20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 15, 2000 --
Baker Post Office will have a window open Saturday morning, Dec. 23. for package pickup only. . .A large crowd braved the sub-zero weather Dec. 10 to hear the O’Fallon Community Choir. The choir is directed by Theresa Vaughn and accompanist is Ruth Wang on the piano. . .Baker City Council approved a modified noise ordinance concerning car stereos. . .At the Baker City Council meeting Ray Mengel with the engineering services of the district Department of Transportation summarized plans for construction on Highways 12 and 7 in Baker next summer. . .Frank and Ellen Gonsioroski celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 9. . .George Gunderson will celebrate his 91st birthday Dec. 22. . .Despite miserable weather Dec. 9. many ladies came out to enjoy the holiday fashion show and luncheon staged by The Cedar Rose and the Millennium Club. . .Winners of the coloring contest sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture were Chrissy Goroski, Kaileigh Morris, Cody Heiser, Jalyn Klauzer, Maria Adams, Lauren Wang and Chandler Losing. They received a $5 commemorative Baker coin. . .Dec. 6 the Council on Aging and RSVP group served chili to over 200 people at Thee Garage during the Christmas Stroll. . .Kylee Jardee, daughter of Ivan and Bonnie, is pictured feeding popcorn to one of the goats provided by Kids With Kids during the Christmas Stroll.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 13, 1990 --
High temperature Dec. 9 was 64 degrees. . .Picture: Texans know how to build “snowmen”. Pat Harrison constructed this warm- weather couple in his yard to show us how they do it. A little imagination, a pile of tumbleweeds, spray paint and a couple of hats are all you need. . .Harry Tronstad was recently elected president of the Fallon County Stockgrowers and Landowners Association. Joining Tronstad as officers are Robert Rusley, vice president; Bob Neumann, treasurer; Ellis Williams, secretary. . .Baker Jaycees serve over 200 area senior citizens at their annual turkey and ham dinner. . .Shawn Hoenke, son of Randy and Jodie Hoenke of Baker, is pictured with Santa at the Fire Hall last Saturday. . .Fallon County received $3,558,643 as their share of the $16.3 million awarded to oil and gas producing counties. This Local Government Severance Tax was passed during the last Special Legislative Session.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 11, 1980 --
Winners of the CowBelle Beef Cookoff held Saturday are Lori Skogas, first place; Joette Nielsen, second place; Cheryl Hurley, third place; and Carrie Hurley, fourth place. . .Bob Ellingson retired Dec. 6 after 32 years of service as agent for the Milwaukee Railroad. . .Harold Wiseman will be installed Worshipful Master of Sandstone Lodge No. 84 at its meeting Dec. 17. . .Richard James O’Connor, 47 years old, died Sunday evening at his home of an apparent heart attack. . .Baker Chamber of Commerce elected officers for the 1981 year. Gwen Setinc was elected president. . .Santa Claus is coming to town! This Saturday will be Santa Claus Day in Baker. The Chamber will sponsor a free movie for all children. . .Miss Kathryn Bickle left Nov. 24 for National 4-H Congress in Chicago. She is the daughter of William and Sheila Bickle of Ismay. . .Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Rustad, Sr. were honored on their 45th wedding anniversary Nov. 29 at the home of Janice and Nate Lininger in Bowman. . .The New Image celebrated their third year anniversary last week. . .The family of Raymond and Jessie Fost request your presence at an open house in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary Dec. 21. . .Nine ladies from Baker are enrolled in the “Women on Wheels” adult education class being taught by Bill Randash. Participating are MaryAnn Hecker, Nikki Nichols, Betty Smeltzer, Sharon Nordahl, Nancy Griffith, Joey Bechtold, Jackie Grenstiner, Judy Wood and Bonita Bock.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 10, 1970 --
Tony Stein has taken over the managership of the Fullerton Lumber Co. after moving to Baker from Absarokee. . .Baker Livestock, suffering from lack of business and local interest in selling here, accepted the resignation of manager Jim Lundy as of Dec. 3. . .Robert Anderson of Baker has been appointed to the President’s Council of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. . .Baker Jaycees have again this year erected the city Christmas tree on the south end of Main Street. . .Twenty-five students turned out for the first meeting of the Math and Science club held at Baker High School.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 8, 1960 --
