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1998 FINAL MEETING. The Oneida Chapter of the American War Mothers held its final meeting recently, distributing some of its artifacts and memorabilia. Attending this meeting, left to right, were: (front) Letha Neal, Mae Williams, Shelba Dredge, and Gladys Evans. (Rear) Fern. Thomas, representing the American Legion Auxiliary, Helen Thomas, Sally Thomson, and Dale Reese, representing the American Legion Post #65

5 YEARS AGO (2018)

The American Legion Post 65 Dragons spent last week competing in the Area C Division A District tournament, held in Idaho Falls on Wednesday through Friday, July 25 - 27. There were 12 teams that qualified to compete in this tournament. The top three teams from the tournament earned a chance to compete in the state competition in Lewiston, Idaho.

"It was fun this year to coach these fine young men," said Coach Justin Howe. "I am not only proud of the way they played but I am proud of the way they are off the field as well. I wasn't sure if we had a shot this year, being the smallest school and it being our first year being District eligible. But these boys proved they can play with anybody. It's such a blessing to me to be a part of these boys' lives at this time. I appreciate the parents and Coaches Billy Peabody, Garen Atkinson, and Gary Combs for helping and for the time they put into this program. Also, thank you Russ Wilson and the American Legion for giving these boys the opportunity to compete like this."

The 60th Annual Malad All-Star Tournament brought a lot of exciting baseball to the Malad City Park Thursday through Saturday, July 26 - 28.

There were two tournaments during this three-day event. The Major League Tournament, for 12U, consisted of seven teams: the Bear River Cubs, the Brigham City Peaches, The Malad Stingers, the Malad Dragons 12U, the Yetis from Pocatello/Chubbuck, and the Venom and the Fangs both from Kimberly, Idaho. the Minor League division had five teams competing in their two-day tournament: the Brigham City Peaches, the Marsh Valley Eagles, the Venom and the Fangs from Kimberly and the Malad Dragons.

The first-place team in the Major League Tournament was the Bear River Cubs. The second-place trophy went to the Venom. The two Malad teams finished in third/fourth, just missing their chance to play in the Championship game. In the Minor League Tournament, the first-place team was the Marsh Valley Eagles. the second-place trophy went to the Malad Dragons.

10 YEARS AGO (2013)

Promising everyone a “Big-Wow” feeling, the Big Wow Band will entertain young and old at the Malad City Park. Sponsored by the Malad Area Chamber of Commerce, the Big Wow Band has an additional feature that is sure to bring out Oneida County residents – former Malad resident Clinton Budge!

Pictures in The Idaho Enterprise show a drastic drop in the water levels at the Deep Creek and Daniels Reservoirs. The water is all but depleted for the season.

The 55th annual Malad All-Star Baseball Tournament, the longest consecutive running tournament in Idaho, will be held at Malad City Park this weekend, July 25-27.

Contestants were put through a series of fun activities, which decided who would be named Samaria Days royalty. After all was said and done, EmmaLee Larkin was named Queen with Mackenzie Higley and Jackie Sylvester as Princesses.

15 YEARS AGO (2008)

Approximately 400 people enjoyed The Osmond 2nd Generation Concert at the Malad City Park Friday evening. Nathan, Michael, Scott and Tyler – wowed the crowd with their arrangements of barbershop quartet, gospel, county and patriotic songs.

“Coming Home” was the theme of Samaria’s eleventh annual celebration held July 18 and 19 in the Samaria City Park. 

Despite some unpredictable weather, Malad Girl Scout Troops 149 and 434 enjoyed a three-day, two-night camping experience at Power House campground at the beginning of summer.

