10 YEARS AGO
Friday, May 28,
Baker High School graduated 32 seniors May 23. Valedictorian was Medori Gray and salutatorian was Kelsey Hadley. . .Plevna High School had four seniors in their graduating class. Jacob Hastig was the valedictorian and Rachelle Houzvicka was the salutatorian. . .Poppy Poster Contest winners are Taylyn Dukart, daughter of Kevin and Jennifer, first place in the fourth grade; and Taiken Goerndt, daughter of Kelly and Jaime Goerndt, first place in the fifth grade. . .Kelby Newell was the $500 scholarship winner from the Fallon County Federal Credit Union. . .Bailey Woolington was named KATL’s female Athlete of the Year. Bailey is the daughter of Jerry and Sheila Woolington of Baker. . .Kourtney Hanley was honored as the 2010 Graduate Nurse of the Year at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY. Kourtney is a 2003 graduate of Baker High School.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 2,
Elementary principal Ron Meredith, teachers Mrs. Hecker, Mrs Morris and Ms. Ryden and the students of Washington School pose on the school steps for a class picture before the school closes its doors. . .Baker High School coach Dave Breitbach has been voted Coach of the Year in Class B boys basketball. . .Carter County will host Montana Range Days June 19-21. . .Baker Livestock has a new owner, new manager, new name and new sale day. Previous owners, Bill and Joyce Almy, sold the business to Bechtold Ranch, Inc. of Baker. Tom Bechtold has leased the business to Marty and Robin Asay of Frenchtown. The name has been changed to New West Livestock. . .High temperature May 2 was 78 degrees. . .Primary Election to he held June 6. . .May 7 was the last service conducted by Pastor Jean McCusker of the Baker Community Church. . .Harold Jensen was elected president of the O’Fallon Historical Society. Vice president is Ken Wiman, treasurer is John Karch and secretary Esther Murphy. . .Fifty-nine eighth graders will advance on to high school. . .Gary and Lynnda Evans have created a private retreat for weary travelers, and hunters will have access to the best pheasant hunting in Fallon County. Accommodations at Ringneck Rendezvous are in the original 1908 ranch house. Ringneck Rendezvous is located 13 miles north of Baker.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 31,
Baker Spartan tennis team came home from state competition at Big Fork with a second place award. . .Boys State delegates include Kyle Newell, Bob Wheeler and Ryan Hecker from Baker High School and Scott Hagadone from Plevna High School. . .Eilek’s Ready Wear is for sale due to the fact that Sarah Eilek is retiring. . .Helen Rieger and Jeanette Burkle have both retired from the Plevna Schools. . .Plevna High School held their commencement exercises May 18. Brett Fred was salutatorian and Michelle Gaub was valedictorian. . . Two years ago Fallon County suffered the worst drought in its history. Only 6.48 inches of precipitation fell the entire year. Thus far, 1990 is following the precipitation patterns of 1988. The Fallon County Commissioners wrote to Governor Stephens to request that a state of disaster be declared in Fallon County. . . State legislators were called to Helena May 21 for a special session to deal with problems in some laws passed by the 1989 Legislature. . . Conservation Day sponsored by the Little Beaver Conservation District was held May 3. A Conservation Day quiz was given to students and the top three scorers were Jennifer Plummer, Baker, first; Kristin Hagadone, Plevna, second; and Matt Curry, Baker, third. . .The goal of $3,500 for the fireworks fund was not only met but exceeded. .
