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10 YEARS AGO

Friday, March 19,

2010 --

Fallon County Commissioners recently delivered a 2009 15-passenger Dodge Sprinter to the Fallon County Council on Aging Public Transportation Program. The new bus was 100 percent federally funded through a grant process. . .Baker resident Dave Stevens was injured March 6 when part of a snowmobile track tore into his left leg during a weekend snowmobile excursion. He lost his left leg below the knee. . .Individuals who have filed for the County Commissioner position are William Randash, Russell Stoddard, Derrick Enos, Roberk Livesey and John Tronstad. Barb Ketterling and Faye Koenig have filed for Treasurer/Assessor. . .Low temperature March 1 was -1 degree. . .A benefit for Pat Breen will be held March 27 at the Ismay Fire Hall. . . Baker Swishers, fifth grade basketball team, placed second at the Makoshika Basketball Tournament in Glendive the weekend of March 13. Players on the team are Kadon Gentilini, Isaac Rost, Treston Erickson, Daniel Rost, Dalton Herbst, David Pierson and Trevor Griffith. Coaches are Mike Gentilini and Jon Griffith.

20 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 24, 2000 --

Fallon County Community Band and Jazz Band will be performing favorite tunes from the 40s, 50s and 60s March 26. . .High temperature March 19 was 58 degrees. . .Fallon County Spelling Bee held March 8 and was won by Chadd Steffes, a Plevna eighth grader. He is the son of Larry and Carmie Seffes. First runner-up and alternate to State is Katie Brown, daughter of Jerry and Carla Brown of Baker. . .C & S Automotive Service of Baker defeated Fix Farms/Medicine Rocks Vet Clinic by a score of 110-74 in the championship game of the tenth annual Ralph Ehret Memorial Basketball Tournament held in Ekalaka March 17-19. . .Alexiss Pinnow, a current student of Baker High School, was the recipient of the Fallon County $500 4-H Volunteer Spirit Scholarship. Alexiss is the daughter of Craig and Wanda Pinnow of Baker. . .Post #35 of the American Legion celebrated the 81st birthday of the founding of the American Legion March 1. Drury Phebus stood in as master of ceremonies for Post Commander Lawrence Schaefer who was attending the basketball tournament. . .Many spectators gathered at the airport Saturday afternoon to watch John Duffield demonstrate a six chuter powered parachute.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 22, 1990 --

Harriet Speelmon of Mill Iron has been selected by the Montana Mothers Association as 1990 Merit Mother. . .Approximately 320 people came to the Health Fair, 271 took advantage of the blood screen and/or the EKG. . . It was Grandparents Day at Baker Schools March 16 and 182 grandparents came to visit classes. . .Baker Symphonic Band is going on a short spring tour to Denver this week. . .1990 Junior Prom candidates are Lorna Bennett, Micki Bickle, Jackie Baker, Nicole Brown, Klint Flint, Tim Howe, Shawn Wang and Nolan Verke. . .High temperature March 19 was 68 degrees. . .Two former Baker High School students were among students featured in brochures from the University of Mary. They were Sandy Madler, daughter of Jerry and Mary Madler, and Mark Hecker, son of John and MaryAnn Hecker. . .Prairie, Fallon and Wibaux County Weed Boards recently received a $20,000 grant for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund, said Ellis Williams, Fallon-Carter County Extension agent. The grant money is to be used to help fund a cooperative weed control effort called the “Tri- County Leafy Spurge Control Project”.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 20, 1980 --

Pictured is Mrs. Anna Olson visiting with her son Myron at her 96th birthday party held March 16. . . March 17 a truck hit a power pole by the Baker Hotel and put us out of electricity for about one hour. . .The senior class will present “The Perfect Idiot” March 22. The cast, directed by Carole Knutson, includes Bill Zachmann, Toni Granat, Roberta Hartse, Curtis Blake, Mike Domagala, Dennis Wagner, Lester Straub, Jane Russell, Kaye Overton, Ann Mueller, Ray Huntley, Jerry Losing and Mikell Tronstad. . . Kenneth Rabe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rabe, will be Boys State delegate from Plevna High School this year. Clint Dietz, son of Mr. Billy Dietz, is the alternate. . .Steve Gentry of Baker Super Valu presented a $100 check to Mary Bohle of Baker, a winner in Super Valu’s Best Cash Bingo Game. . .Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Schell celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house reception at their home March 23. . .Census Bureau will be taking applications for census enumerators here in Baker March 24. . .Pictured is Dean Wang, president of the Country Pals 4-H Club, presenting a bouquet of flowers to Joni Herzog, IFYE delegate to Germany. Joni, a 4-H member of 12 years, spoke to local people at the Baker fairgrounds Monday evening concerning her experiences in Germany for the past six months.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 19, 1970 --

