People and Perspectives from Miles City's past
Thursday, May 12, 2022

25 YEARS AGO (1997)

The Washington Middle School track records had three new marks set at Glendive by eighth-grade junior high athletes Saturday. Ann Stevenson continued on her weekly task of breaking a record each competition by setting a new meet record for her 17.31 time in the 100 hurdles. Chase Frize also topped a hurdle record for his 27.9 performance in the 200 hurdles. Also setting a new school record was Steve Ostendorf, who won the pole vault with a 9-6 mark.

Rick Newby will become Miles City’s next police chief, if the Miles City Council ratifies the nomination of Mayor George Kurkowski. Newby currently serves as acting chief, following the extended leave and retirement of Bob Stabio.

Three co-valedictorians and one salutatorian will be honored during the 57th annual Commencement Exercises and Nurses Pinning Ceremony at Miles Community College on Saturday. Covaledictorians are Daniel Decker, Steve Kransky and Brad Malloy. Rebecca Bollinger is the salutatorian.

Kari Krueger, daughter of Paul and Carol Krueger and senior athlete at Custer County District High School, has signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Montana track and field team, according to UM head coach Tom Raunig.

50 YEARS AGO (1972)

After just over one year of construction, the MDU power plant east of Miles City is nearing completion, according to Dwight Roberts, power plant superintendent. The plant, costing well over one million dollars, will do ten times the work of the present plant in the city and can be activated within twelve minutes, as compared for the two-hour activation period for the present plant. The power will be generated by gas turbines.

L. P. Anderson, contractor on the road improvement at Makoshika Park near Glendive, was scheduled to begin work Monday but muddy conditions delayed the work temporarily. During the sixday per week construction, the park roads will be closed to non-essential travel. Completion of the job is expected by July 15, assuming reasonably good weather conditions.

With the City Council’s support at the Monday evening meeting, Mayor Claude M. Jones appointed eight men as permanent volunteer fire fighters. The men, who served as year as trainees, are Dick Christopherson, Terry Cline, Gordan Hoar, Ray Lundby, Miles Milligan, Dave Nation, Ray Petit and Rolland Wheadon.

The Custer High golfers attended a meet in Glasgow Friday and emerged the winner with a final score of 358. Bill Mitchell was the medalist, shooting a 79, with Cowboy John Tobin taking fourth place with a 90.

75 YEARS AGO (1947)

The marriage of Dorothy Jelinek Nelson and Clark Israel was solemnized at St. Patrick’s rectory in Billings Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock before a number of friends and relatives. A reception for 200 guests followed in the ballroom of the Northern Hotel. Attending from Miles City were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jelinek, Mrs. James Nugent and Miss Anne Nugent.

The Crow Rock Demonstration club met at the home of Mrs. Matt Damm at noon Sunday. After a delicious turkey dinner served by the hostess, the newly elected president, Mrs. Earl McGill, called the meeting to order. A very interesting and instructive talk on “Hints to Brides” was given by Mrs. Pete Hill.

Jack McGuire, co-captain of the ’47-’48 football squad suffered a serious injury to his left eye when, during football practice, a cleat punctured his eye, causing a hemorrhage. Jack was rushed immediately to the hospital, where he is slowly recovering.

Bill Kuwahara rated highest in the Bausch and Lomb tests given at Custer recently. From his win, he will receive a medal and the privilege of competing against students from different parts of the state with the chance of going on to the national contests.

100 YEARS AGO (1922)

Lou and Charles Bircher were in the city on Monday from Tongue river where they have been wintering a bunch of cattle, and announced they plan to move the stock back to the Pine Hills within a short time.

The municipal camping grounds for tourists are already in use, and the tourists now here announce that many others are also on the move. The tourists using the camp have been hauling water from the city, the water not having been turned on in the camp since last fall, when it was turned off to prevent freezing.

Robert Findlater, who has just returned from a trip to Broadus and Stacey, reports that the roads are much improved since they have been graded and dragged by the county, and the south road is in excellent condition for many miles.

A. Bovee was in town on Monday from his ranch near Angela, and reports that although he got a late start on spring work, owing to the late spring, he has already plowed and seeded twentysix acres to spring wheat and is preparing more land for seeding as early as possible. The grass is showing green everywhere, so there is no lack of pasture, Mr. Bovee declares.