Alaska’s first governor dines at the Owl; President Roosevelt’s birthday celebrated at Riverside Park

A look back at Laurel History 1/26/17
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
One-hundred-years ago, wise old owls apparently smoked cigars and recommended indoor plumbing.
One-hundred-years ago, wise old owls apparently smoked cigars and recommended indoor plumbing.
In 1942 the latest convenience included a new Speed Queen wringer washer. It was once available at the Laurel Trading Co.
In 1942 the latest convenience included a new Speed Queen wringer washer. It was once available at the Laurel Trading Co.

25 years ago
Jan. 29, 1991

Births were announced for Seth Albert Storey and Zachary Douglas Ostwalt.
Dennis Eaton, an employee of Culligan Water Conditioning of Laurel, an independently operated Culligan dealership, recently graduated from the Career Development School conducted by Culligan International Company at its world headquarters in Northbrook, Ill.
Two local men are being honored by Burlington Northern Railroad this week as outstanding employees. Larry D. Steinhart, chief clerk at Burlington Northern Railroad’s rail-welding complex in Laurel, and Thomas S. Rochon, an engineer at the same complex, are being honored for their outstanding work. Gerald Grinstein, BN’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the two men were nominated for this award by their fellow workers for their initiative, job knowledge and positive attitude.
Broadcast media representatives were guest speakers at the 4-H career night in Park City monday. KCTR radio’s Breakfast Flakes, Brian Wilson and Debra Hoffman and Pat Sheerer of Channel 8 News presented a program followed by a short question and answer period where members demonstrated their enthusiasm for the speakers.
The Columbus Senior Citizen Kitchen Band entertained when one hundred seniors were served the noon meal at the Park City Senior Citizen center Wednesday. Visitors included Catherine Jansma from Laurel, Mr. and Mrs. Howard cram of Billings, and members of the Columbus Senior Citizen Kitchen Band. Basil and Vi Helgeson were back following their absence from the center while Basil had eye surgery. He expressed his thanks to the group for their concern during his convalescence.

50 years ago
Feb. 1, 1967

Mr. and Mrs. William Egon of Anchorage, Alaska were hosts for a family gathering at the Owl Cafe, Friday. Egon was the first governor of Alaska and is nephew of Edith Cole. Attending were Mrs. Cole, Bernice Farris and Harold Farris of Park City, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Burroughs and Karen of Broadview, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Savage and sons, and Mrs. Hershal Farris and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Les Kucera were honored at an open house reception Sunday evening on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary. The reception, held in the Kucera home, was hosted by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Nielson and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Nielson and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Krug. Approximately 30 friends and relatives attended the reception. A three-tiered white wedding cake decorated with pink rosebuds and topped with silver wedding bells, centered the serving table. Mrs. Ron Nielson cut and served the cake and Mrs. Lawrence Nielson and Miss Carolee Hartley, niece of the Kuceras, attended the serving table.
“Feeding the Birds in Winter” was the program given by Mrs. Allen Hansford when the Park City Garden Club held its meeting in the Civic Center. “Bird you have seen this month” was the roll call, answered by 13 members. Mrs. Dora Kilzer of Billings and Mrs. Stanford of Portland were guests. Members held a silent prayer in memory of Mrs. Albert Kline, a recently deceased member.

