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10 YEARS AGO

  Friday, July 30, 2010 --

Eleven years after an idea spiraled into thousands of hours of labor, time, and committment, work has begun on the North Baker Water and Sewer District project. The District awarded the construction bid to Ahanu Construction, Inc.  from Billings. . .Picture: Painting by Kelby Newell in the window of National Oilwell Varco for the first annual Relay for Life of Fallon County. . .Sixth annual Jim Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament was held July 10 at Lakeview Country Club. Winners of the A Team were: 1st - Ryan Varner, Jade Boggs, Todd Gardner, Ben Palczewski and Matt Schooner. B Team Winners were: 1st - Dirk Kuntz, Bo Lingle, Zach Hepperle, Tim Robinson, Rod Morris and Jeff Varner. . .Paint the State Contest, sponsored by the Montana Meth Project, drew nine entries from Fallon County. . .Approximately 500 people stopped by Reynolds Market for Customer Appreciation Day. . .The Collies celebrated the 100th birthday of their ranch with a picnic July 25. . .Low temperature July 24 was 53 degrees. Year-to-date moisture is 11.66 inches. . .Four Baker athletes took part in the Big Sky State Games in Billings July 17-18. Representing Fallon County were Scotti and Skyler Robinson, Solenn and Alain Jacobsen.

20 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, August 4, 2000 --

On July 27, rain, hail and wind moved through Fallon County leaving only two-tenths of an inch of rain in some places and severe hail damage in others. Residents in Baker measured “golf ball size hail” up to 3 3/4 inches in diameter. North of Baker MDU poles were blown down and a grain bin was picked up and moved completely off its foundation. . .A Burlington Northern train malfunction created several fires between Ismay and Baker Aug. 1. The largest area burned was over 500 acres on Jack Leibee and Dale Buerkle ranches. . .New feature at the Fallon County Fair is Junior Steer Riding. It will be held Aug. 17 and is open to youth 10-16 years of age. . .Otto and Echoe Bechtold will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18 at the American Lutheran Church. . .Gena Meier of Plevna has been invited to play with the Montana Hoops in a basketball tournament in Las Vegas. The Montana Hoops is a team put together by a coach from Bozeman and players were picked from Class C and B schools. . .Russell Culver recently received the weekly “Breadwinner” award sponsored by Wheat Montana Farms and Bakery. Culver was congratulated for his outstanding efforts and honored for his 50 years of service in the community. . .High temperature July 30 was 100 degrees. . .Sixty future golfers took part in the Baker Lions Club Youth Golf Camp held July 24-28.

30 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, August 2, 1990 --

A new addition to the Fallon County Fair is a Rodeo Queen contest. The contest is being sponsored by the Baker CowBelles. . .School board met in special session July 30 to discuss methods of cutting expenses or raising revenue at the Baker Recreation Complex. . .Ben Gonsioroski accompanied by Robert Boggs, both of Baker, were among the four finalists at the KATL, Elks, Eastern Montana Fair Preview Talent Show held July 28 in Miles City. . .Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Culver were guests of honor at a farewell potluck supper July 25. . .“Back to the Future II” is now showing at the Baker Drive-In Theater. . .Five Baker bowlers have received the prize money they won at the State Bowling Tournament held in Billings in May. The five are Tom Bechtold, Dennis Varner, Eddy Susa, Dale Boggs and Todd Overton. . .Father Thomas Tobin sunk the first hole-in-one of the season at Lakeview Country Club July 28. Less than an hour later, Joel Bechtold aced the number seven hole for his hole-in-one

40 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, July 31, 1980 --

Pictured is Mary Stark of the Baker CowBelles presenting Clarence Schell of Reynolds with a check for $100 he won for the advertising he did for Father’s Day in the Times. The ad promoted beef and was the state winner and will now be advanced to the national competition. . .Bank of Baker and Montana Bank of Baker are short of pennies. If you have any you would like to change, would you please bring them to either bank. . .Lila Barrett, 79 years old of Baker, passed away July 22 at her home in Baker. . .Clara Callen celebrates her 85th birthday at the home of her son, Marion. . .July 27, was a great day for 82 year old Selma Phebus. Relatives gathered at her home for a day of visiting, viewing new additions to the family and a bountiful dinner

