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10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, October 8, 2010 --

Department of Justice Fire Prevention officials hired Richard Griffith to demolish the back of Baker Lake Theater. The demolition action commenced Oct.  6. Michael Rinaldi, RS, Baker Sanitarian, will oversee the cleanup operation. . .U.S. Air Force is proposing to greatly expand their training air space. The expansion will be from 9,000 square miles to 36,000 square miles. There will be a public hearing Oct. 11 in Baker for people to comment on the proposed expansion. . .Fallon County Commissioners have approved the final plans for the construction of new grandstands at the Fallon County Fairgrounds with a completion date of July 1, 2011. . .Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosted its 20th annual Teacher Appreciation dinner Sept. 29. Mike Smith of Glendive was guest speaker. . .Two young men from Japan visited Baker for a month this summer. Their host families were Mark and Kim Ridenhower and Eric and Kori Kary.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 13, 2000 --

Baker Fair Board announced this week that a two year contract has been signed with Wild West Carnival, owned by Jeff Carter. . .Fallon County Economic Group is taking the town meeting to Ekalaka Oct. 17. . .National Boss Day is Oct. 16. . .Third Annual October Breast Cancer Tea will be held Oct. 15 at the American Lutheran Church. . .Miles Community College standouts Kirby Nemitz and Scott Rieger of lsmay and Andy Selle of Baker are having a great fall season rodeoing in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for the MCC Pioneers who are members of the Big Sky Region. . .Millennium Project people conducted a brief meeting Oct. 6. The $13,000 grant for the outdoor amphitheater has not yet been received. It’s hoped that time can be found this fall to pour more of the cement walkway, weather permitting. . .Helen Jensen, her sister Elphie Wood and her brothers Gordon and Rolph Tunby spent three weeks in Norway. They visited the Tunby family farm that has been in the family over 300 years. . .Myron Allerdings was last week’s winner of the Football Contest. . .County Commissioner Don Rieger reported at the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture meeting that he had just attended the MACD Convention. There he learned that the distribution method for gas and oil severance taxes has been completely changed. Previously, these taxes were collected and distributed by the counties. Now all funds will go to the Dept. of Revenue for distribution. With the new distribution formula, the Fallon Medical Complex will be losing approximately $400,000 in revenue a year.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 11, 1990 --

This week is National School Lunch Week. School cooks honored include Baker school system head cook Frances Bertsch. She is joined by Loretta Schell, Karen Allerdings and Anna Miller. Peggy Vennes and Janice Ehret are cooks for the Plevna School. . .Russ Newell is a contender in the Billings Gazette’s “Radio Hero Election”. The morning radio DJ who wins ,the contest will receive $1,000 for a non-profit organization. . .National Newspaper Week was observed at the Fallon County Times with an open house Oct. 12. Staff at the Fallon County Times includes Darlene Hornung, Nancy Schillinger, Pat Wiman, Susan Newell, Tammy O’Donnell and Carleen Susa. . .Askin Playday was held Sept. 30 at the Askin Arena. . .Frank and Lorraine Cunningham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of Russ and Virginia Culver Oct. 5. . .Over 400 people helped celebrate Randash Motors’ new paved lot Oct. 2. They viewed 1991 Chrysler cars and trucks and enjoyed free hamburgers and hot dogs. . .Mayor Dean Keirle signed a Red Ribbon Week proclamation last week. The week is a nationwide effort to fight drugs in America. Baker High School Student Council vice president Julie Bublitz, president Mary Mahon and school nurse Jeri Obye watched as the Mayor signed the proclamation.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 9, 1980 --

Mike Reynolds, assistant principal of Baker High School, is pictured looking over one of the three doors that was badly damaged during a recent break-in. The burglars tried to gain access to the vault and were unable to get in. . .A new school policy regarding the length of the school day on all Fridays has been put into effect on a trial basis in Baker Public Schools. From now on the school day will end at 2:52 p m. . .Alice Newell was hostess to the Quarter Century Pinochle Club Saturday evening. Winners were Alvina Morton, Gordon Olson, Marion Hanson and Edgar Boucher. Stasia Corey won traveling. . .Jonna Hecker was elected president of the Lucky Lassies 4-H Club. . .Mr and Mrs. Robert Justice and family have moved to Glendive. . .Barb Neumann has been selected from thousands of submitted high school music students to participate in the annual Macy’s Day Parade and concert in Carnegie Hall. Barb is the daughter of Bob and Mikell Neumann. . .Three students make All-State Band - Rhonda Pfeifle, Kelly Mahon and Barb Neumann.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 8, 1970 --

