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Coun VOLUME 100 ISSUE 22 8 Y rf email@example.com 406-778-3344 BAKER, MONTANA 59313 $1.00 FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 Fallon County Times celebrates 100th Anniversary In 1916 Baker was still a fledgling city and Fallon County had only been carved out of Custer County several years before but the area was ripe with promise of growth and wealth. Newspapers were the only way to get information and with an active World War and limited travel availability people relied on newspapers to inform and entertain. In the early months of 1916, Baker had two weekly newspapers, The Baker Sentinel and The Fal- lonite. The Fallonite had been born a year earlier and was owned and operated by C.R. and Mable C. Fagaines. In the May 25th, 1916 issue there is an announcement by the new owner, Butte H. Tipton. \As you have noted, the name of the paper has been changed to the Fallon County Times and in the future will be known under that heading. The change was made because I felt that under the new name the newspaper Would have a somewhat broader scope and its field of usefulness be ex- tended outside the confines of the city and be- come more representative of the entire county of Fallon,\ wrote Tipton. That was the first issue of the Fallon County Times. A man's reputation had everything to do with his success in the newspaper business. When the Fagaines said good bye to the public they also introduced Mr. Tip- ton 'as a man of integrity'. Tipton introduced himself as a man with Montana newspa- per experience, formerly of the Grass Range Review in Lewistown. He explained his The original Fallon County Times newspaper office vision of the Times 'to reach was once located on the opposite side of main street all parts of the county and to where the Prairie Rose Classics is located today. cater to the fanner as well as the business man hard to build the Fallon County Times into the or the city man' knowing that city and country paper he envisioned. He started by moving the interests were closely linked, plant to its new home on First Avenue %Vest, For the next year. Tipton worked long and and Montana Avenue. just south of the Owego 'theater where it would remain until 1962. Tip- ton even made a proclamation that said the limes 'will be the Official Newspaper of Fal- lon County for the year 1917'. All that forthe low, low cost of $2 per year subscription. Unfortunately after only 16 months Tipton was forced by personal reasons to leave Baker and sell the Times. In August 1917 Tipton writes, \This newspaper has never taken a backward step, and today stands equipped with modern machinery and with a wide cir- culation throughout Eastern Montana.\ He in- troduces the new owners Frank J. Mains and Karl R. Pleissner, confident that they will keep pace with the rapid development of the city and the country surrounding and maintain the Fallon County Times as eastern Montana's leading weekly newspaper. Mains and Pleissner had made their homes in Baker for a number of years and were prac- tical printers and experienced newspaper men. Things remained largely unchanged for years. SEE 100Th ANNIVERSARY, PAGE 14 Two Plevna teachers retire after 84 years of combined experience as educators Jan Stickney 45 years in Plevna By Sherry Vogel When Jan Hanson Stickney graduated from Box Elder High School in 1967, she had a limited selection of career choices. In those days there were women's careers and men's careers. Women basically could be- come secretaries, nurses or teachers, she says, \The first two choices were definitely not for me so that left one choice ... teaching ... and that was definitely where I be- longed.\ Jan made the right choice as she has enjoyed being an - ecturator for the past - 45 years! In 1971, with her Montana State Univer- sity degree in hand, Jan landed an interview with Dennis Travis, previous superintendent of Plevna schools at that time. He was in Bozeman to in- terview prospective teachers. She interviewed and he offered her a job that day. Her parents reviewed the offer and felt it was very good. So ,he signed a contract without even visiting the Plevna school or com- munity. Miss Hanson wasn't a stranger to small town life as she was born in Conrad, then moved to Moccasin when her father accepted the position SEE STICKNEY, PAGE 12 One summer 13 years ago, Jean BleM1C1 from Isabel. SD, was visiting some friends in Baker. While attending a church service iii Baker someone mentioned that Plevna wa. looking to hire a social science teacher and a K-12 school counselor. Since she had 26 years experience in teaching that discipline. as well as being a school counselor, just out of curiosity she decided to stop at the Flevna School. She met Jule Walker, Superintend ent. The ladies visited for a short period,M. Brenner went along her way. Mid -summer. Jean Brenner the phone rang and it was Superintendent 39 years of teaching Walker proposing a job offer to her. After sonic prayer, Jean accepted the position. It was a great fit. She has taught in District #55 for the past 13 years. May 27 will mark the last day of her 39 year career as an educator. She grew up on a farm in Marion, SD. