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10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, February 4, 2011 --

Baker Spartan speech and drama team brought home three first place winners after the State Speech and Drama Meet held in Townsend last weekend. Chelsea Kramlick won first  in original oratory, Marriah Rost and Tessa Kilsdonk won first place in classical duo. . .High temperature Jan. 27 was 39 degrees, low temperature Feb. 1 was -29 degrees. . .Spartan wrestlers will be at their divisional tourney Feb. 5 in Forsyth. . .In pipeline news at the Commissioners’ meeting, it was reported they met with ONEOK to discuss the proposed 12 inch liquid natural gas line that would run through Fallon County. They are optimistic of approval of this project. The Commission also reported that the Bison pipeline that runs through the southern corner of Fallon County is completed and operational. . .The elevator for the courthouse is in the final stages. The Commissioners hope to put out the bid in a couple of months with a start date of June 1. The elevator will be located in the lobby of the courthouse. . .Super Bowl will be Sunday, Feb. 6.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 2, 2001 --

Second annual Baker Ag Day and Banquet is scheduled for Feb. 7. Again this year, concurrent sessions will be held at Thee Garage and the American Legion. The keynote speaker at the banquet will be Rick Haines of the Northern Broadcasting System. . .Ismay Volunteer Fire Department will host the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau Program, “Evelyn Cameron: An Eastern Montana Story” with Karen Stevenson Feb. 11. . .Baker is hosting the 2000-01 wrestling divisional this weekend. Eleven teams will be competing. . .Scott Fradenburgh, district superintendent of the Baker District of Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company, has been promoted to director of pipeline operations for the company. . .Jan. 25 Ellen Rustad celebrated her 80th birthday. . .Super Bowl contest winner is Lynne Miller. . .Continental Oil Company and Burlington Resources have agreed to unitization in the Cedar Hills Field. The North Dakota Industrial Commission entered a new order on Monday approving the plan. . .Temperature was 38 degrees Jan. 29.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, January 31, 1991 --

A support group is being formed for anyone with family members in Operation Desert Storm. . .In January 1989, Adeline Bertsch, a Green Thumb worker employed at the Fallon County Library, was assigned the task of indexing local newspapers. She has worked 20 hours a week for two years going through the papers. . .Beginning Feb. 3 new postal rates go into effect. The price of a first class stamp will go up 16 percent, from 25 cents to 29 cents. . .Girls State delegates from Baker High School are Kara O’Donnell and Billie Jo Randash. Alternates are Michele Zink and Angel Strait. Melody Fried is the delegate from Plevna High School and Heather Vennes is the alternate. . .Reynolds will hold Customer Appreciation Day Feb. 8. They will serve homemade all beef sausage, baked beans, potato chips, Coke and coffee from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. . .The City of Baker has many blocked streets due to drifting over the weekend. Monday morning alleys were opened so the garbage truck could get through. . .Fallon County Housing Authority will meet Feb. 1 at the Senior Citizen Center. Officers include Ella Hitchcock, chairman; and Orlynn Sieler, secretary-treasurer.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, January 29, 1981 --

Preliminary population and housing unit counts for each county in Montana have been released by the Bureau of the Census. Fallon County is listed with a decrease in population but an increase in housing units. Total population for Fallon County in the 1980 census was 3,769. Figures for the 1970 lists 4,050 residents. . .The Allen Keech home was damaged by fire last Thursday. . .Boy Scout building, formerly the Fallon County Library on First Street, is being renovated through the efforts of several community groups and local citizens. . .Shannon Granat, Teri Dilworth, Sharon Donaldson, Jenny Myhre and Dena Richmond will advance to the state speech meet to be held in Great Falls this weekend. They will be accompanied by speech and drama advisor, Carole Knutson. . .Pictured is the first baby of 1981 - Samantha Louise, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Meggers. She was the first baby born at Fallon Memorial Hospital. . .Friends and relatives are invited to an open house celebration for Wilhelm and Anna Singer in honor of their 40th anniversary.  

