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10 YEARS AGO

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 --

The coats collected by the Cub Scouts Coat Drive will be available for free to the public Feb. 22. . .In a city wide effort to clean up vacant, dilapidated structures, the City of Baker has received funding from the Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant to demolish structures within the city. It is of high priority to demolish at least five structures. . .Baker Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place Feb. 7. A person or persons entered the Maria Varner residence and stole a jewelry box containing a large amount of expensive jewelry. . .Low temperature was -16 Feb. 15. High temperature was 35 Feb. 12. . .Marvin and Sharon Gookin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 27. . .Plevna Cougars, Lady Cougars, Baker Spartans and Lady Spartans are all at their district basketball tournaments Feb. 17-20. . .The board of directors of Mitchell’s Oil Field Service has appointed Todd Appel as its new president and chief executive officer effective Feb. 1. Todd succeeds company founder, Everett Mitchell, who will continue to serve as vice chairman. . .Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest winners are Taylyn Koenig, Savannah Hickey, Paiton Herbst, Savannah Miller, Casper Uecker and Nicholas Bohle These winners will now have their results forwarded on to the state level.

20 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2000 --

Kyleigh Estell Bonsell is the first baby born in the year 2000 at Fallon Medical complex. She joins six brothers and sisters and is the daughter of Doug and Ronda Bonsell of Ekalaka. . .Bruce Brown of Baker bowled a 700 series - first ever bowled at Baker Bowling Center. . .Twelve teams gathered at the livestock pavilion at the Fallon County Fairgrounds for the second annual Ray O’Donnell Memorial Livestock Judging Feb. 19. . .Baker Lions Club held their first annual “Chili Challenge” Feb. 19 at Thee Garage. Approximately 80 people attended the event. The team of Thee Girls, Joyce Hurlbert and Brenda Uecker, won the event. . .Baker Lady Spartans are off to the district volleyball tournament March 2-4 in Huntley Project. . .The trustees of Plevna School District #55 have awarded the first annual Plevna High School Scholarship to Britt Buerkle and Kristy Fuchs. . .Baker Spartan boys’ basketball team are conference champions. They are now headed to the district tournament at Skyview High School in Billings. . .Plevna boys’ basketball team will be at their district 4-C tournament in Miles City Feb. 24-26.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 22, 1990 --

U.S. Senator Conrad Burns was in Baker Feb. 13 for a town meeting at the exhibit hall. Approximately 50 residents from Fallon and Carter Counties were present to speak with the Senator. . .Girls State delegates from Baker High School are Julie Bublitz and Kris Bechtold. Melissa Sieler is the Girls State delegate from Plevna. Alternates from BHS are Ginger Feisthamel and April Schueler. Jennifer Panasuk is the alternate from Plevna. . .The winter session of free prenatal classes will begin Feb. 26. The classes are taught by Joan Aaseng, a registered nurse. . .Bronco Days will be held March 9-11 at the Fallon County Fairgrounds. . .National FFA Week is Feb. 17-24. Officers of the local chapter are Katrina Rusley, president; Shawn Wang, vice president; Roddy Rost, parliamentarian; Jason Wang, treasurer; Jay Rost, sentinel, Roy Rost, reporter and Jerome Halmans, secretary.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 21, 1980 --

Pictured is Dan McLeod, hospital administrator, receiving a check from Deb Lutz for $100 following the Sweetheart Ball held at “The Barn” last Friday night. The funds will be used for purchasing equipment for the hospital. . .Barbara Neumann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neumann, won the Feb. 12 American Legion oratorical contest here in Baker. Next Barbara will compete at the zone contest in Glendive. . .Several hundred Baker area people participated in an inspiring patriotic evening sponsored by the Masons and the Eastern Star Feb. 19 at the Baker High School gym. . .The night of Jan. 31, Flint’s Artic Cat north of Baker was broken into and burglarized. They took approximately $3,000 worth of clothing and $2,000 worth of tools. . .Montana State Prison has announced that Rev. William Wohlers of the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church of Plevna will be the new protestant chaplain for the state prison. . .Mrs. Mike O’Donnell and Mrs. Don Meschke each receive a $100 check from Steve Gentry, manager of Baker Super Valu. The checks were won by playing the store bingo contest. . .The Super Senior girls volleyball team took first place in the intramural playoff. Team members include Kaye Overton, Ann Mueller, Karen Knipp, Pam Askin, Genie Potter, Mikell Tronstad and substitute Anna Hughes.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 19, 1970 --

