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10 YEARS AGO

Friday, May 21,

2010 --

Mr. Tom McGonigal received an award for 35 years of volunteer service teaching Hunter’s Safety Classes during the first Hunter Safety Class this year. The award was presented by fellow instructor Rick Madler. Other hunter education volunteer instructors are Vance O’Donnell, Bob Brown and MiKenna O’Donnell. . .Spiffy’s will hold their second Anniversary and Customer Appreciation Day June 5. . .Nicole Allerdings, a sixth grader at Plevna, has had a poem published in Signatures from Big Sky 2010, the annual magazine of Montana student art and literature.

20 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 26,

2000 --

Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is sponsoring Baker’s first annual Car Show in conjunction with Reynolds Customer Appreciation Day, June 3. Other events taking place that day include a pig roast that evening by Lee Moore, an Elvis impersonator will entertain everyone in Reynolds parking lot, Fallon Medical Complex Health Fair, kids carnival at FMC parking lot and open houses at several businesses. . .Mallard Cablevision, LLC announced it has acquired the cable television system of Baker. Tom Overton and his wife Barb were Baker’s cable providers until selling it May 16. They started Baker Cable TV in November of 1977. . .Baker High School football standout Ryan Wade will be participating in the seventh annual Knights of Columbus Montana-North Dakota Badlands All-Star football game to be played in Miles City June 17. . .Spartan boys track team took first place in the divisional tournament held in Billings May 20. . .Christine and John Wik, owners of Wik Design, received $100 in Baker Bucks from the Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture for winning the Baker logo contest. . .Alvina Morton celebrated her 92nd birthday May 21. . .Baker High School graduation held May 21. Commencement speakers were Carol Hadley and Don Dilworth. Valedictorian was Angelic Hanson and salutatorian was Jana Schweigert. . .Plevna High School graduation held May 21. Their valedictorian was Brandon Hewson and salutatorian was Brandi Gray. Guest speaker was Pastor Stephen May.

30 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 24,

1990 --

Alvin Madler is pictured beside a sign he made for the Senior Citizens Centennial park. . .Baker Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at BJ’s Lounge and Supper Club May 17. Preliminary investigation indicated that the cause of the fire was an electrical problem. Although there was not a great deal of damage, there was extensive smoke and water damage to the inside of the building. Scott and Brenda Fradenburgh who had recently remodeled and opened the business, plan to reopen again as soon as possible. . .Jill Jensen is among 70 students in the Concordia Choir of Concordia College touring England, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. . .Baker has welcomed several new citizens since the beginning of 1990. Those welcomed since January are: James and Tracy Nielsen, Donald Simpson, Terry Steen, Mark Loveland, Heather Servidio, Dale Wyrick, Peter Wise, Kenny Mueller, Ernest Burlison, Jeff Door, Roger Bruckner and Tony Micheletto. . .Debi Schillinger recently completed intense training to become a certified Jazzercise instructor. . .1990 Beta Sigma Phi Valentine queens are Sue Cox, Jeri Obye, DeAnna Straub and Val Johnson. . .The Mary Ketchum Barrel Clinic was held at the Fallon County Fairgrounds May 4-6. Among participants in the clinic were Kathy Neary, Kandi Bagley, Aimee Wiman, Koree Flint, Carolyn Hoff and Johnna Kountz of Brockway.

