People and Perspectives from Miles City's past
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

25 YEARS AGO (1997)

Miles City officials — in some cases reluctantly — approved the first step to create another police position Wednesday in order to secure already-granted federal funds. In a memo, Assistant Police Chief Lissa Power raised a budget issue and described how Miles City will lose its federal grant money and one current officer if it does not bring its police force up to its previous complement of 15.

Ruby’s Casino/Gallaghers won the district class C tournament Wednesday night to advance to the Montana state finals. The team was led by the effective pitching of Ruby’s manager Ernest Ashworth, who held the powerful hitting Golden Spur/Bud Light squad to just nine hits.

In a narrow vote, county employees voted to join Teamsters Union Local no. 190, according to an unofficial count Thursday in Helena. Employees voted 21-19 in favor of the union, which is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters of Billings. Custer Count Clerk and Recorder Beth Ann Milligan said she received the information Thursday afternoon from the state Board of Personnel Appeals.

Donations and sales of advertising opportunities have raised nearly $14,000 for remodeling at the Centra, according to Miles Community College Athletic Director Dennis Lordemann.

50 YEARS AGO (1972)

Mr. and Mrs. Art Kegel have returned from a vacation trip to Idaho and Washington. They visited their daughter, Arlene, and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Corbin, and helped them move from Missoula to Spokane, where he will attend law school at Gonzaga University. Both graduated this June from the University of Montana.

Two sections of town have been reopened to construction following a special city council meeting held Monday at 5 p.m. in City Hall. Areas in the Pioneer and Doeden additions in the southeastern corner of the city had been closed because of what was thought to be an inadequate sewer main. City Inspector Jim Stephenson set up a definite check on sewer, checking it seven different times considered peak usage times. “Even with the War Bonnet operating at capacity,” Stephenson told the council, “the sewer never ran more than two inches deep.” After considerable discussion and rewording of the motion, the council voted 7-1 to allow building permits to be issued.

It was another successful weekend for Coach Jim McMillan’s Swim Team when they attended the divisionals at Glendive Saturday and Sunday, coming home with a third place trophy. Amy Carlson received a trophy, her second this year, for the high point swimmer in her age group.

75 YEARS AGO (1947) Too many bases on balls by

Too many bases on balls by the Terry pitchers was the main reason for the win Tuesday by the Miles City “C” league All-Stars over the Terry Pups by a 26-3 count. Art McRae was on the mound for the Miles City youngsters and allowed Terry but three hits in the five inning contest.

Auxiliary delegates to the five-day American Legion convention in Billings recently were Mrs. Alva Hiers, Mrs. George Miller and Mrs. Adolph Kongelf from Miles City.

U. S. Circuit Judge Benjamin P. Epstein and his wife, en route to their home in Chicago on Thursday afternoon aboard the Milwaukee Road’s crack speedliner Olympian Hiawatha, were greeted here briefly on Thursday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock by Harry Epstein, cousin of the Judge. Al Katz, also a cousin, accompanied Judge Epstein and wife from Flathead Lake where they spent the past several weeks on vacation.

Mrs. Les Howe, the former Miss Leah Middleton, resident of the city, en route by car from Minot, N. D., where she attended to some business matters, was an overnight guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Grill. Mrs. Howe continued her itinerary early this morning for her home in Ogden, Utah.

100 YEARS AGO (1922)

The maximum temperature on Tuesday exceeded 97 in the shade at 2 o’clock, the government thermometer registered 94 shortly before noon. The air seemed sultry in spite of the breeze. The oppressive heat was succeeded late in the afternoon by an electrical storm, and two bolts of lightning struck on Gordon street, near the old, unused Miles City creamery, at about 7 o’clock.

The Miles City tennis association is sending some of its best players to Marmarth on Saturday to play a return game with the North Dakota racket wielders. Among those who are planning to make the trip are Judge C. H. Loud, E. B. Horace, J. C. Whitham, H. E. McCausland, J. D. Miles, H. R. Lindecke and W. T. Sullivan.

Mike Nybo was in town on Tuesday from his Pine Hills ranch and estimates his wheat crop at 40 bushels per acre.

The management of the local cigar factory has been compelled to increase its force in order to accommodate the trade for the demand of the product placed on the market throughout eastern Montana. The local dealers, always eager to push “home industry,” are enjoying the distribution of the “smokes” that are rolled out of the best brands of Havana tobaccos and report that this is a good boost for Miles City.