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10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, September 17, 2010 --

Sept. 9 a fall storm hit the area and .81” of precipitation was recorded in just 15 minutes. Water was flowing so fast through the street gutters that it spilled nearly halfway across the street in many areas of town. Golf ball size hail was reported both north and south of town, and marble size hail was reported in town. . . Baker Police Chief Randy Ketterling  has issued a warning to both Baker and Plevna residents to keep their vehicles and homes locked due to the high incidents of thefts. A group of four or five young men has been seen breaking into vehicles in the late, late evening to early morning. . .More than 100 people joined together after the Fall Festival to march from the Bank of Baker to Heiser’s Bar for the third annual Stockings for Soldiers fundraiser. The march commemorated the ninth anniversary of 9/11 when terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. . .Punt, Pass and Kick winners were Alissa Bohle, Scotti Jo Robinson, Paitton Herbst, Colin Lorbiecke, Jacob Wang, Paul Wang, Joseph Fisher and Mason Melby. . .Kelly Gray’s steer won the carcass contest in the Champion of Champions show held each year in Miles City during the Eastern Montana Fair. She also placed fifth in the live show.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 22, 2000 --

Country Media, Inc. of Scottsbluff, NE has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Dickson Media. Inc., the parent company of the Fallon County Times, Steve Hungerford is president and founder of Country Media. . .Lightning-caused fire, burns 6,365 acres in Carter County Sept. 16. . .Volunteers digging in a dinosaur bed near Marmarth believe they have unearthed a 65 million year old palm tree fossil. The 17 foot tree includes two leaves and was found in a site along a stream bed in the Hell Creek rock formation north of Marmarth. . .Residents south of Plevna will be happy to drive on new blacktop soon. . .Shawn Hoenke and Janalee Osman were crowned king and queen at Homecoming festivities held this past week. . .The first economic development meeting of the fall was held Sept. 11. Their main area of concern is getting Highway 323 paved. . .Bank of Baker will hold their annual Tailgate Party Sept. 30 south of the Rec Center Complex. It will be held before the Baker vs. Huntley Project football game. . .A quilt made by Linda Clark of Marmarth was selected for the People’s Choice/Best of Show Award at the Willard Homemakers Quilt Show held last weekend. There were 102 entries on display. . .Robert and Lillian (Pinnow) Joseph of Billings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 3.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 20, 1990 --

High temperature Sept. 12 was 103 degrees. . .Creative Stitches moved to Main Street in July and was open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Owner Connie Lang is now celebrating new full-time status of her enterprise. Brenda Schweigert works with Connie in the business. . . .Fallon County Development Corporation has been speaking to people in the community about the possibility of a large landfill in the Cedar Creek Anticline. This landfill would import solid waste from outside of the state. . .There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 22 in Ismay. The 82 year old bridge will be a historical site and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bridge will be held. . .Winners of the annual Baker Jaycee’s Run, Punt, Pass and Kick Contest this year are: Ryan Wade, Jace Schillinger, Jeremy Kary, Paul Schwartz and Jeff Rieger. . .Baker is featured in the “Governing” magazine, a publication of Congressional Quarterly, Inc. The magazine cover features a picture of the southwest side of Main Street in Baker in the early morning hours with the city’s new vacuum sweeper being used. The author of the article used Baker as an example of a small town facing economic crisis.

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 18, 1980 --

The results from a pool survey taken by residents of Fallon County show that the majority of the county would like to see a new public pool built in Baker. . .The 70th year celebration of the L. Price Co. was held Sept. 12 and 13. . .Winner of the golf club tourney held Sept 14 was Tom Tobin with a score of 74. . .We now have a new police officer in Baker. Loyd Hansen is his name and he comes from Rapid City. . .Daniel T. Folske, a May graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo, has been named as Fallon-Carter Extension Agent. He assumed his duties Sept. 15 and will succeed Gene Hoff, who retired in June. . .Montana Bank is presently involved in a remodeling process which will give the bank a new exterior look.