School board voted to license, mark and designate an area under the art room in the new high school addition at the north end of the wood shop a fallout shelter. . .Spartans tied for first place in basketball. . .First place winners in the Lions Club snowmobile races were Rich Atkinson - 303-340cc; Sherman Engesser - unlimited; Renee Engesser - powder puff. In the kids’ division, Sherman Engesser took first place in both events. . .Tom Sparks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sparks, Plevna, has been selected as a delegate to the Youth Range Forum at the American Society of Range Management annual meeting.

60 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 18, 1960 --

At the January meeting of the Little Beaver Soil Conservation District, tribute was paid to Urvin Cox who had served the board of supervisors from the time the district was organized. . .At the Women’s Fellowship annual birthday party, Mrs. Robert Woodsend decorated the table with crocodiles and napkins with the continent of Africa. . .Baker Sales Barn hearing scheduled for March 8. . .A petition was recently filed with the Fallon County Commissioners requesting formation of a rural fire district.

70 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 23, 1950 --

Jan. 31, 1950, the United States patent office granted a patent number 2.495.840 on an oil shale mining machine to John J. Findlater, Baker, MT. . .A solovox has been donated to the Plevna Baptist Church by Mrs. Elizabeth Bechtold as a memorial to her late husband. . .March 1 is the opening day for the annual Red Cross enrollment and plans have been completed for the drive, reports E. L. Russell, chairman. . .“The Valley of Ghosts”, a comedy in three acts, has been chosen as the junior-senior class play for Plevna High School students. Gertrude Mae Grimes will be the director.

80 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 22, 1940 --

March 19, the Baker Woman’s Club will sponsor a program to be played by the Bobcat band from Montana State College in the high school gym. . .Archie Slater of Ollie was appointed deputy highway commissioner of District No. 4 by Gov. Roy Ayers. He will have charge of the highway contracts let in this zone. . .Baker Rifle Club held two matches last week. One match ended in a tie between Emmett Gregerson and Art Wang, and the other match was won by Firman Loveless.

90 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 20, 1930 --

Census report forms arrived for farmers this week. . .Monarch gas well No. 3 on the Cliff Long homestead has a good flow of gas. . .Grasshoppers were slated to be on the increase in Fallon County this year. . .A public reception was held in honor of the 70th birthday of Mrs. Ida Schenck, Tuesday, hostessed by Mrs. E. F. Lawler. . .The Post Office Department is now calling for proposals for post office quarters for the City of Baker, according to notice received this week by G. R. Moshier, postmaster. . .Mr. and Mrs. Eph Keirle returned from a six week visit in the south. . .Annual Dog Derby was scheduled for Feb. 22 on Baker Lake.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 19, 1920 --

The Farmer’s Institute will be held in Baker Feb. 27 and C. M. Yerrington, Custer County, will talk on “Forage Crops and Fallowing”. . .Fallon Post No. 35, American Legion, now has an enrollment of 90. . .A. W. Brownson will establish a milk route in Baker in the very near future. . .The Liberty Theatre during the past week has added very pretty decorations, a lattice work at the rear of the seats is entwined with roses and other beautiful flowers, and flowers are used in other parts of the house. . .Homesteaders in some sections of Montana in which oil mining excitement is now at top notice are having a tough time keeping oil and mineral prospectors from occupying their ground. . .Mayor George Hough and family have returned from their trip back east. . .Miss Francis Lindbloom, Baker health nurse, lectured on diseases, Thursday in Ollie.

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