10 YEARS AGO
Friday, May 14,
Recognizing six decades of dedication, NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Alex G. Collie of MacKenzie a recipient of the agency’s Helmut E. Landsberg Award for 60 years outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. . .The 2010 Girls State delegates are Abbylea Gundlach and Tasha Larsen from Baker High School and Franki Gutierrez from Plevna High School. . . The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued the necessary certificate to TransCanada’s Bison Pipeline LLC authorizing them to begin construction of the Bison Pipeline Project. The Pipeline will start near Gillette, WY and run through Montana and North Dakota, approximately 6.39 miles of pipeline will go through the southeast corner of Fallon County. . .After nearly 60 years of practicing law, Russell Culver is preparing for retirement. Patrick Begley has taken over the responsibility of City Attorney and will be in Culver’s office Monday through Wednesday of each week.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 19,
Graduation ceremonies are set for May 21 at Plevna and Baker. . . Precision Maintenance & Machine, a new division of D & M Water Service, has opened its door to the public. Semi trucks, heavy equipment, agricultural machinery and farm trucks can all be repaired and serviced at PMM. Shop manager is Del Espinosa. . .School Superintendent Jim Stanton said the fight is still on in the high school association about moving volleyball to fall. . .Marine and Russell Helgerson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 28. . .Baker High School tennis team takes first at their divisional tournament held May 12-13 in Forsyth. . .Steve Spriggs is the new chairman of the District #12 school board. Elaine Stanhope was reappointed clerk of the district and Dave Havens was appointed to the transportation committee. . .High temperature May 15 was 74 degrees. . .Three teachers have accepted the school board’s incentive offer for early retirement which is $15,000 the first year and $10,000 the second. Teachers who are retiring are Clair McLouth. Sally Bowland and Alice Lundgren.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 17,
Twenty-seven year old Douglas Wolenetz was pronounced dead on arrival at Fallon Medical Complex following an accident May 9. A ditch he was working in caved in on him. . .Baker High School is re-submitting its mill levy to the voters May 22. The school funding program was drastically changed during the last legislative session and some mistakes were made. A special session will begin in Helena May 21 to correct the oversights. . .An open house retirement party for Marvin Tweet will be held May 22 at the Post Office. . .A retirement reception will be held for Tom McGonigal, Julie LaCross and Mikell Neumann May 20 at the high school complex lobby. . .A farewell potluck party for Todd and Karyn Nemitz and Greg and Elva Bach will be held May 19 at the Gazebo. . .Clarence Schell presented Cindy Austin with a plaque. She has worked at Reynolds Supermarket for ten years and has never missed a day. . .Randy and Donna Morris have purchased Radio Shack. It will be located at Video Plus. . .Folks have been driving around Baker Lake to see the 30 some pelicans.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 15,
Polly Olson is queen and Jim Gratz king, reigning over National Hospital and Nursing Home Week, May 11-18. Both are residents of the Fallon Memorial Nursing Home. . .Thirty-four boys and girls are enrolled in the kindergarten roundup to be held June 2 and 3. . .Grand opening of the O’Fallon Historical Museum will be held May 25. . .In recognition of National Small Business Week, 1980, Lawler Drug, Inc. has been awarded the National Association of Retail Druggist’s Certificate of Community Service, commemorating more than 50 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Baker. . .Head football and basketball coach at BHS, Harold Schwan, will receive two awards at the Montana Coaches Association Clinic in Great Falls. The first award is for years of service and over 400 wins as a basketball coach. Schwan has over 100 football victories and from 1969-1974 his teams captured six consecutive championships.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 14,
