10 YEARS AGO
Friday, April 30,
Budget concerns and communications with the public are among the top concerns of three candidates running for District 12 trustee. Mike Gentilini, Mike Gunderson and Karol Zachmann are vying for one seat for Baker Public School. Four Plevna residents are vying for two seats in the race to represent District 55 as school board trustee. Those running for those seats are Brent Brockel, Scot Buerkle, Henry Hastig and Corrine Sander. . .Shann Schillinger, 23, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. Schillinger is a 2005 Baker High School graduate and was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft April 24. Schillinger played safety for the Montana Grizzlies. . .A 70th birthday party for Sonia Schell will be held May 2. Raymond Maier will celebrate his 80th birthday May 1. . .Lt. Col. Johnathan Neumann tells Fallon County Times readers about his mission in Afghanistan. He is with the Army’s 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry. He is the son of Robert and Mikell Neumann of Baker and a 1985 graduate of Baker High School. . .Fourteen Baker High School students, Terry Curry and Sheila Woolington flew from Rapid City to Washington D.C. for Close Up students to take part in the American government process, tour the memorials and take in the sights. . .Fallon Medical Complex held their annual volunteer Tea April 22. This event is held in honor of the faithful helpers who work hard during the year to enrich the lives of FMC’s long-term care residents.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 5,
Fallon County voters approve school levies in election held May 2. School trustee voted in was Curtis Kyle. . .Boys and Girls State delegates are Shawn Hoenke, Donavan Hecker and Justin Thilmony, of Baker and Colin Mangold from Plevna. Katie Straub and Becky Steen are the Girls State delegates from Baker, and Katie Sparks is the delegate from Plevna. . .Plevna Cougars are at their district track meet in Miles City May 11. . .Jerry Mellon, Jr. traveled to Sidney April 28 to participate in Special Olympics. He won medals for third place finishes in both the softball throw and standing long jump. . .Bernice Gregerson was the winner of the limited edition replica of the original La-Z-Boy recliner from Baker Furniture. . .Baker’s newest addition is a 3,600 square foot storage building owned by Bernie and Alice Heiser. The structure houses 32 storage units in five different sizes. The building is located north of Gramma Sharon’s restaurant. . .The New Horizons 4-H Club is shown presenting a $300 Rural Community Development Grant check from the MT Dept. of Agriculture to Nicole Schuler, treasurer of the Millennium Project, and members Karol Zachmann and Roger Schmidt. . .Boy Scout Troop 258 and their Scoutmaster Dave Gustafson attended the Scout Show Saturday in Glendive. Four Scouts who went were Chet and Wyet Christensen, Buddy Benedict and Jonathan Gustafson. They took first place in tying fishing flies. . .Gramma Sharon’s Family Restaurant will be sold at auction May 25.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 3,
AAU wrestlers who attended the state competition in Butte were David Wickstrom, Jarod Sampson, John Bertsch, Billy Rost, John Merwin, Tyler Plummer, Shane Elmore, Matt Breitbach, Mike Griffith, Darrick Gorder, Bruce Moore, Matt and Cory Orcutt. . .Dorie Wiseman has been selected by members of the local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi as “1990 Lady of the Year”. . .Clayton Hornung was featured on the news over KXGN-TV. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award for Community Service for the month of December. . . High temperature April 24 was 71 degrees. . .Richard Menger, Baker High School biology teacher, has been chosen teacher of the year in Montana by IBM and Classroom Computer Learning magazine. . .Baker Library holds open house. Nikki Brown was the winner in the contest, “How many catalogued and reference books are in the library?”, in the 12 and over category contest and Stephanie Ferrel was the winner in the under 12 category.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 1,
