Feb. 1 Stardust

25 YEARS AGO (1993)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown will visit the VA Medical Center in Miles City March 6, said a spokesman for Sen. Max Baucus, D.-Mont. Press secretary Tim Warner said Baucus had invited Brown to Montana during discussions of the recent order to downgrade the surgery status at the Miles City VA to ambulatory and exploratory procedures only.

Poor though Montana as a whole may be doing in some areas economically, Miles City is doing worse. Nearly 70 people attended an economic development retreat held at the Eagles Club. Mark Smidt, head of the Business Retention and Expansion Team of the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce opened the retreat with facts and figures including that when income in Montana increased 17.7 percent, income in Miles City only rose 1.2 percent.

Holy Rosary Hospital is offering free cholesterol screenings in conjunction with the Custer County Health Department. More information is available from Pam Hanson at Holy Rosary Hospital.

A record payoff waits several Miles City cowboys and cowgirls in Billings at the 18th annual Northern Rodeo Finals. Marty Penrod will compete in bull riding; Chris Witcher, calf-roping, Craig Miller, saddle bronc; Delbert Moore, bareback riding; and Trista Taylor in ladies barrel racing.


50 YEARS AGO (1968)

BIRTHS — A son to Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Record (Dalyce Gaub), Terry. A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Russell A. Compton (Gloria Gogele), Broadus. 

A warm front moved through Miles City late this morning, bringing warmer temperatures. The low early this morning was nine below. By noon, it was 20 degrees and by 12:30 it was 29 degrees in downtown Miles City.

City Engineer Ralph Compton reported that the annual “bad taste” has showed up in the city water. The city water plant immediately added more charcoal. The situation has been remedied and the taste will disappear. Compton said the cause of the bad taste is not known, but it arrived with the three to four foot rise of the Yellowstone River.

Six Miles City students were among 128 graduates receiving bachelors degrees from the University of Montana at the end of fall quarter. Graduates include Ken S. Elder, Gary M. Gudmundson, Kathleen C. Harlowe, Herman F. Moeller, Caroline Emee Parent, and Constance Moore Pluhar.

The Miles City Pioneers, led by the continued hot-shooting of Dan Retzer and sparked by John Marks’ seven baskets in nine first half shots, shocked the Northern Montana College quintet here 104-90.


75 YEARS AGO (1943)

Miss Olive Mae Loehr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Loehr, became the bride of Harold Hilderman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Hilderman all of Miles City, in a beautiful single-ring ceremony performed at the bride’s home, Thursday evening at eight o’clock. The Rev. John Fitz officiated.

Miss Ruth Selle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Selle, was among the students taking part in a series of recitals given by the Montana State University School of Music. The recital was given in the Mayfair Room of the Florence Hotel.

Mrs. Andy Jones entertained Sunday at her home in honor of her mother, Mrs. Anna Thrailkill, who was celebrating her eighty-seventh birthday. Mrs. Thrailkill is the oldest member of the Range Riders Reps and also a member of the Half Century Club of this city.

A cradle shower was given at the home of Mrs. Tony Hanel in honor of Mrs. Walter Hicks. Mrs Harry Hicks acted as co-hostess. Games were played during the evening with prizes in Bunco going to Mrs. Martin Hofer and Mrs. Jack Dreibelbis.

Mrs. J. J.  Trzcinski entertained the Tuesday bridge club with a luncheon. Prizes for high scores for the afternoon went to Mrs. W. E. Stegner, Mrs. Clare Braley, Mrs. H. E. Anderson and Mrs. G. A. Berges.


100 YEARS AGO (1918)

The trains were late again yesterday due to the severe weather in the Dakotas. This has been one of the severest winters in years, according to officials and up to the present time, it has cost the railroads an enormous amount to keep traffic moving.

While it is not generally known, it is nevertheless a fact that Miles City is to have a flouring mill this summer and unless the unforeseen happens, residents will be using flour of local manufacture made from wheat raised in Custer County.

Walter E. Monger and J. E. Monger were volunteers yesterday in the land signal service department of the U. S. Army. They departed last evening for Fort Leavenworth, Kas., where they will undergo training.
Custer County and Miles City have been among the many counties and cities that have carried out the programme laid down by the food administration and only in a few cases that have been cited have people refused to live up to the rules and regulations. Information has reached the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce that a few people have refused to buy war bread and insist upon having white bread. The Miles City cafes are to be congratulated for carrying out the food administration’s requests.