, north of his residence and store building. It will be known as Mike and Margaret’s corner. . .Al Eckes was named the head of the Fallon County Red Cross at a meeting Wednesday evening. Vice chairman is Mrs. S. A. Weeks, Mrs. S. G. Watt is secretary and Gene Wellen- stein – treasurer.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 14, 1939 —

The rodeo under the management of the world famous cowboy and rider, Bob Askin of Ismay, held at the Fallon County fairgrounds last week was considered to be one of the best ever put on in this part of the country. . .The new exhibition building will be constructed on the fairgrounds as a WPA project was the word received here by The Times.An allotment of $4,071 has been given presidential approval. . .A clean-up of “rubber tire” rustling operations in the Ismay area resulted in the arrest of three men. Eight head of cattle were recovered in Billings Monday night announced the sheriff’s office. . .Plevna schools opened last Tuesday with a large enrollment in the grades and high school. There are 21 first and second graders, two in each the third and fourth, 18 in the fifth and sixth grades and 21 in the seventh and eighth. High school enrollment totals 60. . .The Wesleyan Methodist congregation has purchased lots from Mrs. Millicent Lee and will move in the church building now 16 miles south of Baker. The lots are located just north of the Community Church.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Sept. 12, 1929 —

Fallon County Fair is the most successful fair in years. Cold weather limits the attendance, but marked growth is seen in all departments at the sixth annual exposition. . .Baker public schools officially opened their school term Monday morning with the largest enrollment in history. The high school enrollment was 140, junior high 58 and 193 in the grades.

      



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