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 29,
County Extension Agent Gene Hoff says he believes this year’s drought is as bad or worse than the drought of 1930. The big problem at this time is water - reservoirs are drying up and there will be no more water in the reservoirs in a week or two if we do not get a substantial rain. . .As a result of the dredging operation in progress on Baker Lake, the Fallon County Commissioners do not recommend water skiing or large boats with excessive speeds on Baker Lake. . . Coaches for the Little League baseball season are Wade Jacobsen and assistant Brian Bechtold. . .With the help of Congressman Ron Marlenee and Senator John Melcher, Dr. William Tsang has received permission to work in Baker from the U.S. Office of Immigration. Dr. Tsang arrived in Baker May 22 and began his practice at the O’Fallon Clinic May 23. . .Diane Moser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Odes Lovec, has been named Coach of the Year in girls basketball by the Wyoming Coaches Association. . .Fire departments in eastern Montana have been very busy this week with numerous fires started by lightning. In Fallon County, firemen were called out to the Hanratty ranch and Tunby ranch Tuesday.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 28,
This year’s chapter members of the Senior Girl Scouts are Valerie Duppler, LuRae Bechtold, Joy Verhulst, Lynn Post, Mary Alice Myhre and Terry Duneman. . .Voters showed their displeasure with the way the school budget has been set up for the year 1970-71 by defeating the special school mill levy for the second time. . .Gene Domagala received 16 trophies at this year’s annual bowling banquet Saturday evening. . .Mrs. Post’s fourth graders presented a program of square and round dancing for their parents May 27. . .Louis Jensen spoke to the O’Fallon Historical Society on early Indian history and showed a part of his collection of Indian artifacts, old bottles and polished petrified wood.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 26,
Ten seniors will receive diplomas at the Plevna High School graduation tonight. Shirley Schaefer is valedictorian and Maxine Hoem is salutatorian. . .Robert Smeltzer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smeltzer, Jr., returned Monday on the train from Minneapolis where he was entertained over the weekend by the Minneapolis Tribune. He was awarded the trip as a result of the number of subscriptions he obtained for the paper. . .Graduating from the eighth grade at the Fallon County eighth grade promotion exercises are: Linda Braun, Barbara Celander, Roger Geving, Marlene Gregerson, Faye Greenlee, John MacKay, Kerry Murphy, Duane Stieg and Marcella Wiseman. . .Tommy Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Olson, suffered a fractured jaw among other injuries, mainly lacerations of his knee and head, when the left front tire of his car blew out Sunday evening, hurling his car out of control.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 1,
About 20 young people and their sponsor, Miss Gladys Turner, enjoyed an outing Sunday at Wildwood Park. This Pilgrim Fellowship group went roller skating at the nearby hall afterwards. . .Twelve junior members of the Ismay Royal Neighbors Camp put on an exhibition of twirling at the convention held there. . Hail, sleet and drizzle were featured in the weather May 30.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 30,
Jury term of court in Baker completed, found Pinnow guilty of second degree murder, Judge Nelstead gives 25-year sentence. . .The equipment at the city play ground was brought out of storage this week and is being placed into position. . . Red Cross Drive for War Relief funds at halfway point. Fallon County Chapter has reached half of its quota of $140. . .Highway patrol says all motor accidents must be reported within 24 hours regardless of whether or not bodily injury or any other damage results.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 29,
The bringing of three record flow wells near the Rush Hall farm in Cabin Creek now give the Gas Development Co. the three largest wells in the Baker-Glendive field. . .The second contingent of Gold Star Mothers of which Mrs. Dean M. Sinclair of Baker is a member, arrived in France Tuesday. Mrs. Sinclair is visiting the Meuse- Angonne cemetery where her son Harold is buried. He was killed in action October 1918. . .Further developments in the approaching election include the filing of T. A. Fitzsimmons of Baker for county treasurer and V. S. Himsl of Plevna as candidate for state senator.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 27,
Baker High School commencement last Thursday night in the Lake Theater was a big event in the local school history. On this occasion was graduated the largest class of the Baker schools, 13, comprised of five boys and eight girls. The salutatory address was given by Jeannette Price, and the valedictory by Ernestine Lathom. . .Baker baseball team won an easy game over lsmay last Sunday, 13-2. . .An agricultural class is being organized in the Baker High School which will make it possible for boys of the county to obtain a thorough course of instruction in animal husbandry, field crops, farm mechanics, farm management, shop work, forage work, etc.