The library dedication is set for April 19. Fallon County Library officially opened March 14, for regular patronage and from all reports is definitely a credit to the county. . .Organizational meeting of the City-County Planning Board was held March 11. Myron Saylor is president and Margaret Rasmussen is secretary. . .Janice Schell is a queen candidate for the state basketball tournament this year in Butte. . .Winners in the spelling bee on March 13 are: grade 5 - Vicki Jordan, grade 6 - Cindy Neary, grade 7 - Cindy Wade, grade 8 - Marcia Young. . .American Legion Post 35 celebrated its 51st birthday with a party at the Legion Hall March 14. . .Plevna took first place in judging at the Big Muddy FFA District competitive judging contests.

60 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 17, 1960 --

Delilah Fried is Baker’s choice for Girls State delegate. Kay Rediske is alternate. . .Coleman Krokker, Scoutmaster of Troop A from the Yellowstone Valley Council, returned home following a planning session in Billings for the Jubilee Jamboree to be held in Colorado Springs in July. . . The City Council is considering including the new high school in the city limits. . . L. Price retires as school trustee of 12 years. . .Betty Howe was named first place winner with her theme on the subject “What Is An American?” in the annual Americanism essay contest, sponsored by the Legion Auxiliary. . .The hearing of oral arguments on appeal in the matter of the application of the Baker Sales Barn, Inc. for a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing the operation of a livestock market in Baker was heard in District Court March 11 by Judge W. R. Flachsenhar.

70 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 23, 1950 --

Baker Eagles Club is short four slot machines which were picked up and carted off sometime between close up time and Wednesday morning. Sheriff John Coldwell could find no trace of the burglars. . .E. L. Russell, chairman of the Red Cross Drive, reported receipts of $886.35. . .Cub Scouting was considered at a parent meeting sponsored by the Lions Club, Roy McClain chairman. If enough parents turn out at the next meeting, the program may get underway. . .Ordination services of Rev. Lester Mengel were held last Friday at the Baptist Church. . .Emil Sieler, Plevna, won first place in the Magpie Contest sponsored by the Fallon County Sportsmen’s Club at the banquet Friday evening. . .Mrs. J. K. Munsell and Mrs. Walter Flint won first prizes for silliest hats at the Beta Sigma Phi spring rush party at the home of Betty Jane Knudsen.

80 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 21, 1940 --

Dr. Mark Vornholt arrived Monday from Roundup and opened offices in the Bank of Baker recently vacated by Dr. B. R. Tarbox. . .Karl Pleissner, son of Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Pleissner, received his degree in medicine from the University of Minnesota and prepared to take his internship. Mrs. Pleissner went to Minneapolis to attend graduation exercises. . .Webster School began early to celebrate Bird Protection Week with the finishing of two bird houses - more are in the making.

90 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 20, 1930 --

When Dad Seeley reaches his 80th birthday Friday, school children and townspeople alike will commemorate the occasion with him at a public reception that afternoon at the school house. Dad has faithfully given his best to the duties demanded of him in his “janitoring” at the school, and his host of friends, both young and old, are making plans to show their appreciation. . .The only war mother in Fallon County is eligible to make a trip to the grave of her son in France as the guest of the government. She is Mrs. Anna Sinclair, who has signified her intention of accepting the government’s invitation and will sail from New York May 21.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 18, 1920 --

Sunday night and all day Monday this section of the country was in the grip of the worst blizzard that has occurred in years. A driving snow accompanied by a high wind continued without interruption for 36 hours. Drifts reached the height of 15 and 20 feet in many places. . .Lloyd Smith who has returned from Hardin has accepted a position with the Baker State Bank. . .E. A. Mulkey of the 101 Ranch has returned from California where he spent several months with his wife and daughter, Mrs. Atkinson. . .Mayor George Hough returned Tuesday from Edgemont, SD where he had been on business connected with the Baker Petroleum Co. . .An ad by Baker Power and Light Co. reads Move to Baker. Fifteen vacant houses on our list of discontinued service, two are furnished and close to school. One two-room house with gas stoves, city water and light rents for $10 a month. . .Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Russell returned Sunday from Rochester where Mr. Russell received surgical attention at the Mayo Hospital.

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