Wednesday night marked the beginning of the fall season at the Rollerama Roller Rink. . .The Baker Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring awards of $5, $10 and $15 for the most interesting yard Christmas decoration this holiday season. . .Rev. Robert Bryant recently of Browning is the new pastor of the Assembly of God Church. . .Ronald Shepherd, chairman of the TV booster drive, said last week that only $1,974 had been collected in the house to house drive made by the local Jaycees. This is $526 short of the amounts needed to buy and maintain the boosters this year. . .The Rev. Edward D. Roe has accepted a call to serve as pastor of the American Lutheran Church of Baker.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 14, 1950 --
With funds begun two years ago as a memorial to Robert Lentz and Robert North, the First Baptist Church recently purchased a Hammond electric organ. . .Five members of the Baker Order of Eastern Star went to Miles City Friday to attend the institution of Esther Shrine, U.D. Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem. In the group were Mrs. L. Busch, Mrs. Evelyn Hitch, Mrs. W. H. Proctor and Mrs. S. G. Watt. They became members. . .Mrs. Ray Corey, representing the rural MEA, and Robert Sullivan, representing Baker MEA, left Wednesday for Helena to attend the state delegate assembly. . .The Community Church congregation has sold the north church and parsonage to Henry Fuchs.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 12, 1940 --
Mrs. Alice Cartwright was elected worthy matron Thursday night of Charity Chapter, order of the Eastern Star. Other officers are R.E. McQuinn, worthy patron; Gladys Beazley, associate matron; Violet Loveless, conductress; Evelyn B. Hitch, secretary; and Nellie Lou Busch, treasurer. . .Commercial Club offers prizes of $10 and $5 for the best outside Christmas decorations. . .Pupils of the Baker junior high presented an Americanism program to the public at the Legion Hall under the direction of Miss Edwina Eichenberger and L. F. Bruggeman. . .Mr. and Mrs. J. Ovens, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Samsel gave a Christmas party in the Green Dragon. Guests came in holiday costume as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 11, 1930 --
When fire broke out in the Fallon House about 2 a.m., Friday, Solomon Lusty of Westmore, who had been registered for only three hours, was fatally burned and a score of other persons living there narrowly escaped with their lives. Most of those living there lost all their personal effects. The fire was believed to be caused by a carelessly dropped match or cigarette in the room of the transient. . .The old telephone building has this week been purchased by Mrs. Millicent Lee and removed from its old site to the south side of town to be remodeled. . .Candidates for the girl’s town basketball team held their first practice in the Community Hall and they plan to open their season playing the high school team Saturday evening. The game will be preliminary to the boys game with Marmarth. Team members are Mary Vinsel, Marie Wagner, Fern Blanchard, Marjorie McQuinn, Alice Wang, Mrs. Harry Collins, Mrs. Raymond B. Bundle, Betty Vinsel and Dorothy Nelson. . .Stuart Watt won the cedar chest at the Catholic Ladies supper Saturday. . .Mrs. J. E. Warren, Mrs. John Simonson and Miss Dorothy Nelson were initiated as members of Charity chapter Thursday evening. . .The mens basketball team held an organizational meeting Monday at the V. E. Bisbee home. B. B. Owen was elected manager. Team members are Harry Collins, Howdy Bisbee, Dr. R. T. Joyce, Kermit Lighter, Wesley Livingston, Leonard Olson, Paul Grossinger, Raymond Bundlie, B. B. Owen and Dr. R. N. Barr.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, December 9, 1920 --
The preceding date on this issue was the annual Christmas edition. A chronology of the year’s events was featured and in another section the head reads: “The city of Baker is full of good citizens who are progressive and made the town.” Pictured with captions are R. F. Smith, cashier of the Baker State Bank; R. E. Morris, rancher; L. Price, founder of the L. Price Hardware Co.; Dr. W. H. Young, first physician; Horace Sparks, rancher, also mayor and county commissioner; E. O. Lentz, groceries; Dr. Potterton, dentist; L. C. Burns, U. S. Land Commissioner and real estate; F. H. Becker, real estate; J. L. Barstow, real estate man; Geo. Hough, mayor and he also started the telephone office; Edwin Lake, built the Lake block, ran the Sugar Bowl and built the Lake Theatre; Chas. Russell, rancher and owner of the Baker Drug; Jay Comstock, manager of the Carpenter-Webster Lumber Co.; C. P. Silvenale, the village blacksmith; George Daugherty, postmaster; Ed Lawler, popular citizen and druggist; Martin Russell, furniture store and one of the best business men in Baker; H. S. Proctor, jewelry; E. L. Rushton, worked in the courthouse and served as county auditor, clerk of the county and is now assistant cashier at the Baker State Bank; George Raymond, vice president of Midland Coal & Lumber Co.