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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for May 22, 2019


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U.S. Marine Private Maurice B. Taylor. See 75 years ago.

100 years ago

May 22, 1919

Judge John Hurly had ruled that the bondsmen of “Long” George Francis must pay the $2,000 bonds they had put up for Francis. “Long” Gorge had jumped his bond at Havre after being convicted of a cattle rustling charge. He was still at large.

Editor’s Note: “Long” George Francis was seen by some a bootlegger and thief, while others saw him as a Robin Hood type. In 2005, author and historian Gary A. Wilson penned the book entitled “Long George" Francis: Gentleman Outlaw of Montana.” Francis is also a member of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.


A.S. Hanscomb had resigned as city engineer and announced that he would enter the Malta Plumbing Company as a partner with Mr. Siegert.


Fred Gerwein had drowned in Nelson Reservoir when he attempted to cross a narrow neck of water. He was a son-in-law of Joseph Stearns.


May 28 was the hottest day of the spring and the hottest day in 12 years. The U.S. Reclamation office records showed 96 degrees.


Ray Gardiner, returned serviceman, had bought an interest in the Trafton-Dorr Company.


Frank Wells of Dodson was among returned servicemen.


Roy Monroe was in Malta to fill in at the First State Bank in the absence of Mr. Brown.


Walter Kropp had purchased a quester section of land from the county, paying $17.50 per acre.


B.H. Koke, Charles Secrest, W.E. Furguson, and H.A. Johnson spent a pleasant and profitable day fishing at the Vandalia Dam.


The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chick Whitcomb had died in Zortman.


Cutworms were damaging wheat in the farming areas.

75 years ago

May 25, 1944

Harvey Dionne is decorated for war service

Harvey Dionne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldtick Dionne, and husband of former Betty Salsbery has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, according to information from the War Department.

Dionne, who has a rating of staff sergeant in the army air forces, is a gunner and has completed 25 missions over enemy occupied Europe. Upon completion of his 25 combat missions, he was assigned to office duty.

Staff Sgt. Kirkaldie speaks to Malta Kiwanis

Staff Sgt. Robert C. Kirkaldie of Dodson, recently returned from the European Theatre of War after having completed 25 missions over enemy occupied Europe, gave an interesting talk of his experiences as a Flying Fortress gunner and his reaction to war conditions in England.

Buddy Taylor member of record-breaking amphibian group

Marine Private Maurice B. (Buddy) Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Taylor, Malta, is en route to a Pacific base after participating in 33 different landings on enemy held shores in 23 days. A member of Marine combat unit which successfully invaded the Marshall Islands, the Malta Marine and fellow assault specialists topped their record-shattering operations for amphibious landings by over-running Pary Island on Eniwetok Atoll.

50 years ago

May 22, 1969

58 seniors graduate Monday at MHS commencement

The Malta High School class of 1969 will graduate next Monday with 53 members. They are: Mary Anderson, Theresa Bebee, Lou Ann Benzinger, Lynette Bergstrom, Marty Blundred, Robert Brandon, Ruth Bruckner, Timothy Callahan, Caryl Carlson, Grady Chaney, Kerry Compton, Cheryl Drabbles, Byron Ereaux, Paul Gilbertson, Lynn Goertz, Thomas Golik, Barbara Green, James Hannon, William Hanson.

Dennis Haser, Paula Hasler, Mark Hitch, Robert Humbert, Lou Anne Ivanish, Edith Jacobs, Roger Jacobson, Gregory Kelsey, Darlene Korsbeck, Gerald Licht, Debra Losleben, Gary Lundman, Timothy Mancuso, Howard Mangis, James Mans.

Robert Maxie, Margie Moss, Betty Newton, Larry Olson, Wayne Paulson, Edward Peigneux, Rodney Perry, Donald Robinson, James Salveson, Carrol Scofield, Shelley Sintler, Janet Stiles, Linda Stine, Mary Jo Taylor, Suzanne Taylor, Kenneth Ulrich, Hedwigis Van Houdt, Ralph Waters, Donald Wilkes, Ronald Young, Vic Lefdahl, Luke Kirkaldie, David Daellenback, and Terry Young.

25 years ago

May 25, 1994

Charter FFA Members

Charter members of the Malta FFA on hand at the annual banquet were Cliff Lundstrom, Denver Hould, Fuller Lageman, Charlie Welch, Ned Mangis, Bob Simanton, Horace Driver, Winston Mitchell, George Green, and Ray Nitz.

MHS students honored by Women’s Club

A total of eight seniors who maintained a GPA of 94-percent were honored at a banquet hosted by the Malta Women’s Club. Those students were C.K. LaFond, Katie Curtis, Lara Wilson, Stacie Johnson, Janelle McEwen, Dan Low, Kristi Shettel, and Kelli Barrett.

10 years ago

May 27, 2009

Couple plan August wedding

John and Mary Fahlgren of Glasgow, and Corky and Bonnie LaBrie, of Malta, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their Children, Anna Caroline Fahlgren and Thomas Lee LaBrie.

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Connie Knudsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Knudsen, has been named valedictorian of the Saco High School senior class with a grade point average of 92.7 over a period of seven semesters. Jim Bowman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Bowman, was named salutatorian with an average of 90.9.

The couple will marry on Saturday, August 8, 2009, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Glasgow.

Board: Moves sixth grade to middle school

Fifth graders at Malta Elementary School will not only move on to the sixth-grade next fall, but they’ll move to a new home.

Malta School Board Trustees voted unanimously last week to make the move to the middle school concept which will move next year’s sixth grade to the junior high.

The move will free-up classrooms at the elementary school where, according to Supt. Kris Kuehn, the school district faces the challenge of providing services to as many as 13 preschool-aged students with special needs specifications.

Sunday afternoon lightning strike hits hospital radio tower.

An unanticipated thunder-clap started a lot of Malta residents Sunday about 3 p.m. while an associated lightning strike hit the radio tower at the P.C. Hospital, causing some havoc.

"Every time I turn a corner, we find an another issue," Chief executive officer Ward VanWichen said.


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