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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for February 12, 2020


February 12, 2020

The Malta Mustangs Wrestlers team will participate in the divisional tournament this weekend in Lewistown. From the left are Lyle Jones, Keith Maristuen, Coach Glenn Flatt, Darrell Olson, Ken Blunt, Lee Koss, George Ames, Arne Lefdahl, Larry Waters, Bruce Bruckner, Bim Oxarart, Larry Young, Kevin Salsbery, Mike Kaufman, Assistant Coach Mike Cummings, and Lew Tuma. Gary Meyett, manager, is in the front row. Not pictured are Fred Perry, heavyweight wrestler, and Doug Kaufman, the other team manager.

100 years ago

February 11, 1920

Fred L. Robinson returned from a visit with his parents in Colorado.


H. M. Kirton was a candidate for the position of the delegate to the National Republican Convention.


A number of cases of flu were reported and care was being urged to prevent a reappearance of the disease in epidemic form.


Miss Millie Caves had returned from Glasgow where she visited her sister, Mrs. Henry Anderson.


The Dodson School District voted a $40,000 bond issue to build a new high school building.


An oil test was being drilled on the Bowdoin dome.


75 years ago

February 15, 1945

Granaries are purchased as barracks

The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company this week purchased 35 government granaries from the commodity credit corporation through the local Triple A office and will have them moved to the site of the former CCC Camp in Malta for use as barracks for German prisoners of war who will be brought into the Malta district for work in the sugar beets fields.

Sixteen of the granaries are from the Malta area, 11 from Dodson and 8 from Whitewater. Andrew Ebaugh has contracted to move the building to the site by March 1.

Hurbert Drabbels is prisoner of war

Hurbert Drabbels, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Drabbels of Malta, is a prisoner of war in Germany, according to information received from the war department Monday. Sgt. Drabbles had been missing over Germany since Nov. 30.

A rear gunner on a B-17 bomber based in England, Sgt. Drabbels was with the 8th Army Air Force. He had been awarded the Air Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service against the enemy.

He is a graduate of Malta High School with the Class of 1940.

Sgt. Piper is with war dead

One more Phillips County man is listed among those "killed in action" this week with official notice from the war department that Sgt. Harold W. Piper, parachute infantry, who was listed as missing Feb. 4, 1944, must be presumed to be dead.

Sgt. Piper, husband of Ida Fay Piper of Malta and son of Jesse R. Piper of Malta, was squad leader of a patrol on a combat mission near Littorina, Italy, on the Anzio beachhead. Shortly after the objective was reached, he was twice wounded by enemy fire, and the patrol, who were under heavy fire and outnumbered by enemy reserves, were forced to withdraw without him.

Sgt. Piper was a child when he moved to Montana and attended Malta Schools. He was married to Ida at Malta in March of 1943, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Crowder of Sun Prairie.

50 years ago

February 12, 1970

Future of Trafton Park Arena subject to Council discussion

The Malta City Council devoted considerable time Monday night to a discussion of the future of the rodeo arena in Trafton Park. The councilmen feel that the arena maintenance is a drain on the City budget and some users of the arena have been reluctant to pay for the use of the faculty.

This group of Malta High School girls performed their "Senior Specialty" during halftime of the Malta-Harlem basketball game. The girls – dressed in hobo outfits – are, from the left, front row, Rita Van Houdt, Barb McKeon, Cindy Bebee, Billie Rae Campbell, Lorrine Mangis, and Robbie McKoy. Second row, Betty Shiroishi, Susan Parker, Roberta Taylor, Elaine Jacobson, and Sheryl Starkey. Back row, Cindy Kahal, Pam Morrison, Jeanne Barnes, Jackie Taylor, Becky Taylor, and Gayle Hoynes.

The arena was originally built by members of the roping club, the Malta Rodeo Association and with donations of money and material and labor from many interested individuals. It was built on land owned by the City and ownership was given to the City.

25 years ago

February 15, 1995

Street Talk

Question: What is the most romantic thing anyone ever did for you on St. Valentine's Day?

Genea Sintler: My husband told me he loved me.

Yvonne Bigby: A friend bought me flowers.

Conrad Olson: Getting flowers from my girlfriend (later my wife.)

Bob McAuley: I always get something nice. I don't remember from year to year.


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