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  Friday, January 14, 2011 --

The Eastern Montana Economic Development Authority has completed their fourplex on the north side of Baker. The new Frontier Apartments located at 101 North 2nd Street West consist of two two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments. . .Baker City Council appointed Scott Anderson to take the place of John Beach who vacated his position on the council. . .Baker High School has purchased new band uniforms. If you are interested in having an old uniform for whatever reason, contact the school. . .There will be a soup and sandwich luncheon benefit for John Custer Jan. 30 at Thee Garage Showroom. . .Low temperature Jan. 11 was -20 and high that day was 0 degrees. . .Ellen Rustad will celebrate her 90th birthday Jan. 23. . .March for Life will be held Jan. 22 in Baker beginning at the east railroad parking lot. . .Police Chief Randy Ketterling has requested permission to hire a new officer anticipating the need for one when the man camp is constructed for TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline.


  Thursday, January 12, 2001 --

Dave Mahon, vice principal at Baker High School, has been named Montana Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. . .Members of Sandstone Lodge #84 in Baker were recently honored for their years of service to the organization. Denzil Young was presented with a pin, plaque and certificate for 50 years of service. . .High temperature Jan. 3 was 40 degrees. . .Jon Stevenson, owner of Stevenson Funeral Home in Baker, has completed expansion plans with the acquisition of the Mischel-Olson Chapel in Dickinson. This new venture expands the family funeral home business to a new community. . .Reynolds Supermarket is building a new customer service counter and installing new check stands and registers. . .Melvin Rabe is the newly elected president of the Baker Senior Citizens. . .Ottilia Follmer will celebrate her 90th birthday Jan. 11 in Billings. . .Second annual Fallon County Ag Day is set for Feb. 7. Keynote speaker is Rick Haines with the Northern Ag Network at Thee Garage Showroom that evening. . .MDU presented a check for $500 to Renee Callen, manager of the Youth Center, to be used for improvements. . .Over 50 residents of Fallon and Carter Counties attended the Economic Development meeting in Baker Jan. 8.


  Thursday, January 10, 1991 --

Kaileigh Dawn Morris was born at Fallon Medical Complex, Jan. 2, and earned the title of First Baby of the Year in Fallon County. She is the first child born to Randy and Donna Morris of Baker. . .Baker Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 310 S. 3rd St. West - the Bill Defferding home. Firefighters worked under unfavorable conditions as temperatures dropped to -25 degrees. . .Jerry Townsend resigned as chairman of the school board because of lack of time to deal with school matters. Gary Wade was elected to serve as chairman until the next reorganization of the board. . .Earnie and De Herbst celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Dec. 27. . .Brandon Miller, age 4, was the lucky winner of the toy-giveaway at Anfinson’s. . . Emma Schell celebrated her 90th birthday Dec. 26. . .County Attorney Denzil Young, Sheriff Leland Gundlach, Public Administrator Russell Culver, County Superintendent of Schools Marlene Ferrel, County Assessor Curt Huether and Justice of the Peace Charles O. Larson were all sworn into office Monday morning. Newly elected County Commissioner Allen Rustad took the oath administered by Ron Shepherd, new chairman of the county commission


  Thursday, January 8, 1981 --

Bob Bakken, chairman of the board of directors of the Fallon Memorial  Hospital, says they are in the process of securing a director of nursing. Their primary candidate at this time is Sister Bernard with the Sisters of Charity, Leavenworth, KS. . .The first phase of the development of the recreational areas around Baker Lake will begin this spring, according to Kevin Fenner, County Planner. Phase one includes development of picnic areas, swimming and ice skating areas, three shelters and restrooms. . .New Horizons Health Spa, located in the Stanhope Addition, will be opening in February, according to Cindy Mische, manager. Facilities at the spa will include a 17’ x 36’ pool, a sauna and a jacuzzi whirlpool. . .Fallon County will purchase voting machines, Mary Lee Dietz, County Clerk and Recorder,said, “The purpose of the system is to speed up vote counting on election.” Two counting machines will also be ordered.


