Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for June 20, 2018


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Dodson school group studies summer theatre... Members of the theatre workshop group gather in the study hall of Dodson High School to talk over their three week trip to the Montana Summer Playhouse at Big Fork. The right high school students chosen from the Dodson student body to participate in the experience in theatre are, from the left, Frank Bushy, Jacay Thackeray, Connie Hervol (seated), Doug Stuart, Karen Henry, Randy Pancake, Charlie Kaasa, and Daryl Munson. 1968.

100 years ago

June 28, 1918

Sheriff R. L. Cobb had been arrested by Coroner R. V. Tucker for an alleged assault upon Ben Burnap, a sheepherder. The cause of the alleged assault was Burnap's purchase of a T-Bone steak for his dog. This, in the face of meatless days and food rationing in general, was too much for Sheriff Crabb, especially when he stood and watched the dog being given the steak. Crabb appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was placed under a $2,000 bond.


The remaining men on the A-1 list and some on the A-E list were called in the June draft. Phillips County's quota was 172 men. Names familiar to present-day readers include the following A-1 men: Joe Rose, Joseph Paradie, Art Mayberry, Charles Dorn, Frank Fanning, William Driver, E.E. MacGilvra, Carl Higdem, Archie Carbery, and the following A-E list men: Robert Simanton, Hans Kvale, and Pete Hoagland.


Mrs. Garland was elected president of the Phillips County Red Cross chapter.


Five troop trains had passed through Malta within the past few days. Many Phillips County men were on them en route to east coast embarkation points. Residents of Malta were arising at all hours to be at the station when the trains arrived. The canteen committee was busy preparing gift boxes for the men.

75 years ago

June 17, 1943

Editor's Note: Week 2 and Week 3 from 1943 got transposed and week three was in last week's paper. Here are 75 years and one week ago.

County is in best financial shape in history

Two all-time records have been established in county business affairs this year. First, for the first time in 28 years since its organization, Phillips County has no outstanding warrants in either county or school funds, and, second, a collection of taxes due May 30 reached a high of 95-percent in property taxes and 97-percent in personal tax collections.

This year marks the end of a decade of extremes of climate, finances and crop conditions in Phillips County. In no other period in the county's history have such extremes existed. In 1933, with a great plains drought, grasshoppers and other insects and a nationwide depression to cope with, Phillips County became one of the country's problem areas and the national Red Cross, declaring an emergency existed, brought relief into the county in the form of feed for livestock, clothing, and supplies for the people.

Flag is presented to Kuntz family by Legion

An American flag and an In-Memoriam scroll were presented Mr. and Mrs. Gottfred Kuntz of South Wagner, who son, Pfc. Edward Kuntz, died in a Japanese prison camp, at services held in the Little White Church in Malta last Sunday. J. J. Lang, commander of the Phillips County post of the American Legion, made the presentation. About 25 Legionnaires attended the services.

The Little White Church was crowded to capacity by friends and neighbors of the Kuntz family.

World War veteran dies from heart ailment

Word was received in Malta Sunday of the death of Harry H. Kapphan at Townsend. Kapphan, who had been employed on the Wellington D. Rankin Ranch near that place, was found dead, presumably of a heart attack, Sunday afternoon.

Kapphan was an ex-serviceman and had lived in the county a number of years. A brother, Verne, lives in Malta.

50 years ago

June 13, 1968

Pickup wrecked Sunday night

One accident was reported this week by the Montana Highway Patrol, at the Whitewater Creek bridge north of Loring on Route 242.

The pickup driven by Carl Saathoff of Orkney, Sask., speared the bridge railing. The railing came through the hood of the pickup, through the dashboard and stopped just two inches from the back of the seat cushions. However, Saathoff and his two male companions escaped with only minor bruises.

The pickup was almost demolished. The patrolman attributed the accident to speed on a very muddy road.

25 years ago

June 20, 1993

Street Talk

Question: What is your favorite TV commercial?

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Guardsmen fire .50 caliber machine guns ... "Let 'er rip!" Sergeant Gary G. Squires of Malta (right) gets set to fire a jeep-mounted .50 caliber machine gun during a live-firing exercise at the Townsend Firing Range near Helena. His driver is Sergeant Robert W. Murphy, also of Malta. Both men are members of Troop C, 1st Squadron, 163rd Armored Cavalry, Montana Army National Guard. 1968.

Ray Harms: The new Coke! They are cool.

Wendy Jaynes: Micheal Jordan and a small boy in a Pepsi commercial.

Brikotah Kelley: The Michelin Tire commercial will all the babies in it!

Gordon Webb: Batman toys!

10 years ago

June 20, 2008

Big Flat Electric eyes possible impact of TransCanada's proposed pipeline

"We're cautious pipeline whichBig Flat Electric cooperative manager Jeanne Barnard said Tuesday about the potential impact of a proposed TransCanada pipeline which would cross about 25 miles of north-eastern Phillips County on it was from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

In all, 281 miles of the 36-inch diameter pipeline would cross five Montana counties at a minimum depth of four feet underground.


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