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 17, 1970 --

At the first annual stockholders meeting of the Baker Livestock Auction held Tuesday evening, approximately 300 people were served by the Chamber of Commerce. . .Should we say that winter officially hit Baker Saturday when our backs were turned? As several residents have stated, one minute they looked out the window and the next they had to do a double take as there was snow on the ground. . .Tuesday evening Mrs. Grace Davis, president of the Baker Woman’s Club, opened the 58th year for the local club in the meeting room of the library. . .Friday starts this year’s new car showings and open house viewing in Baker as Erwin Heberle Ford had his cars on display. He will show the Cyclone, Monterey, LTD, Galaxie, Mark IV, Cougar, Pinto, Comet, Ranchero, Torino, Bronco, 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton pickups and four wheel drives.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 15, 1960 --

“Curfew is going to be rigidly enforced,” said Police Chief Robert Townsend. “Children under 18 must be off the streets at 10 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent.” Friday and Saturday nights the curfew will be 12 midnight. The penalty for violation will be a $20 fine for the parents who must claim their children. . .An overflow crowd greeted the Jaycee Jaynes first style show as they presented fashions from five hometown stores: Russell’s, Samsel’s, B and E Shoppe, The Style Shop and Penneys in the high school gym Tuesday evening. . .Coach Al Genatone is faced with quite a problem in naming a starting lineup for the game on Sept. 16, with the Scobey Spartans. He said most of his men are small and inexperienced. Cheerleaders for the game will be Molly Agler, Margaret Coen, Midge Morrow and Cathy Stevens. Les Christian is assistant coach and Walt Leutkens is athletic director.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 21, 1950 --

Fallon County Memorial Hospital committee met Monday evening to check on progress being made toward raising sufficient funds to build the new hospital. Dan Helgeson, chairman, reported that information received from the architect indicates that revised plans for the new hospital were well underway, but information from the State Board of Health was not so encouraging. This year’s appropriations for hospital construction had been reduced by the President through some revision of the bill after it passed both houses of the Congress. It was decided that a financial drive be held at once in Fallon County.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 19, 1940 --

Public enemy number one in Baker this week was the fellow who entered the W. Kruckeberg filling station and carried off cash amounting to 30 cents, two gallon cans of oil and two gas tank caps. He also jerked the pay telephone off the wall and took the coins that were in it. . .Baker now has a new furniture store and is a real asset to the town. This week Leif Holmlund moved his Furniture Exchange to Main Street in the Lake Theatre building. . .The Junior Women’s Club gave a tea Tuesday for the young women of the community at the L. Price home.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 18, 1930 --

The rain, hail and wind storm which descended upon this territory last Thursday afternoon wrought its greatest damage in the south country. There, according to reports, window lights in many homes were broken and roofs were badly battered from hail. Barns were leveled and losses of stock were reported. . .Prospects of a successful grid season are the expectations of coach Robert Graham. . .A number of small Baker children are now attending kindergarten classes under the direction of Mrs. Austin Compton. Classes are held three times weekly at the community hall. . .Mary Jo Collins won the baby contest as sponsored by the Schneider Studio. Murial Joyce Pickard took second place.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, September 16, 1920 --

The oil well of the Petroleum Co. No. 56, near Winnet, brought in oil last Thursday and has made the fortunate stock holders rich. The company was organized by Miles City people and several Baker citizens took advantage of the opportunity to buy several units and are glad to have it now. The well is producing 1,200 barrels per day which means a big income for all of the stock holders. . .The L. Price Co. has installed an automatic Curtis electric air compressing motor at the store, to accommodate the customers having cars, with  free air at times. . .One of the first of a series of Educational rallies will be held in the Lake Theatre Sept. 29, and one trustee and the teachers from each school district are required to be present for the entire day. . .Stewart Bros., contractors of Marmarth, were in Baker this week to get a line up of the work being contracted for on the Yellowstone Trail.

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