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45 YEARS AGO (1979) "Gee, mom, was I ever that little!" said the Oneida 1971 First Baby of the Year about his 1979 predecessor. The five pound 15 ounce daughter of Lloyd and Delpha Hubbard is the second 'first baby' to arrive at the Hubbard household, preceded by big brother Todd, January 4. Arriving about a month earlier than expected at Oneida Hospital January 5, at 9:25 p.m., the petite 'First Baby' measured only 17 1/2 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Burkett of Downey, who was called when the on-call physician from the University of Utah failed to arrive on time due to car problems. Momma Delpha noted that a name has not been officially chosen for the little brunette. She added that she wanted to keep the long line of "T's" in their family which includes fifteen-year-old sister Teresa and Troy, 10. The newcomer's brothers and sister have selected the name Jamie for their sister.

5 YEARS AGO (2019)

On. Saturday, December 29, the 100th birthday of Frederick D. Thomas was celebrated by nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends even though none present had known Fred except through stories. Private Fred Thomas died on September 7, 1944, at the age of 25 in the Philippines during World War ll. 

Pictured in the Idaho Enterprise are family and children of friends of Frederick D. Thomas who gathered to honor him in memory of his 100th birthday.

Dallin Ward receives Eagle Scout Award

Better late than never! Dallin Ward, son of Larry and Jill Ward, was finally awarded his Eagle Scout award on December 9, 2018 in Malad.

After completing all the requirements for his Eagle Scout, Dallin was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico soon after graduating from high school and never received his award before he left. A few months after returning home, he contacted his former Scoutmaster and was able to finally have his Eagle Court of Honor.

Dallin's Eagle project consisted of obtaining new equipment for the wrestling team and getting the equipment installed at the high school. Dallin is now planning on furthering his education at BYU in Provo, Utah.

The Malad High School Cheerleaders competed in the USA Regional Competition hosted by Roy High School on Saturday, January 5. This is a national qualifying competition for the USA Nationals in Anaheim, California, held February 22nd and 23rd.

The MHS Cheerleaders qualified for USAS Nationals by performing a one-minute cheer followed by a minute and a half routine with stunts. They competed in the Intermediate Small-Medium Division. Malad High School competed against teams from Woods Cross, Mountain View and Alta, all teams from Utah.

10 YEARS AGO (2014)

In 1863 the territory of Idaho was formed, and on January 22, 1864, one of the oldest counties in Idaho, Oneida County, was formed with Soda Springs as the county seat. 2014 marks the Malad City and Oneida County Sesquicentennial.

The Oneida County Farm Bureau was very successful this year at the annual Farm Bureau convention in December at the Sun Valley Inn. Oneida County was awarded “Top County” in the “Small County Division”. Nancy Asay, the Women’s President, was awarded all nine gold stars as well. Jane Ann Ward, after serving as the District One Chairman for 14 years, resigned her position. LaNae Nalder was awarded 2nd place in the Discussion Meet. 

The seventh annual Community Christmas Dinner was held on Christmas Day for all Oneida County residents who wanted to attend. The Malad Senior Citizens’ Center opened its doors for 146 people who enjoyed a wonderful meal and fellowship on Christmas Day.

The Malad High School boys’ basketball team defeated Marsh Valley on December 28, and also defeated West Jefferson on Friday, January 3. Both games were played at home.

15 YEARS AGO (2009)

The Oneida County Hospital is very excited to announce the arrival of a new CT machine! Times change and it became more and more imperative that we stay on top of technology. 

PacifiCorp announced it has awarded a contract to build it’s Populus to Terminal 345-kilovolt-transmission project. The contract has been awarded to Populus-Terminal Transmission Partners, A.J.V., which is a partnership of Black & Veatch Construction Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Inc. and Kiewit Western Co.

Eight members of the Malad High School Student Council recently learned ways to help their school, along with student council representatives from all over Idaho, when the students attended the iLead Conference. Those attending with their advisor Irene Alder are Jacob Ihler, Cody Hess, Blake Harrison, Moriah Ihler, Michelle Stayner, Janalie Jensen, Jessie Corbridge and Josh Wray.

