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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for November 28, 2018


November 28, 2018

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9-pound, 35" Northerns...Mrs. Martin Sandvick left, and Mrs. Re Ulrich recently caught these "twin" Northern Pike in the Missouri River south of their ranches. Both of the big Northerns weighed nine pounds and they were both 35 inches long. The pair were fishing at the old Henry Rhoda cabin south of Ulrich's. Both women are enthusiastic fishermen and keep their freezers well stocked with fish.

100 years ago

November 24, 1918

The Malta Commercial Club had met to discuss the possibility of aiding drought-stricken famers by obtaining free seed. The committee hoped to assist 50 farmers in the county whose crops had been poor for several years.


Sheriff C.W. (Puck) Powell of Valley County visited friends in Malta.


The influenza epidemic had received. Al McNeil of the Missouri River County was the latest victim and 12 patients were in the emergency hospital.


The Fred St. Hill Store was being moved to Sixth Avenue from Front Street.


The bodies of Ernest Arvett and Gus Graving had arrived from Nitro, Va., where they had died from influenza.


Miss Nell Secrest had entertained a group of small friends on her birthday. Her cousin, Katherine Hall, had also had a birthday.


The local food administration had placed the following prices on food, effective Nov. 17 until further notice: T-bone steak, 38¢; pork chops, 40¢; ham, 45¢; bacon, 60¢; flour, $7 per cwt, and tomatoes were 20¢ per pound. Canned tomatoes were 20¢ per can and American cheese was 50¢ per pound.


Letters had been received from John Fields, John Crowley, and Reynold Jones, all of whom had taken part in the final battles of World War I. The letters had all been written before armistice.

75 years ago

December 2, 1943

Father-Son Banquet is given

The Future Farmers of America Father-Son Banquet was held last week with the girls of the home economics department serving the meal.

The program included a welcome address by David Green, an explanation by Allen Oxarart, history and purpose of the organization by Edward Ostlund, Clarence Claypool and Warren Bell, a resume of work of the local FFA which was started in 1939, by Superintendent J. H. Lesselyong and a talk by County Extension Agent W. M. Rasmussen.

There were 73 fathers and sons at the Banquet. Forty-seven FFA boys were present.

Missouri Ferry Closed

C.F. Russell, proprietor of the Power Plant Ferry across the Missouri River in the southwestern corner of Phillips County, reports that ferry season was exceptionally short due to heavy rains and consequent high water during June. Travel to Lewistown and other points in central Montana is now routed through Great Falls or Wolf Point.

Buy Malta home

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hales, who recently disposed of their ranch and sheep near Content, this week purchased a house on Fifth Avenue from Mrs. Lona Wilson. They will move this week. Mr. Hales established his Beaver Creek Ranch 42 years ago.

50 years ago

November 28, 1968

Parents presented with son's medal

Major Charles B. Hartzell of the USMC Training Center in Billings was in Malta last Wednesday evening to present Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schwarz medals which their son Larry received for Vietnam service. Larry was killed in action on October 30 in Quang Nam province. The medals included the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal, The Vietnamese Service Medal, and the Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon.

Gary Smith injured in motorcycle fall

Gary Smith was brought to the Malta Hospital Sunday morning suffering from a possible kidney injury as the result of a motorbike accident on Saturday evening.

Smith and two companions, Gary Martin, and Ken Berg were on a hunting trip 16 miles north of Malta. Smith was riding his motorbike when it turned over with him. The three camped overnight in a trailer and Sunday morning Smith required medical attention and was brought to town by the County Ambulance.

25 years ago

November 24, 1993

Mystery car causes thousands of dollars expense to Amtrak

The as yet unknown occupants of a car which pulled into the path of an oncoming eastbound Amtrak train Thanksgiving afternoon risked not only their own lives and the lives of the passengers and crew but created thousands of dollars worth or expense.

Apparently, no one was hurt.

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The Drama Club at Malta High School has been working intensely in preparation for its fall production. The play, 'The Doctor In Spite of Himself,' is being rehearsed in the photo above with Jim Hannon who plays the part of the doctor, take the pulse of Debbie Maxie as her worried father, played by Rod Perry, looks on. Pat Calaway, left, high school drama coach, directs the scene. 1968.

A Burlington Northern work crew from Havre Tuesday morning began the laborious job of replacing 14 sets of heavy metal wheels on six Amtrak cars. The friction created when the train engineer put the train into an emergency braking situation literally fflattened a section of the wheels on the six cars as they skidded along the tracks.

10 years ago

November 26, 2008

Street Talk

Question: Why do we call Thanksgiving 'Thanksgiving?"

Ella Schye: Because the Pilgrims came here and landed and the Indians helped them.

Konner Kuehn: Because we are giving thanks to the Pilgrims and justice and freedom.

Ceaton Mears: Because the Pilgrims worshipped God.

Erika Arnold: So turkeys can be celebrated.


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