Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for March 20, 2019


March 20, 2019

PCN Archives

In their first year of competition, these members of the Speech and Drama team from Malta High School have qualified to attend the State Speech and Drama meet in Great Falls. In the front row, from the left, are Debbie Losleben, Peggy Ames, Maureen Golik, and Lou Anne Ivanish. In the back row are Jim Hannon, Alan Robertson, and Ric Floren, advisor. 1969.

100 years ago

March 19, 1919

Gov. Stewart vetoed five normal school bills, including the provision for the establishment of a normal school in Malta.


Carl Veseth was to appear as a Hindu lecturer in the senior play.


George Cowie was appointed deputy assessor for Phillips County.


Warren Sowers had sold the Idlewild soft drink parlor to the Smokehouse.


Pete Hoagland had returned from an absence of several months in the army.


Frank Zuber was back in Malta after being employed at the nitro government war plant.


Hugh Simanton had returned from the west coast where he had been working in the shipyards.


The Red Cross planned to entertain returning soldiers at a program in the IOOF Hall. On the program were C.E. Stevens, Helen Smith, Thos. Facey, Dorothy Edwards, Campbel Kilduff, G.C. Liskum, Ellis Blumenthal, Mrs. Seth Dibble, Mabel Heath, Josef Sklower, and Helen Cain.

75 years ago

March 23, 1944

Indian artist's work will be exhibited

A feature of the Malta Woman's Club next Tuesday will be an exhibit of some of the artwork of William Standing, well-known Assiniboine Indian artist of Poplar.

This exhibit will include landscapes, both oil and watercolor media, portraits in oil, pen, and ink sketches, and caricatures and cartoons.

Editor's Note: Standing would die seven years later following an automobile accident in Zortman.

Native of County killed in action at Bougainville.

Pvt. Stanley A. Freie, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Freie of Belt, was killed in action on March 40

Pvt. Freie had been in combat for one month. He was born October 13, 1924, at Dodson, and attended the Dodson and Belt grade schools. He was inducted into the army April 6. 1943.

Surviving is his parents, a brother, John, and five sisters, Mrs. Eunice Webel, Bessie Mae, Cherry, Peggy

Mother receives son's Silver Star

The Silver Star awarded posthumously to Cpl. Byron D. Hurley for "gallantry above and beyond the call of duty" was presented to Mrs. Byron Hurley of Wagner, at a ceremony at the Legion Hall Monday night.

Hero of bomber flight missing in action

Mrs. Al Rothie of Malta received word this week that her nephew, Captain John (Red) Morgan, has been missing in action since March 6 while on a mission over Berlin. Men in the bomber formation saw Morgan's plane fall with the right wing on fire.

Captain Morgan was featured in a special article in the Cosmopolitan magazine in the December issue. The story related how Morgan's pilot and how Morgan took over the ship and completed a bombing mission although several crew members were injured.

50 years ago

March 20, 1969

Margaret Cruikshank, a pioneer educator, died Sunday

Miss Margaret Cruikshank, who observed her 85th birthday on October 30, passed away at the Malta Hospital on Sunday. A native of Scotland, Miss Cruikshank was a pioneer educator in Montana.

In her many teaching years, she taught commercial subjects at Fairview High School, Cardwell High School, and Dodson High School; rural schools at Dryhead in Carbon County, Ponderay and Toole Schools in Tole County, and Loring and Saco High Schools.

25 years ago

March 23, 1994

Ag Day Essay Winners

Winners of the Ag Days Essay Contest were Christine Adams, Saco, honorable mention; Malanite Miller, Malta, second place; Kelly Ereaux, Tallow Creek School, third place, and Shannon Brady, Malta, first place.

Ag day Bumper Sticker Winners

Winners of this year's Ag in Montana School Bumper Sticker Contests were Bret Peigneux, Jody Blunt, Tyler French, Christina Wiederrick, Emily DeMars, Karl Harms, and Jeremiah Zartwell.

10 years ago

March 18, 2009

Street Talk

Question: What do you like about the Boys & Girls Club?

Devyn Salsbery: Umm...mostly that you can get your homework done in time and there are a game room and snacks, and you can win prizes for reading.

George Hites: We get to read and play checkers, and floor hockey. I like the trips and the shows we have here.

Austin Davis: I like the Boys & Girls Club because we get to play and eat snacks and win prizes.

Bayleigh Brucker: I like the crafts and getting points for doing homework. I like the game room and snacks, too.


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