Reviewing the Past

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 100 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago

The weeks before the Dawson County Fair are busy ones for local 4-H members like Ann Harwood.

Harwood plans to show her dog, Frisky. The two spent three evenings attending a special showmanship clinic at fairgrounds July 14, 15 and 16.

Along with eight other 4-Hers and their dogs, she and Frisky learned what the fair judges would expect from them, and how to respond when their pets decided not to cooperate.

The hardest thing to teach Frisky was how to stay, Harwood noted. Some of their showmanship points are earned if their dogs lie in one place for three minutes. “Those thee minutes may be the longest of your life,” Instructor Ann McRae advised the clinic participants.

This will be the first year at the fair for Harwood and Frisky. She isn’t sure how her dog will respond when show time rolls around. She just hopes Frisky remembers all she has been taught, Harwood said.

- - - - - An additional attraction at this year’s Dawson County Fair will feature an open-air dance with Glendive’s own “Looker Band” who will perform Friday night, Aug. 8, following the rodeo at the fairgrounds.

A five-piece band, Looker has been cranking out the tunes in and around the Glendive area for the past 15 years. According to Mark Erickson, the group’s drummer and only original member, the band has seen many changes over the years.

Erickson started the band in 1982 and has seen local musicians come and go over the years.

Kent Dion, the groups lead guitarist and vocalist, has been with the band since 1986.

In 1994 Sam Christopher joined band and is originally from Milwaukee, Wis., and plays bass guitar.

One of the newest members is Todd Naasz who plays keyboards, tenor sax and does vocals. Naasz is originally from Circle.

The newest member is David Garza, originally from Blackstone County, Mexico and now resides in Sidney. He plays rhythm guitar and also does vocals

50 Years Ago

The Glendive Rec recreation Department is sponsoring a “Adult Night Out Program”, at the Dawson County High School gymnasium,. This program is set up for both men and women.

Activities like badminton, volleyball, weight lifting, and ping pong will be available. This program will be on a drop-in basis and held two nights a week, Mondays and Thursdays, from 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. Either coach Tom Roe or Pat O’Connor from Dawson County High School will be on hand to help with any other activities in which interest is indicated.

These nights are set aside at the high school for moms and dads to get away and have a good time and get some real good exercise while doing it.

- - - - - Veterans disabled from military service may find it cheaper to buy a specially equipped new car this year than it was two years ago Charles C. Walter, Fort Harrison VA Center Director, advises. Walter explained that those who purchased a car with special adaptive devices since January 1, 1971, may find they have money coming from the Veterans Administration.

The 1971 law raised the amount of the VA grant for purchase of a car to $2,800, and for the first time gave VA authority to pay for replacing and maintaining adaptive equipment on automobiles previously acquired by disabled veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict.

To be eligible a veteran must have suffered the loss, or loss of use, of one or both hands or feet or both eyes in the military service.