The Malad Middle School Eighth Grade Girls’ Basketball team finished the season strong. The final week of the season the team won their final four games, three of them on the road. They finished with the best record out of the five schools in the 2A Fifth District. Members of the team are Anna Oja, Carrie Christiansen, Nicona Broadus, Teyla Rohweder, Sidney Tubbs, Kim Adair, Heidi Hannah and Hunter Hubbard.

25 YEARS AGO (1999)

Newly elected Oneida county officials were sworn in Monday morning by Judge David L. Evans. They are pictured in The Idaho Enterprise and are Commissioner Gene Caldwell, Assessor Kathryn Hill, County Clerk Shirlee Blaisdell, Treasurer Diane Pett, Commissioner Jerry Bush and Sheriff Jeff Semrad. Not pictured is Coroner Spence Horsley, who was sworn in separately.

Beginning in February, the Bear River Basin Cluster, University of Idaho (U of I) Extension System, will be sponsoring an intensive gardening course. This course will be patterned after the classes taught last winter, although it will be modified somewhat to improve on what has been developed over the past few years.

Members of the Preston Elks Lodge conducted the organization’s annual Hoop-Shoot at North Gem High School in Bancroft. Hoop Shoot winners from Malad Elementary are Ashlee Blaisdell, Ashli Haven, Shae Neal and Derek Ward. Hoop Shoot winners at the Malad Middle School are Ben Cockrell, Trevor Hess, Lacey Crump and Melissa Bell.

Friday afternoon Youth Bowlers receiving awards at the end of the session were the following: First Place, Trevor Wakley, Kelly Purdum and Tash Romriell; Second Place, Megan Stokes, Cody Romriell and Zane Stokes; High Average, Trevor Wakley; High Series, Skylar Richins; High Game, Cassie Woodward; High Series Handicap, Rhett Thomas; High Game Handicap, Tyler Harrison and Most Improved, Tyler Harrison.

30 YEARS AGO (1994)

Oneida County Hospital’s “First Baby” of the New Year, 1994, arrived January 6, at 1:26 p.m., assisted by Dr. Stephen Johnson and the hospital nursing staff. Jose Jesus, weighing 7 pounds 3 1/2 ounces, was right on time, his parents, Lauro and Maria Lopez said.

Greg Compton, the new physical therapist with Mountain West Physical Therapy, is finding the people of Oneida County “very friendly” and the hospital employees “very helpful and nice.”

The Oneida Sheriff’s Department has two new deputies. Deputies Bruce Sweat and John Christophersen replace Deputies Rand Greaves and Dale Golightly, who left Malad for other employment.

The Office of Governor Cecil Andrus has announced the re-appointment of Oneida Probation Officer Barry Jones to the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol-Drug Abuse Advisory Board. Jones will serve another three-year term, working with the 15-member commission and 22-members advisory board.

45 YEARS AGO (1979)

Oneida County Clerk Melba Jensen carried out her last official function while in office Monday morning as she swore into office newly elected Commissioner Jay Burrie and Clerk Joyce Freidenberger. Mrs. Freidenberger later officiated at oath of office ceremonies for other elected officials including Assessor, Ralph Tovey, Treasurer Vesta F. Nielsen and Prosecuting Attorney J. Wesley Crowther.

Over 150 Maladians gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building in Boise Saturday morning to share, in part, the gubernatorial victory of John V. Evans, as he took the oath of office.  Following the swearing in ceremonies, the crowd retired to the Capitol Rotunda where the officials greeted guests. During the reception, the Malad Valley Community Chorus, under the direction of Ralph Bennett, performed.

Arriving about a month earlier than expected at the Oneida County Hospital January 5, at 9:25 p.m., the petite “First Baby” measured only 17 1/2 inches long. The five pound 15 ounce daughter of Delpha and Lloyd Hubbard is welcomed home by brothers Troy and Todd and sister Teresa. Momma Delpha noted that a name has not been officially chosen for the little brunette. She added that she wanted to keep the long line of ‘T’s’ in their family. The newcomer’s brothers and sister have selected the name Jamie for their sister.

55 YEARS AGO (1969)

Pvt. Doyle Waldron, who is stationed at Camp Gordon, Ga., spent a week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Waldron. He left on January 3 for Camp Gordon.

