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By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for August 8, 2018


August 8, 2018

PCN Archives

An unusual event happened Saturday morning at the Phillips County Fair when judge Claude Windecker decided the top six 4-H baby entries. All six of the winners came from the same 4-H club, the Cross Country 4-H Club of Whitewater. Pictured from the left with their steers are Pat Dunbar with is grand champion, Allie Olsen with his reserve champion and Dorine Brown, LeRoy Simonson, George Anderson, and Lynn Simonson. In the rear are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Math, leaders of the club.

100 years ago

August 14, 1918

The August call for men for the army took about 45 Phillips County residents. We find a few we know, among them, John DeKoning, John Boettcher, Matt Gagen, Fred Hoppe, and Hans Kvale.


The Council of Defense composed of F. W. Hall, J. F. Kilduff, and Harry Cosner, had ordered all livestock owners to prevent their stock from running over, trampling or destroying any growing crops.


Attorney B.P. Sandlie was a business visitor in Saco.


A letter from William Cookingham located him in France.


Harry Mason, Lovejoy farmer, was in to consult with Dr. Clay. Mason fell down a hay chute in his barn and had a few ribs that he fancied were not in the best condition.


Al Winkler, the popular clerk at the Edwards and McLellan store, had purchased an interest in the business.


The local draft board had received instructions that the registration of men from 18 to 45 would take place in September.

75 years ago

August 12, 1943

Loring man burned in explosion of tank

A serious accident occurred at the A. J. Westerman farm near Loring Saturday when a tank, being welded by Herman Reiman, exploded, inflicting burns about his face and eyes.

Reiman was brought to Malta by Mr. Westerman. After the burns were dressed the man was taken on to Havre where he was hospitalized. Word from Havre this week states that Mr. Reiman's condition is satisfactory.

Teacher shortage acute in rural districts

Due to a shortage of teaches existing in Phillips County, the number of rural schools has been reduced to about 30 this year, according to Ava Sundin, County Superintendent of Schools.

Of these schools, only about half have obtained teachers so far and the situation is admittedly serious, she said. Those schools with teachers will open on Sept. 7.

Grass fire Wednesday

The Malta Fire Department was called out Wednesday noon to extinguish a grass fire on the Great Northern right of way west of town. The call was turned in by William Fouts when a grain field on the Carl Sink farm was endangered. The blaze is believed to have been started by a train.

MHS Graduates of 1943 are in uniform

Nine of the 18 boys who graduated from Malta High School in May have entered the armed forces of the United States and of those nine, five are in the Navy, three are in the Army, and one in the Marine Corps.

Of the nine, only one, Edwin Erickson of Malta, is on foreign soil. He is somewhere in the Pacific area.

In the Navy are Bill Bell, Jimmy Brayton, Merwin Head, Jerry Hould, and George Turner.

Army recruits are Hector Durocher, John Judge, and John Perry.

50 years ago

August 8, 1968

Little Leaguers won tourney at Val Marie

The Little League baseball team from Malta won the championship at a one-day tournament held in Val Marie, Sask., last Saturday. In the final game they defeated the Val Marie Little League team by a score of 7-4.

Sunday, the Malta PeeWees played two games with Harlem in Trafton Park. The Malta boys won both games 9-8 and 34-3.

Alaska-Montana pictures at Wagner

Donna Dyrdahl will show pictures of Alaska and Montana at the Wagner School on Sunday, August 11. The public is welcome to attend.

Miss Dyrdahl, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Dyrdahl of Wagner, taught school last year in Ketchikan, Alaska, and will return to Alaska soon for another school year.

Stolen automobile found abandoned

A stolen car belonging to Howard McCollom was found Sunday morning abandoned on a road about 10 miles south of Dodson according to the sheriff's office.

The car was taken Thursday night and the thief had not been apprehended by Tuesday night.

Two fire calls first of the year

The first fire of the year in Malta occurred last Friday about 11 a.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Miller and family on South 9th Street West.

A child apparently was playing with fireworks sparklers and accidentally ignited clothes in an upstairs closest. The fire gutted the two upstairs bedrooms.

The fire department was then call to extinguish a grass fire on Tuesday located in an alley between South 7th and 8th Streets East.

25 years ago

August 11, 1993

Five Malta swimmers take medals at State

Five Malta swimmers brought home medals from the State Meet that was held in Chinook.

PCN Archives

Grand Reserve Champions at Fair ... Pat Dunbar of Whitewater, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Dunbar, had the grand champion fat beer at the Phillips County Fair. At the Sunday sale, the steer was sold to the Lobby and Christy's Music for 43-cents per pound. Allie Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Olsen of Whitewater, had the reserve champion animal. It was sold to Holman Ranch and the Lobby for 35-cents per pounds. In the above picture standing behind Pat and Allie are their 4-H Club Leaders, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Math of Whitewater. 1969.

Erik Schumacher, gold in 50 fly, silver in 100 free and bronze in IM; Laura Matthews, silver in 50 free and back; LeeAnn Pekovitch, bronze in the fly; Kaydee Fronk placed bronze in breast; and Trenton Dovre, silver for IM.

10 years ago

August 6, 2008

Street Talk

Question: What's your favorite part of being in 4-H?

Justin Paul: I like doing fundraisers for our Rough Riders 4-H Club.

Shauna McNamara: Getting my projects to the fair and learning from each project.

Kalen Wiebe: All the projects and things I get to do.

Charlee Rhodes: I like being in the Bluebirds.


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