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  Friday, October 2, 2009 —

The City of Baker has received funding from the Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate owner occupied and rental homes in Baker. . .2009 Homecoming candidates are: Dalton Arnell, Bryce Kramlick, Kelby Newell, Kelsey Hadley, Bryan Overton, Medori Gray, Bailey Woolington and Alyssa Mitchell. . .A surprise 35th wedding anniversary celebration will be held for Lee and Linda Moore Oct. 2. . .Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. natural gas customers can expect to spend about 12 percent less than last year to heat their homes during the upcoming heating season. . .The Montana Governor’s Cup Marathon was held Sept. 20 in Billings. Baker was represented in the 10K race by Kristi Burns, Mardi Brown and Harold Miller. . .Over Labor Day weekend, the Boucher family held a family reunion at Fort Peck to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Everett Boucher and Evelyne Boucher. There were 75 in attendance. . .Fallon County 4-H program held its annual Fall Livestock Judging Sept. 27. Top novice judge was Paul Wang, top Junior 4-H judge and overall high scorer was Spencer Losing, top Senior 4-H judge was Jalyn Walker and top FFA judge was Tiffany Benner.


  Friday, Oct. 1,

1999 —

Don Schillinger, Baker High School head football coach, reached the rare 200 career win plateau Sept. 24 with a 51-0 homecoming victory over Shepherd. It was a night filled with fireworks and celebration. . .In June of 1999, Shell Western E&P sold their interests in the Cedar Creek Anticline to Encore. Encore’s plan is to drill eight new wells in 1999 and a continuous drilling program is planned. Concern amongst former Shell employees for their jobs has subsided. About 30 employees currently work for Encore. . .Robin K. Wright, R.N. and Laura L. Brewer have opened Quality Personal Care, the first assisted living home in Fallon County. . .Punt, Pass and Kick winners are: Blake Rudolph, Devon Harrison, Dustin Varner, Connor Beach, Anita Hayden, Marnee Overton, Laura Beach and Lynn Williams. . .Andy Selle, Baker High School senior, is off to an impressive start in the 1999-2000 Montana High School Rodeo season. Entering four rodeos and winning the All-Around title at three of those. Andy is well in the lead in the State High School All-Around standings. . .Toys for Tots has a new home Harvey Reetz will be accepting donated toys and materials to fix. . .Ten Boy Scouts spent a week in July at the K-M Camp. Those attending the camp were Daniel Fradenburgh, Dallas Newell, Casey Dietz, Brandon Buerkle, Neal Susa, Anthony Chester, Derek Arnell, Bret Christensen and Lucas Meschke. Leaders attending were Brenda Fradenburgh, Kathy Newell and Theresa Christensen.


  Thursday, Oct. 5,

1989 —

Two Fallon County residents were recently awarded ten year service certificates by the National Weather Service. Virginia Felt of Baker has been recording daily rain and snowfall reports at MDU since 1979. Clint Dietz of Plevna has taken temperature and precipitation observations at the grain elevator in Plevna for the past ten years. . .Annual Baker Jaycee Run, Punt, Pass and Kick contest was held Sept. 24. First place in their age divisions went to Dustin Gundlach, Jeremy Kary, Paul Schwartz, David Birrer and Gye Varner. . .Special election held to pass emergency levy. The levy passed by better than a two to one margin. The past few months Willie Duffield, Ron Shepherd and Don Rieger, County Commissioners, held many meetings, spoke to groups and made public their views on the necessity of passing an emergency budget levy. Most importantly, taxpayers secured a larger percentage of the gross proceeds taxes for at least the next two years. . .High temperature Sept. 30 was 97 degrees. . .Five generations gathered to help Daisy Barkley celebrate her 98th birthday Sept. 1. The youngest descendant is Travis Croy, son of Clint and Patsy Croy. Others pictured are Cleo Barkley, Clint Croy, Daisy Barkley and Becky Croy. . .Plevna has a brand new structure on Main Street. In the empty lot where the old town hall stood there now stands a new, 50×100 two-tone gray steel building.


