10 YEARS AGO
Friday, July 2, 2010 --
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. announced that two new wind projects have achieved commercial operation. One project is located five miles west of Rhame, ND, and the other is the Diamond Willow wind facility which is located near Baker. They have expanded the Diamond Willow facility by an additional 10.5 MW. . .Photo: Five generations - Christy Hufford holding her daughter Alyson Hufford together with grandfather Doug Hufford, great-grandmother Sharma Bledsoe and great-great-grandmother Bert Rost. . .2010 Baker Oilfield Open Golf Tournament winning team included Matt Anderson, Drew Henderson, Wayne Zacher, Brad Lecoe, Devon Harrison and Joe Janz, Jr. . .Russell and Virginia Culver celebrated 55 years of marriage June 5. . .A fire training exercise and seminar for county road crews took place June 22 in the new Baker District Rural Fire Station. Forty-one people took part in the training. . .Baker Spartans Jesse Medearis, Bryan Overton and Eric Hanson participated in the Class B All Star Football Game in Billings June 12. They played for the South Team and lost 10-13. . .Eighteen riders took part in the St. Jude’s Trail Ride which was held June 20 at the Pete and Anna Mae Wang ranch. Ride coordinators were Dave Wang and Doug Bruha.
20 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 7, 2000 --
Jana LaBree of Ekalaka is crowned Miss Montana 2001. Being Miss Montana qualifies Jana to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Jana is a 1994 graduate of Carter County High School and is the daughter of Jessie and Anna LaBree. . .R. W. Heineman of Wibaux was sworn in as temporary Fallon County Attorney June 30. . .An open house 90th birthday party for Annetta Beck will be held July 15. . .Chamber of Commerce now has 78 paid members, a higher enrollment than the past several years. . .At the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture meeting held June 29, Mayor Kelly Coldwell told members the city crew is graveling all the alleys in town and they are about half done with the project. . .Crazee Days and sidewalk sales will be held July 15. A Farmers Market will also be there. . .Over 700 people from far and near took part in the two-day celebration of Joe Montana Days in Ismay. Winners of the obstacle course were Jack and Claudine O’Connor. . .Third annual Playground Equipment Softball Fundraiser will be held July 8. Softball teams are the Baker Fire Department, City of Baker and Fallon County All-Stars. . .Hanna Meccage, daughter of Dave and Sonja Meccage of Baker and a member of Baker FFA, won the top Greenhand Award at Montana Range Days.
30 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 5, 1990 --
Third school election will be coming up July 11. This is the board’s last chance to have voters approve a high school budget for the upcoming school year. . .ReAnn Berzel of Ismay won the State All-Around Cowgirl at the Montana State High School Rodeo in Glasgow June 22-24. This is the third consecutive year she has won that title. . .Charlie Abrams celebrated his 92nd birthday June 28. . . The first baby born in the new birthing suite at Fallon Medical Complex was Denise Faye Koenig, daughter of Faye and Dennis Koenig. . .Town of Plevna has just purchased a sweeper and are in the process of removing the loose chips from the streets. They are getting ready to re-oil and re-chip all the streets in town. . . Fallon County Day termed a success. In addition to the athletic competition and games, Ben Gonsioroski and Robert Boggs provided first class country music in the afternoon. . .Baker Lake could easily be called Baker Pelican Lake - now some young babies are joining the over 100 pelicans seen most mornings.
