People and Perspectives from Miles City's past
Thursday, August 4, 2022

25 YEARS AGO (1997)

Although it is never wise to predict a semester’s enrollment before the final figures are in, Miles Community College’s vice president is encouraged by early signs for fall semester. “We’re really pleased with our pre-registration, which was last week,” said Dale Oberlander, MCC’s vice president for academic and student affairs. “We had 150 and the previous record was 110 (in 1993).”

Miles City will begin a new program by participating in the fall baseball league play, which has been on-going for several years with other American Legion teams. In many states, baseball is played both in the summer and as a high school sport. “It’s not a pressure situation,” said head Mavericks coach Jon Plowman of the program.

Miles City workers for United Parcel Service manned a picket line at the UPS Center on Love Street starting at 7 a.m. Monday. Local 190 of the Teamsters Union has 14 members, said shop steward Jim Bundy. Five of those are part time while nine work full time. The primary topic dividing union and management, Bundy said, is the “health and welfare issue” of who will run the pension and insurance programs of the workers.

50 YEARS AGO (1972)

“Sheep on the Runway,” a two-act comedy by political columnist Art Buchwald, opened Wednesday night for a five-day run with tickets on sale at Foster’s Drug until 5 p.m. or after 5 p.m. at the Barn Players Summer Theatre Highway 10 West. The cast includes Al Cope, Ken Hendrixson, Bill Freese, John Hurr, Dave Barrier, Al Elser, Molly Schlosser, Kathy Horejs, Diane Hartman, Jean Freese, Tami Fougner and Ron Schlosser. The play is directed by Sr. Pam Donelan.

The sale of the Diamond Ring Ranch in eastern Custer County to Robert C. Norris and Sons, of Colorado Springs, was announced today Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grieves, owners of the Diamond Ring for 33 years. The sale involved the 40,000 acre ranch and all livestocks. Tom Dudley, Grieve’s top hand for many years, will continue with Norris and Sons.

The grand opening of N Z Shoe’s Miles City store is set for Friday after nine months of planning, remodeling, ordering, stocking and preparing. Like the ABC Kiddie Shop, which is its next-door neighbor, NZ Shoes will have entrances both on Main and the alley which opens into the city and First Security Bank parking lots.

75 YEARS AGO (1947)

Vern Tittsworth and his wife, nee Peggy Howell, left early last Sunday morning by car for Los Angeles where he will continue his optometry studies at UCLA. He had been employed at the Miles City post office since his discharge from the army.

The Miles City American Legion Juniors turned back a fighting Great Falls Saturday night 5-4 to take the first game of a three-game series for the state championship. Don Lucas, pitching his usual workmanlike ball, came up with nine strikeouts.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Badgett of the Ashland area ar visitors here for several days, having driven in on Sunday “through the heat,” as Mr. Badgett remarked.

Tommy Hyslop, Jr., returned Sunday from a week at Boy Scout camp. He reported good swimming and the killing of one rattlesnake.

The pressing problem confronting the personnel of the high school board is to find housing accommodations for three teachers with families — the principal, assistant principal and instructor in auto mechanics. Rooms for unmarried teachers, to a large extent, as a problem is largely solved, but to find houses in which married teachers are to live remains to be worked out in some manner.

100 YEARS AGO (1922)

Coroner H. M. Wallace announced on Thursday evening that to date, he has been unable to get in touch with any relatives of William Murray, the young miner who was killed in a cave in at the Kircher mine. The letters found fail to give the address of any relatives and letters from his parents are signed simply “Mother” or “Father.” The post mark on the envelope is Edinburgh, Scotland and one letter gives the name of a hospital of that city over the dateline and is signed “Your cousin.” In absence of information as to the relatives, the funeral will probably be held Saturday morning and internment at the Miles City cemetery.

George W. Hall of Kinsey was in the city on Thursday and reports that haying is in full swing in his community and that tons of good hay is being stacked for winter use.

J. E. Feeley and L. F. Kimes returned Thursday night from Broadus where, as representatives of the Custer Rod and Gun club, they released a flock of twenty-four pairs of ringnecked pheasants. The pheasants were placed with farmers who will care for them and see they have shelter and feed.