10 YEARS AGO
Friday, July 16, 2010 --
July 12 law enforcement authorities from Fallon County and eastern Montana closed the Eastern Montana Humane Society shelter located five miles northwest of Baker due to violations of the Montana animal cruelty code. When responders arrived they found large numbers of dogs and cats living in filthy, cramped pens and crates. Volunteers began transporting the 62 dogs and 33 cats from the shelter to the Fallon County fairgrounds barn. Approximately 30 volunteers traveled to Baker from across Montana and the U.S. to help in the rescue. . .A rash of vehicles were broken into in the early morning hours of July 30 in Baker. Between 10-15 vehicles had items stolen from inside. The list of reported stolen items includes iPods, Tom-Tom navigation system, digital cameras, cash and a couple of purses.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 21, 2000 --
Country superstar Mark Chesnutt has signed to be the concert entertainer for the Fallon County Fair Aug. 19. . .Vivian Celander will celebrate her 80th birthday July 22 with an open house at the Baker Senior Center. . .The heat was on last weekend with 103 degree temperature and wind - record drought conditions in the area. . .Annetta (Varner) Beck celebrated her 90th birthday July 15. . .Seventy-two golfers participated in the 2000 Mammo Whammo Golf Tournament July 9. First place team consisted of Ernie Scheetz, Dave Havens, Scott Rost and Les Afrank. . .The fifth annual Christmas in July is going on at Baker Furniture. . .Joe Montana Day and Ismay Reunion was a success July 1, a 3 on 3 basketball contest was held and that night the Little Missouri band played for a dance. Sunday started off with a breakfast and the 3 on 3 tournament continued. Children’s games were enjoyed in the afternoon and that evening Stan Howe provided entertainment before the main attraction - The Ringling 5. . .Little Beaver Conservation District is offering an opportunity to view agricultural options in alternative grazing, wind protection and stream assessment. The first stop will be at the Jerry and Kathy Sikorski ranch.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 19, 1990 --
Fallon County Sheriff’s Office reminds area residents that 911 service is available only to those with 778 prefix phones. . .Special Baker High School mill levy election was held July 11. A total of 617 voters turned out and defeated the measure with a tally of 242 for and 375 against. . .Picture: Dustin Gorder, nine year old son of Pam and Gary Gorder, pulled a four and one-half pound northern pike, measuring two feet four inches long from Baker Lake with a gummy bear. . .Shane Elmore, 16 year old son of Dave and Jeanette Elmore, was seriously injured July 15 in a one vehicle accident. . .Joe and Agnes Lovec will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 28. . .Don and Gladys Morris will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary July 29. . .July 6, Stella Plummer was honored with a party to celebrate her 99th birthday. . .Eilek’s is having a liquidation sale - 30-40-50% off entire store. . .Cody Heiser won first place in the Crazy Days bike parade. Clark Curry and Pat Griffith took second place honors and Cody Craig took third place. . .Second annual Class B Big Sky All Star football game will be held July 11. Representing Baker on the south squad will be Todd Barkley, Les Afrank and Nolan Verke.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 17, 1980 --
Montana Senator Max Baucus visited Baker Wednesday evening during a seven day tour of drought stricken areas of eastern Montana. . .Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wood and Barbara Neumann traveled to Knoxville, TN, in June for the annual meeting of the National Band Association of which Mr. Wood is a member. Barbara performed in the National High School Honor Band. . .The Bank of Baker had a very successful grand opening for their new drive-in facilities July 10. Winners of their Las Vegas trip were Mr. Merritt Duffield and Mrs. Billy J. Hughes. . .Delegates to 4-H Congress came back with good results. Those attending from Baker were Jennifer Myhre, Sheila Bondell, Steve Koenig, Kenny Lutts, Val Losing, Mary Lutts, Jerry Losing and Julie Bruha.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 16, 1970 --
Gene Domagala, owner and operator of Baker Super Valu Store, has been awarded the “Outstanding Merchandising Award” plaque from Super Valu Stores, Inc. . .Board of directors of the Peanut Shack held their last meeting Monday to close the doors for the last time on the “Teen Center”. Although the center provided a place to go and entertainment for the teenagers, vandalism was the reason for this final decision. . .Four shooters from the Baker Trap Club attended the state shoot in Great Falls this weekend. They were Claude Ware, Norris Newberry, Duane Brockel and Jim Anderson. . .State Line Babe Ruth League All-Stars are Vic Callen, Dave Havens, Gerald Madler and Jerry Callen.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 14, 1960 --
Mrs. Lucille Riley won a ten foot freezer given away by Super Valu for their anniversary sale. . .Sharon Lee Phebus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Flace Phebus, recently finished her training as air hostess in Minneapolis at Humbolt Institute. She is employed by the Mohawk Airlines. . .Considerable hail damage was reported over Fallon County during the past weekend with damage being estimated from eight to ten percent. . .Fallon County surpassed its goal in this April’s cancer drive, it was announced this week by chairman Mrs. Ronald Shepherd. Three food baskets helped swell the total to $815.18. The goal was $800.00. . .The Farmers Home Administration has appointed Arnold Davis as county supervisor for Carter, Fallon and Wibaux Counties. He replaces Robert Luhrsen who resigned recently.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 20, 1950 --
S. A. Weeks, M.D. and son Sam and Gary Morrow reported on the Boy Scout Jamboree held at Valley Forge, PA. . .Wm. King, state high school inspector, recently gave the report that the Baker High School was granted unqualified accrediting for four years of high school teaching during the last year. . .City of Baker underwent aerial spraying early Saturday morning. It seems to have been very effective. . .Baker Boy Scouts, Troop 29, will leave Sunday for a week’s scouting at Crazy Head near Lame Deer.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 18, 1940 --
One of the big attractions of the Fallon County Fair this year is the fine race program which will be staged Sept. 6 and 7. Entries will be confined to the Fallon, Carter and Slope County horses. No thoroughbreds will be allowed to enter. . .President F. D. Roosevelt was nominated for a third term at the Chicago Democratic Convention. . .A new oven was installed at a cost of $1,300 in the City Bakery. . .Governor Roy E. Ayers and Sam Ford were nominated for governor in Tuesday’s primary election.
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 17, 1930 --
Fire, which swept through the upper story of Grainger’s Cafe building, resulted in a heavy loss not only to the owner of the building and to George Grainger who had furnishings and equipment there, but also to the occupants of the bedrooms who were unable to save any of their belongings. . .A petition is being circulated this week to obtain funds for the improvement of the lake for swimming and recreational facilities. The entire amount collected will be used for labor and supplies necessary to carry out the suggested improvements. . .By a majority of 80 to 8, the proposal to finance by means of a $15,000 bond issue, a new well for the city was passed by the taxpayers at a special election held here Wednesday.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 15, 1920 --
The Farmers Elevator is being overhauled and numerous improvements made before grain begins to arrive from harvest. O. K. Ames is supervising the work. . The Equity picnic at Westmore last Saturday was attended by a large crowd. An airplane gave air excursions to those who had a hankering to fly and $15.00. . .Lewis Williams was brought to Baker Saturday suffering from a severe scalp wound, the result of a runaway while harrowing a piece of land. . .The tourist camp recently established in the park east of the city is proving to be a popular place, 115 persons registered during the first week. . .Jack Wolenetz was in from Webster and says he has wheat 30 inches high with heads four inches long. . .The worst electrical storm of this season visited Baker Monday night and lasted an hour. No reports of any damage were made and the crops are looking real good.