Files of the Times

10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 --

Everyone is cautioned to not play on Baker Lake. It has been reported that animals, people and recreational vehicles have fallen through the ice. . .Jeffrey Brown was sentenced Jan. 5 in District Court to five years to the Department of Corrections with two years suspended. . .H1N1 disease continues to circulate statewide. Priority groups have been changed allowing anyone who wishes to receive the vaccine to do so. . .Dec. 21, Bill Fried celebrated his 98th birthday at Friendship Villa Care Center in Miles City. He is pictured with his eight month old great-great-grandson, Michael Hanson. . .All 4 Flowers & More is celebrating their ninth year anniversary Jan. 20 with 20 percent off storewide. . .It was reported at the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture meeting that money has been granted to cover almost half of the project for the North Baker Water Sewer District.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 21, 2000 --

Nearly 300 students from 21 eastern Montana Class A, B and C schools participated in a Speech and Drama meet held at Baker High School Jan 15. . .New pastor at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Plevna is Bruce Inion. He and his wife Christy and son BJ moved here from Aurora, CO. . .Andrea N. Buerkle of Baker recently earned an award for logging 750 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. . .Speech and Drama team will be at the divisional meet in Glasgow Jan. 22. . .When School District #12 met Jan. 11, board members and school administration discussed the possibility of closing Washington Elementary at the end of the school year. . .Anna Espeland is the First Baby of the Year. She is the new baby daughter of David and Lisa Espeland. . .Forty donors gave blood at Fallon Medical Complex Jan. 11. . .A meet the candidates open house coffee will be held Jan. 27. Republican candidates confirming their attendance at this time include Tom Keating, Bruce Simon, Russ Fillner and Dennis Rehberg. . .Dec. 30, a person or persons, unknown, entered the home of Doug and Leona Osman through a patio door and a black soft-sided briefcase was stolen containing approximately $3,000. The Baker Police Department is checking on several leads and studying fingerprints.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 18, 1990 --

Work has begun for the 1990 after-the-prom party. The first one held in Baker, was very encouraging, with 145 students signing in. . .Mark Morast has opened M & L Service & Repair in Baker. The new business is located behind Roy’s Motel. . .Kenneth Rustad will be representing Fallon County at the 1990 session of Legacy Legislature. This is the “gray-hair” legislature of Montana’s senior citizens. . .Newell Lumber Appreciation Day will be held Jan. 22. 2x4 studs are advertised at $1.90 each. . .Karla Drange, 13 year old daughter of Art and Jeanne Drange of Ismay, is one of 12 Montana 4-H’ers who will have photos displayed on the office wall of Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C. Karla’s photo “Pieces from the Past” depicts a log hollowed out in the 1920s by her great-great-uncle for a food bunk, and the skull of a longhorn steer which once ran on her family’s ranch. . .Fred Williams is incoming president of AARP. . .Alpha Beta sponsored a babysitting clinic Jan. 13. Twenty-seven boys and girls were on hand to learn how to be responsible babysitters.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 17, 1980 --

Montana weather is more like April than January. Pictured is a new calf born Jan. 8 at the Harold Jensen ranch. The calf was born in 47 degree temperatures on a sunny day with no snow on the ground. . .Everett Knipp was chosen to replace Rex Farstveet on the school board. Rex has moved to Dickinson through his job at MDU. . .Montana’s Governor Thomas Judge will be in Baker to visit with citizens Jan. 22. . .Baker Spartan basketball teams were forced to stay in Wolf Point overnight following the Poplar game. The highway patrol refused to allow team buses to proceed home because of icy road conditions. . .Katherine M. Boucher, 96, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10. . .Jane Russell reports on her trip to the 1980 Tournament of Roses with McDonald’s Band in Pasadena.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 15, 1970 --

The community responded to the call for help in keeping the Peanut Shack open and a board of six members was elected to help secure funds and help in managing the youth center. . .There will be an adult typing course offered at Baker High School beginning Jan. 21. . .While snowmobiling on the lake, Tom Safford was injured when his foot caught in the track. He was hospitalized with lacerations and a broken foot. .  Chamber of Commerce will hold its installation Jan. 16 at Green Acres.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 14, 1960 --

Robert Anderson took over the presidency of the Baker Chamber of Commerce at the installation banquet. . .Mr. E. L. Samsel delivered a check for $1,000 to Mrs. Ruben Molstad as a winner of the V Store Christmas contest. . .The curb and gutter project is approved for the city with approximately 20 percent of the improvement district protesting. . .Officers installed in the Sportsman’s Club are M. J. Callen, president; Maurice Tunby, vice president; and Lewis Jensen, secretary and treasurer. . .Miss Eichenberger reported on her trip to Hawaii at the Baker Woman’s Club meeting.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 19, 1950 --

Baker High School will play host at the annual basketball tournament to be held here Jan. 27. Teams competing will be Terry, Ekalaka and Baker. . .Mrs. Ed Lawler went to Helena Saturday and attended the executive board meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary. . .The weather is nothing but cold, ranging from 10 to 26 degrees below zero. . .G. E. Skidmore, the honey king of Fallon County, is now putting home grown honey on the local market.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 18, 1940 --

Denzil R. Young, Baker, was elected president of the Bar Association of the 16th Judicial District at the organizational meeting held in Miles City Saturday night. The meeting was called for the purpose of instituting a unit of the Montana Bar Association. . .William T. Ferguson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Ferguson, enlisted in the Army Air Corps and will be stationed at Moffet Field, CA. . .Albert Fost, Bentley Sinclair and Martha Colbo won prizes at the Corn Show held in Hardin, Jan. 10-11. . .Fair board announces that there will be a fair in Fallon County in 1940. . .The work on the courthouse addition was completed Wednesday and various federal agencies will begin moving in this weekend. The WPA crew employed on the project expects to get busy on the new exhibition hall at the fairgrounds.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 16, 1930 --

The local fire department received the first call of the New Year Tuesday when the old residence of the R. J. Sargeant estate north of the tracks was completely destroyed. A second call during the week was to the Golden Rule Store. The largest damage resulted in the stock room and basement from water and smoke. . .In two fast games played on the local floor last Saturday evening, Bowman and Baker cagers divided honors. The boys team was defeated 14-16, while the girls team won 36-22.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, Jan. 15, 1920 --

Mrs. J. L. Barstow, assisted by Mrs. Hildreth, was the instigator of one of the most successful banquets given in this city. Participants were the pioneer ladies of Baker and vicinity and there were 60 seated in Lew Jim’s Cafe. During the program it was found that Mrs. Emerson had been in eastern Montana 27 years, Mrs. Heifen 21 years while Mrs. Potterton was the only lady present who had been born in the state. . .The First National Bank held its election of officers Jan. 13 as follows: H. L. Bills, president; J. M. Comstock, vice president; W. W. Brant, cashier; and R. W. Russell, assistant cashier. . .At a meeting of the city council last Friday evening to hear protests for the proposed sewerage system, not a single complaint was filed. At the Tuesday meeting sewer districts were created and bids will be received for this work in February. A new water works district was also created to take in the Lakeside Addition.

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