People and Perspectives from Miles City's past

25 YEARS AGO (1993)

The fourth-ranked Plevna Cougars, led by junior Chad Ehret and Ty O’Connor, with 27 and 22 points respectively, powered their way to the 1993 District 4-C basketball championship with a 75-58 win over the Wibaux Longhorns Saturday night at the Custer County District High School gym.

A pot-holed, multipatched 10-miles stretch of the Tongue River Road has been an expensive problem for the past eight years and Custer County officials are proposing a solution: changing the surface to gravel. Figures compiled by County Road Supervisor Jerry Forman show the 9.97 mile stretch has been a problem since a double shot penetration surface was laid in 1984.

Concerns about timing and teen drinking dominated discussion about a plan to close off a part of Main Street during the Bucking Horse Sale. At a public hearing before the Miles City City Council’s Public Safety Committee Monday night, two representative of the Miles City Ministerial Association urged that city regulations against drinking in public not be relaxed until 9 p.m. May 14 and 15. As the plan stands now, the bans go down when the barriers go up at 6 p.m.

50 YEARS AGO (1968)

BIRTHS — Feb. 25. A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Green (Helen Riley), Cohagen. Feb. 26. A son to Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hulford (Judy Traub), Broadus.

Sacred Heart defeated Terry to win the District 4-C tournament Saturday night at the Custer High gym with both teams moving on to Eastern Divisionals at Sidney on March 7-8-9.

Warm weather with temperature in the 50s caused the Yellowstone River to rise two feet during the weekend. At 11:30 a.m., the Yellowstone at Miles City was listed as 12.8 feet, just .2 foot below what is considered flood stage. This, of course, is flood stage for low farmlands along the river, not for Miles City, which is protected by the dike. At the noon hour today, the river was high, but mostly still covered with ice near the bridge. Water was moving rapidly through an open channel in the river.

Sgt. A. Clarence Woods, Jr. of Hathaway was killed in action in Vietnam on his 21st birthday February 20. He was the 87th Montanan to die in fighting in Vietnam. Woods was born in Miles City, the son of Albert J. and Mary Woods of Hathaway.

75 YEARS AGO (1943)

Dr. Everett M. Jones, former resident of Miles City, who was aboard the recently enemy-destroyed Cruiser Chicago, and going down with the ship, was later rescued and is back to sea aboard another ship, according to a telegram received here yesterday by Dr. J. H. Garberson from Mrs. Jones, residing at Boise, Idaho.

Not overly-crowded but arriving in a steady stream, more than 2,100 persons residing in Miles City and environs were supplied with their new War Ration Books Two on Monday of three groups of registrars at work in the lobby of the Elks Home, it was reported by the officials of the local war price and rationing board.

Word was received here today from Cheyenne, Wyo., that State Engineer L. C. Bishop had opened a campaign for re-negotiation of the Montana-Wyoming-North Dakota Yellowstone River Compact, regarding, he says, that such pacts are safeguards against federal control of river basins.

Funeral rites were held this afternoon from the Graves Funeral Chapel for the late Mrs. Nettie Jane Hiers.

Shipment of the first 1,000 pounds of waste fat is reported by members of the local Girl Scout organization today. The Girl Scouts are continuing their collection.

100 YEARS AGO (1918)

V. U. Woodward is in receipt of a post card from his son, Ward Woodward, announcing his safe arrival in France.

The young man, who is well and favorable known in Miles City, was in the forestry service with headquarters at Bozeman.

Jim Roberts of the Shore-Newcom company has received word from California to the effect that his younger brother, Ray, has been commissioned first lieutenant of the aviation corps.

Reports from the bedside of Claude Crum, sixteen year old son of Judge Crum of Forsyth, who has been in critical condition at the hospital, is that he is gradually improving.

Miss Lucille Shirley, of the 6th A grade, Washington school, has been confined to her home on account of an operation for the removal of her adenoids and tonsils.

Miss Nora Moore and Andrew P. Nash were married on Saturday at Glendive. The bride has been a Custer county school teacher, while the groom is a rancher on the south side. After a short wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Nash will return to Miles City and will make their home here.

Miss Grace Lillian Roberts and August Paul Hensell were united in marriage Saturday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Roberts.