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10 Years Ago

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The empty lot sitting between McDonald's and Dairy Queen will be the site of new construction in Glasgow. O'Reilly Auto Parts has purchased the lot and construction was due to break ground on May 17, but has been held up for a short while. Work should begin soon. The store manager has already been chosen and the family will be moving from Billings. District Manager for Central Montana Randy Blackmore explained that Glasgow was selected for a location because of the growing population and the location in the state.

The watery eyes started at the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance." After years of teachers, books and growing pains, members of the class of 2014 received their diplomas. The senior address speaker voted for by the students was Dillon Pankratz, who made several jokes about the teachers and staff, and brought up memories that the seniors shared over their years. The commencement speaker was Glasgow Police Chief Bruce Barstad. He told the seniors that he had graduated from the same school 29 years prior, he couldn't remember what was said, who spoke, or any of the details. He could remember taking his diploma.

It's been brought up at Glasgow City Council meetings for the last three or four meetings. The city cemetery committee has been dealing with a delicate problem that came to their attention in recent years. At the March 17 council meeting, the committee reported to the council that issues with a section of Highland Cemetery that was never supposed to have standing headstones had more than 40 of them. The issue with the section of the cemetery in Glasgow has to do with those standing stones encroaching on the lots next to them. The committee continued to try and work with family members on the issue. The cemetery committee met on Monday, May 12, to discuss the problem with the city attorney.

It wasn't exactly the home-field advantage Glasgow softball was hoping for. Hosting the Eastern B-C Divisional Tournament this past weekend as the No. 2 seed, Glasgow looked ready to head into the championship round with a possible rematch against No. 1 Huntley Project. Those plans were derailed however as Glasgow was eliminated from play on the second day of the tournament, losing to Conrad 4-3 in eight innings.

Willie Thibault, Glasgow High School's vice principal, activities director and transportation director, will be moving on to become principal for Washington Middle School in Glendive in the fall. Thibault explained that his time at Glasgow High School is something he will always appreciate. "I had the opportunity to work with an awesome staff," Thibault said. "The people are extremely supportive of the school here."

Like a fine-tuned machine, the Glasgow track and field team kept on trucking in Divisonals this past weekend. The boys and girls team captured first place again over the weekend as Scottie Head Coach John LaBonty and his team have their sights set on a State Championship when they compete in Butte this weekend. On the boys side, Chase Fossum set three personal records. Fossum set a new personal record (PR) in the long jump at 20-04 ½. On the girls side, runner Rachael Zeiger tied the Scottie school record in the 800 set by Marge Markle with a time of 2:20.97. Zeiger also qualified for the 1600 and 400 at the State Meet, but said that any times she put up this season will need to improve even more if she wants to win.

25 Years Ago

Thursday, June 3, 1999

Amid marble monuments decorated with American flags, wreaths and flowers, people gathered in Highland Cemetery on Memorial Day to honor those who died in defense of this country. Wreaths were laid at the foot of the flagpole which bears a quotation from Kipling's poem "Recessional." The honors were performed by Gordon Olson for American Legion Post #41, Grace Oliver for American Legion Auxiliary #41, Jerry Myers for VFW Post # 3107 and by Mary Potter for VFW Auxiliary #3107. Master of ceremonies Lloyd Eide introduced Pastor Willis Cook, who gave the Memorial Day address. Colleen Thompson and Leonard Swenson were given awards in gratitude for their frequent service at funerals and ceremonies. One Gold Star Mother remains in this area, Rita Fuhrman. Her son, Lt James Fuhrman, was killed in Vietnam.

George and Myrna Fairclough hold a Heritage Wall plaque of his grandparents, George and Mary Sweitzer. The plaque was sponsored by the Sweitzer's daughters, Doris Sweitzer Fairclough and Betty Sweitzer Dewar. Mary Elizabeth Biddle was born in Jackson, Ohio, Feb. 12, 1892. Her parents homesteaded in the Galpin Community, southeast of Glasgow. George Sweitzer was born June 21, 1894, in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He came to Montana, met Mary and they were wed Dec. 12, 1916. They moved to Hinsdale. A project of Friends of the Pioneer Museum, Heritage Wall plaques proceeds are used for expansion of the museum.

