Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

Friday, Jan. 29,

2010 --

High winds and plentiful snowfall Jan. 24-25 kept both county and city workers busy plowing large drifts of slow, The continuing high winds and low chill factors made the job more challenging than usual. Drifting snow made it almost impossible for some residents to get out their front doors while some businesses found it hard to get in their front doors. . .Plevna community will host KGLE radio annual banquet and business meeting Feb. 6. . .Sheriff’s office receives a fraudulent phone call during office hours Jan. 19. The Fallon County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to never give out personal information to anyone over the phone. . .State is debating whether the smoking ban that went into effect last October or the recession have had the biggest effect on the gaming industry. Kelly Heiser of Heiser’s Bar in Baker disagrees with the idea the losses are mostly connected to the recession. He said since the smoking ban he is really down in profits.

20 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 4,

2000 --

Steve Stanhope of Baker was recently honored with a Montana State “Firefighter of the Year” plaque. He is a member of a unique ten member eastern Montana incident management team under the auspices of Montana State Lands Department. . .The design committee of the Millennium Project reported new ideas for Baker Lake enhancement at a meeting Jan. 26. Some ideas proposed included an amphitheater and stage, rollerblading rink, a possible bird sanctuary and large observation deck, outdoor learning center and fishing wharf. The proposed cement path around the lake is projected to be eight feet wide in most places. . .Spartan wrestling team is headed to the divisional wrestling tournament Feb. 5 in Glasgow. . .Terry Knuths of Ismay, and his son Rusty were in a vehicle accident Jan. 23. The Knuths had to be extricated from the vehicle and were transported to the Holy Rosary Health Center for initial treatment. Terry was transferred to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings. He sustained a broken vertebrae in the middle of his back. Rusty suffered cuts, bruises and a concussion. . .High temperature Jan. 26 was 46 degrees.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 1,

1990 --

Baker will host the second session of a workshop for Economic Development in eastern Montana. A three-day workshop will be held at the Fallon County Exhibit Hall, Feb. 9-11. Dr. Dennis Winters of Butte will conduct the workshop. . .Remodeling and building project at Fallon Medical Complex got underway last week. Plans for the remodeling and expansion of the facility have been divided into six phases. Currently in progress is the remodeling of the birthing room. . .At a meeting held Jan. 17, County Planner Mike Madler presented an update on the proposed Coral Creek Landfill located about seven miles southeast of Baker. . .An 80th birthday party open house will be held for Frances Tronstad Feb. 4 at Chimney Creek. . .Baker Spartan wrestlers will be at their Divisional Tourney Feb. 3 at Huntley Project. Wrestlers attending will be Bryon Wiman, Klint Flint, Mel Varner, Les Afrank, Ryan Loehding, Jerad Singer, K. J. Erickson, Shawn Dudgeon, Rich Rankin, Ryan Wiseman, Jason Wang, Kevin Hendricks, Bobby Wheeler, Shane Elmore, Ricky Pool, Kelly Singer and Andy Gustafson. Coaches are Bob Curry and Mike Domagala.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 31, 1980 --

Evelynn Hoem, a teacher for 38 years, has filed as a candidate for the House of Representatives. The Republican will serve a two year term when elected. . .At its annual meeting Jan. 13, the congregation of the American Lutheran Church voted to sponsor a refugee family. . .The finale of Casino Day in Baker was the drawing for a free trip to Las Vegas. Esther Bremer was the winner of the grand prize. . .Mrs. Oscar (Mabel) Ness celebrated her 93rd birthday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bettenhausen Friday afternoon. . .Pictured are new officers for the Chamber. They include Matt Helfrich, first vice president; Gwen Setinc, president; Walt Stieg, past president; Bob Bakken, treasurer; and Tom Green, second vice president. . .Pictured are the KC free throw contest winners - Shawn Wiseman, Deanna Herbst, Randy Tunby, Leslie Kerr and Kenny Wagner. Deanna won the eighth grade girls competition while Jeff Knipp won the eighth grade boys competition.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 29, 1970 --

Robert E. Herbst, cashier of the Baker National Bank, was elected to the board of bank directors at their annual meeting Jan. 19. . .Chris Schopp and Vernie Jacobsen were elected to the board of directors of the Fallon County Federal Credit Union at its annual meeting. Melvin Rabe was elected to serve as president of the Credit Union for 1970. . .Baker Woman’s Club sent out an appeal for used handbags and purses, clean and in good condition, to be sent to the women patients at Warm Springs State Hospital. . .Henry and Penny Neubauer and son Vaughn recently moved to Baker from Casper, WY. . Saturday night brought more of the teenagers out to the Peanut Shack with the news that there would be live entertainment. Brian Bechtold, Roger Hufford and Jerry Vanderpan with guitars and drums held the interest of the boys and girls as they listened and danced to popular songs. . .First baby of the year was Bryan Duane Hersman, born to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hersman.

60 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1960 --

Baker Spartans climbed to a first place tie with Nashua. . .Nancy B. Bruce has been named the 1960 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow at Baker High School. . .The county gave $940 for the TB Christmas Seal sale. . .Hospital board voted to raise the hospital rate per day to $12 per day per double room and $14 per day for private rooms. . .Harold P. Hammer has been named new manager of Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co. in Baker.

70 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 2,

1950 --

Terry emerged victorious in the invitational tournament held here last Friday and Baker second. It was considered one of the biggest upsets of the season. . .In observance of National Boy Scout Week, a pot luck dinner will be held Feb. 6 in the Scout room in the Legion Hall. Scouts, troop committees and parents will be guests. . .Bad weather to the west and east of here has badly disrupted train service. The weather in Fallon County has been consistently below zero and the roads are slick and icy.

80 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 1,

1940 --

All plans for the Fallon County Fair are nearly complete, reports Gib Zeidler, County

Extension Agent, who with Rex Flint and L. F. Burns attended the State Fair meeting in Miles City. The dates are Sept. 6 and 7. . .The annual charity ball held in the Legion Hall Saturday night was pronounced a success and brought in $169.45.

90 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1930 --

The Golden Rule Store, damaged quite extensively by fire and water two weeks ago, is now being redecorated and remodeled and several new attractive features are being added. . .The factory representative arrived in Baker Wednesday to set up the new generator at the Montana-Dakota Utilities plant. . .A dramatic club is being formed by a group of Baker young people. Mel Schneider was named chairman; Howard Bisbee, vice chairman; Chuck Pering, secretary; and Lottie Bisbane, treasurer. . .A complaint instituted for the foreclosing of mortgages and payment of $100,000 indebtedness has been filed by Godfrey L. Cabot, Inc. of Boston against the Gas Products Co. doing business in Baker. . .Baker is to play Sumatra in the first round of the district basketball tournament.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 29, 1920 --

D. R. Young filed his petition as a candidate for county attorney on the Republican ticket. Denzil is an ex-serviceman, popular with his associates. . .Martin Russell has purchased the interest of Wm. O’Loughlin held in the Russell Furniture Co. and now is sole owner of the business. . .J. L. Wraspir, formerly of Minneapolis, has taken the management of the McCaul-Webster Lumber Yard in this city and will begin his duties the first of the month. . .The benefit show given at the Liberty Theatre last Thursday night for Fallon Post No. 35 was a grand success financially. . .John Schumacher, who established the Peoples Cash Market several months ago in this city, has disposed of his business to E. H. Trandum who will conduct the place in connection with his grocery.

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