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Children line up for the kiddie parade last year. The kiddie parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the main parade begins at 1 p.m. in Fairview Saturday.

Fairview honors Carlos Collins on festival button BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

He hasn’t missed a Fairview Old Timer’s Festival since its debut more than 60 years ago. And he’s been a faithful Fairview resident ever since his birth. This year’s festival is honoring longtime Fairview resident and Richland County businessman Carlos Collins, 97. He’s known among family, friends and those he did business with as being kind, honest, gentle and allaround upstanding man. Hardly, if ever, a curse word or negative comment were uttered from him. He never missed church on Sunday. For years, he was in business with his father, Roy, and his brother-in-law Ken-

neth Gardner, operating the Collins Mercantile Co. in Fairview and later a John Deere store. And through the years his influence on area farmers became noticeable. “I think he touched or helped many farmers in their lives, and I know they certainly touched my father’s life,” Collins’ daughter Carla Malsam said. “It is very rare that somebody does not come up and say, ‘Hi Carlos. How’re you today?’ ” Born in May of 1913, Collins was raised on a family ranch five miles west of Fairview. He attended Fairview schools – grades 13 by horse-drawn school bus

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which was later replaced by a Ford Model T bus – and graduated in 1932. Two years later, he attended business school in California and eventually moved back in 1935 where he helped open the family business. Fairview was always his home. Malsam says her father enjoyed the wide open spaces, the rolling hills and horses in his pasture. He loved to ride on the hills. “Even when Dad got so he couldn’t ride anymore, he always loved to look out to see the horses,” Malsam said. “He always kept one or two.” He married Lucille Sedlacek in 1940 and raised three children: daughters Malsam and Dianne, and son Charles. They also never missed a festival growing up. “It was quite a big affair for us to come in and be part of the Old Timer’s Festival,” said Malsam, who remembers riding horses in the parades with her father.

Collins was a charter member of the Fairview Lion’s Club, was a school board member, is a longtime member of the Fairview Presbyterian Church and served in various capacities and is a member of the Fairview Cemetery Association. When Collins wasn’t busy with those activities, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, looking for agates and going on picnics in the hills west of Fairview. In the years following retirement, Collins and his wife wintered each year in Arizona, but Malsam noted they would always come back to “home.” “Fairview was always his home,” she said. “It was nice for them to be warm, but it was an absolute highlight for them to head back here.” Fairview Old Timer’s Festival committee members say they chose Collins not only because of his residency but also because “he’s

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Carlos Collins made it a family tradition to attend every Fairview Old Timer’s Reunion and Summer Festival. done a lot for this community,” having “been here all his life.” “Carlos is is a longtime outstanding member of the Fairview community,” com-

mittee member Wes Erickson said. Collins’ father was also chosen to be honored on the button, having received the honor in 1961, the year following his passing. Today, the 97 year old lives with Malsam and husband, Gary, and may not be able to make the annual trip to see the parade and activities that he so loved to do in previous years due to failing health. But the recognition during his beloved town’s biggest weekend of the year means a lot to his family. “Basically, all I can say is it’s quite an honor,” Malsam said. Two of the children, two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are expected to attend the event. “I would say he has had an exceptional [life]. He has been very blessed,” Malsam said. “It’s a privilege to be picked as an old timer.”

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Fairview remembers longtime teacher, friend BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD

The community of Fairview will honor longtime teacher and friend Jack Sutton during a program that starts at 4 p.m. Saturday in the school’s old gym. A framed portrait of Sutton will be unveiled at that time. The event will also feature an “open mic” where individuals can tell stories or read poems about Sutton, who passed away Nov. 22, 2009, at the age of 80. Refreshments will include coffee, cookies and Dr. Pepper, which was Sutton’s favorite drink. “He taught a lot of people to read and to write,” said Randy Noyes, one of the organizers for the portrait. The artwork, done by Sherie Roshau, a Wibaux native, features the profile of a younger Sutton as well as a design showing him teaching. “It’s money that’s been well spent,” Noyes, a 1968 Fairview High School graduate, said. Funds from the project were raised through the Fairview Warrior Foundation. Supporters are urged make donations given in Sutton’s name to support the general fund of the foundation. To make a donation, send checks or money orders to First Security Bank West,

PO Box 465, Fairview, MT 59221 or call 742-5203. “Jack’s portrait will motivate people to donate to the foundation,” Noyes Sutton said. “People can continue to donate. We want to promote that. It can do a lot of good.” Dennis Trudell, member of the Fairview Warrior Foundation, explains the foundation is to assist projects or programs that need more financial support or Fairview students that have opportunities and need financial assistance. The foundation can help with community projects as well. Trudell said he thinks Sutton would be pleased that people, especially former students, make donations to the foundation in Sutton’s name. “Jack believed in the foundation, too,” Trudell said. “He was all about helping Fairview kids and the Fairview community.” Because Sutton had a fivedecade tradition of greeting students at the front door for the first day of school, the portrait will be placed near the front door for the school year’s opening day. After that, the portrait can be viewed in the school’s cafeteria where he spent countless