Tuesday evening the mud cat began dredging Baker Lake. The floater bands arrived last week and dredging began as soon as the wind died down. . .Prom royalty at Plevna last Friday evening had Sandy Whitney as queen and Paul Neumann as king. . .Prom royalty at Baker Saturday evening saw Dennis Wagner as king and Anna Hughes as queen. . .The 75th anniversary of the founding of Baker is coming up in 1983. It is time to start thinking about Baker’s history and what we would like to do to celebrate. . .After 35 years of service, starting in 1945, Verne Hitchcock has retired from the L. Price Co. . .Martin J. Nelson, son of Marjorie Nelson, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from officer training school at Lackland Air Force Base. . .Members of the local High School Rodeo Club traveled to Broadus April 19 to participate in a preliminary rodeo in preparation for the District High School Rodeo. Winners include Loyd Ketchum, Forst Eichhorn, Joyce Ferrel and Teresa Rustad.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 30,
Officers serving the Baker Woman’s Club for the year 1970-71 are Mrs. Martin Gunderson, secretary; Mrs. James Anderson, second vice president; Mrs. Grace Davis, president; Mrs. Beryl Jensen, first vice president; Mrs. Kerry Goard, treasurer; and Miss Sara Kerr, auditor. . .Marie Walker and Bill Eilek crowned king and queen of the prom Saturday. . .Lloyd Owens was guest speaker when the O’Fallon Historical Society met Sunday afternoon. The Owens came to Montana in 1912 and had a homestead south of Ollie. He began working for L. Price the same year. . .Pictures and poetry describing the 45 different kinds of “outhouses” used by early Montana residents will be shown at the Fallon County fairgrounds exhibit hall May 4.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 28,
Icy roads west of Baker caused the car carrying three delegates returning from the Lutheran Church merger convention at Minneapolis to skid off Highway 12. . .Baker High School announces that its 1960 valedictorian is Larry Rustad. Salutatorian is Saundra Bechtold. . .Rex Oliver Jones, pastor of the American Lutheran Church, returned Monday night from Minneapolis where he attended the Constituting Convention of the new American Lutheran Church, which merged three synods: the American Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran and United Evangelical Lutheran Churches. . .Montana Conference of Congregational Churches held their annual conference at Plevna Congregational Church with Rev. E. E. Ketterling, host pastor.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 4,
About four inches of snow fell again last night and it will mean further postponement of spring planting already seriously delayed. . .Seniors of 1950 and instructors L. W. Heftie and Miss Catherine Cassady left Friday morning on a two day tour of the Black Hills. . .May 5, will see the opening of a new store in Baker, Hede Tot and Teen Shop, located west of Baker National Bank.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 2,
Senator Hammond of Wibaux; Elmer Wang, County Commissioner; L. K. Hills, L. F. Burns and L. W. Busch returned Saturday from their meeting with the state highway commission April 25 at Helena. . .Considerable damage was reported in Baker following a hail storm Saturday afternoon with hail stones as large as walnuts. Roofs and cars were damaged and numerous window panes broken. . .There is practically no loafing going on in Baker because there is no unemployment at the present time and there is a strong demand for tractor operators and other farm hands.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 1,
Baker’s population has undergone a 13 1/2 percent increase since 1920 according to preliminary figures made available by the census just completed by Mrs. Evelyn Hitch and shows a present population of 1,211 as compared with 1,067 in 1920. The town of Plevna also shows an increase in population, 257 being the figure against 241 in 1920. . .Shipments of trees and shrubs for immediate planting have been received this week by several Baker residents and organizations. Fallon County received a large shipment to be used in beautifying the courthouse grounds. . .Senior mothers entertained 33 members of the graduating class at a banquet at the Baker Hotel Monday night.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, April 29,
Revival meetings at the Methodist Church were conducted and 12 adults joined the church. At the evening service a male quartet consisting of Denzil Young, Rev Ragan, Clyde McLemore and Rev Chappell sang two selections. . .City Marshal Tom Phillips has been dragging the streets of Baker this week. . .The Baker Creamery will be opened Monday by A. Shreve for the season. . .E. G. Heinrich of the Baker Light and Power Co. has just completed the installation of a new pumping outfit for the city that is far better and a big improvement over the old system. . .Full rigged stock saddles $38.95, freight to your nearest railroad station.