Feb. 5 Stardust

25 YEARS AGO (1993)

Miles City cowboys and cowgirls put on a fine performance at the Northern Rodeo Association Finals this weekend in Billings. Marty Penrod was again named as year-end bull riding champion by placing in all three rounds at the finals. Chris Walker walked away with the year-end calf roping title, something he also did in 1990. Jody Wacker placed third in Friday’s go-around and took second on Sunday to overtake Lyle Baumann of Hardin to end the year in second.

Cristi Cramer has been promoted to manager of Maurices, a women’s and men’s fashion store on Main Street. Cramer, who is originally from Chester, graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in liberal arts.

The City of Miles City faces a steep increase in the cost of medical insurance next fiscal year, the equivalent of more than three sizable salaries. The problem stems from last year’s high claims and similar histories in the two years before that. 

Boutelle’s of Miles City has been recognized by Buick Motor Division as a “World Class” Buick dealership for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, according to a release from the Buick Motor Division, Flint, Michigan.

Dave Steckler is the new manager of Flying J Restaurant, formerly Lil’ Darlins, at the Baker Interchange.

50 YEARS AGO (1968)

BIRTHS — Feb. 3. A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hurley (Linda Jordan), Baker. 

According to the official estimate made by Acting City Engineer Ralph Compton, most of Miles City property owners will pay approximately $8.36 per year for a greatly improved street lighting system. 

Kurt Kosty, 23, of Miles City, was one of 15 successful candidates who passed the exam for Certified Public Accountant, it was announced today at Helena. Kosty is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Kosty and a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Miles City Police Chief Mel Young and John W. Burns, Butte, special agent in charge of the Montana-Idaho Division of the FBI, have announced the selection of Patrolman John Lee Derenburger of the local police department to attend the 81st session of the FBI National Academy in Washington, D. C. Derenburger is an Army veteran and has been with the police department just over 10 years.

Marie Kern of Marie’s Gift Shop reports that her annual coffee hour earned $101.25 for the March of Dimes this year, the largest amount ever donated through her coffee party.

Kathy Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Young, has been named to the Dean’s List at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.


75 YEARS AGO (1943)

Workers are urgently needed in connection with the carrying out of the surgical dressings program at the local headquarters of the Custer County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Plywood and Its Place in the War Effort” was the subject of an interesting talk presented this noon by Jacob Bauer of the Custer County High School and Junior College faculty at the weekly Rotary luncheon held at the Metropolitan Cafe. 

David G. Rivenes of the Soil Conservation Service at Baker is in the city for a few days on business with the local office. Mr. Rivenes is accompanied by Mrs. Rivenes and family and they are houseguests at the Hugh Lemire residence.

A double-edged knife, apparently of Filipino manufacture, found on a battlefield on Feb. 6, 1906, after a four-day fight on the island of Jolo, Philippine Islands, encased in wooden sheath, was donated today by Don Cotton of this city.

Mrs. Myrtle Olson brought in two large knives today to add to the collection. “These knives,” she said, had been in the family archives for so long a time that we can hardly remember when we didn’t have them.”

Under an amendment received at the local war price and rationing offices here, it is stated that Stamp No. 11 will be good for the purchase of three pounds of sugar between Feb. 1 and March 15, 1943.


100 YEARS AGO (1918)

Custer County High School basketball team won another rather one-sided game when they turned out winner of Forsyth High by a score of 66 to 21. Starting the second half, three substitutes were played.

Mrs. J. H. McShane and little daughter are home from two months visit at Omaha, Neb., and Joliet, this state.

Sunday afternoon, Misses Marjorie Rivers and Loretta Aldrich gave a very delightful tea in honor of Miss Dorothy Ingham, who expects to leave soon for Tacoma, Wash., to begin nurse’s training in the general hospital in that city.

Alvin E. Seitz, the 1-year-old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Seitz, died Saturday from pneumonia after a short illness. The funeral was held yesterday forenoon from the Aitchison home on South Strevell, interment taking place in the Miles City Cemetery.

Sgt. Marian Pope, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Pope, is home on furlough from Camp Logan, Texas, where he is stationed in the ordinance corps. Sgt. Pope is much enthused with his work and while no intimation is given as to the probability of soon leaving for the other side, he says the boys at his camp are ready and anxious to do their bit.