Laurel students celebrate Aviation Week
25 years ago
March 11, 1992
Laurel school students are preparing to celebrate Aviation Week with speakers, displays and flyovers, according to Aviation Awareness Committee member, Jack Bayne. Speakers will be from Rocky Mountain College, the Air Force Academy, Montana Aeronautics Board, smoke jumpers, people from the Minute Man missile project and others. There will be seven different kinds of helicopters, six fixed wing aircraft, a mock airplane, a tank complete with a Desert Storm crew and other armored vehicles in Thomson Park and the practice field.
Births were announced by Brett Michael Weidler, Zachary Martin Lipszyc and Brooke Gretchen Watkins.
The Laurel Saddle Club met for a card party at the Owl Diner last week. Prizers were given to Jim Davenport, Arnold Bexdek, Reva Popelka and Doris Davenport. Traveling pinochle prizes were won by Charles Rymer and Bob Young.
Three Laurel Middle School students placed high in the Second Annual Junior High City Wide Talent Show at the Lincoln Center in Billings. Blaine Dantic and Andrea Tobers placed first in variety as they sang and danced to the tune of “Pennsylvania Polka.”
Beth Balskovich, also in the variety category, placed third with her piano solo, “Fur Elise.” The Laurel Youth Choir, under the direction of Jackie Klasna, Provided entertainment.
50 years ago
March 15, 1967
Pets die in dog war, read the headline. Blackie was not a particularly outstanding dog in the eyes of most people, though anyone could recognize him for a pet. He violated the city ordinance prohibiting dogs on school grounds or in parks, and was shot with a tranquilizer gun while on the grounds of the West School. His owner, Randy Ungefug, was not able to reclaim his dog and try to teach him to stay away from school because Blackie died about one hour after he arrived at the city dog pound. In the course of the quarantine that is annually imposed on dogs in Laurel, the city picked up about 24 dogs and took them to the pound. Since then another six have been taken to the dog pound. All told, approximately six have been destroyed.
“John Q. Citizen’s biggest responsibility is garbage burning—the No. 1 problem is to eliminate or reduce this type of pollution,” Norman Schoenthal, associate professor of biology at Eastern Montana College and Yellowstone County chairman of the Air Pollution Committee told the Laurel Womans club members when he was guest speaker at the meeting held in the home of Mrs. John Bygrem. A big problem is automobiles, the “inefficient” car, the one not performing properly and giving off excessive exhaust fumes and Schoenthal suggested the return of the electric automobile—predicting that in a matter of years electric street cars will be in use in Billings.
Jeannie Muri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Muri, and a senior at Laurel Senior High School, is Laurel’s candidate for the Tournament Queen at the State Basketball Tournament in Bozeman. Contests are not new to Jeannie as she placed first runner up in the Jaycee-sponsored State Junior Miss Contest, was a Queen candidate for the Christmas Formal and holds the current Laurel’s Junior Miss title.
75 years ago
March 11, 1942
A general meeting of the Laurel Commercial club has been called for Wednesday evening by President Chester Scott. The president said this week that special attention will be directed to the possibility of the army establishing a 16,000 acre camp south of the Yellowstone for 35,000 men. Military authorities visited the locality some time ago and carefully looked over the south side. They were from Washington and Fort Peck.
A preliminary organization for local civilian defense, intended to deal with war disasters on the home front was approved Tuesday evening by the city council. Provisions are made for emergency aid at designated stations, work of that nature in respective wards, first aid, nutrition, communications, transportation, supplying of bedding and equipment, together with other details. A carefully planned program of procedure in event of disaster has been worked out and involves the cooperative action of several hundred people.
Miss Ruth Heebner, student at Montana State college at Bozeman and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Heebner of Laurel, was injured early this week in a laboratory explosion that burned her face, hands and her arms, according to word received by her parents. She has been released from the hospital at Bozeman, but is still swathed in bandages. It is believed that her eyes, which were involved, will not be seriously injured.
Mrs. J.E. Galusha was hostess at her home Monday afternoon to members of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The group spent the time in work on the comforter which is to be donated to the Red Cross.
Henry Schessler, Jr., made a bicycle trip to Park City Sunday to visit his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Benner. He had not had previous cycling experience but covered 10 miles in approximately one and a half hours. At the end of the day the Benners brought him and his bicycle home in a car.
Among the Laurel men who left during the week for the army induction at Ft. Lewis were Charles B. Armstrong, Bernard R. Bailey, Lawrence Berne Branstetter, Theodore C. Bundy, William Howard Carter, J. Owen Gehrett, Guy William Jacobs, J. Howard Pewitt, Clyde Eddie Resser, Glenn McDowell Reynolds, Clarence Arliss Richardson, John Schaff, Harry Lewick Schaff, Harry Mike Schaff, Russell M. Stadalman, Alex Reiter, Henry P. Gradwohl, Henry P. Reiter, Henry P. Gradwohl, Henry P. Reiter, David Behm and Albert Rupp.
100 years ago
March 7, 1917
Stillwater local of the American Society of Equity is making preparation to inagurate a farmers county union, with its first convention to be held Saturday at Stillwater hall, north of the Big Lake. An excellent program has been arranged and such noted men as B.C. White, state representative from Fergus county; Professor Beers, head of the marketing department of the agricultural college at Bozeman; J.C. Burnett, former district president of the United Mine Workers and others will give most instructive and entertaining addresses. The program will consume the entire day. At 10 a.m., B.F. Stone of Antelope Point will appoint committees, credentials, resolutions and address of welcome. C.P. Linger of Combes Flats will address, “The Equity.” At 9 p.m. the Farmers’ movement county convention will host a dance.
Jennie Ruple and Conrad Mehling were united in marriage at the Lutheran church Sunday. Rev. Zetzer officiated.
Ronald Harris and wife went to Billings Wednesday to prove up their claim. They had as witnesses Bert Mitchell and Charley Boyd.
F.E. Hudgin of Mossmain, who has been ill all winter with typhoid fever, is able to be out again.
The literary society at Allendale is progressing nicely and is quite well attended.
The Park City Milling company had a business meeting Saturday, at which a 10% dividend was declared.
Mrs. Lloyd Golden was has been ill the past week with a severe cold.
Little Ruth Wold delightfully entertained 18 of her friends in honor of Luella Ege Friday. The time was pleasantly spent playing games of various kinds. Refreshments were served and Mrs. Wold was assisted by Miss Helen Wold.