40 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 22,

1980 --

Pictured are the 4-H Dress Revue winners in the under 14 age group - Janelle Losing and Sharon O’Connor, runners-up were Kim Zink and Vicki Arnell. Winners in the over age 14 group were Val Losing, Jerri O’Connor and Barb Neumann. . .Lois Murphy, retiring high school secretary, and Gene Duppler, retiring school janitor, were both honored at a retirement party May 18 in the Longfellow library. . .It has been months since it rained in this area. Then the volcano in Washington State, Mt. St. Helens, erupted May 18 and threw ashes all over the northwestern United States. . .Baker High School commencement exercises held May 21 with 67 seniors graduating. Leading the class were co-valedictorians Tracy O’Donnell and Conlan Fried. The top ten of the Baker class of ‘80 also included Dennis Wagner, Rhonda Lentz, Gayle Burns, Hailey Perry, Roberta Hartse, Kelly Uttke, Jane Russell and Roseanne Stauss. . .Retirement party for Gene Hoff will be held June 1 at Camp Needmore. . .A 50th wedding anniversary open house will be held May 25 for Mr. and Mrs. John W. Losing. . .Duane Gatzke is valedictorian of the Plevna graduating class of 1980. Salutatorian is Kevin Tennant. Other graduates include Sandra Whitney, Jolene Allerdings, Dawn Eyre, Tim Dietz, Keith Schell, Mark Gardner, Dan Eslinger, Paul Neumann, John Lawrenz, Alice Higgins and Loyd Ketchum.

50 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 21,

1970 --

Baker High School has three valedictorians this year - Janice Schell, Gail Herbst and Hazel Hanson. The class of 1970 has had a great many things happen to them that will be treasured throughout their lives in their memory books. They were the largest class to graduate, they had the first Baker team to win the state basketball tournament, were here when the first drill team was organized and was the first to have three valedictorians. . .Five hundred and five children were immunized at the Jayceen Rubella Clinic May 12. . .Jack O’Connor, six foot seven inch center for the College of Great Falls Argonaut basketball squad, received the Jason Award, a student body trophy to the year’s most valuable player. Jack is the son of Jim O’Connor.

60 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 19,

1960 --

Thirty seniors to receive diplomas May 24. Valedictorian this year is Larry Rustad, salutatorian is Saundra Bechtold. . .Mrs. Wm. Bohle was chosen district chaplain at the District 10 Legion Auxiliary meeting in Glendive, and Mrs. Milo Krenz was chosen district musician. . .The W. E. Chamberlain home was burned to the ground May 13. A high wind and lack of water made it impossible to save the home. . .Installed as Rainbow Girls officers are Kay Rediske, worthy advisor and Mary Lou Griffith, associate advisor.

70 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 25,

1950 --

Rex Flint, Lewis LaCross, Homer French and Bob Robinson met in Billings Friday and were initiated into the Shrine organization. . .Baker Conservatory of Music will present its 17th annual piano recital May 28. . .Baker opened the 1950 baseball season with a 13 to 2 triumph over the Pine Hills at Pine Hills Sunday.

80 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 23,

1940 --

The state patrol has finally reached a long hand into this territory and Monday hauled five violators into the presence of Judge R. W. Marks. . .Odin Myhre filed for state representative. He is a former county commissioner. . .Plevna High School reports that Charles Weinschrott is the valedictorian this year and Mary Ann Herbst, salutatorian. These two students were the only ones in the class enrolled from primary grades through high school in the Plevna schools.

90 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 22,

1930 --

L. T. Ramme is a progressive Bakerite who added to the beauty of his premises with a large display of vari-colored tulips in full bloom this week. . .Among preliminary census returns this week is a report for that part of School District No. 12 lying outside the city limits of Baker which shows an increase in population of more than one hundred percent. . .We have been advised that L. Price Co. has been successful in obtaining the selling rights for Carter Disc Threader Re-Cleaners in this community. . .Two 4-H clubs have been organized in Baker under the direction of Miss Alberta Coleman, home demonstration agent. . .The new telephone building of the MST&T Co was started this week. It will measure 25 by 40 feet and cost about $6,000.

100 YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 20,

1920 --

Mayor Hough requests that people of this city keep their homes lighted throughout the residence district Monday evening. This is the occasion of the Minneapolis businessmen’s visit to Baker and the idea is to have the town look as bright as possible during the fore part of the evening. . .O’Christopher arrived in Baker from Miles City this week and took charge of the home offices of the Montana Petroleum Co., the oldest oil firm in eastern Montana, and owner of the gas wells here which supply gas for fuel and light to our residents. . .The Teachers Ukulele Club held a pleasant party Monday evening, luncheon was served in three courses at the teacherage, the Emerson home and the Donovan home. . .George Hough, the enterprising auto dealer, has sold five new cars during the last two weeks.

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