10 YEARS AGO Friday, March 22, 2013 —

Ryan James offi­cially joined the Baker Police Department under the command of Police Chief Mike Reddick March 13. . .For the first time in recent history, a team from Baker High School won both the written and oral competitions at the south­east Montana Academic Olympics competition held at the Miles Community College. Members of the team are Dakotah Rusley, Wyatt Perry, Spencer Losing, Jase Rost, Chandler Losing and Caden Dukart. Ed Jones and Carol Hadley are coaches of the teams. . .Plevna and Baker FCCLA members are headed to the State Leadership Conference in Billing, March 24-26. . .Friends of FMC sponsored the first annual “St. Patrick’s Leaping Leprechaun” race March 16. The O’Uecker Clan from County Garage – Todd Wilson, Kay Wiman and Slade Bettenhausen – won first place by earn­ing the most gold coins. The event raised over $4,000 which will go toward the purchase of a Roam­Alert system at FMC’s Long Term Care Facility. . .Camron Espinosa was the grand prize win­ner of a two minute Western Fam­ily Shopping Spree held recently at Reynold. . .After less than six months in operation, Kidz Street Learning Center will cease opera­tions. . .Paitton Herbst and Katie DuCharme were selected to the District 3B Girls’ Basketball All-­Conference First Team. Jordan Gray and Darin Scheetz were selected to the District 3B All-Conference Boys’ Basketball First Team.

20 YEARS AGO Friday, March 21, 2003 —

This year’s prom candidates are Ryan Stevens, Connor Beach, John McWilliams, Chad Wade, Kourt­ney Hanley, Kristin Chester, Lacey Herbst and Katie Mason. . .High temperature March 14 was 68 de­grees. . .16th annual Baker Bronco Days will be held March 21-23 at the Fallon County Fairgrounds. . .Sandstone Pheasants Forever held its first annual fundraising banquet March 15. Jennifer Lecoe, Jerrid Geving, Gerry Gamrath and Dave Hickey each were the lucky win­ners of a shotgun. . .Montana Amber, owned by Jim and Wanda Schaefer of Baker, is featured in the March issue of “A Taste of Home”, a national publication. . .Fallon County Spelling Bee was held March 12. It was won by Kaytlen Schuetzle, a Plevna sev­enth grader. Kaytlen will represent Fallon County at the State Bee in Butte, April 5. . .Baker Bowling Center’s first annual Open Tourna­ment was held recently. Ernie Scheetz took first place in the sin­gles for men and Judy Cline placed first in the ladies single event. The team taking first place was Silver­ado Production made up of Ernie Scheetz, Lester Straub and Jeff Greenlee.

30 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 25, 1993 —

Montana Boys State delegates are Eric Blake, Jerod Schaefer and Jeff Wolenetz from Baker High School. Tim Dilworth has been se­lected as an alternate. Bradn Buerkle from Plevna will be their delegate and Shawn Kelly is the al­ternate. . .Candidates for the school trustee election coming soon were questioned and their an­swers published. Candidates are Curt Kyle, Julie LaCross and Del­bert Schweigert. Candidates run­ning for the Plevna School Board are Tom Sparks and Doug Rowe. . .Bob Berndt, manager of the Cenex Land O’Lakes Agronomy Center of Baker, has recently been recog­nized with the Stewardship Award. . .Emma Heimbuch will celebrate her 80th birthday April 4. . .At the 101 Community Club meeting Sunday afternoon, Merle Hayden was elected to a three year term on the board and Ruth Nichols to a two year term.

40 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 24, 1983 —

Kevin Fenner, City-County Plan­ner, announced that a $50,000 grant has been received for the con­struction of the golf course and softball complex on the south end of Baker Lake. . .Girl Scout Troop 243 made a baby quilt as a special project and presented it to Anna Marie Schwartz, the first girl born in Fallon Memorial Hospital during Girl Scout Week. Pictured with the quilt are Girl Scouts Lori Chris­tianson, Missy Stanton, Carrie O’Donnell, Jodi Madler, Lisa Christianson, Shyla Bechtold, Mrs. Schwartz and Anna and Tori Collins. . .Last Wednesday 180 projects in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades from Baker, Plevna and Fertile Prairie were displayed and then judged by a panel of local experts at the annual Science Fair. Students attending the State Fair will be Doug Tate, Tonia Feisthamel, Theresa Logar, Mark Wandle, Bill Price and Mike Cod­dington. . .Election of school board and levies set for April 5. Candidates for school board in­clude Vic Uttke, Everett Knipp, Ralph Rising, and Miriam Kirschten Arnold Pinnow has filed in opposition to Mrs. Kirschten.

