People and Perspectives from Miles City's past

25 YEARS AGO (1993)

Miles City Cowboy wrestler Bridgier Wood lost a 5-4 overtime decision to Brian Malcolm of Glendive to finish in sixth place at the All Class State Tournament held over the weekend in Billings at the MetraPark. Wood, a 189-pound wrestler, was the only member of the Cowboy team to finish in one of the top six spots.

A program about library books and resources was presented at the February meeting of the Miles City Woman’s Club. Club members gathered at the Miles City Public Library for the meeting. Eleanor Gray, Ralph Hartse and Jean Charles, trustees of the library, presented reviews of three books.

Mary Partridge was crowned 1993 Valentine Queen by members of Xi Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was crowned by Sandy Burkland, last year’s queen. The meeting and ceremony was held at the Olive Hotel Friendship Room.

Nine members of the Fifth Infantry met Thursday to discuss the summer encampment. Plans are to have the encampment in Miles City Aug. 13-15. They discussed a black powder shoot, a military camp, a dance, and having a special speaker. More information is available from Kathy Lorenzen

Philips Owens of Miles City was the winner of an airline ticket from Anderson-Elerding Travel Service of Billings and Great Falls.

50 YEARS AGO (1968)

BIRTHS — Feb. 18. A daughter to Mr. and Ms. Elmer R. Leach (Patricia Richards).

Captain Thomas W. Clarke, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Boyce Clark of Miles City, has received the U. S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Randolph AFB, Tex. Clarke was decorated for meritorious service as a supply operations officer while assigned at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand. The captain, a graduate of Custer County High School, received a B. S. degree in 1963 from Macalster College, St. Paul, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Regan, Dr. and Mrs. Arlo Nansel, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Gudmundson, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Muri were among the Miles Citians who attended basketball games at Laurel and Billings during the weekend.

Purchase of the former Montgomery Ward building at 11 S. Seventh has been announced by co-buyers Ronald Moore and Dr. William Pellett. The purchase of the building from the Ball Estate was handled by Mullen Realty. The building, which has been given the new title of the “Executive Building,” will house the expanded operation of Moore’s Eastern Montana Collection Agency plus the dental offices of Dr. Pellett. Including in the remodeling plans are a new front, a second floor mezzanine and central air conditioning.

75 YEARS AGO (1943)

Installation of officers for the ensuing year occupied the attention of members of the Kiwanis Club today when the following were duly inducted into office by retiring president Ralph H. Bray: President, L. B. Foster; vice presidents, Charles M. Allen and Boyce Clarke; board of directors, Allan Miller, John Berlinsky, Percy Rosenow, Pete Lucas, George Berges and George Fry.

Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday morning from Sacred Heart Church in tribute to the memory of Edward E. Manaige, who passed away at the hospital last Saturday. Three children survive. His wife and one son preceded him in death. Mr. Manaige passed away on the third anniversary of his wife’s death.

An ice gorge is forming in the Tongue river just south of the location of the buildings formerly occupied by the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, it was reported by authorities this morning, who are “keeping an eye on the annual disturbance.”

A report was filed with the police department this morning that water from the Tongue River was flowing into the old channel at the end of South Prairie and Cottage Grove Avenues, but not in sufficient volume to as yet constitute a threat of any considerable inundation.

100 YEARS AGO (1918)

The fire laddies are making extensive preparations for their annual Washington’s birthday ball, which this year promises to be a most elaborate affair. All of the decorations will be patriotic and Supt. McGill of the light department is preparing some fine electric displays.

Alvin C. Leighton has gotten to the stage where he can dispense with the cast on his injured arm. The bones appear to be knitting in nice shape.

A dancing party commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will be given at the Elks home tomorrow night.

Vivian A. Cross and Miss Stella L. Shaffer were united in marriage Thursday evening at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Shaffer, on Woodbury street. Mr. Cross is a Miles City boy, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Cross, well known to all oldtimers.

James Rouse, of the Milwaukee shops, and Miss Cecil G. Cass, were married Saturday at the home of the bride’s mother on North Custer avenue.

W. P. Cresap of the Golden Rule is back from a two weeks buying trip spend New York, St. Louis and Chicago. Mr. Cresap says, people who are complaining of the present high prices can depend upon it that they will be higher.