Terry Helland, of the Helland Agency, has received the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) following his successful completion of a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to professional insurance education. Terry and his brother, Chris Helland, co-own Helland Agency in Glasgow. They have been operating for nine years, since their father Frank Helland retired in April 1990.

For the second year in a row, Carissa Tade, of the Glasgow Scotties, took first place in the pole vault at state competition. Her vault of 11 feet set a new class B record erasing the old one of 10'7". For the boys, Ryan Rogenes ran the 100 meters in 11.15, behind Nick Goffena, of Roundup, who had a time of 11.11 seconds. Rogenes placed third with a time of 15.21 in the 110 hurdles. Glasgow's total points were 36. Roundup won the state meet with 52 points.

Hinsdale's Chris Barstad won the triple jump at the State Class C Track meet with a distance of 43'9". Barstad placed sixth in the 110 hurdles in 16.06. Jed Kirkland, of Nashua, placed fifth in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:36.54. The Nashua girls' 1600-meter relay team placed fourth with a time of 4:17.56, a record for their school. Team members are Juli Kirland, Shannon Bryson, Jayme Shanks and Dani Dye.

The weather cooperated and 18 senior citizens decked out in sweats, hats and tennies participated in the annual one-mile walk/run at the Health Fair held at Nemont Manor, May 19. Gerane Sauskojus was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 14:28. Doug Baker came in second and the third person to cross the finish line was Beulah Allen. Others participating in this third annual senior walk/run were Phyllis Cash, Norma Baker, Dell Sorenson, Dennis Wright, Helena Faix-Flohr, Donna Hubbs, Amanda Mullen, Betty Scott, Audrey and Alden Smith, Adeline Peterson, Albert Sergent, Millen Larson, Erlis Kleeman and Marlene Yoss.

50 Years Ago

Thursday, May 30, 1974

Glasgow American Legion Commander Bert Osen salutes the memory of fallen comrades who paid the supreme price for their country during Memorial Day ceremonies held at Highland Cemetery Monday. Service organizations in the area placed wreaths on the soliders' memorial, honored Gold Star Mothers who gave up sons, and paid tribute to the memory of all men who served their country.

Voters Face Six Contests At June 4 Primary Polls – Valley County voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose non-partisan candidates and party favorites they wish to represent them in the general election this fall. Primary Contests include Sheriff Republicans John Grant and Walter E. Henley; Public Service Commission Democrats Gordon E. Bollinger and Robert R. Pester, as well as Republican P.W. 'Pat' Kelley; Representative District 4 Republicans Paul Stahl and Del Strommen; Assessor Maurice M. Arnold and Troy Brekjern.

Daryl Espeland, senior class representative, talks on "Memories" to graduates and guests at the 66th annual commencement and baccalaureate program at Glasgow Senior High School Sunday. A capacity crowd attended the commencement Sunday afternoon for 135 graduating Glasgow seniors.

Coach Dan Radakovich's Scotty golf squad proved once again they are the hottest schoolboy item on the golf links this year as they built up a first day 13-stroke lead over heavily favored defending champion Billings Central last weekend at Miles City and then held on to win the Eastern Class A Divisional golf title by four strokes over the Rams. Brian Lee won Divisional medalist honors with a blistering 75-73-148 total. The team includes Bob Fogleman, Bob Tipton, John Nass Jr., Lee and Ron Svien.

