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By Compiled by Mark Foss
PCN Staff 

Memories for Wednesday, January 26, 2022


January 26, 2022

10 Years Ago – 2012

Malta Speech, Drama takes third at Divisional meet

The Malta Speech and Drama team took third place at Divisionals in Cut Bank on Saturday.

This weekend, the team heads to the state meet in Billings hosted by Shepherd. Those who placed and are attending state are as follows:

Skye McGinty- 1st in Expository, Justine Wright- 6th in Impromptu, Landon Score- 8th in Impromptu, Garrett Giblette- 5th in Memorized Public Address, Justin Paul- 6th in Original Oratory, Kim Perry- 1st in Serious Oral Interpretation, Amanda Mummy- 2nd in Mime.

Dodson beats Turner, scares Scobey

The Dodson Coyotes gave Scobey a scare, losing 55-52 Saturday night, but got a 65-46 win over Turner on Friday.

Rocky Lewis had 20 points and Jimmy Martin 17 in the win. Jesse Stevens added 9, Jordan Jefferson and Clinton Daniels 6 each, and Levi Jones 5.

Showing at the Villa

Alvin and The Chipmunks


25 Years Ago – 1997

Christmas scrip totals $339,759

A total of $339,759 in zero interest Christmas scrip was loaned out during the 1996 holiday season in Phillips County, according to Chamber of Commerce Director Dan Sisco.

First State Bank loaned out $219,689, First Security $101,875, and Security Bank $18,195.

The 1995 total was $329,000.

Whitewater makes final four in academic games

Whitewater High School became the first school to qualify more than once for the final four in the Montana Academic Challenge since the present 32 team format was adopted in 1995.

The Whitewater MAC team did this by defeating Dodson, Browning, and Valier. Whitewater’s average margin of victory was 260 points.

Whitewater, the defending state champion, will play its semifinal round against Chinook sometime in April. The winner of this match will play the winner of the Billings and Glendive regions for the championship.

The Dodson-Whitewater match can be seen at 4 p.m. on March 9 on KRTV.

Members of the Whitewater team are Jonathan Haag, Kirk Reichelt, Andy Gertge, Aimee Hammond, and Brant Beyer.

Museum seeks photos, items about Kid Curry

You might have a piece of local history tucked away somewhere in your home and if you do, the Phillips County Museum would like to borrow it.

More specifically, the Phillips County Museum Board is looking for anyone who might have photographs or memorabilia related to the outlaw Kid Curry (Harvey Logan), and the holdup of the Great Northern train near Exeter Creek west of Malta on July 3, 1901.

Dale Veseth and Nate Murphy have been busy assembling a display about Kid Curry, the hold up and his association with the well-known “Wild Bunch” gang led by the more famous Butch Cassidy.

The museum would like the opportunity to make copies of any photographs that might exist and would like to borrow for display any memorabilia.

Showing at the Villa Theatre

Beavis and Butt-Head Do America


50 Years Ago – 1972

Matmen Third in Tourney

The Mustang wrestlers posted wins over Box Elder, Turner, and Rudyard at a double dual meet held in Chinook Friday evening. The Malta team placed third at the Chinook tournament held on Saturday.

In Friday evening competition, the Mustangs downed Turner 66-3, Box Elder 72-0, and Rudyard 72-0 in the double dual.

Participating in the invitational tournament Saturday were Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Chinook, Chester, Turner, Stanford, Harlowton, and Malta.

Big Sandy won the tourney with 103 points followed by Fort Benton 81 ½, Malta 77 ½, Chester 71 ½, Chinook 44 ½, Stanford 38 ½, Harlowton 2, and Turner 0.

The Mustangs were led by three individual champions. Gerard Van Houdt won the 105-pound championship; Lew Tuma the 112-pound class, and Bruce Bruckner pinned his way to the heavyweight championship.

George Ames finished second at 167 pounds. Steve Baeth finished third at 126 pounds. Nick Cebulski was third in the 119-pound class. Mark Bourassa at 138 pounds and Gary Blunt at 145 pounds finished fourth to round out the eight boys that placed for the tournament.

Women vs. Men In Benefit B-B Game

The Malta Men’s Town Team will play a benefit basketball game with the Malta Women’s Town Team on Sunday, February 11. The proceeds of the game will go to the March of Dimes. The game will be played at the M.H.S. gymnasium at 3 p.m.

Admission prices will be adults 75 cents, students 50 cents, and preschoolers free.

Showing at the Villa

Bananas starring Woody Allen


75 Years Ago – 1947

Lid Clamped Down On Gambling

Sheriff Partridge Orders All Games Shut Down

“The lid was clamped down tight on gambling in Phillips County Tuesday night and all law enforcement officers were notified that any violations of the state gambling laws will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Sheriff Frank Partridge informed the News Wednesday morning.

“This means,” Sheriff Partridge added, “that there will be no more gambling, no punchboards or dice games at any saloon, night club or bar in Malta, Dodson, Saco, Zortman, Loring, Whitewater, or their environs. The proprietors of such places have been notified personally by myself or my deputies and we mean business.”

Punchboards were ordered removed from all places Monday and orders were given that dice games were to be stopped. The order to close down poker and other gambling games came Tuesday night in Malta while deputy sheriffs were instructed to inform bars and saloons in other county towns of the order on Wednesday.

Grade School Needed In Malta Says Lesselyong

The need for a new grade school building in Malta as the result of the city’s growing population was brought up at the regular P.T.A. meeting held in the city hall Monday evening by Superintendent J.H. Lesselyong of the city schools.

Mr. Lesselyong outlined the procedure by which a new building could be obtained. He also reported on meetings he has attended at which the state educational program was discussed.

Mrs. Ada Anderson, County Superintendent of schools, gave a very informative talk on the educational reorganization bill now pending and scheduled to come up in the state legislature next week.

An article on divorce, taken from the P.T.A. magazine was read by Mrs. Harold Genger and considerable discussion took place on this subject.

At the present time, there are 62 members of the Parent-Teachers association in Malta. All parents and others interested in the welfare of the children of the community are urged to join this group.

Showing at the Palace Theatre

Anna and the King of Siam starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison


100 Years Ago – 1922

- The home of Mrs. McCreary on the north side of the river was totally destroyed by fire. The fire truck refused to go any further than the Great Northern Hotel. Fireman were able to coax it back to the fire hall for repairs.

- O.E. McDowell had resigned as superintendent of the Malta schools. He had been head of the city schools for three years.

- Richard Town, pioneer Malta resident, died at his ranch home on the Missouri River.

- The following directors were re-elected to the Lower Milk River Water Users Association: Dan Garrison, Saco; J.L. Truscott, Glasgow; Dudley Jones, Dodson; H.G. Robinson, John Survant, and L.C. Edwards, Malta.


118 Years Ago – 1904

- From a Great Northern bulletin: “As showing how the Milk River Valley is already making rapid strides in settlement and civilization is the fact that Glasgow, Malta, Hinsdale, Chinook, and Havre have public schools costing from $5,000 to $20,000 while the little town of Culbertson, hardly two years old, is building an $18,000 school this year.”

- Some citizen with a malicious nature had entered the carriage sheds of J.A. Remple and slashed the cushions of a number of sleighs and buggies.


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