Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for August 29, 2018


August 29, 2018

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Malta Couple creates tropical garden ... A place of quiet and beauty on a summer afternoon is a rock garden created by Mr. and Mrs. Karl Harms, Jr. in the yard of their home on Highway 2 on Malta's north side. The garden and fountain display rocks of all sizes and shapes that were collected in various parts of Montana. The fountain bubbles into three terraced pools before flowing to a pond which is 15 feet long and about five and a half feet wide. 1968.

100 years ago

August 29, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Simanton of Malta were the parents of a daughter born at a local hospital.


Successful candidates for nomination to county offices on the Republican ticket included Dudley Jones for state representative; Henry Nelson, sheriff; R. L. Campbell, treasurer; Fred C. Gabriel, assessor; H.S. Whitcomb, county commissioner; Flora Simms, superintendent of schools; R. E. Richardson, surveyor and R. V. Tucker, coroner. On the Democratic ticket was Tom Johnson for sheriff; W. G. Schneider, clerk and recorder; Homer Testu, treasurer; Charles Claypool, assessor; H. L. Wolfe Jr., county attorney; Annabel acker, superintendent, and S. J. VasBinder, coroner.

75 years ago

September 2, 1943

Hurley killed in action in Pacific

Cpl. Byron Davidson Hurley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Hurley of Wagner, was killed in action in the southwest Pacific area on July 30, according to information received by his parents.

Cpl. Hurley, "Buck" to his numerous friends, had been in the Pacific battle area for about a year and a half. Cpl. Hurley was born in Malta on Christmas day, 1922. He attended Wagner Grade School and graduated from Malta High School.

The telegram received by his family gave no details, merely stating that "The Secretary of War desires that I tender his deep sympathy to you in the loss of your son, Cpl. Byron Davidson Hurley. Report received states that he was killed in action on the 13th of July."

Dodson School to open a week late this year

The Dodson Elementary and High School will open September 13, with a teaching staff of seven instructors. The staff is short one teacher, but the course of study has been so arranged that the faculty will be able to handle the work adequately.

Charles E. Garber, the superintendent, came to the Dodson School from Hogeland. He states that the opening of school was delayed a week by the inability to secure a full staff. The week lost at the opening of school will be made up at the Christmas vacation.

Malta's curfew ordinance to be enforced

Malta's curfew ordinance will be strictly enforced hereafter, it was announced this week by Mayor Hans Mebust who stated that the 9 o'clock curfew hour has been changed to 10 o'clock during wartime.

The ordinance provides that no person under the age of 16 years shall be or remain on the streets, avenues, or alleys or any public place or unoccupied grounds of the City of Malta after the curfew hour.

Any person having the control or management of any person under the age of 16 who knowingly permits such a person to violate the law, upon conviction, will be fined a sum not to exceed $25.

Editor's Note: An item costing $25 in 1943 would cost $364.17 in 2018, according to the US Inflation Calculator.

This week at the Palace Theatre

1st Hit: The Desperadoes starting Randolph Scott, Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor, Evelyn Keyes, Edgar Buchanan ... a thriller taking of the West that is brought to the screen in magnificent technicolor. Actions and thrills galore!

2nd Hit: Don Winslow of the Navy, Chapter 2, Flaming Death.

50 years ago

August 29, 1968

]High School enrollment up 16

Almost 1,000 students went back to school in Malta on Monday as the 1968-69 term began. The actual enrollment on Tuesday was 934, with 840 enrolled at the Malta Public Schools and 9 at St. Mary's Parochial School. Last year's total was 945, with 845 enrolled at the public school and 100 at St. Mary's.

Malta High School has registered 321 students by Tuesday, an increase of 16 students over last year's 305. There were 62 seniors, 91 juniors, 79 sophomores, and 81 freshmen.

Editor's Note: Malta High School Principal Scott King announced a total enrollment of 142 (42 freshmen, 30 sophomores, 38 juniors, and 31 seniors) at the first school board meeting of the 2018-19 term.

In Vietnam

Pfc. Larry Schwarz is serving with the 5th Marines in Vietnam. He arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam on August 16 after leaving California on August 11. He was taken by helicopter to his station 30 miles south of the city in what he describes as "the hottest spot in Vietnam" and they were preparing for a Vietcong attack in the next week.

Schwarz, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schwarz of Malta, has been in the Marines since February 5, 1968.

Pfc. Larry Schwarz, US Marine Corps, 1968.

Editor's Note: Pfc. Schwarz gave his life to his country and was killed in action on October 30, 1968, in Quang Nam, Vietnam. Pfc. Schwarz is honored on Panel 40W. Line 60 of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

25 years ago

September 1, 1993

Mayor explains need for water, sewer rate hikes

Although everyone hated to see it come, most of the 11 people who showed up for the public hearing on the proposed water and sewer rate increase last Tuesday, could see the City has little choice but to implement change.

The proposed 1-percent increase in Malta will mean a $3.24 increase per unit in water and sewer rates. Mayor Byron Ereaux explained that the reason for the increase was to help make the budget come out reasonably near balanced.


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