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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for November 27, 2019


November 27, 2019

National Honor Society Initiation at MHS ... Thirteen members of the junior and senior classes at Malta High School were initiated into the National Honor Society at a ceremony last week at the high school. They are, from the left, Cindy Bebee, Kenneth Blunt, Marilyn Carlson, Keith Maristuen, Rita Van Houdt, Doug Kaufman, Brenda Nessland, Kevin Salsbery, Vicki Oxarart, Craig Stiles, Pauline Olson, Vic Stevens, and Kari Green.

100 years ago

November 17, 1919

The Enterprise was urging that the county be bonded for the construction of a courthouse. The county had been organized five years previously and a large amount of money was being paid out yearly for rent.


The new executive board of the Phillips County Farm Bureau included C.A. Ross, president; I.A. Rader, vice president; R.E. Richardson, secretary; F.A. Schemp, L N. Dyrdahl, B. L. Frie, Ray Hagen, Mrs. W. W. Holmes, J. J. Maunch, J. F. Huneka, and Mrs. Anna Taylor.


With temperature at 12-below zero and no coal in Malta, some anxiety was being felt about county residents in remote sections.


Will B. Robertson and Miss Sylvia Marckel of Dodson were married in Malta.


Chick Whitcomb, Phillipsburg merchant, was a business visitor in Malta.


R.M. Trafton and O.P. Shenefelt represented Malta at a meeting of business men from Loma to Poplar who met to focus advertising the farming possibilities of northeastern Montana.

75 years

November 23, 1944

Saco Legion Post officers elected

William Moran was elected Commander of the Saco Legion Post No. 79 at the organization meeting Monday evening.

Andros Strommen was named adjunct and James Riley, finance officer, at Monday night's meeting. About 25 veterans of World War I and World War II make up the membership.

Quiet Thanksgiving scheduled for Malta folk

Family dinners and church services will feature this year's observance of Thanksgiving Day in Malta and Phillips County. Several churches have announced special programs.

There will be Thanksgiving services at Malta Lutheran Church, Dodson Lutheran Church, and Loring Lutheran Church; at the Malta Community Church with special music by the choir The Emmanuel Lutheran Church, and the Assembly of God Church in Saco.

50 years ago

November 27, 1969

Speech and Debate Team won Bozeman Meet

The Malta Speech and Debate Team are a happy group receiving their second Class B Sweepstakes trophy at two tournaments they have participated in this year: The Bozeman Invitational Speech and Debate Meet last Friday and Saturday, and the Havre Tournament the week before.

Alan Robertson won the championship in the boys extemporaneous event at Bozeman over all division, earning 10 points for the Malta team and placing them in a tie with Big Sandy for the Class B Division. A flip of the coin allowed Malta to claim the trophy.

Pauline Olson placed second in the B-C Division in girls extemporaneous and ninth overall.

Members of the team are Pam Larcombe, Jim Tavery, Pattie Sue Smith, Brenda Nessland, Gary Chaney, Maureen Golik, Diana Allen, Patty Mallow, Sally LaFontaine, Dorene Ruud, Dennis Fahlgren, Pauline Olson, Alan Robertson, Sheila Watts, Bob Jacobson, Peggy Ames, Dan Dyrdahl, Terrianne Jacobson, and Tim Nelson.

25 years ago

November 30, 1994

Conrad bomb fax wasn't from Malta

A recent bomb threat which emptied schools in Conrad involved Malta, in a round about way, but the local superintendent of schools wasn't biting.

A plain paper fax showed up in the fax machine in Conrad Superintendent of Schools Dennis "Bud" Williams' office November 18 and was discovered about 8 a.m.

The fax read "a bomb will explode in a locker at 1 p.m., a Malta football fan."

The incident occurred about a week after the Cowboys had defeated Malta in a semi-final football playoff game.

The superintendent ordered all schools evacuated as a precaution.

"I didn't think for a minute it was from Malta," Williams said.

Cpl. Arthur Newton, Phillips County resident, was killed in action in France on October 24.

It turned out to be a 16-year-old Conrad student who has been charged with intimidation.

10 years ago

December 2, 2009

Street Talk

Questions: How did you react to the news that Jeffery Dahmer, convicted mass murderer and cannibal, had been beaten to death in prison?

Rhonda DeVries: Even though it seems he deserved it - it still was not right those men took his life.

Travis Lamb: I thought it saved the taxpayers a lot of money ... instead of taking care of him the rest of his life.

Chris Davis: I think he got what he deserved.

Kathy Warwick: Serves him right.


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