Members of the Malad High School Class of 1963 held their 45th reunion. Pictured in The Idaho Enterprise are John J. Evans, Fred Waldron, Don Lee Hess, Thayne Daniels, Frank Madsen, Doyle Talbot, Delpha Lou Williams Hubbard, Loryne Richards Thomas, Gayle Blaisdell Udy, Carol Anna Edwards Jones, LaRae Briggs Harrison, Cheryl Vanderwood Madsen, Von Elcock, Jim Pett, Linda Laws Williams, Maxine Facer Bodily, Ruth Ann Marble Zaugg, Lynette Parry Thomas, Marilyn Buehler Johnson, Patsy Thomas Deschamps, Tamara Thomas Goddard, JaNeal Hughes Buchanan, Bernice Pingel Peabody, Arthur Peabody, Mark Peterson, Dale Wharton, Terrell South, Randy Clark and Roger Goddard.

25 YEARS AGO (1998)

Pictured in The Idaho Enterprise are the Grand Marshals of the Samaria Parade, Ralph Hughes, oldest man still living in Samaria; Edith Evans, oldest woman still living in Samaria; and John Roderick, oldest person who was born in Samaria. They are standing in front of the old Samaria Bell, which once beckoned them to school.

The Malad Chapter of the American War Mothers announces plans to dissolve its organization. The decision was reached in a recent meeting. With the passing of time, members concluded it is no longer possible for them to carry on as they have in the past. They have distributed their belongings to the Malad Pioneer Museum and to the American Legion and Auxiliary. Following are the names of members of the American War Mothers of Malad, Idaho – Oneida County – who paid annual dues to local, state and national organizations from November 1997 to November 1998: Lorraine Isaacson, Laura Bowen, Merle Christensen, Gladys Evans, VarC Roberts, Helen R. Thomas, Mary E. Williams, Shelba Dredge, Leona Williams, Lucile Christopherson, Estella Budge, Irene Gibbs, Letha Neal and Nancy Benson.

35 YEARS AGO (1988)

Stage two in Oneida County being declared a disaster area came last week when officials of government agencies in Malad met to assess the monetary losses resulting from this year’s drought conditions. After careful evaluation it was estimated that at least 70 percent of dry land crops in the county would be a total loss because of the drought. Eighty percent of Oneida’s cropland is dry land. The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Malad is estimating that dollar amounts from the reduced yields and lost crops will be a projected total of $3,801,463.

 Malad Stake’s Centennial Celebration was everything for which the Centennial Committee had planned for nearly a year’s time. Now it is a pleasant memory in the minds and hearts of the nearly three thousand who attended to be relished and remembered in the years to come. From sunrise until the day’s end there was something to do packed into almost every minute.

Oneida County Farm Wife, Carol Eliason has been named District I’s Farm Bureau Farm Wife for 1988. She was given the recognition in Preston during competition with five other farm wives from the Southeast Idaho area.

45 YEARS AGO (1978)

Medical services in Oneida County were given a shot in the arm last week with the arrival of Medex Jerry Clay Robinson, who joined the staff at the Malad Valley Clinic.

Sheriff Ken Wharton reports that Deputy Errol Thomas has submitted his resignation from the Department force, effective August 1. Thomas will devote more of his time to his insurance business.

Reigning as Oneida county Nursing Home Queen over the July 24 Independence Day celebration was Rhoda (Larsen) Thomas. Rhoda was born on November 17, 1884 at St. John, the daughter of James and Annie Sorensen Larsen. She has lived in Malad all of her life.

Pictured in The Idaho Enterprise from San Jose, California, are Tim and Linda (Bolingbroke) Hale and two of their children John and Eddie. They reached Malad just in time to participate in the Pioneer Day Parade. Their 1922 Model T Ford, which was refurbished by Mr. Hale, was a sight to behold as well as those terrific leather helmets!

55 YEARS AGO (1968)

A number of Oneida families will provide homes during the coming school year for children coming from the Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Hendricks plan to leave about September 1 to travel to South Royalton, Vermont, where they will be in charge of the LDS Church’s Bureau of Information at the Joseph Smith Memorial. 

