Dec. 2 Stardust

People and Perspectives from Miles City's past
Monday, December 2, 2019

25 YEARS AGO (1994)

Miles City has at least the hope of help to put in a new 16-inch water main to serve the southern edge of town, and it now has a definite route for the pipe. Mayor George Kurkowski said he was informed Wednesday morning that Town Pump has granted a ten-foot easement along the southern edge of its property, just north of property owned by Motel 6 and Conoco.

Earl Whitney was elected president of the Miles City Shrine Club during the Saturday meeting at the Olive Hotel. Other officers were Mel Rogstad, vice president; Ken Kochel, treasurer; Rick Parker, 1995 circus chairperson; and Bud Cummings, George Durst, Ruben Jodsaas, Wayne Olson, Larry Sayre and Jim Strait, trustees.

Ellen Zook, superintendent of public schools, gave a program about “Problems Facing the 9’s in Rural Schools” at the Tuesday meeting of the Locate-Knowlton Family and Community Education Club. The group met at Rosalie Ostendorf’s home.

Final numbers on the 1994 harvest of deer and antelope from the Miles City office of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks region won’t be available until the first of the year, but according to FWP wildlife manager Neil Marin, “It was a successful season.”

50 YEARS AGO (1969)

BIRTHS — Dec. 1. A son to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Willems. (Sharon Neurohr). A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roos (Ruth Doran).

A new building under construction at the Industrial Sites near the pumping plant will be the location of a plant for building pre-fabricated homes. Jack Hardesty, Ray Hunt and Emanuel Hesapis will construct prefabs in the building and then transport them to their destination

High-ranking Rotary officials and past presidents of the Miles City Rotary Club were in the spotlight at the club’s 50th anniversary dinner Saturday night. They were Claude Jones, W. A. Mitchell, Sr., Prescott Boutelle, Jud Flower, Chappy Nightingale, Lou Hutton, Al Gates, Bud Cremer, Cliff Boutelle, Jack Coffrin, Sherm Cobb, W. A. Mitchell, Jr., Jack Timmons, Russ Shore, Tony Annalora and Bill Jones.

Arlene Kegel of Miles City has been cast as a chorus member in the French grand opera “Carmen,” to be performed at Montana State University in Bozeman in January. Arlene is a sophomore home ec major and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Kegel.

The Chicago Tribune recently carried a series of outdoor articles by outdoor writer Tom McNally on moose hunting in northern Saskatchewan. Mentioned in the articles was Ray Perkins of Miles City, who acted as guide for the trip.

75 YEARS AGO (1944)

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hirsch, Otto and Emil Hirsch, of Crow Rock, spent the day in Miles City. They stated that they had finished threshing alfalfa, but had not finished with crested wheat grass. Because of the lack of help, they plan to mine only coal for their own use.

Coach Fred Brown selected 14 boys for the A squad and regular practice at Custer High got underway. The first game will be played on Dec. 8, when the usually strong Roundup Panthers will come here. The boys selected for the A squad are: Dick Mitchell, Paul Erickson, Jim Cahill, Art Braut, Orville Hope, Bill Anderson, Harold Anderson, Jim Marler, Don Casey, Bob Morin, Bud Marthaler, Jack McGuire, Bob Hoffman and Chester Dolan.

Mrs. Sam Stewart received a long distance call this week from her brother, First Lt. Glen Reznor, from the west coast, saying that he is back in the states after extended service overseas. He has spent much of the time in China with the army.

Mrs. Robert Cremer has gone to Butte to meet her husband, Lt. Cremer, with the Army Air Corps, who has just returned from 17 months active service in the Pacific theater. Lt. Cremer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cremer of Miles City.

100 YEARS AGO (1919)

The subscription committees of the Eastern Montana Telephone company met at the chamber of commerce rooms yesterday noon and report of the activities of the company to date. It was announced that more than $15,000 of the stock of the company had been disposed of in Miles City.

Word has been received here announcing the death at Omaha, Neb., of A. D. MacAusland, one of the early residents of Miles City, and for years in the gunsmith business at the corner of Tenth and Main.

Superintendent J. J. McGill of the light plant stated last night that there was little likelihood of the plant closing down, and that even though it became necessary, plenty of time would be given residents to make their plans accordingly.

Catherine Corbett, tenyear-old daughter of Tom Corbett, dispatcher on the Milwaukee here, was operated on at a local hospital yesterday for appendicitis.

John H. Bohling of Miles City died yesterday morning at his home, corner of Eighth and Washington, after a long illness of cancer of the stomach. With the passing of Mr. Bohling, the city loses one of its best known and popular old residents. He first came to Miles City as a soldier in company “C” of the Fifth Infantry, which was known as Captain Butler’s company.