  Thursday, Oct. 4, 1979–

Moonlight Madness will be held Oct. 12. After homecoming game, stores will be open. . .Eleven boys completed hunters safety course. They are Ty Grenstiner, Tony Gunderson, Kevin Skogas, Chad Afrank, Kelly Wike, Steve Boggs, John Greenlee, Kevin Wike, Troy Burdick, Scott Bilges and David Schweigert. . .Mel Moser has received a role in the play “The Rimers of Eldritch” at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. . .Mr. and Mrs. Gordie Gaub are the proud parents of twins born Sept. 10. They have a boy, Greg, and a girl, Joni. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Thielen of Plevna.


  Thursday, Oct. 2,

1969 —

Donovan’s Spartans traveled to Scobey to win their fourth victory of the season, 40-0. . .A demonstration of Japanese methods of beef cookery was given to the Prairie “Belles” at Terry with three Baker women, Sara Kerr, Mrs. Glenn Kusler and Mrs. Harold Miller, presenting it. . .The 1969 Baker Community Fund Drive will begin Oct. 6. The goal for the drive will be $4,488 to be distributed among charities. . .More than 80 women attended the Fashion-Center Homemakers Fall Council meeting which was held Sept. 24 at the Masonic Temple in Ekalaka.


  Thursday, Oct. 1, 1959–

Father John Hanrahan is at home in Baker after a summer of visiting with his mother in Ireland and brothers in England. . .Over 100 new teenage books were catalogued at the library this week, Mrs. Newell, librarian, reported. . .Appointment of Jerry J. Smeltzer crew leader for the 1959 Census of Agriculture was announced by field director Guy E. Rainboth of Seattle. . .Winter wheat seeding is expected to progress rapidly now that additional precipitation has been received.

70 YEARS AGO  Thursday, Oct. 6,

1949 —

Al Eckes, manager of the local neighboring telephone exchanges, has been transferred to Glendive to be manager there. . .D. D. Wener is the new manager of the Baker Hotel. . .Construction on the Ed Bruce home on Lathom Heights and the Karl Wenz residence on Second Street West is progressing fast and may beat the cold weather on the outside work. . .Four carloads of cattle were shipped from Plevna by Wm. Fuchs and one from Westmore by Frank Dietz.


  Thursday, Oct. 5,

1939 —

An admirable and appreciated piece of public spiritedness was exemplified recently by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Otter of Deer Lodge, formerly of Baker, when they notified the Baker Public Library board they had deeded the four city lots Nos. 13,14,15 and 16 in Block 3 of Park Addition to Baker to be used as a public library site. . . A Junior Woman’s Club was organized Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Claude Erther. Marjorie Siebert was named president; June Flint, vice president; Genevieve Marking, second vice president; Carolyn Goodspeed, secretary; and Marriett Tullock, treasurer. . .The crew of nine U.S. engineers arrived in Baker Wednesday with considerable equipment to survey, check over and seismograph the Little Beaver flood basis for flood control.


Thursday, Oct. 3,

1929 —

Members and interested workers for the Wesleyan Methodist Church from the community southeast of Baker have been canvassing the city for the past few days for the erection of a church building in the vicinity. . .In a seesawing game with Marmarth last Saturday which ended in a score of 7-2 for the opponents, the Baker High School eleven officially opened the 1929 football season. . .Miss Mildred Jackson, registered nurse, left Baker Monday afternoon for Billings where she will be employed. . . The program for the American Lutheran Church in Baker Oct. 18-20 is announced by Rev. E. E. Tollefson. A number of out of town and out of state minister will be present. . .Installation of officers for the new year was the outstanding feature of the regular meeting of Order of Rainbow Girls Thursday evening. Installed were Juanita LaCross, Anna Johnson, Maxine Hitch, Susan Simpson, Erma Zook, Erma Gillan, Dorothy Baker, Elaine Erther, Carol Rose, Mildred Christenson, Marjorie McQuin, Corrine Wheeler, Mary Christopher, Florence Burrell and Fern Blanchard. . .Mrs. Odin Myhre passed away Sept. 14 at the home of C. W. Schneider.


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