CENTENARIAN — Rep. Roy Hollandsworth (HD-28) presents his mother Esther Turk with a special certificate from Gov. Brian Schweitzer at the PMC/ECU on Sunday. She was born on April 24, 1911 in South Dakota. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends on Sunday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Esther Weikum Hollandsworth Turk celebrated her 100th birthday at the Pondera Medical Center-Extended Care Unit on Sunday.
She was born on April 24, 1911 in Tyndal, S.D., the third of nine children to George and Katherine Weikum. She was the first of the nine children to be born in the U.S.A.
She grew up on the Weikum homestead at Aznoe, Mont. and went to school at the Aznoe country school.
Later the family moved to a farm near Brady. She went on to become a graduate of Brady High School in 1928.
She married Glenn Hollandsworth on Aug. 28, 1933 and they traveled to Chicago for the World’s Fair for their honeymoon. It was her first time outside of Montana and she was impressed by what she had seen and talked about that trip for many years. She was also intrigued, at the time, how the hunt was on for John Dillinger in the Chicago area.
CANDIDATES — From the left, Craig Broesder, incumbent trustee Carole Jones and Brian Fladstol address voters at a school trustee candidate forum held at CHS on Wednesday evening. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Three candidates running for two open seats on the District 10 school board were on hand Wednesday evening for a question-answer forum.
An announcement was made that Dr. Peter Barran, who was absent, would not be a candidate for one of the trustee positions.
The doctor wrote a letter to forum organizer Janice Farkell saying he is withdrawning from the race. He confirmed that with the I-O before the forum.
However, he was too late to get his name off the election ballot. Candidates include Carole Jones, Craig Broesder and Brian Fladstol, the doctor is not a candidate for one of the three-year trustee positions.
At the forum, moderated by former Conrad High School Principal Paul Stenerson, each of the candidates gave a brief history before taking questions.
The purpose of his meeting was to offer a proposal to provide Internet technology hardware support for the county.
MMS representatives would work on a “come when called, hourly basis with no contract required.”
Burright told the commissioners they currently provide services to area counties and cities, including Conrad, and are in the area on a routine basis as well as available for emergency services.
Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch, on hand for a different matter, told the commissioners, “We’ve used them and we’re thankful for their services.”
The commissioners, Cyndi Johnson and Joe Christiaens took the matter under advisement.