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Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for December 2, 2020


December 2, 2020

These senior girls from Malta High School were guests of the Malta Business and Professional Woman's Club at their annual meeting. They are, from the left, Carrie Hammar, Mary Ann Vennes, Brenda Nessland, Vicki Oxarart, Patty Molloy, Thelma Wiese, Susan Klovstad, Kari Benzinger, Debbie Seaford, Mary Ann Phillips, Vicky Charlton, Julie Henderson, Merrimae Smith, Jeanne Lush, Janine Simanton, Terrianne Jacobson, Maureen Golik, and Denise Licht. 1970 PCN.

100 years ago

November 25, 1920

Jack Hardin, an alleged rum runner, was shot and killed by officers north of Havre. Hardin was believed to be bringing liquor across the border into Phillips County also.


Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Trafton had gone to California for the winter.


W. E. Ferguson reported good fishing at Vandalia dam.


Sheriff Tom Johnson returned from the state of Washington with Ben Blazing who was charged with disposing of mortgage property.


The Phillips County Farm Bureau was concluding its third year on the country. The annual meeting was to be December 18.


Forty teachers took the state examinations at Malta, among them being Mrs. Stella, Melanie Homes, Enez Erickson, Ellen Swanson, Nora Hockert, Myrtle Westman Burke, Lilian Scofield, Gertrude Verbeck and Mrs. Christine Weber.

75 years ago

November 29, 1945

Hoops season opens here on Saturday

The basketball version of the Blue and White Mustangs opens its 1945-46 home schedule against Bainville on Saturday night, Coach Lodge said.

"Fair" was about the only commitment Coach Lodge said in an answer to a question made about if the team will remain in the winning column regularly.

Holdovers from last season are Hould, a guard; Hromas, a center, and Spartz, a forward. The potential first string forward list at this state consist of Spartz, Kern and Long. On the guard roster as prospects are Edwards, Genger, Hould, and Judge. Hromas, Cummings, and Losleben are competing for the center position. Underclassmen coming along satisfactory include Duane Simanton, a candidate for forward, and Tom Simanton.

POW office building burned to ground Thanksgiving Day

A Thanksgiving Day fire totally destroyed the Malta prisoner or war camp used this past summer as the headquarters office. Loss was estimated and about $200.

Captain Walter Woods, who was in charge of the camp during the summer, left Wednesday morning after closing the camp and removing surplus supplies. the building was empty when it caught fire. A window was open and it is believed children may have been playing in the building.

50 years ago

December 3, 1970

McKoys celebrate 25th anniversary of their store

McKoy's Furniture Store in Malta is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.

Jim McKoy began the business in December 1945 when he purchased the A. C. Klemme Exchange Store, a secondhand store, on 1st Avenue where the Sugar Shack is now located. The store remained in that location for 14 years and the first help were high school students enrolled in the T&I vocational program.

The store was moved to its present location on Central Avenue in 1959. The building had formerly been occupied by Buttery Foods.

Editor's Note: Art and Mary Lundstrom bought McKoy's Furniture in 1977. Art and Mary retired from the business in 2016 and sold Art's to the couple's daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Jason Snellman.

Malta and Saco ranked tops in Power Poll

The Malta Mustangs have been named the favored team in Class B circles by the annual pre-season Associated Press Basketball Power Poll.

The Saco Panthers were chosen as the top team for Class C schools.

25 years ago

November 29, 1995

55 MPH speed limit may be out the window very soon

These eight members of the 1970 Malta Mustang football squad received Golden Helmet awards at a recent assembly at the high school. From the left are Coach Glenn Flatt, Duane Walker, Bim Oxarart, Rick Mans, Bruce Bruckner, Dick Mavencamp, Craig Stiles, Randy Frazier, and Jim Malloy. 1970 PCN.

U.S. President Bill Clinton could sign a bill this week that will bring smiles to the faces of all those motorists who have bristled for years over the federally imposed 55 MPH speed limit.

The National Highway System Reauthorization Bill is on the president's desk awaiting his signature.

EDITOR'S NOTE: National Highway System Designation Act established the National Highway System, made up of the most important roads in the United States for the nation's economy, defense, and mobility. The system includes 160,995 miles nationwide of which 3,878 miles are in Montana. It also abolished the national speed limit.

10 years ago

November 23, 2010

Guilty thief returns missing flag to City Hall

It showed up in the afternoon mail last Thursday -that missing US Flag which had flown from the top of the Malta City Hall flagpole.

It arrived in a manilla envelop to the City Hall address bearing a Glendive address, with the missing flag inside.


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