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 4, 1971 --

Petitions are being circulated concerning the Baker Lake project. Proposed for immediate construction is the cleaning of Baker Lake, roadway between east and west Baker, camping facilities and a 12 acre park, according to Myron Saylor. . .Carol Buerkle and Rita Wiseman named delegate and alternate from Plevna to Girls State at Carroll College in Helena. . .Brad Shepherd selected to go on European band tour. Shepherd plays the trombone. . .Annual hospital board meeting draws big crowd. Board positions filled were Ann Kreager, Edgar Justesen, Dick O’Connor, Alfred Braun and Bea Atkinson. . .Lana Shepherd is a new Spartan cheerleader. . .Norris Newberry, Gene Hoff and Louis Jensen are new officers of the Sportsman’s Club. . .Mrs. Dick Molstad installed as president of the Friendly Home Club. Mrs. Einar Tronstad is installing officer. . .Mrs. Reinhard Barth’s Cub Scout group wins the “Scout Cubbie” for having the most members at the pack meeting held in the American Lutheran Church. . .In 1970 there were 48 births compared to 36 in 1969.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 2, 1961 --

Three cars of an 80 car freight train derailed near Baker early Friday morning. . .Roland V. Colgrove, attorney from Miles City, addressed those attending the second in a series of courses given by the County Extension Service on the matter of “The Rancher and The Law”. . .At a public dinner held annually by the Baker Jaycees, tributes were made to Rex Flint as “Outstanding Young Man of the Year”, Delane Beach won the award of “Outstanding-Young Farmer”. . .Judy Hatton has been installed as worthy advisor of the order of Rainbow.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 1, 1951 --

Clarence Schell, radarman seaman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Schell of Ismay, is home on leave from the Navy. E. T. 1/Richard Biffle, oldest son of Mrs. Howard Yokley, has signed up for another two year stretch in the Navy. . .Celebrating 50 years in business, the Midland Coal & Lumber Co. held an annual meeting dinner party for all employees throughout eastern Montana in Miles City Wednesday at the Crossroads Inn. . .PFC Gene Skidmore arrived from Chanute Field, IL, to spend a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Skidmore.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, January 30, 1941 --

Nine men have been selected for military service from Fallon County: Francis LaCross, Ernest Sparks, John Breen, Phillip Hanratty, Earl Jensen, Alvin Hasty, Lawrence Wash, John Rieger and David Heskett. . .A choral society is being formed in Fallon County to be directed by George Korneychuk. . .Larry Burns, Rex Flint and George Severson returned Tuesday night from the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Fair Association. Dates for the fair will be Sept. 11-13 they reported. . .Plevna school board has made application to the federal government for a defense training course which included welding, soldering, care and repair of tractors and trucks. Melchoir Herbst has been chosen as instructor.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, January 29, 1931 --

A representative of the Montana Health Department, who was in Baker last week examining the new city water well and plant, commended the city on its present establishment and pronounced the water system in fine shape from the standpoint of sanitation and health. . .Open installation of 1931 officers for Rainbow for Girls was held Wednesday in Hubbard Hall. Mary Christopher, Carol Rose, Irma Gillam, Elaine Erther, Irma Zook and Juanita LaCross were part of the ceremony. . .Larry Burns was named by the Commercial Club to attend a meeting in Helena for the purpose of establishing a permanent organization for advertising the state’s resources and promoting its development. . .Semester examinations marking the closing of the first semester are now underway. . .Everett Plummer suffered a broken leg in an accidental fall last Friday evening.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, February 3, 1921 --

Baker orchestra will hold a concert Wednesday at the Lake Theatre under the direction of C. C. Johnson. . . Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Johnson of St. Paul are new proprietors of the Hehrbass Confectionery, taking possession Feb. 1. . . J. L. Barstow, one of the earliest real estate men of Baker, and to whom should go much credit for the Baker Developments, has sold his well established business to R. W. Russell. Mr. Barstow will keep the Milwaukee Land Agency and stay in Baker. . . Floyd Thomas rented the Ravey building on Main Street and moved his furniture and supplies into the new location. . .J. C. Johnson, official geologist for the Milwaukee Railroad, arrived this week from Seattle to look over the Baker territory and report his findings to the company. Johnson is favorably impressed with this structure and believes the Baker field to be one of the largest fields promising oil in the world.

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