10 YEARS AGO
Friday, May 7,
Unofficial School Board Trustee election results show Michael J. Gentilini and Michael J. Gunderson winning the election in Baker. Gary Brockel won the race in the Plevna election. . .Fallon County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Chuck Lee was honored with the U.S. Department of Commerce Public Service Award for promoting severe weather preparedness and safety. . . Stetson K. Knipp, 18, has been charged with the theft of a fuel card belonging to the City of Baker. . .Fallon County Times will hold a Candidate Forum May 25. Those invited to the Forum are Fallon County Commissioner Candidates William Randash, Russell Stoddard, Derrick Enos, Robert Livesey and John Tronstad; Treasurer/Assessor candidates Barb Ketterling and Faye Koenig. . .Over 200 people turned out for the Fireworks Fundraiser Breakfast even though the weather was cold and rainy, May 1. Free will donations totaled $2,694 from the breakfast, bringing the fireworks’ account to approximately $6,000. . .Southeastern Montana Health Fair had a larger turnout this year than last - 685 people came through the high school gymnasium to visit the 48 vendor tables.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 12,
A capacity crowd of nearly 200 gave the cast of “Always Patsy Cline” two standing ovations at the end of the two hour show. The event was sponsored by the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. . .Fallon County resident, Les Crow, has thrown his hat into the ring as a write-in candidate for county commissioner. . .Baker Clean-Up Day was a huge success, according to coordinator Gary Wade. Enough garbage was gathered to fill a 20 yard dumpster and two city dump trucks. A total of 502 bags of garbage was collected. . .Spartan track teams will be at the District Track Meet May 13 at Billings Metra; tennis team is at the Divisional Tennis Tournament May 13 in Forsyth; golf team is at the State Golf Tournament May 16-17 in Frenchtown. . .Jim and Norma Ferrel were surprised when their eight year old mare gave birth three weeks prematurely to twin foals April 29. Norma has had the foals in the house for much of the first week. The mare was milked and the babies bottle fed every hour that first night. . .The Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture now has 72 paid members, which is more than in recent years. . .High temperature May 2 was 85 degrees. Low was 33 degrees May 7.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 10,
Baker High School Class of 1990 co-valedictorians are David Orth and Barbie Spriggs. Salutatorian is Shawn Wang. . .Russell Culver, City Attorney, was honored by the City Council and Mayor Dean Keirle at the May 1 meeting. Russell has served in the capacity of city attorney for the past 40 years and was presented with a plaque in recognition of his dedication. . .Under the direction of Jan Tuggle, students from kindergarten through grade four will present their annual musical May 11. . .May 5 a bike-a-thon was sponsored by Plainsmen Search and Rescue to raise money for the Fireworks Fund Drive. Forty-two bikers participated. Top riders for the day were Pastor Jim Russ and Paul Schwartz. Another fundraiser held that day was a radio-a-thon. Tim Barkley, official arrester, assisted by Dale Barta and Donald MacKay, made several “arrests” of local citizens who were then held until “bailed out” by callers to the radio station. This fundraiser brought in $1,011.25.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 8,
James L. Stanton, presently of Richey Public Schools, has accepted the position of superintendent of Baker Public Schools for 1980-81. Mr. Stanton and his wife Pat have six children, all of school age. . .Duane Gatzke has been named valedictorian of the Plevna senior class and salutatorian is Kevin L. Tennant. . .State of Montana Babe Ruth baseball tournament will be held in Baker the latter part of July. At this time the Chamber of Commerce is looking for housing for these young people. . .Mr. Harry Erickson, superintendent of Baker Public Schools, has taken the position of superintendent of schools in Belgrade. . .Hospital Ball will be held May 10 at Wildwood. . .An accident took place on the Lame Jones Road which involved a road grader and a pickup. The pickup and grader met head-on on a hilltop. Driver of the pickup, Loyd Ketchum, and the passenger, Bruce Ketchum, were admitted to the hospital, treated and released. Dale Rath was the driver of the road grader.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 7,