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Nebraska in Omaha. The fall of 1977, she began her first teaching job in Isabel. SD. She taught there 26 years be- fore coming to Plevna. She will miss the fun interactions with students, especially the daily discussions concerning current affairs. SEE BRENNER, PAGE 10 Fallon County Commencement Ceremonies 1-r: Salutatorian Joe Fisher and Valedictorian Spence Losing Photo by Sherry Vogel Baker High School holds 101st Commencement By Sherry Vogel The 101st commencement ceremony for Baker High School took place May 22 at 7 p.m. The class of 2016 com- posed of 30 graduates nerv- ously marched two by two into the Longfellow gym while the Baker Symphonic Band, under the direction of Jill Whiteman, played \Pomp and Circumstance\. Only 45 minutes before, the class gath- ered in the band room to don their caps and gowns. Much laughter, many hugs and a few tears were observed as gradu- ates talked excitedly. They straightened their mortar- boards and posed for group selfies. After they were given last minute instructions per- taining to the appropriate mo- ment to shift the tassel, the students were ready to embark on this momentous rite of pas- sage. Superintendent Don Schillinger, who is retiring this month, gave his final commencement welcome speech to the crowd of family, friends, teachers, and fellow students gathered to congratulate the grads. The evening began with a class Pow- erPoint presentation showcasing senior pictures and various family photos of the grads as children. Valedictorian Spencer Losing then gave his address. In part, he stated, \Many of us have heard the phrase sur- vival of the fittest and without a doubt our class has proven this to be true. We've survived Ebola, the Mayan apocalypse and a school without air conditioning.\ Laughter was heard across the gym. He then continued, But we could not do this alone. The community we grew up in contributed much to our success. With their sup- port, we have done great things.\ Losing gave a_ short rev iew of the class of 2016's itccomplishments. He then encouraged his classmate . \ If you have a passion, be proud of it. If you have a dream, follow it. We each are an individual and what we've learned through our high school careers gives every one of us the potential to leave a massive impact on the world.\ Salutatorian Joe Fisher, in his address, further encouraged his cl,i,smates by telling them, \If we work hard and do it consistently, the op- portunities are end- less.\ SEE BHS, PAGE 8 Plevna High School graduation ceremony \Try not to become a person of success, but rather a person of value.\ The 87th commencement exercise was held at Plevna High School May 22. The Plevna concert band per- formed as the five seniors and their parents walked into the ceremony. Chris Skogas opened the program by leading the Pledge of Allegiance, and Jake Edgell followed with the invocation. Keynote speaker was Bruce In ion of Glendive, formerly of Plevna. Jean Brenner announced the seniors who won awards and scholarships followed with the Plevna choir singing \Ti Make You Proud\. The salutatory address was given by Jessica Stricken, fol- lowed by Lisa Rieger present- ing Taylor Paige Bertsch with her eighth grade diploma. Nicole Allerdings gave the valedictory address, followed Baker hitches up for Montana State High School Rodeo By Sherry Vogel The Montana State I ligh School Rodeo is eleven days away and Baker is gearing up to host this statewide extravaganza. The week of June 6-12, Fallon County will 'flick on the arena lights' as contest- ants begin to arrive, some as early as June 5. This long awaited event will draw ap- proximately 2,000 people from across our vast state as excited, young high school aged cowboys and cowgirls come to- gether to compete. Most rodeos have a lot of action, and this one has double the action as this line- up of young competitors has traveled the high school rodeo trail extensively. Their \boots are ready to hit the ground run- ning\ as they face the agony of losing or the ecstasy of winning, which is the driv- ing force. The public is welcome to share in this excitement as these athletes enter each competition with optimism and courage. The Fallon County Fairgrounds will host a wide array of concessions offering mouth-watering grub to tempt any palate. Food vendors will offer familiar fair foods as well as a selection of new con- cessions, items ranging from Oriental to rktv, 'can cuisine. SEE RODEO, PAGE 10 Valedictorian Nicole Allerdings and Salutatorian Jessica Stockett Photo by Darlene Hornung by a video presentation of the seniors by Jessica Stocken. School board chairman, Lisa Rieger, presented the seniors - Nicole Ann Allerdings*, Jacob John Edgell, Dylan TJ Sander, Christopher Roy Sko- gas, and Jessica Lee Stockett* - with their diplomas. An • indicates GPA 3.5 or higher. LIVE POKER bvpost Ar.1 Melee , WIP00 IMO f>r,Irl Stop in for a great meal and a cold drink during the MONTANA ST , ATE 111p1 S R OOL RODEO Visit Our Website at w-ww.FallonCountyExtra.com