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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for September 9, 2020


September 9, 2020

These 18 Malta Junior High students received Dairy Queen certificates for a small ice cream cone by successfully completing the Read-a-Book challenge in the Accelerated Reader program. Those students are, back row from left: Jacque Lind, R. J. Tollefson, Erin Taylor, Rochelle Cebulski, Megan Licht, Kaydee Carnahan, and Jessica French; Middle row: Ryan Licht, Tony Sunford, Emily Richardson, Nicole Robinson, and Andrea Bruckner; Front row: Julisa Simanton, Stacy Solberg, Erick Haser, Shannon McCoy, and Amanda Long. PCN 1995.

100 years ago

September 7, 1920

The census of 1920 revealed that there were 9,311 persons in the county. Malta had a population of 1,865.


Kenneth Murray left for Minnesota to enter St. Thomas College.


Dr. C. E. Blankenhorn, a former doctor in Malta, had announced that he would return and establish a practice here.

Petitions were being circulated to raise funds to purchase the Dr. G. W. Clay residence to make it into a memorial hospital.


W. E. Ferguson was getting quite a reputation for fish stories over the state. He had caught a 17-pound trout on the White River. He had arranged to have the fish mounted in Great Falls.


Questionnaires were being circulated to secure the public reaction to a proposition uniting the five protestant churches in Malta.

75 years ago

September 13, 1945

Wartime ends on September 30 it is announced

Wartime will be abolished as of September 30, congress leaders decided this week.

The house interstate committee voted without dissent for a bill to end "fast" time at 2 a.m. on that date -a Sunday.

Senators said similar action would be taken on their side of the capitol soon and there seemed little doubt that both chambers would approve the bill.

Clocks thus will be turned back one hour. They were advanced an hour on January 20, 1942, as a war measure, intended to increase day-light hours of production and to have fuel, light, and power.

Dodson has first justice court

History was made in Dodson on Monday when the first justice court trail in that city's history was held there. It was also the first case over which Justice Neupert had presided.

The case brought against the Nash-Finch company and Bernard Hendrickson as driver. It was the out-growth of an accident west of Dodson several weeks ago in which a Nash-Finch van, allegedly operated without lights and ran into a car driven by J.C. Van Busknick of Malta. Van Busknik sustained three broken ribs and broken teeth as a result of the accident. The defendant was assessed a $10 fine and all court costs.

50 years ago

September 10, 1970

Arrival of Wagon Train Labor Day greeted with big turnout

The first annual Milk River Wagon Train from Zortman to Malta pulled into town exactly on schedule Labor Day morning. The train left Zortman last Friday morning and was proceeded by three stages to Malta. It would up with one of the largest and most colorful parades staged in the area.

About 175 men, women, and children made the trip either in the 20 wagons or riding one of the hundred horses. Actual travel time was about 15 ½ hours.

Football squad won season opener 43-0 from Circle

A fired-up Malta Mustang eleven stomped the Circle Wildcats 43-0 in a non-conference football opener for both teams last Friday.

Coach Glenn Flatt said the Mustangs wasted little time as they took the kick-odd and marched to a quick score with Rick Mans plunging in from the one-yard line and Bill Cole splitting the uprights for the extra point.

Touchdowns were then scored by Duane Walker, Dan Matthews, Walker again from Craig Stiles, Mervin Bishop, and Keith Maristuen. 25 years ago

25 years ago

September 20, 1995

Street Talk

Question: If the Federal Government allows Montana to set its own speed limit, what do you think it should be on Highway 2?

Donna Young: I don't think there should be a speed limit.

George Nevrivy: I think it should be 70 because of the wide-open spaces we have here in Montana.

Bob McAuley: I'd like to see it at 65.

Art Warren: Sixty-five would be good. Seems like your car works better.


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