Baker Country Club is adding a new addition. . .Art Meccage, Fallon County rancher, and Gene Huntley, Baker attorney, have both filed on the Democratic ticket for the State House of Representatives. . .Frank Becker, “Becker of Baker”, a long-time resident of Baker, passed away in Phoenix Monday. . .A five day Civil Defense Emergency Operations Simulation program will be conducted at Baker Emergency Operating Center from May 9-14, according to Robert L. Morton, Civil Defense Director of Fallon County. . .Joe Goroski of Baker took third place in the annual Jaycees Fiddlers Contest. . .At the spring concert April 29 at the high school, Hazel Hanson received the National Choral Award for her outstanding singing ability, and Gail Herbst received the Sousa Award for outstanding musical interest and ability. . .William Malenovsky, 82, of Willard passed away May 5 at his ranch home. Edward Pratt, 60, passed away at Fallon Memorial Hospital Tuesday.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 5,
The 1960 class valedictorian at Plevna High is Shirley Schaefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Schaefer; salutatorian is Maxine Hoem, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hoem. . .Elected to Plevna High School board were Fred Buerkle and Glenn Rugg; to the Baker High School board were Cleo Barkley, Robert Cox, Willard Malcom and Rushmore Hall. . .Young, dry cows brought $17 to $20 per hundredweight at auction this week. Big fat cows were selling at $15 to $16.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 11,
In Baker as in the entire nation, bells will be rung Monday noon to herald the opening of the Independence Savings Bond campaign. . .The two banks have jointly purchased the Baker High School bonding district’s bonds for the construction of an agriculture building. . . Sportsmen’s Club backed the magpie eradication program along with the Baker Commercial Club and Lions Club. The State Fish and Game Commission will provide the bounty to be paid. . .Rev. H. H. Veeder will deliver the baccalaureate address Sunday evening to the class of 1950. Twenty-six are in the class.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 9,
L. Fredric Bruggeman’s local high school music groups took part in the spring festival in Glendive Saturday. . .The TB Mantoux tests held in the high school of the county revealed a much larger percentage of reactors than was anticipated. X-rays of the positive cases have been sent to Galen for examination. . .Eastern Montana gas fields are to be hooked up by an eight inch pipeline connecting the Bowdoin gas field with the Baker-Glendive gas field, said R. M. Heskett, president of the Montana- Dakota Utilities. . .The Plevna grade school athletes won the Fallon County athletic trophy for the town schools at the track meet held Friday. The Ehret School won first place in competition with one room schools.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 8,
At the annual meeting of the board of education Monday evening of this week, held for the purpose of electing teachers, the following roster was named: Supt. A. O. Gullidge, Robert Graham, Margaret McLay, Hazel Hanson, Helen Kranlick, Julia Murray, Edwina Eichenberger, Teresa Thrickler, Jessie Allen, Mae Foltz, Margaret Scott, Delphine Wolter and Shirley Donovan. . .At the annual rural school Roundup Day at Plevna, the Westmore School made an excellent record, winning the scholastic banner and 160 points in the scholastic contests. Tonquin was second. . .Harris and Marks have installed a beauty parlor in the back of their store. Mrs. D. F. Kohner, formerly of the Vanity Shop, has been engaged as operator. . .George Vinton was elected commander of the Fallon Post No. 35 for the year. . .Approximately 35 women, members of the Baker Woman’s Club, were guests of the Ollie Women’s Club, Friday.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, May 6,
George E. Hough, newly elected mayor, and new councilmen took office Tuesday night. Warren McDonald was appointed city clerk and Tom Phillips as water commissioner. It was decided to have a cement walk constructed from the Ed Hensen property to the Ed Lake property on Montana Ave. . .Mr. and Mrs. Clyde McLemore are responsible for a fine playground installed on the rear of their property. They have gone to considerable expense to equip the place with swings, rings, sand boxes and teeters for the children in the community. . .Rev. Edward Livingston, pastor of the Lutheran Church for the past year and a half, resigned Sunday to accept a call from the church at St. Cloud, MN. . .Mrs. R. W. Marks was elected president of the Baker Woman’s Club. . .Rush Hall and A.G Vinceilette appeared before the county superintendent Saturday petitioning for a new district. They were successful and are now in District No. 7. . .E. G. Heinrich suffered some severe burns about the face when he attempted to light the gas beneath the boilers at the plant Monday.