A look back at Laurel history - 10/5/17

Women’s work extends to the farm during 1942 labor shortage
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Fire Prevention Week has a long tradition. In 1942, Yellowstone Bank urged fire safety much as the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department does today.
Fire Prevention Week has a long tradition. In 1942, Yellowstone Bank urged fire safety much as the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department does today.

25 years ago

Sept. 30, 1992

The crowds are gone, the RV’s are leaving, and only a few decorations remain around Laurel to stand testament to the three days of celebration during the 20th Annual Laurel Herbsfest last week. According to board member Jean Carroll Thompson, attendance at the fest was consistent with the past two years. Approximately 3,600 adult buttons were sold in addition to the 500 lower priced youth buttons. Thompson said the committee doesn’t know definitely how much money the fest made, but the committee members feel sure they have made significant profit.

The birth of Corina Caryl Kappel was announced.

Roberta Rickman, Certified Ombudsman, visited with Park City seniors Wednesday. Emma Flemmer, a former Park City resident now living at the Columbus Care Center, accompanied Rickman,. Flemmer reported that she keeps busy making quilts and lap robes. Other visitors were Gladys Goldy’s brother, Dean and wife Lucille Reimer. The center served 73 meals after Rickman spoke to seniors to alert them to various options and changes in aging programs.

 

50 years ago

Oct. 11, 1967

Airman Third Class Gary A. Colley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett L. Colley of Bridger is on duty at Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, Vietnam. Airman Colley, a postal clerk, is a member of the Pacific Air Forces. Before his arrival in Vietnam, he was assigned to the 3535th Navigation Training Wing at Mather AFB, Calif. The airman is a 1966 graduate of Bridger High School.

Monday is the kick-off date chosen for the Laurel United Fund, Alvin Gomer and Marvin Carter, campaign chairman, announced. A $12,000 goal has been set for the year, slightly above last year’s goal, a spokesman said.

Contractors are expressing interest in the steel tank water reservoir to be built for Laurel. John Daley, city engineer, has conducted two personal investigations of the construction site. It is estimated the total bill for the addition to the city water system will cost about one-quarter million dollars.

The Happy Rancherettes Home Demonstration Club met Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Gary Hedges with 13 members and two guests, Mrs. Lois Lohr of Columbus and Mrs. Fred Steinmetz attending. Lois Lohr gave a lesson on making rolls. Mrs. Thomas Story received the hostess prize. The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. Basil Helgeson.

Roger Young, salesman for Fichtner Chevrolet, won a color TV set in a quiz and contest on product knowledge. The test is based on a knowledge of new models. Young was fourth of 35 contestants while Larry Clark was fifth in the quiz with 100% on trucks. Names of those who scored 70% or better on the quiz were put in a drawing in the Salt Lake zone office. Young’s name was drawn for the TV. Jim Stansberry, district 10 manager made the presentation with Leonard Fichtner.

Eight Laurel High School journalism students, accompanied by Mrs. Lois Elda Larson, will attend the Montana Interscholastic Editorial Assn. meeting this weekend on the University of Montana campus. The annual workshop will feature such speakers as Dean Nathan Blumberg and other outstanding professors. Outstanding features of the trip will include free admission to the Montana vs. Idaho football game which will feature Ole Hedstrom and Karl Fiske, LHS alumni, as Montana starters; and enroute home a visit to the Montana State Prison, a project of the state Quill & Scroll chapters. Making the trip will be Dan Ruff, Paul Gjefle, Linda Nunn, Mary Glynn George, Linda Ellingson, Cherie Ramsey, Sue Edgmond and Vivian Hunter.

 

75 years ago

Oct. 7, 1942

Illustrative of the labor shortage in this territory is a report from the Silesia community. Three women have filled vacancies on one farm and are doing the work previously performed by men. One of the women is 61 years old. The others are between 35 and 40. They live in the neighborhood, and after doing a full day’s work at picking apples, topping onions and cutting corn they return to their home. Later in the season they are to do other work incident to the operation of a farm.

Chester A. Potts, former Laurel teacher, is now the high school principal in a Jap relocation camp, says a note from Mrs. Potts at Los Angeles. The Potts’ new location will be Camp 3, Poston, Ariz.

Volunteer labor from Laurel business houses, high school, railroad shops, refinery and homes—most of it totally inexperienced—is knocking out 150 to 200 tons of sugar beets a day in the immediate vicinity of Laurel. That would be three to four standard carloads of 50 tons each, representing the stop-gap response occasioned by an unprecedented shortage of labor for harvesting the sugar crop. Approximately 40 high school boys, including this year’s football squad; about 10 girls from the high school; and an average of 20 business men are working in the beet fields daily as a supplement to the regular labor.

Mrs. Lou Franzen was a supper guest Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Rowlison.

At the meeting of the L.L. club which will begin promptly at 2:30 Friday afternoon, an entertainment feature will be presented by Mrs. E.R. Dingus of Fromberg. Mrs. Dingus, who with her husband spends the winters in the south, will give a showing of motion pictures of her travels in Florida and the everglades. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce Platz and son Frankie have moved to Dean, where Mr. Platz is employed at the chrome mine.

President Roosevelt made a tour of 8,000 miles or more a short time ago and visited many of the war munitions factories and training camps. James Rooley of Laurel, who is in the air service, wrote his parents this week that his officers told the men two generals were coming to inspect them. The two generals were there all right, and the president was with them. The whole trip was very secretly conducted. When the party went through Billings and Laurel a good many local people did not know about it.

 

100 years ago

Oct. 3, 1917

The oil excitement here reached a tenseness never before witnessed this morning when it was announced that oil had been found on the F.W. Schauer ranch a mile west of Laurel. Drilling operations have been carried on there for the past months. The hole has reached a depth of about 1,900 feet. B.F. Hoyt, who is in charge of the development work in this field, was in Laurel Sunday. He said the bet was an 80 to 20 one that they would bring in a producer. His agency have been here the past two days picking up the scattered leases. The Hoyt holdings comprise a large field that has been selected by experts as an oil dome. Many people from Laurel have visited the well today for the purpose of seeing the product. The prospect looks all the brighter when it is understood that the sand in which they expect to find the oil in paying quantities has not been penetrated. It is believed the sand will be encountered at the depth of 2,000 feet.

In news from Coombs Flat, 1,700 bushels of wheat were threshed out at the Shoop ranch last week. A train load of cattle shipped from the dry land district will leave Laurel in the near future. C.P. Linger will ship one car. The steel is being laid on the Lake Basin branch of the Northern Pacific and the road is expected to be completed as far as Coombs this month.

Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Hageter, of Laurel, are the parents of a baby girl born Saturday.

Mrs. Campbell Calvert was called to Park City last Friday owing to the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. Mary Brown.

 

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What’s your favorite classic scary movie for Halloween?
Psycho (1960)
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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The Exorcist (1973)
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Halloween (1978)
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The Shining (1980)
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