School levies rejected - new election set for May 23. . .Mrs. Grace Davis, president of the Baker Woman’s Club, and Sara Kerr, past president, returned last Sunday from Butte where they attended the biennial convention of the Montana Federation of Women’s Clubs. . .Wayne Rieger is the winner of this year’s Fallon County 4-H Scholarship. . .Troop 258 Boy Scouts, under the direction of assistant leaders Mike McGonigal and Mark Overton, headed north on a 20 mile hike May 9 with the boys carrying their knapsacks full of lunches, chatting and having a good time. Everything was going fine until one of the boys hurt himself and needed to be carried. Mike and Mark took turns helping him for three miles - by then the troop was lost due to bad weather and discovered they had left their compass behind. Mike exhausted himself getting to a farm house and fell asleep there. Red Keirle found him asleep. Mike went out again to find the troop and got lost. Mark kept the troop together and started a fire to keep warm. It was 4 a.m. before anxious parents, farmers and townfolks found the boys in the fog. An overnight is planned again this weekend under the supervision of Rudy Rudolph.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 12,
Judge Flachsenhar decides for Baker Sales Barn, Inc. . .Gene Huntley is new president of Jaycees and Mrs. Bob Remillard is new president of the Jaycee Jaynes. . .1,100 students given TB skin tests Tuesday. . .Mrs. Elmer Newell, Baker, and Mrs. Charles Abrams, Carlyle, returned Sunday from attending the 47th annual conference of the Montana State Library Association held at the Rainbow Hotel, Great Falls, May 6-8. . .MDU is presently engaged in the repair of 22 miles of the gas transmission line from their Cabin Creek plant to Golva, N.D.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 18,
Independence Savings Bond campaign opened officially Monday noon and Mrs. W. H. Blakemore was the First purchaser. . .Rev. and Mrs. C. Pausley arrived Friday to move into the Baptist parsonage. . .Rural Play Day is huge success and much appreciated. The girl who won the trophy cup for the most points was Delores Ehret, Plevna. . .The Plevna senior class returned Saturday night from Billings where they spent Friday and Saturday on tour. . .Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Mrs. Earl Jacobs and a report was given of the Mother’s Day tea held at the home of Mrs. Gene Wellenstein. . .Francis Kirschten, valedictorian of the graduating class, has won the annual award of the Reader’s Digest Association. . .Mr. and Mrs. William Moscrip celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Minneapolis.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 16,
Fallon County Republican Central Committee met Monday evening at the courthouse. Senator John Weinschrott presided; delegates were instructed to vote for Thomas Dewey for President. . .Fallon County Democratic Central Committee met Tuesday afternoon with W. L. Riddle presiding as retiring chairman. Odin Myhre was elected to the chairmanship and Flace Phebus was elected secretary. . .Senior-Parent banquet was held in the high school gymnasium Tuesday evening. Superintendent Gullidge acted as master of ceremonies. Mrs. L. F. Bruggeman responded for the parents.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 15,
Mrs. Sinclair to start pilgrimage that will take her to the last resting place of her son in France. Mrs. Sinclair is the only war mother in Fallon County to make the pilgrimage as the guest of the government and she has been appointed to officially represent the American Legion Auxillary of Montana on the trip. . .Baker high school with its delegation of approximately sixty-five music students, had the distinction of having the largest group of participants of any school entered in the Eastern Montana Music Festival held Saturday at Glendive. . .Mother-Daughter Banquet was a great success, with 150 places laid at the long banquet table. . .Memorial Day services are being arranged for the American Legion post and will be a prominent feature of the Memorial Day program.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 13,
Dick Thomas has disposed of his interest in the pool hall to his brother Floyd. He will leave in a few days for Wisconsin where he will engage in business with his father. . .This county has received a registered warrant drawn on the bridge fund of Carter County in the amount of $10,485.64. This is in payment of Carter County’s share of the Fallon-Custer County bridge adjustment. . .The Carrington Korth School, District No. 57, taught by Mrs. Bessie Collette, is the second school in Fallon County to receive a superior rating. It is the 30th school in the state receiving the honor. . .Since the recent rains, reports are coming in to the effect that bridges in different parts of the county have been washed out. Those known at present are six bridges north of Westmore and two south of Plevna.