75 years ago
Jan. 28, 1942

Plans were formulated Tuesday at the city hall for Laurel’s participation in the nation-wide birthday ball on President Roosevelt’s birthday. As in former years the ball is a benefit affair to raise funds with which to continue the battle against infantile paralysis. Attending the meeting was Mrs. R.P. Palmer, county vice chairman. Fred W. Graff acted as temporary chairman and Charles McManus was elected permanent chairman. Other officers chosen were John Darham, secretary and Philip Noel, treasurer. The date selected for the ball is Friday evening of this week. The affair will be at Riverside park, with Orville Berry and his orchestra playing from 9:30 to 1 o’clock.
When R.R. Halstead of Beach, ND, pulled into the Big Timber service station of Severin Ole early Tuesday for gasoline, his wife—who had been sleeping in the back seat—left unnoticed and entered the rest room. Completing his transaction with the attendant, Mr. Halstead drove away, with everything apparently “under control,” while Mrs. Halstead patiently awaited his return for 45 minutes. Then she called Sheriff Jarett who notified the Laurel authorities. The Laurel officer stopped Mr. Halstead and asked him where his wife was. “Why, she’s sleeping in the the back seat,” he answered. Mr. Halstead returned post-haste to Big Timber for the stranded Mrs. Halstead.
Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. George Deryckere from their son, who is in the navy, that he saw the battle of Pearl Harbor and that he will always remember it.
Dr. D.H McCauley of Laurel, chairman of the military affairs committee of the Montana State Dental Association, has been appointed to serve as chairman of a Montana committee aiding in the national procurement and assignment service of physicians, dentists and veterinarians. McCauley’s appointment applies to the dental branch. He is to organize the state committee and set up the necessary committee below the state level to assist in obtaining information relative to availability of dentists in the state who may be asked to volunteer their services elsewhere in the interval of national emergency.
Representatives from 20 local women’s organizations met at the home of Mrs. T.R. Vye Monday for the purpose of forming a Committee for War Relief. The purpose of the committee is to coordinate all Red Cross activities and to provide a clearing house for all donations of material and work. Mrs. S.S. Bliss decided that a permanent sewing room for the Red Cross will be provided in the near future.
Mrs. Robert Dantic, president of the Unity Garden club, conducted the meeting held Thursday at the home of Mrs. John Allwin. The program included the reading of papers by two members. Mrs. George Roth read instruction on making a permanent flower garden of perennials. A paper on garden literature was read by Mrs. PlJ. Dixon in which she gave a list of books and magazines on the subject and emphasized the fact that they make good reading for winter when the average housewife has more leisure time.
Mrs. Carrie E. Erb returned Saturday from Yakima, where she spent a five-week vacation visiting her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zwisler.
Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Gomer had as guests Mr. and Mrs. George Grauberger and family, Mr and Mrs. Carl Bechtold, Miss Esther Krug, Miss Lydia Bangert and John and George Krug.
Mrs. L.C. Foote was hostess at her home Wednesday to members of her card club. Bridge awards went to Mrs. D. J. Hoppel.

100 years ago
Jan. 24, 1917

The body of a newly-born baby was found late Saturday on the slack dump of the eastside coal mine of the Northwestern Improvement company at Red Lodge. One leg of the infant had been consumed by flames from the ever-burning slack. Led by Sheriff George Headington, the Carbon county authorities are making every effort to ascertain the identitiy of the person who abandoned the infant and left it to die by flames on the coal dump.
In Spring Creek, C.D. Pickerill lost another valuable horse last week. This makes the second fine horse Mr. Pickerill has lost since October. Misses Dorothy Mainwaring, Opal Loftiss and Loren Huff, eighth grade pupils of Spring Creek school went to Laurel last Thursday to take a state examination in physiology.
The Laurel Booster basketball team that was recently organized defeated Belmont here Friday in the first game of the season. The visitors were no match for the Laurel quintette but at the same time the game was thoroughly enjoyed by those who saw it. The local organization intends to get games with all of the independent teams of this section and are striving to win the championship for this part of the state. It is composed of Clem Moddrell, R.D. Erb, William Harms, Bryant Nutting and H.J.F. Meier. They have all had considerable experience and put up a good class of basketball.
A nearby editor is hiding in the woods until the clouds roll by. The ladies of the church gave him a notice of a “Spider Web Social” and it came out in the paper, “Spider Leg Social.”
E.L. Stockman of Silesia was granted a divorce from Marcella Stockman in the district court Monday by Judge Taylor on the ground of willful desertion.
Mrs. Phillip Frank, a resident of Germantown, was claimed by death Friday following an illness from pneumonia. The funeral was Sunday and internment took place in the Laurel cemetery.

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