Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for May 15, 2019


Whitewater Class Leaders...John Vernon Severeide (right), son of Mr. and Mrs. Celius Severeide, and Lynn Ross Simonson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Simonson, have been named as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 1969 at Whitewater High School. PCN 1969.

100 year ago

May 15, 1919

John Servant, while visiting Chillicloth, Mo., took his first airplane ride. There was a slight accident in landing but neither Mr. Survant nor the aviator was injured.


W. I. Ballard of Malta had been appointed state oil inspector.


Army cutworms had put in their appearance on a number of county farms.


Alumni of Malta High School was planning to organize an alumni association.


Funeral services for Hamilton Lee, father of Roy and Edgar Lee of Dodson, was held at the Masonic Temple in Kalispell.


Reports of the condition of the First State Bank showed total resources of %598,660.92. Total resources of the Malta National Bank were $22,278.92.


Andrew Ebaugh was hauling freight for the Little Rockies Mercantile Company.


Harry Whitcomb of Zortman had gone to Lewistown in the interest of a north and south road.

75 years ago

May 18, 1944

Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster to Lt. Hammond

Lt. Howard Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Olson of Forks, Mont., had received the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for "meritorious achievement while participating in five separate bomber combat missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe" according to word received last week.

Lt. Hammond's Air Medal was recommended by Lt. Gen. James Doolittle.

Lt. Hammond graduated from the advanced flying school at Douglas Field, Ariz., last October 1, and has been on active duty in the European Theatre of war since. He has completed 15 missions when last heard from. His wife lives in Kremlin, Mont.

A graduate of Whitewater High School and Northern Montana College at Havre, Lt. Hammond is the second boy in the Olson family to receive the wings of an air force pilot.

Saco man missing in action over Germany

Staff Sgt. Robert C. Bryson, one of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Bryson of Saco, is missing in action over Germany, according to information from the War Department.

He graduated from Saco High School with the Class of 1940 and enlisted in the air corps in August of 1942.

Whitewater youth is promoted in Air Command

Kenneth P. Schleusner, of Fork, Mont., has been promoted to the rank of first lieutenant from the headquarters of the air depot group he is a part of. He is a member of the XV Air Force Service Command which keeps the combat planes of the 15th Air Force flying in Italy. He is a graduate of Whitewater High School.

50 years ago

May 15, 1969

Ruel Horner, stage driver, died Tuesday

Ruel Horner. 87, an early day stage driver for the Zortman-Malta stagecoach, died Tuesday at the Malta Nursing Home where he had been a resident for five years.

U.S. Air Force's Lt. Howie Hammond. See 75 years ago. PCN 1944.

He was born Sept. 20, 1881. He came to Malta as a young cowboy in 1903 from Gettysburg, Pa. His years as stage driver were featured in a full-length article in the November issue of "Frontier Times." The article was written by Walt Coburn, former cowboy and rancher, and well-known western writer. The name of the article was "Frostbit and Shenanigans on Zortman-Malta Line."

25 years ago

May 18, 1994

Street Talk

Question: What did you receive as a gift for your high school graduation?

Rudy Solis: An 8-track tape of John Lennon's "Image."

Marlene Chell: I remember getting gifts of money from relatives and friends.

Roger Ulrich: I received a gold plated pocket knife with a chain that went in your pocket.

Imogene Cotter: I got a cedar chest from my folks.


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