The engagement of Miss Carol Ann Benavidez to Curt Elcock is announced by her parents, Henry Benavidez, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mrs. Florence Ward, Henderson, Nevada. Mr. Elcock is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Elcock.

Residents of Oneida County have gone in for automobiles buying in a big way during the last five years, a national survey shows. Oneida County’s auto population is at a record level. At the beginning of this year there were 175 registered passenger cars for every 100 families in the local area. 

60 YEARS AGO (1963)

Replacing J. S. Halliday, who has resigned, Thomas A. Henretty, a native of Gaylord, Michigan, has been employed as principal of the Malad High School, according to Superintendent C. O. Simpson. In addition to his duties as principal of MHS, the new principal will also instruct a class in American History.

One hundred and sixty horseback riders highlighted a two-day trail ride with a chicken supper and program at the Cherry Creek Campgrounds. The ride, sponsored by the Oneida LDS Stake Priesthood, was from Clifton Creek over the 9,240-ft. Oxford Mountain to the Cherry Creek Campgrounds and return via the Deep Creek drainage and Reuben Hollow trail to Clifton, a distance of about 45 miles. Among the 160 riders participating were Carl A. Mortensen, Oneida Stake President; Elder Victor L. Brown, Salt Lake City, a members of the presiding bishopric of the General LDS Church; Elder Packer, an assistant to the Council of Twelve, and all 10 bishops of the Oneida Stake.

70 YEARS AGO (1953)

A photo in The Idaho Enterprise shows the WASHO road test section on US 191 11 miles south of Malad. The project, which is financed by the 12 western state highway departments, was completed in 1952. Various size-truck loads travel on the asphaltic pavement, which was constructed with various thicknesses of sub base and pavement, to test the pavement. Final results, which, will be obtained in 1954, will be used to determine future highway standards. When tests are completed, the section will become part of US 191.

Miss Lois Bush and William F. Lower, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Lower, Gannett, Idaho, exchanged wedding vows in a quiet afternoon ceremony July 5 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bush. Bishop John J. Roderick officiated.

Pvt. Glen Lee Williams arrived home to spend a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo D. Williams. He will report to Fort Holabird, Maryland where he will attend the counter Intelligence school there.

Pvt. Wayne Thomas is here from Camp Roberts, California to spend a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Thomas. 

75 YEARS AGO (1948)

An estimated 25,000 of the state’s young men between the ages of 18 and 25 will have signed in the nation’s draft by the time registration is completed, September 18. 

Miss Elizabeth Williams, assistant secretary of state, had to say “no thank you” to song writer Luther Denick of Sedan, Kansas, when he offered Idaho a new state song. Denick hoped his ballad, about a lariat-handy girl on a white horse might at least become a “secondary” one to our present anthem, “Here We Have Idaho”.

Idaho’s 36,000,000 bushel potato crop this year will be the fifth largest on record, and a fourth larger than last year’s, the U.S.  Department of Agricultural said.


85 YEARS AGO (1938)

Between 200,000 and 250,000 bushels of the wheat crop in Oneida County was destroyed by a hailstorm Friday afternoon.  Although the storm lasted only about 15 or 20 minutes in most parts of the county, in many sections there was a foot or more of hail before it abated. Vegetation was torn to pieces and left flat upon the ground. The hardest hit section of the county was Holbrook Valley where the storm damaged more than 9,000 acres of wheat.

95 YEARS AGO (1928)

Friday night federal officers from Utah called up Sheriff Ed Owens of this county, requesting his aid in arresting moonshiners who were reported to be operating a large still near the Idaho line. The plant was located just across the state line into Utah and two men found upon the premises were placed under arrest and brought to Malad, later being taken to Pocatello where they were placed in jail. The still was large and modern in every particular and the evidence showed it had been in operation for some time. Thirty-one sacks of sugar were seized. A quantity of liquor was found, but with the exception of a small bottle to be used for evidence, it was destroyed together with the mash.

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