Glasgow Scotty and Lassie track squad emerged from Divisional action last weekend with a pair of second-places and qualified a total of 27 individual stars for state final action. Fruend's Flyers made their strong divisional showing on the strength of first-place wins by Pete Dalton in the discus, Dennis Gay in the high jump and Tony Boos in the javelin, plus Jeff Greig's placing in two events. Others going to State include Tim Jennings, Scott Sukut, Rob Pattison, Curt Wesen, Dana Wagonhals, Ken Parker, Kent Schindler, Dave Jones, Doris Mahugh, Jill Myhre, Connie Remus, Nancy Etchart, Vicki Tade, Janine Brant, Pam Fuhrman, Lois deMontigny, Linda Bestrom, Deb Barnhart, Billee Tolzien and Arleen Frank.

Mrs. Lauritz Anderson shows a quilt she made from old Opheim Vikings cheerleading uniforms, which carry out the school's color theme of orange, black and white. The quilt was given to the American Legion Auxiliary unit as a money-making project and it will be given away at Frontier Days Rodeo in Opheim.

75 Years Ago

Thursday, June 2, 1949

Ann Schroeder of the Newton School, south of Glasgow, received an award for the highest examination average of 94.9 of rural pupils completing the eighth grade this year, at the commencement exercises in the Glasgow High School. She also received the awards for the highest examination grades in arithmetic, 100; history 96; civics 100 and art 93. She also tied with Vera Kummerfeldt, of the Bjorklund school in reading, 96. Kummerfeldt received the second highest examination average award. Her average was 91.3. Mary Ann Quiring, of the Grand Prairie School, was third with an average of 88.6.

Glasgow Junior Legion defeated Nashua's junior Legion, 8-4, at the fairgrounds Monday afternoon. Playing its first game, Glasgow was slopy in the field and hitting was off in most cases. Bunky Sullivan hurled for Glasgow while Hugh Wagner went to the mound for the visitors.

The Lustre Bible academy held a two-fold graduation exercise Sunday evening with Dorothy Peters, of Larslan, as its first high school graduate. The Bible school department had four graduates, Lester Martins, Denver Martins, Billy Wiens and Berniece Beier. Presentation of diplomas was made by the Rev. J.L. Hoffman.

Glasgow V.F.W. baseballers inaugurated their new night lighting system Memorial weekend by defeating the State Liners, 6-3, Monday night after losing their first night game to the Havre Vets Saturday night, 10-3. Lenny Leondorf hurled stellar ball for the Veterans to give them the win over the State Liners. Leondorf helped his own cause by cracking out a triple and a single.

Fourteen graduates of the class of 1949 and a large crowd of parents and friends gathered to hear Dr. I.W. Stam, of Northern Montana college in Havre, deliver the commencement address in the Opheim school gym. Patricia Squires gave the salutatorian address and Mildred Siemin gave the valedictorian address. Shirley Johnson and Nina Flinkinger, accompanied by Marketa Opheim, sang three duets. A brass quartet of four boys, Lee St. John, Arden Beck, Clair Hallock and Junior Flickinger, played the processional and a number. Sally Brandt played a piano solo. Supt William Greer presented the eighth-grade diplomas to eight graduates from Opheim. Arlo Westby, Patsy Sullivan, Dolly Capdeville, Lola Rasmussen, Gary Hanvold, Carol Walstad, Rhoda Squires and William Beohler. Dorothy Dwyer and Ted Simshaw, of Glentana, Leonard Fuchs and Donovan Ashpole, of Richland, Winona Boe, of North Bench School, and Roy Keough, of Wheatland, also received grade diplomas.

Commencement exercises were held Friday evening in the Nashua High School gym. The Nashua school band, under direction of George Melbye, played the processional and recessional. Supt D.H. Walsh presented the salutatorian scholarship to Francis Laumeyer. Marlene Hauger received the scholarship awards for being valedictorian of the class. The American Legion, for the first time, presented two honor scholarship awards. Leroy Dunster, on behalf of the Legion, presented one ward to Kermit Viste and Mrs. H.E. Hill, on behalf of the auxiliary, presented the other to Marlene Hauger.


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