50 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 22, 1973 —

Baker Livestock Auction had one of its best sales Monday with buy­ers from South Dakota, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, Ken­tucky, Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota and Montana. Six hundred eightyone head of every descrip­tion were sold to all states includ­ing two Canadian Provinces. . .Jim Crippen, Bob Lindstrom and Jerry Bremer, bowling at the Glenn Bowl Lanes in Glendive, took the high bowling three man team event. They bowled a 1953, which was high for the tournament and the highest score bowled in the Glenn Bowl Lanes by a three man team. . .It was announced today that Lee Moline, after serving the city as al­derman since April 1949, will be retiring his position in Ward 2. . .At a recent election, Jamestown College students elected their stu­dent senate officers and representa­tives. Jan Schell, a junior majoring in business and elementary educa­tion, has been elected president of the Kroeze dorm. She is the daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Schell.

60 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 21, 1963 —

Duane Rindy and Bernell Pfeifle have built the new building that will house the King Koin Kleenette this week. . .Carolyn’s Beauty Shop was sold this week to Sarah and Richard Schueler and the new proprietors are planning to take over April 1. . .Dale Holmlund and John Nichols were selected to be delegates to the 1963 Boys State to be held on the campus of Western Montana College of Education at Dillon. Alternates are Howard A. Davis and James Carlson. . .Among those attending the 32nd annual meeting of the Farmers Union Central Exchange in St. Paul were Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Rustad, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Plummer. . .The Board of County Commis­sioners meet in special session this week to consider the construction of a geriatrics addition to the hos­pital. The Commissioners state they have not abandoned the idea of a children’s wing, but at the present time the Hill- Burton matching federal funds are avail­able only for nursing homes. . .Three new filings for alderman from precinct one were made be­fore the deadline March 15. They are Elroy Ness, Stanley Erlenbush and Ed Susa.

70 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 19, 1953 —

The Rev. Jacob Merrill resigned his pastorate in the Baker Community Church. He has been given credit for having the largest membership growth and transforming the for­mer church into a modem church. . .Steers and heifers met ready outlets at steady prices with bulk sales on good and choice kinds selling be­tween $18.50 and $22.00. Out­standing loads of choice steers were noted at $22.50 and $23.00. . .The American Legion gave their 34th birthday party Saturday evening with a record attendance. ­80

YEARS AGO Thursday, March 25, 1943 —

The huge barn that has stood at the back of the Paine property and has been a landmark on the east side of town for many years has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. John Gunderson and was moved during the week­end to the Gunderson farm south of Baker by a crew headed by Edgar Boucher. . .Wilbur Irvine, presi­dent of the Fallon County Farmers Union, acted as toastmaster at the annual meeting of the Fallon County Farmers Union. . .L. W. Busch, who has been instrumental in promoting wild game here for more than 30 years, succeeded in having the State Fish and Game Commission bring in 15 muleeared deer by truck today and released about 15 miles north of Baker. . .Preparations are made for biggest bond drive ever held in the United States with L. K. Hills, pres­ident Flint of the Bank of Baker, Paul Pearson of the Baker National Bank, Harry Schroth of the Mon­tana Dakota Utilities, and Karl Pleissner, editor of the Fallon County Times representing this county in Glendive at a meeting of the State War Finance Committee of District II.

90 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 23, 1933 —

Superintendent A. O. Gullidge re­elected for three years, salary not set. . .County Commissioners are now given full power in examining the cases of applicants of granting widows pensions instead of the dis­trict court. . .Annual father and sons banquet was held at the Com­munity Church. . .Chevrolet Mo­tors presents a new scale of low prices on their cars – Roadster is $485, Coupe $495 and $445, coach $515 and $455, Sedan $565, Chevrolet $565. . .Baker Woman’s Club met in regular session Tues­day afternoon at the home of Mrs. W. C. Erther with Mrs. Lewis LaCross presiding. . .Catsup – two 14 oz. bottles, 21 cents; Hills Bros. Coffee 31 cents; Baking Powder, 12 oz. tin, 42 cents; T-bone steak 17 1/2 cents per pound.

100 YEARS AGO Thursday, March 22, 1923 —

Headline: Baker, Montana the coming oil city of the Baker-Glendive oil and gas anticline, where many gas wells are in use for domestic purposes and the manufacturing of carbon black. Drilling for oil has started and the striking of a large oil pool is expected soon. . . L. E. Rushton, former county officer and one of the best known young men in the Baker territory who left recently for Utah, is located now at Salt Lake City. . .The American Legion play, “Dustin’ em Off” given last week at the Lake Theatre before a full house was one of the most entertaining plays ever staged in Baker. . .The city election will be held April 3, at which election two aldermen will be elected, one for the first ward, and one for the second ward. Alderman Emil Ravey and Alderman L. Price are the outgoing members of the council.

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