Elder Mark E. Petersen, a member of the Council of Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at the Malad Stake Conference on January 18 and 19 in the Stake Building.

Bert Smith who has been attending Utah State University, has received his commission as second lieutenant from the ROTC and will report to Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Ga. for pilot training. The course will last 53 weeks. Lt. Smith will serve five years of active duty. He and his family will leave for Georgia on January 15.

The M.I.A. of the combined wards of Samaria and Pleasantview held the annual Gold and Green Ball at the Samaria Cultural Hall decorated in keeping with the theme “My Special Angel.” Four debutantes escorted by their fathers were Janiel Brown, Leo Brown; Narvey Swindle, Gloma Swindle; Martina Price, Ralph Price and Lynae Palmer, George Palmer. Each of the girls was presented a corsage and book.


65 YEARS AGO (1959)

Pvt. Sheldon Madsen left from Ogden Wednesday for Ft. Leonard Wood Mo., after spending a ten-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Madsen.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Goddard and daughter, Debra Ann, left Monday to return to their home at Whidby Island, Washington, after spending a two-week leave with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Goddard and Mr. and Mrs. Bland Williams. Richard is an electrician in the United States Air Force. He will be transferred from Whidbey Island to Bermuda about March 1.

“A Christmas-time miracle, bringing promise of normal life to the son of an Idaho farm family, has rewritten Houston’s medical records. The miracle, unexplained by medical science, came with the breaking of a complete blockage of 4-year-old Scott Jones’ heart – 13 days after he had undergone delicate surgery. Methodist Hospital was the scene of the dramatic event that will enable Scott to play like any youngster. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant H. Jones of Malad. Mrs. Jones, who had been accorded no special privileges during Scott’s hospitalization but who had been at his bedside every moment regulations permitted, was enjoying: “The most wonderful Christmas in all the world. I don’t need any gifts...just having Scotty well is all I have asked for.” But not so her son. He wanted a cowboy suit. The nurses and doctors of Methodist Hospital’s 2-E (intensive care unit) became so attached to the youngster through his fight with death that the cowboy suit became their project. 

75YEARS AGO (1949)

Being followed with interest by Oneida court fans is the play of LaDell Anderson, former Malad high athlete, who has won a starting assignment with the Utah Aggie cage squad at Logan. Anderson, a sophomore, is the younger of the team but his ability has already established him as the Aggies’ playmaker. An uncanny shot, the six foot-one inch guard is equally good on defense.

Test-repairing on the Malad Reservoir Company’s Elkhorn dam has been completed by Marion Hess, local contractor, and success of the repair attempt will be determined in the next three or four months.

The greatest reservoir in Idaho is the 1,700,000 acre-feet pond impounded behind American Falls dam, pictured in The Idaho Enterprise. It is 26 miles west of Pocatello. Only one of the 260 storage dams and 3,209 diversion barriers in Idaho, American Falls is 91 feet high and 5,227 feet long. Another 54 dams are planned for the state by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Scheduled to open January 14 in Malad is a new grocery and meat firm, the Food Center, at 150 South Main Street. The firm’s building is a recently completed 30x60 feet cinder block structure. Stanley Thomas, owner and manager, has installed complete grocery, vegetable and self-service meat departments in the new store. 

85 YEARS AGO (1939)

Marie Justesen, Betty Hendricks, Alden Camp and Ross Benson, accompanied by facility advisors, Earl Maser and Otto Done, participated in the annual conference of journalism students at BYU last weekend.

There were 273 coyotes and 21 bobcats killed in Oneida County according to J. W. Webster, county agent.

Farrel Daniels, chapter president, acted as master of ceremonies when the Malad Future Farmers of America entertained their fathers at the annual banquet.

95 YEARS AGO (1929)

“Malad is not to be placed on quarantine due to the eight cases of small pox here”, Dr. J. M. Kearns, county physician, said this week.

Word comes from Pleasantview that they have been experiencing earthquake shocks during the past week.

John G. Nielsen has been called on a mission to labor in the North Central states for the LDS Church.

Ten Miles of road between Malad and Downey are being graveled.


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