Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for December 26, 2018


December 26, 2018

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Mustangs win Holiday Tourney... Deb Long, right, president of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, is shown presenting the tournament championship trophy to the Malta Mustangs following their 52-50 victory of the Cut Bank Wolves in the Holiday Invitational Tournament held in Malta last weekend. The players from the left, are Jeff Hungerford, Duane Walker, Ken Kaufman, Mark Hughes, Bill Cole in back of Coach Bill Ryan, Loren Burroughs, Tim Callahan, Craig LaFond, Jim Nevrivy, manager Rusty Kinkade, Randy Frazier, Craig Stiles, manager Gene Miller, and Long. 1968.

100 years ago

December 19, 1918

Arthur Partridge and Harwood Brown were spending a leave at home. They were spending a leave at home. They were stationed at the U.S. Naval training station in Seattle.


The emergency hospital had been removed from the Jones Hotel to the Robertorye Hospital Building (now Gress Apartments.)


Oscar Lake of Lovejoy was reported seriously wounded in war service.


Malta was "dry." Alcohol could be sold legally for only two purposes - science and manufacturing. It was predicted that New Year resolutions would be easier kept. Twenty state breweries were slated to close.


Sen. George W. Clay left for Helena to attend the state legislative session.


The annual meeting of the Phillips County Marketing Association was called for June 25.


The Red Cross Board of Directors from the year included A.F. Winkler, Mrs. A. Elliot, Mrs. H. M. Kriton, Mrs. Harry Cosner, Mrs. Florence Facey, Mr. VanDemark, L.C. Edwards, O.P. Schenefelt, Mrs. C.J. Brockway, Mrs. G.F. Thompson, Mrs. Sarah Garland, Mrs. Nellie Chase, Mrs. Reed, and Mrs. L.D. Bates.


A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Mangis.


Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Hotz were happy over the arrival of a son.

75 years ago

December 30, 1943

Lancer Robertson is missing in action

First Lieutenant Lancer Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Robertson of Malta, is reported missing in action over Burma, according to the word received by Mrs. Robertson Wednesday evening. No details were received but it is understood that he has been missing since about December 1.

Lieutenant Robertson, one of four sons of the family serving in the Armed Forces, is Bombardier with a heavy bomber group which has been serving in India. He has a distinguished record, having received the Flying Cross and citations for extraordinary achievement in a combat or operational mission over enemy territory in China, Indo China, and Burma.

Graduated from Malta High School in 1936, Lieutenant Robertson attended Willamette University for two years. He was a member of the National Guard unit, but not at the time the war broke out. Following the Declaration of War, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant about January 1942.

He was married in July 1942 to Grace Kenney at Malta in February 1943 left for overseas duty with the 10th Army Air Force.

Two County man wounded in action

The announcement was made this week from Washington of the wounding of two Phillips County men in the Mediterranean area. The men are PFC Raymond L. Scheel, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Scheel of Saco, and Corporal Leslie J. Newton, brother of Howard F. Newton of Wagner and Victor Newton of Malta.

The men were among 495, four of which from Montana, whose names appeared on a list released from Washington. No details have been received

The two Phillips County men enlisted together at Missoula on October 25, 1940, in the regular army.

Warmest Christmas in many years enjoyed

One of the warmest Christmas days on record was experience by Phillips County residents this year. The US Reclamation Office reports a maximum of 45° and a minimum of 17°. With no snow, except on the higher peaks of the Little Rockies, it was the first "green" Christmas in years in this section of the state.

The prolonged mild weather has resulted in numerous and various predictions concerning the balance of the winter. Some of the old-timers say we're going to have a mild winter and others say cold weather is in store for us soon. However, that may be, most of us are thankful that the winter so far has been the mildest in many years.

50 years ago

December 26, 1968

Turner Water, old-timer here, died Dec. 23

James Turner Waters, 93, one of the oldest members of the community and a county resident for 54 years, passed away on Dec. 23 at the Malta Hospital.

Walter was born in Hamilton County, Ill., on June 12, 1875. He married Maud Knapp there on Oct. 29, 1900, and the couple recently observed their 68th wedding anniversary. They came to Phillips County in 1914 and homesteaded in Bennett Lake community where he farmed until 1941 when he retired and moved to Malta.

25 years ago

December 29, 1993

Street Talk

Question: Do you think there is anything more that can be done, than is being done, to stop the rash of burglaries and brek-ins in Phillips County? (Three local business had been broken into.)

Doreen Koss: There has to be! We might have to start sleeping in our stores?

Dan Sisco: The merchants may have to address their own store security.

Dennis Bolland: No, I think the Sheriff's Department is handling the matter satisfactorily.

Grace Nessland: I really don't think so considering the amount of dollars we have for law enforcement.


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