Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for May 1, 2019


PCN Archives

Pictured are the 1969 Malta Boys State Delegates and the alternates. From the left are Murray Mathews, Ross Licht, Kenny Blunt, Vic Stevens, Alan Robertson, and John Barnard. Not pictured are Ricky Kinshella of Whitewater, and Michael Pearce of Saco. PCN 1969.

100 year ago

May 1, 1919

The senior class had presented Malta High School with a new clock.


The 40x200-foot wool warehouse along the Great Northern right of way east of the Malta Mercantile warehouse was destroyed by a fire of unknown origin. The Malta Fire Department did a "noble job" of controlling the blaze.


The Great Northern Hotel had opened a fountain room with Seth Dibble in charge.


Mrs. William Francke of Landusky died t Valentine, Neb., after a lengthy illness.


Snow and rain generally over northern Montana had brightened the farming picture.


Hamilton Lee, the father of Roy and Edgar Lee of Dodson, died at Long Beach, Calif. He had been a rancher in the county for many years.


The Malta Plumbing shop had opened for business in the Murphy building on Fifth Avenue.

75 years ago

May 4, 1944

Cpl. Leslie Newton home on furlough

Cpl. Leslie Newton, brother of Victor and Howard Newton of Malta and South Wagner, is home on a 30-day convalescent furlough after 17-months in action in the Mediterranean war theatre in which he took part in four campaigns.

Cpl. Newton was wounded during the invasion of Italy, receiving wounds in the right leg which hospitalized him in North Africa. He has been decorated with the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

"It's a dirty job that has to be cleaned up as soon as possible," is Cpl. Newton's comment on the war. "With all the modern equipment, the huge tanks, and planes and guns, it will be a matter of slugging it out in Europe with steel and hand grenade," is his opinion of the action in Italy. He says the invasion of Italy is much tougher than the North African or Tunisian campaigns in both of which he saw action in.

Because, he says, he has many friends and his brother, Pfc. Arthur Newton, is in Italy are still on the battlefronts of Italy he hesitates to say anything about his experiences that would give any information to the enemy.

He does say that the boys are glad that if there has to be a war, it is not at home. The destruction of civilian lives, of property, and of a country's entire civilization is so terrible that, even in the midst of their own hardships and sufferings, they are glad that their own people and homes are comparatively safe.

50 years ago

May 1, 1969

Late Spring storm causes power outages

It will take in excess of $10,000 to restore service to all the communities served by Big Flat Electric Cooperative following last weekend's storm. It was the most costly storm in the 22-year history of the company.

Most of the damage occurred to the main three-phase feeder line that runs south from Malta to the Little Rockies. All of the rural communities in Phillips County were affected by the storm with electrical power off for the least amount of time, 13-hours, in some communities and others without power until Wednesday.

$502,744.58 to Hospital Association

The Phillips County Hospital Association this week received a check from the estate of Josie E. Hensen. The long-awaited money came in a small-sized check, but the amount was considerable. Over one-half million dollars, $502,744.58 to be exact.

Senior Class top scholars at Malta

Ruth Bruckner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bruckner, has been selected as valedictorian for the Malta high School Class of 1969.

Lou Ann Ivanish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Ivanish, will be salutatorian.

25 years ago

May 4, 1994

Saco names '94's top students

Shyla Taylor, daughter of Gary and Vivian Taylor, has been named valedictorian of the Saco High School Class of 1994.

Stacie Fladland, daughter of Jim Fladland of Saco and Debbie Kluck of Lewistown, has been named salutatorian.

Dodson names top '94 students

Amber Olsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Olsen of Dodson, has been named the 1994 valedictorian at Dodson High School for 1994.

Jayme Wilke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wilke of Dodson, has been named the DHS salutatorian.

PCN Archives

Sgt. Harold Piper who has been reported missing in action in Italy. Sgt. Piper is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Piper of Malta. Editor's Note: Sgt. Piper was a member of the U.S. Army's 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division and is still MIA according to the Sons of Liberty Museum. PCN 1944.

10 years ago

May 6, 2009

Saco names top students of Class of 2009

Saco High School has named Emili Crowder, daughter of Carl and Lonna Crowder, as valedictorian and Stephanie Remple as Class salutatorian.

Street Talk

Question: What are your plans for Mother's Day?

Gail Cummings: I'm probably going golfing.

Jackie Olsen: I am going to spend it with my family.

Barb Heinlein: I hope Parker is going to take me fishing.

Katherine Schipman: I don't know what I want to do isn't going to get it done.


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