A look back at Laurel history
Outlook managing editor
25 years ago
Feb. 5, 1992
Laurel Police have charged a 15-year-old Laurel juvenile with intimidation in connection with a bomb threat made to the Laurel High school Dec. 17. Laurel Police Captain Dave Slaymaker said the charge against the boy for the prank call resulted from an investigation. He said witnesses to the call were found who named the suspect. When questioned, he confessed. The youth has been cited into juvenile court.
Births were announced for Valerie Anne Kerr, Haley Shanae Kuntz, Samantha Lee Hutchens and Phillip Dean Curry.
Shirley Olson has been selected as teacher of the year by the Laurel Jaycees. It is an honor richly deserved. Shirley, in addition to her normal teaching duties, has been a primary driving force behind the gifted and talented program.
The Rebekahs held a Wacky Party Monday at Noble Grand Jean Carroll Thompson’s business, the Kinder Kloset. A three course meal was served to the 17 members and one guest. Newspapers were used as tablecloths. Members ordered each course from unique menus. Menu items included Inebriated Vegetable, Frozen Bossy, Mickey Mouse’s Entree, Zesty Greeting and a Branch for the first course. Second course items were Scrambled Greens, Permanent Tool, Immature Wine, Flower String and Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink. Third course items included Body Fluid, Popeye’s Delight, Making Whoopee, Great Divide and Stinking Money.
50 years ago
Feb. 8, 1967
Gerald Foos, who lives west of Park City, gave an excellent example of the proper use of Citizens Band Radio when he arrived on the scene of the fire at the John Sitzman farm a few weeks ago. The first person there with a two-way radio, he contacted his home and a land line call from there brought the rural fire truck from Columbus. A radio contact with Edward Butler in Laurel brought word of the fire to Laurel and resulted in the action by Northern Tank Lines in sending a tanker of water to the fire.
The Montana State Liquor store was burglarized early Saturday, Mrs. Kenneth Walton, store operator, said. Entry was made by breaking the plate glass window in the southwest corner of the building. Twenty-three bottles of liquor totaling $90.35 were taken with the majority of the booze being taken from the area close to the window entry. This marks the fourth time the window has been broken and the second time entry was made through the broken window. Approximately $150 damage was done to the window and frame, David Johnson, building owner said. Tuesday afternoon Montana Power personnel were installing a street light near the southwest corner of the building, which state officials hope will discourage further entries through the window.
The possibility of “securing a cable television franchise” in Laurel will be studied by Mayor John Beslanwich and city councilmen before inviting a representative of the Communications Publishing Corp of Oklahoma City to tell his story, the Mayor said. “I’m in the dark about cable television,” Mayor Beslanwech said, “and I’m going to do a lot of investigating before coming to a decision. I would appreciate any opinions from the public, any objections of if the installation would be hurting anyone.”
The Jake Frank family of Park City were saddened last week by the passing of Rex, a family pet and favorite show horse, who lived to the ripe old age of 30 years. Rex had participated in many Go Western parades in Billings and also entered many rodeos over the country. He had always been the favorite saddle horse for the children during their growing years.
75 years ago
Feb. 4, 1942
A house to house and person to person campaign for sale of defense bonds will open here and elsewhere throughout the county next Tuesday, Chairman Paul Wilson of the local committee announced this week following a recent conference of county chairmen. The sale here will be conducted along lines similar to the special Red Cross drive of a few weeks ago. The coming drive pertains to sustained future purchases of war bonds and embraces sign-ups indicating contemplated amounts. Pledge cards will not interfere with payroll deduction cards already signed.
If you live in Montana and fail to pass a vision examination for volunteer enlistment in the United States marines, all you need to do is drink 27 cans of carrot juice in 11 days. This unusual procedure will get you into the service if the case of Blair Hurd, 17-year-old Anaconda hotel clerk, is a measure of the average. Accepted for the marine corps last week, Blair asserted, “My vision is better, but I never want to see another can of carrot juice so long as I live.” The carrot juice was suggested to him by Lt. Stephen Flynn, when the hotel clerk was first rejected because of weak vision. The youth is now undergoing recruit training at the marine corps base in San Diego.
Harlan Milligan, 66. oldest conductor in seniority standing for the Northern Pacific out of Laurel, died at his home after an illness of six hours. Death was attributed to a stroke of apoplexy.
Rotary Anns (wives of club members) were guests of the club at the annual ladies’ night dinner and program that was attended by about 40 people. President O.M. Wold extended the club’s greetings to the Anns and Mrs Fred W. Graff responded with appreciation for the signal honor and the efforts expended for entertainment of the visitors. Some of the sedate Rotarians appeared in feminine costumes of various by-gone periods and sang songs. It was all very touching and there was scarcely a dry eye.
Chester Herbert, formerly in the service, was recalled recently and left her last week. He was among the first recalled after having been released from training when he reached the age of 29. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Herbert entertained in his honor. Guests at the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bliss, Mr and Mrs. Arthur Sherrow, Mr. and Mrs. William Sherrow and Laird Tomlinson. Decorations were in patriotic colors.
Weekly bowling highs ending Jan. 31 were Martha Fink 200, M. Walton 201. Monday’s men’s teams: Board of Trade vs. Moon’s Barber; Barney & Hartly vs. Gas Co-Op; Frank’s Grocery vs. Wold’s and Scheidecker’s Grocery vs. Alleys.
100 years ago
Jan. 31, 1917
R.L. Ege and Barney Hageman of this city have decided to enter the mercantile business. They went to Stickly and purchased the stock of goods that is located at that point and owned by DS. Mason. They will take charge about the 15th of February. This is the pioneer store of the famous Lake Basin and has been doing a good business, even though it has been handicapped by not being located on a railroad and also by lack of capital. The new line of the Northern Pacific will be built into that section this year, at which time it is expected that a town will spring up.
Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Jackson have been numbered with the sick the past week suffering from attacks of lagrippe. They are visiting at the Ed Burla home in west Laurel.
A real estate trade was made last week in which E.L. Fenton traded his residence property to Dr. A.E. Stripp for the latter’s concrete block residence that is located in Third avenue. Mr. Fenton expects to move his family to the new home the first of the month.
Mrs. Minnie Standen heard a commotion in her chicken house Wednesday night and went out armed with a rifle and found a hobo in the hen house trying to find a place to sleep. He had become intoxicated and in seeking a place to sleep had strolled among the chickens. He was the Pat Cooney who got a 30-day jail sentence in Judge Hudson’s court on a vagrancy charge.
Several teachers and pupils attended the “Birth of a Nation” in Billings. Among the number were Miss Ely, Miss Boyd, Miss Gillespie, Genevieve Gorwin, Alice Young, May Storie, Warren Brr, Floyd Snider and Rondo Storie.
The masquerade dance at Hesper last Saturday night was attended by an unusually large crowd and a good time was enjoyed by all.
A literary society was organized Wednesday night at the Allendale school house. A very interesting time is expected. There will be some excellent debates and good programs put on.