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Jack Sutton, right, directs a play for the Fairview Festival. Sutton passed away Nov. 22, 2009, at the age of 80. A reception in honor of him is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Fairview’s school. volunteer hours taking tickets for school activities. Jack Sutton and his wife, Bonnie, arrived in Fairview in 1961 to begin his teaching career. Fresh from the University of Montana, Sutton made it clear that he was in Fairview for only one year. But something changed his mind. For the next 30 years, he took residence at Fairview High School be-

hind his big dictionary in Room 2 until retiring in 1991. While at FHS, Sutton taught English, literature, U.S. history, civics, drama and even driver’s education. Many students state Sutton was their favorite teacher of any school they ever attended. He was featured on the festival button in 2003. After retirement, Sutton

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Festival has long, outstanding history in Fairview BY DORIS TAYLOR SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

Sixty-four years ago several businessmen met at the Fairview News office, where after many conversations and ideas it was decided Fairview should “hold” a special day honoring all the old timers of our area. They would call it “Fairview Old Timer’s Reunion and Summer Festival.” The first one was held in the park area across from Bookes Automotive, where the Cenex station now stands. There were many trees and grassy areas as well as a small baseball field at the far end for the youth of Fairview. At the park, it was decided there would be a food booth and churches would take turns making homemade pies, sandwiches, cold drinks and coffee. They may have served ice cream


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Martin comes home with creations of welded farm art BY DENIECE SCHWAB SIDNEY HERALD

The longtime members of the Fairview community will get to see a familiar face this year at Fairview’s “Oltimer’s” (as Ken Martin calls it) Reunion. Ken Martin, son of Ruth and the late Ervin Martin, tries to make it back to his roots yearly to visit family and friends. Ken will be one of the many vendors at Sharbono Park during the “Oltimers” Reunion Saturday with his welded farm art. Ken’s mom, Ruth, still lives on the Fairview farm, and he also has a brother, Monte, living in the area, along with his Aunt Lillian Elletson. Ken’s grandparents are the late Elmer and Katherine Martin, who originally moved to Fairview from Fryburg, N.D., in 1936. His maternal grandparents are the late Ted and Ella Beyl, Fairview. Martin graduated from Fairview in 1967 and is now retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he worked for 35 years as a me-


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After a successful first year for the Warrior After School Program, the extension of its summer program has gotten off to a good start as well. WASP, offered to the Fairview youth and surrounding area, is a sevenweek fun-filled learning program designed to continue to educate students throughout the summer break. Organizers say they wanted a safe place for students that could help reach academic achievement in the regular classroom. Computers, arts and crafts, even wood working workshops are offered to students entering first through sixth grades. The computer lab and fitness room is open to students in grades 7-12. Program director Jenny Schriver says the program started off well but has been a “hit and miss” as the number of students has declined to about 15 students each day due to various outside activities. But for those who have stuck around, all seems to be going well. “It’s been really run, and I think Connie [Murphy] has


The Warrior After School Program is now offering a summer program. enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them and work with them,” Schriver said. Murphy, along with Beth Thompson, have been teaching the students about the deep sea, learning fun facts about the creatures along the way. The theme this year is deep sea but it’s expected to change next year. Students enjoy a snack, physical fitness, reading time and theme-based activities each day. The program is a federally funded program


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Rhema Marvanne, the 7-year-old singer from Texas, will perform one song Saturday during the festivities in Fairview at the gazebo in Sharbono Park. Entertainment will begin directly after the parade at 1 p.m. Marvanne will be busy as she and her father, Teton Voraritksul, will tour the area during the weekend. This dynamic gospel singer will perform Friday evening at the Foundation for Community Care’s donor recognition dinner, with the main performance on Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Richland County Fairgrounds Event Center for a benefit concert, a fundraiser for the Sidney Health Center cancer center. On Sunday, Marvanne will conclude her visit singing at a church of her choice. If you have not had a chance to preview Marvanne, go to as she is sure to melt your heart. Purchase your tickets in advance for the benefit concert, $20 each, at the Foundation for Community Care, Sidney Health Center business office, CCs Family Café in Glendive, Fairlight Medical Center in Williston, N.D., and Mid-Rivers Communications in Circle. Tickets are $25 each at the door.


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Hamburgers in the Park continues to be hit BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD

They knew it was coming. A town tradition of hamburgers in the park every Friday in the summer. And they were waiting in line. “We’ll do anything to fundraise,” Darcie Yadon, MonDak Relay for Life Sharp Shooters member, said, preparing to serve those who would show up. Continuing the tradition of hamburgers in the park, the Sharp Shooters served hamburgers, chips, beans and beverages for a well-deserved cause: fighting cancer. “It’s pretty important to us,” Yadon said, since each member of the team has been personally touched by cancer in some form or other.

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