50 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, July 30, 1970 --

This year at the annual Crazy Days parade there were 32 entries. Doug Post was first with a western theme of a horse and covered wagon. Second place was won by Tami Lovec and Bernadette Moser. Third place winner was Melvin Moser, Jr. . .Mrs. Alice Newell and Sara Kerr attended a dinner at the Cross Roads in Miles City honoring Ruth Longworth, who had been State Librarian since 1957. . .Traveling to Bowman last Tuesday to participate in the women’s invitational golf tournament were Mrs. Beryl Jensen, Mrs. Don Groshans, Mrs. Rich Vilhauer, Mrs. Vernie Jacobsen and Mrs. Margaret Jensen. . .A total of 40 men registered for the Baker Country Club men’s invitational golf tournament last Sunday. The championship flight consisting of Vincent Cobb, Beryl Jensen, Mike Hoke and S. Olson from Bowman went the full nine holes. Cobb finished with a 38, Jensen 39, Hoke and Olson both had 40.

60 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, July 28, 1960 --

Champion cowboys from all parts of the U.S. and Canada will be competing at the RCA approved Days of ‘85 Rodeo to be held at Ekalaka Aug. 6. This celebration will commemorate the 75th year since the town of Ekalaka was founded. . .Forty-six girls in Fallon County participated in a Dress Revue July 23 at the fairgrounds as part of the annual 4-H judging day. Peggy and Marilyn Redman tied for first place in clothes for fun. Karen Fost placed first in the washable outfit for school unit. Robin Roth placed first in the sleeping and lounging event. Kathryn O’Donnell placed first in the sports outfit unit; Sharon Duffield first in the special occasion unit; Delila Fried had overall first place from the wool unit. . .Second baseman Curt Huether hit a tenth inning grand slam home run over the center field fence as Baker beat Terry 16-12 in a high scoring game. Newell and Taylor shared the mound duties as did Jim Pat Niccum and Herb McCamish the catching.

70 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, August 3, 1950 --

Baker Lions Club started work on their share of raising the hospital fund, Aug. 1. They are selling shares on a 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe 4-door sedan with radio, heater and overdrive. . .Horse racing program and placing of exhibits for the Fallon County Fair are featured stories this week. . .The county-wide hospital committee met with the county commissioners Tuesday evening to discuss the emergency that exists in the county until a hospital can be provided. Dan Helgeson reported on his trip to Bozeman, Billings, Big Timber and Roundup where hospital buildings were inspected. He also looked into the possibility of receiving federal aid and consulted an architect from Spokane.

80 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, August 1, 1940 --

Republican candidates whose names were written in the primary election and who received the nominations for their party filed last week and are as follows: Paul E. Hubbard for Justice of the Peace; Denzil Young for County Attorney; L.W. Busch for State Representative; and John Wenz for County Commissioner. . .Read these and remember when Schilling coffee sold 4 lbs. for $1.00; hamburger, fresh made, 15 cents lb.; table plums, one basket, 65 cents.

90 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, July 31, 1930 --

New buildings which have become necessary to house the increasingly large number of exhibits which are shown at Fallon County annual fair, have been started and are rapidly taking form at the grounds south of Baker. The work is under the supervision of George McHoes, livestock superintendent. A new cattle barn is under construction and the old cattle barn is being remodeled as a barn for running horses. A poultry house will also be built. . .Frank Stowe, son of Mrs. Izzy Stowe and rancher from north of the city, was brought to the home of his mother Tuesday afternoon suffering from Rocky Mountain tick fever. He was removed to the hospital.

100 YEARS AGO

  Thursday, July 29, 1920 --

That Fallon County will have a farm bureau and a county agent in the near future is almost a certainty. . .John Frey, former meat cutter of the Baker Meat Co., has purchased the market and will run it in connection with the Trandum Grocery and now is sole owner. . .Baker schools will open August 31 and a large enrollment is expected. High school instructors are Susan Klinkhammer, A. E. Landis, Louise E. Emerson, J. O. Hembre, Dorothy Hurley, Wm. S. Woods and Wilhemina Hein. . .County commissioners have set Aug. 5-7 as the dates of the Kickers Convention. They will be in session on the 9th to fix the levies for all county purposes.

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