Wednesday, September 21, 2022

People and Perspectives from Miles City's past

25 YEARS AGO (1997)

Members of a transportation advisory subcommittee agree that there is a demand in Miles City for a district to provide affordable and accessible transportation for senior citizens and handicapped persons. The group, comprised of representatives from the Miles City Council, Custer County Commissioners, Custer County Council on Aging, RSVP, EMI, elections services, human services, Career Development, Miles City Cab Company and others met Tuesday with Loren Flesjer, chairman of the Glendive Transportation Committee, on creating an urban transportation district.

As the result of placing third at the State Future Farmers of American convention this spring, the Miles City FFA agronomy team got to follow “the flow of wheat from home to the docks.” Custer County District High School ag teacher and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bott, were chaperones and the team was transported by auto. The team members were Martha Ostendorf, Tenniel Hirsch, Travis Helm and Floyd Gable. They traveled to Portland, Ore. and then along the coast.

A city council committee excepted the low bid for construction of a fire hall annex Tuesday. The Finance and Administration Committee accepted the bid of Ben Orr to construct a metal building to house ambulances and classroom. Orr’s bid was $56,442.

50 YEARS AGO (1972)

President Florence Foundas conducted the Tuesday meeting of the VFW Auxiliary in which the following ladies were accepted into membership; Mrs. Albert Reinhardt, Sharine Bovee, Joan Baker, Mrs. Henry Bernard and Mrs. Katherine Whitney.

Tasty tidbits were featured at the September 12 meeting of Single Parents when Mrs. Betty Steiner and Mary Lou Thomas of the Pine Ridge 4-H Club gave a fondue demonstration. Cubes of beef were cooked in peanut oil, then dipped in either cranberry, bleu cheese or horseradish sauce. Dessert fondue offered a choice of apple wedges, marshmallows, pineapple chunks, banana slices and angel food cake to dip in warm chocolate.

Approximately 8.2 miles of four-lane I-94 between Miles City and Hathaway was opened to traffic today. This project begins at the Rosebud-Custer County line and extends to a point which is seven miles west of the Fort Keogh interchange, according to the local Montana Highway Department office.

Terri Scanlan was installed as worthy advisor, Assembly No. 15, Order of Rainbow for Girls, at an open installation at the Masonic Temple Sunday. Mrs. William Gamble was introduced as mother advisor. Susie Ochsner, outgoing worth advisor, was honored by officers in a ceremony and presented with a gift.

75 YEARS AGO (1947)

Experimental work in swine has been in progress during the past week at the U. S. Range Livestock Experiment station with Dr. Halvor of Glendive; Dr. Hadleigh Marsh of Bozeman, head of veterinary research at the state college laboratory; and Dr. J. E. Peterman of Lincoln, Neb., inspector in charge of the bureau of animal industry state college of Nebraska, sitting in on the conference with Superintendent J. R. Quesenberry and Robert Hutton, head of the swine program.

Adult guests for Harmony Hangout will be on Friday night Mr. and Mrs. Bob Scanlan and for Saturday night, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Anderson.

Ferne Wyttenhove of Custer County placed in the blue award group in food preparation and Ruth Herzog of Custer County place in the blue award group in demonstration contests at the 2nd annual Montana State 4-H Club Congress, which opened Monday at Montana State college.

Seniors elected officers at Custer county high school and the results of the election were: president, Gilbert Leibinger; vice president, Mary Bohling; secretary-treasurer, Lloyd Fowler; student council, Helen Herrick and Ted Gran; reporter, Betty Brink; Branding Iron staff, editor, Nola Noste; business manager Mary Ann Sutherland and art editor, Gary Cook.

100 YEARS AGO (1922)

Roy Washington Milligan and Miss Barbara Lenore Lappin, both of Miles City, were united in marriage at 6 o’clock Monday morning at the Catholic church by the Rev. Fr. J. J. O’Carroll at a quiet wedding where only the immediate family and a few intimate friends were present. Albert Johnson performed the office of best man while Miss Lappin, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid. A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Milligan, 220 North Twelfth.

When the Custer county high school opened its doors to begin the new term on September 5, the attendance that day exceeded that of any other year, and the enrollment for the first week of school was 429, with 203 boys and 226 girls in attendance, an approximate increase of 70 over the first week of school last year.

Kenneth McLean, who returned Wednesday from a trip to the south country, reports there is still a great deal of threshing to be done there, and all kinds of hay is still being put up by farmers and ranchers.

At an enthusiastic meeting fo the members of the Miles City tennis association held on Wednesday evening in the chamber of commerce rooms, Judge C. H. Loud was elected president; J. D. Miles, vice president; and W. T. Sullivan, secretary-treasurer.