Fallon County’s official population in the 1970 census was 4,050, up 1.3 percent from the 1960 figure of 3,997. . .Thursday evening started off the Baker High School homecoming activities. Bev Breitbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Breitbach, was escorted to the place of honor by Mike Lawler and was crowned queen. . .Rev. Robert L. Hempel, minister of the Baker Community Church, was elected as moderator of the Eastern Association of the Montana Conference of the United Church of Christ at its fall meeting in Circle Saturday. . .Baker Locker Plant is now under the management of Glenn Rost as of Sept. 21.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 6, 1960 --

Eilek’s Ready Wear opened formally last weekend setting a new high in Baker in modern distinguished interiors in the business district. . .A community-wide open house and coffee are being held this afternoon, Oct. 6, at the Fallon County Library, formerly the Baker Library. The efforts of many individuals and organizations have gone into achieving this new status and into taking great steps toward improvement of our library. . .Art Slagel of Fairview arrived Monday to take over as Midland Coal and Lumber Company manager for Matt Gappa who is retiring after 32 years of service with the company. . .Sixteen boys left Saturday for a weekend Boy Scout trip to the Air Base in Rapid City. The jaunt for Troop 57 was led by Edgar Justesen. Accompanying him were Rex Farstveet, Sam Durham, Jerry Smeltzer and Duane Rindy.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 12, 1950 --

Lack of storage and box cars in addition to the lateness of the crops and adverse weather combine to take away from some farmers the harvest they expected. A great deal of grain is being dumped on the ground and a great deal is being lost in the fields. . .Baker Furniture installed an automatic elevator hoist last Friday. This enables them to unload and store merchandise easily. . .Leonard Haskell gives demonstrations of the use of a geiger counter at Commercial Club Friday night, and Rep. Wesley D’Ewart speaks to the group. . .Mason and Star members are holding a masquerade hospital benefit at Green Acres. Music will be furnished by Fritz Bruggeman and his orchestra.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 10, 1940 --

At the district convention of the Royal Neighbors of America held Saturday at Wibaux, Audrey Hansen, Vera Wolenetz, Dorothy VanHook, Ada Crow, Lenice Wright and Mary Smola attended from Baker. . .Andrew Wenz, son of John Wenz, enlisted in the Army in Great Falls two weeks ago and now has been transferred to his station in San Francisco. . .Mrs. O. R. Blanchard left for Moline, IL, this morning to attend the 65th wedding anniversary of her parents. A family reunion will be held when all ten of the couple’s children will be present.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 9, 1930 --

Probably the largest crowd which the city has entertained in some time will be on hand in Baker Saturday to attend the widely advertised car auction which the Burns Bros. of Baker and Ford dealer of Plevna have arranged. More than $10,000 worth of new and used cars will be auctioned. . .Ray Sutton and Ray Holder left Sunday for Racine, WI, to get the Holder household furniture. The Holders will have charge of the Vincellette farm. . .According to word received here, Edward Flasted pledged Sigma Chi fraternity at MSC, and Mary Lyma pledged Alpha Omicton Phi at MSC.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, October 7, 1920 --

Baker High School, playing its first football game of the season, easily defeated Bowman on the latter’s field by the score of 44 to 0. . . Ed. DeWitt has sold the Baker Auto Co. to Ward Wells of Willard, who will take possession Oct. 15. . .James Hubbard, who lives 30 miles south of Baker, lost his house by fire Monday. The building and everything in it was entirely destroyed, the loss is partly covered by $400 insurance. . .C. V. Crosby sold his ice plant to Robert Burns last week and is thinking of going west for the winter. . .Ex-service men take notice. Applications for Victory medals can be made through Lawrence Busch or Denzil Young by the applicant’s presenting his discharge papers. . . Only through a kind Providence a great many accidents did not happen last Monday that might have happened when the gas was shut off without notice and all gas users are unanimous in requesting notification before it is turned off again.

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