40 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 3, 1980 --
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Askin are the owners of a three year old quarter horse named Givertime who ran in the Derby Trials in Rapid City last weekend with a speed index of 102. . .William E. Ruback, President’s Park Manager from Washington, DC, has written to Mr. Wood and the Baker Spartan High School symphonic band inviting them to perform for the National Park Service musical, 1980 summer entertainment program. . .In the early hours of June 26, Wayne Hanson of Baker was hospitalized at Fallon Memorial Hospital as a result of a one car accident on the east side of Plevna on Billy Dietz’s property. Wayne was driving his 1974 Charger that was completely demolished and burned.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 2, 1970 --
Voting for the third time, June 25, school taxpayers passed a reduced school levy request for 1970-71 operational monies by a substantial margin in the elementary school district, and in the high school district 237 votes for and 174 votes against. . .Ashley Stanhope, manager of the local Farmers Union, was appointed as chairman of the Board of Trustees for School District No. 12 at the regular meeting Monday night. . .Alfred Braun accepted appointment to be a trustee for the school board, taking Ernest Bechtold’s place. . .Bruno Novak has become the new manager at the Farmers Elevator and is making Baker his home, after living in Carrington, ND. . .Albert and Julia Fradenburgh have just moved to Baker from Billings. Albert is employed at the Rowling and Thomas accounting office and they have four children. . .Mrs. Duane Turnbow received a beef roast from the Baker CowBelles for having her baby the closest to Father’s Day.
60 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 30, 1960 --
The Fallon County delegation is home from Helena after spending a week in the capitol city when Montana Democratic delegates chose 32 national convention delegates. . .A Baker man, Will son Hubbard, won the Montana-Dakota Horseshoe pitching championship at Wibaux Sunday night. . .The majority of the Baker stores will be open for business on Monday nights until 8:30 p.m., to accommodate customers who are tied up during the earlier hours of the day during the summer rush. . .The Fire Department was called out at 10:40 Monday morning when lumber at the Bill Miller home on Main street, just north of the Fullerton Lumber Company caught fire. It was dispatched quickly. . .Munsell Lanes have undergone another remodeling process and are now ready for public inspection. Improved facilities are provided for bowlers and spectators. A beer lounge has also been incorporated into the building.
70 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 6, 1950 --
Monday evening the Baker Lions Club members and their wives gathered at Grainger’s Hall honoring the newly elected officers. President L. Price was in charge of the installation and presented the gavel to the new president, Dan Helgeson. Other officers are Fred Morrow, first vice president; Eugene Russell, second vice president; R. Corey, third vice president; Jack Lawler, secretary; L. Holmlund, treasurer; and Cal Lund, tail twister. . .Slot machines went out of business in Montana Sunday in accordance with Attorney General Arnold Olson’s confiscation order to Montana county attorneys.
80 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 4, 1940 --
Preserve Independence Day forever Celebrate the Fourth wherever you want but see the fireworks in Baker in the evening on the lake point right after the first show Fifteen Baker businessmen have pooled resources to give you a good display. Plevna is holding a July 4th celebration including all kinds of sports and races, a baseball game between Baker and Plevna, tug-o-war by strong men of the county, a picture show and a dance in the evening
90 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 3, 1930 --
Baker people will scatter over wide areas Friday to observe a national holiday. There are celebrations scheduled at Wibaux, Miles City, Marmarth and Opechee Park near Ekalaka. Parachute jumps, tail spins, loops, upside down flying, air rolls, smoke screening, air racing and many other thrilling antics will be performed by daring pilots Sunday at an air show which will feature the dedication of the Baker airport. The Baker Commercial Club is sponsoring the show. . .The largest well in the Baker field and the largest well for its depth in the state of Montana was completed this week by the Capital Gas Co. of Billings with a sand at 790 feet. . .Dr. W. H. Blakemore has installed a new x-ray machine in his office.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, July 1, 1920 --
The city dads and some of the businessmen have been devoting an hour or two each morning cleaning the streets and knocking off some of the bumps caused by the heavy rains. . .Everything is all ready for the big fourth of July celebration July 3, and Baker expects at least 4,000 people here on that date. With the exception of the Chautauqua and the moving picture theaters, everything will be free. . .The tourist camp being provided by the Baker Woman’s Club is rapidly nearing completion and it will be ready for use by Saturday. There will be a great deal of advertisement for this city and there is no doubt that the camp will prove popular with the tourists. . .Mrs. John Scott of Fertile Prairie brought in 34 gallons of cream to town Monday from 25 cows and received $46.95. . .Forrest Duffield has purchased his grandparents, J. L. Howards, 160 acres. . .Lt. Denzil Young returned Saturday from Camp Crook where he spent several days in the interest of an oil company.