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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for February 26, 2020


February 26, 2020

The Malta Mustangs are the North Central District basketball champions following the championship games against the Chester Coyotes last Saturday night in the NMC gymnasium at Havre. Coach Bill Ryan holds the trophies the Mustangs won the conference and tournament champions with a 25-0 win string still holding. Kneeling in front, from the left, are the bubbling Mustang cheerleaders, Janice Rudd, Gayle Hoynes, Pauline Olson, Cindy Bebee, and Janine Simanton, with Mustang Mervin Bishop. Kneeling behind the girls are Jack Kamla and Dick Mavencamp. In the back row, from the left, are Manager Lance Ivanish, Bill Cole, Manger Doug Olson, Jeff Hungerford, Ken Kaufman, Craig LaFond, Coach Ryan, Randy Frazier, Craig Stiles, Jim Nevrivy, Bud Slade, and Duane Walker. Editor's Note: See the feature story "Start of a Dynasty" in an upcoming PCN.

100 years ago

February 25, 1920

The Malta High School basketball team upset tournament hope by defeating a strong Havre aggregation in the second game of the tournament. Glasgow, however, defeated Malta for the title.


The Camp Fire Girls' honor roll included the following names: Regina Primeau, Edna Robinson, Georgia Tressler, Iris Stine, Gayle Johnson, and Ada and Eva Town.


Frank Bossuot of Havre was down with plans for a new jail building for Phillips County.


Nine contestants had entered a local pool tourney.


Mrs. J. F. Kilduff had returned from a Woman's Club meeting at Billings.

75 years ago

March 1, 1945

Saco serviceman wounded in Europe

Sgt. Gail E. Hammond, son of Mrs. Gusta Hammond of Saco, has been reported among the wounded in the European theatre of war. Sgt. Hammond was inducted at Butte in October 1942, and was born in Saco in 1917.

No details of the action in which he was wounded have been received. A brother, Pvt. Dan O. Hammond is serving in the south-west Pacific theatre.

Local night spots turn out lights at midnight

The bright lights of Malta's six gay nightspots shut down promptly at midnight Monday night in accordance with the national ruling to close such places in the interests of the way efforts.

Establishments serving hard liquor, beer, jukebox music, and cards or any similar activity are ruled out for the time being and maybe for the duration of the war.

Public places coming under the regulations in Malta include the Stockman, Mint, Lobby, Passtime, Smoke House, and Murphy's bars

Free-throw trophy won by Malta

While the Malta Mustangs rated only fourth place in the district class B basketball tournament last weekend in Glasgow, Leslie Hromas won the Glasgow Courier trophy for the individual high scorer in free throw contest.

Doney Wounded in Europe

Pfc. Alex Doney, son of Mrs. Pete Doney of Zortman, is included in the latest list of Montanans wounded in the European theatre of war.

50 years

February 26, 1970

Lucille Eaton and grade school get awards

Mrs. Carl Eaton and the Malta Elementary School have been honored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, it was announced, on Washington's birthday.

Mrs. Eaton, a fourth-grade teacher at MES, has been awarded the Valley Forge Teacher Medal, the highest teacher's award given by the foundation. The award is given to teachers to recognize the constructive educational work in building intellectually capable, morally sound, patriotic young Americans.

Tessa Olsen, a second grade student in the class taught by Sue Poulton is St. Mary's Student of the Week. She is the daughter of Nancy Olsen of Malta and likes school and horses.

MES received the George Washington Honor Medal, the second-highest award, one of 100 awarded yearly in the United States.

25 years ago

March 1, 1995

Her commercial promotes childhood immunization

Perhaps you've seen her commercial on television and didn't realize it, but two-year-old Alacia B. Cole could be called a miniature movie star.

Alicia's parents, Jeff and Julie Cole, former Phillips County residents living in Bozeman, saw their daughter's television commercial stardom start after noticing an ad in the Bozeman Chronicle.

Beating out other "cute kids" after dealing with many "pushy parents," Alacia earned the part in a national ad promoting child immunization.

"People have come up and told us that "She looks just like the little girl driving a car on TV'," Mrs. Cole said. "They are quite surprised when they find out it is her."


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