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By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for September 12, 2018


September 12, 2018

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Mitchell Bomber will carry the name of Phillips County. 1943 (see 75 years ago for this story.)

100 years ago

September 9, 1918

Mrs. B. M. Phillips died as the result of burns received at her home on the Phillips Ranch south of Malta.


Christopher Kerp and Walter Sizer, both former Zortman men, were killed in action in France.


Willis B. Rounds had arrived in New York after suffering from wounds received in battle.


Fire in the Malta Hotel Bar on the north side did considerable damage to the Phil Caselberg property.


There were 242 students in the grade and high schools. The high school enrollment was 69. Nora Hockert had been elected president of the senior class, Inez Erickson, vice president, Jean Hewitt, secretary, and Ellen Swanson, treasurer.


A demonstration of the new Ford tractor was to be held at the H.S. Whitcomb (county) farm.

75 years ago

September 16, 1943

Mitchell Bomber will carry the name of Phillips County

(Letter from the Montana Treasury Department)

Mr. R.G. Monroe, Chairman

Phillips County War Finance

Malta, Montana

The State War Finance Committee is happy to inform you that we're being advised by the Treasury Department that a medium bomber in the nation's air armada will bear the name of your county as the result of the purchase of war bonds under your leadership in the month of April.

We know how interested you were in attaining this objective and we appreciate the drive and initiative required to accomplish it. Thanks to you and our congratulations. It was a good job well done.


W. H. Bartley, Executive Director

Montana War Finance Committee

Malta Guards left here three years ago

Three years ago this week the Malta National Guard unit, Co. D, 116th Quartermaster Regiment, was mobilized at the City Hall armory preparatory to entraining on September 23, for Camp Murray, Wash., for a "year" of active military duty.

Since that time the 78 officers and men who left Malta are serving from Australia and New Guinea to Alaska, from Iran to Italy and from Ireland to North Africa. One man, Byron (Buck) Hurley, has been killed in action.

Mustangs to play the first game on Saturday

With only four of last year's football regulars back for this season, Coach Ed Harding's squad will play its first game at Havre Saturday against the Blue Ponies.

Last year's men out for football are Dwain Meyer, fullback; Bob Harwood, half; Francis Judge, quarterback, and Everett Trottier, end.

About 35 high school men turned out for football this year and of this number about 30 have had no experience whatever.

50 years ago

September 12, 1968

County rural school pupils show decrease in numbers

Mrs. Ruth Abby, County Superintendent of Schools, has announced the total enrollment for rural schools in Phillips County at 74 pupils. At the beginning of the 1968-69 school term, the county had 13 rural schools, 14 teachers and only one two-teacher school.

There are approximately 993 elementary students in the county with 519 in Malta public schools, 94 at St. Mary's Parochial School, 137 at Dodson, 65 at Whitewater, and 74 rural pupils. This enrollment is for grades one through eight.

Community Day is Saturday

This Saturday is the date of the second annual Phillips County Community Day in Malta. Walt Haynes, general chairman for the Chamber of Commerce event, states that the event will be held on Front Street.

All sidewalk displays will be from the Great Northern Hotel corner east to the Stockman and south to Jacobs Plumbing and Hardware.

Game booths will include bingo, string pull, dunking booth, darts, baseball throw, and balla-balla. Refreshment stands will include the Kiwanis cotton candy machine, a Jaycee stand, and the LDS Church chicken dinner stand. There will also be political booths managed by republicans and democrats.

Mustangs meet Circle Wildcats there Friday

The Malta Mustangs travel to Circle this Friday for their first football game of the year, meeting the Wildcats.

Coach Glenn Flatt says he will take 28 boys on the trip, but was still undecided as to who they would be. Flatt reports that defense is definitely the Mustangs strong point. The offense needs improvement, Flatt stated, but experience should prove helpful.

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Malta girls at workshop...Lorna Anderson, left, and Connie Scofield, both of Malta, get a "sneak" preview of what the girls will wear this fall at the 4-H Congress they attend in Bozeman. They attended workshops at Montana State University on wardrobe selection, personal grooming, and hairstyling. Both Malta girls learned that despite the influx of "way out" styles, the best guide to a smart wardrobe is a girl's own figure. 1968.

Although the lines average 172 pounds and the backfield 159 pounds, it is a much smaller team than last year. But what the backfield lacks in weight they make up for in speed, according to Flatt.

25 years ago

September 8, 1993

Street Talk

Question: What do you think is the greatest invention of the 20th Century?

Missy Gard: The microwave.

Myrna Kroon: The computer.

John Scharwat: The computer.

Don Dalby: Television.


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