  Thursday, January 14, 1971 --

Chad Jeremy is pictured as the first baby of the year. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Njos of Rhame. . .Margaret Jensen resigns as hospital administrator. . .Bill Almy named manager of Baker Livestock Auction. Don Rieger will be yard foreman and Cora Moser is office manager. . .Steve Rieger, Cathy Hersrud, Allan Hanley and Wayne Rieger pictured as members of the state livestock judging team to attend the National Western 4-H Club Round-Up in Denver. . .Pam Wirth wins CowBelle Beef Cook-Off. Dawn Phebus is second with Barbara Griffith, third. . .Brad Bruggeman graduates from Thunderbird School of International Finance. . .Rev. David Peterson resigns his position at the First Baptist Church, and he and his wife, Mary will be moving to Billings in April. . .Terrence Cameron reviews laws on rabbit hunting. . .Jim Turbiville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Turbiville of Marmarth, wins wrestling award as voted by coaches and players.


  Thursday, January 12, 1961 --

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huber honored on their 50th wedding anniversary. . .John Vucurevich of Rapid City, SD, was named president of the Bank of Baker at its annual meeting. Gene Wellenstein has been named vice president and manager of the bank. . .George Randash has taken over the presidency of the Chamber of Commerce at their annual installation. . .Rev. and Mrs. Edward Roe were honored Sunday at a potluck dinner at the American Lutheran Church. He is the new pastor of the church.


  Thursday, January 11, 1951 --

Operations of the Monoco well seven miles northeast of Baker have been temporarily suspended for more favorable weather conditions. The well is bottomed at 6300 feet. . Dan Fulton, rancher near Ismay, was elected as a new member of the board of directors of the Bank of Baker at their annual meeting. The other members were re-elected. The Baker National Bank also held their annual meeting and made no change in personnel. . . Parke Wintermote, eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wintermote of Ismay, lost his left foot Sunday afternoon when a cluster of icicles fell on him as he was playing near the Milwaukee Railroad water tank about 150 yards from his parents’ home. . Albert North, Bud Bowen and Arnold Beach left on an elk hunting trip to the western part of the state”. . . During the first two days of the year, 299 persons obtained drivers licenses; 205 car, 155 truck and one trailer licenses were also sold.


  Thursday, January 9, 1941 --

Annual meeting of the Baker Chamber of Commerce was held last Friday at Grainger’s Hall. Jack Mellor was re-elected as president for the ensuing year. Other officers are C. W. Samsel, vice president; Robert Robinson, second vice president; and L. Price, Sr., treasurer. Price has occupied the office of treasurer for 22 years. . .Miss Josephine LaBarge arrived Thursday to assume her duties as public health nurse for Fallon County. . .Members of Fallon Post No. 35 organized a “Last Man’s Club” limited to members of the local post. . .December is the driest month since 1880, the Montana Weather Bureau reports. . .The general and liquor store at Ismay, under the management of E. A. McNamera, was looted early Saturday morning and a large quantity of liquor and merchandise was taken. . .Elmer Wang is elected chairman of the Fallon County Commissioners. . .Sam Ford becomes Governor of Montana. . .Blue and white license plates are beginning to show up around the county. To date the County Treasurer has issued 200 car licenses, 55 truck and 450 driver’s licenses.


  Thursday, January 8, 1931 --

During the year 1930 there were 52 resident hunting and fishing licenses sold in Fallon County, representing a gross revenue of $104 to the State Fish and Game Department. During that same time period there was $194 paid in bounties for the killing of 97 coyotes. . .Firemen’s Ball, annual New Year’s Eve social event, was pronounced an outstanding success. Two hundred dollars was received from the sale of tickets.


  Thursday, January 13, 1921 --

Several petitions were signed by users of natural gas as the means to force the legislative assembly at Helena to pass a law prohibiting the manufacture of carbon black. . .Bud Stammen and Lloyd Kelling left this week for Billings and Helena where both boys will enter the Army vocational school. . .Rev. John Madsen arrived here Friday to take charge of the Lutheran parish. He is accompanied by his daughter, Emma, who will keep house for him. . .President and Mrs. R. F. Smith entertained the officers of the Baker State Bank at dinner Wednesday. Guests were F. R. Savage of Miles City, Wm. Fulton, W. R. Bickie, R. A. Morris and Wm. Lang. . .Short courses are offered to all by Baker High School including home economics, farm accounting, animal husbandry, American government and civics, European history, farm law and American literature.


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