A look back at Laurel History
25 years ago
Feb. 26, 1992
A Laurel man was arrested after a search of his Main St. apartment revealed a marijuana growing operation. Tracey Giest, 25, was arrested when he returned to his apartment during a law enforcement search of the premises. Confiscated from the apartment were 20 marijuana plants, approximately two feet tall, grow lights, a timer, plant food, and assorted plant growing items, magazines on growing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police received a Crime Stoppers tip stating there was a growing operation being conducted at the apartment. Giest appeared before city Judge Larry Herman and entered a guilty plea to all charges. He was sentenced to one year in jail, deferred, and a $245 fine for possession of dangerous drugs and $140 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Births were announced for Scott Michael Barclay, Raney Nadine Hatten and Anthony Jacob Nardella.
A fire on Shannon Rd. last week which destroyed a barn, hay and adjacent corrals is being investigated by the Yellowstone County Fire Marshal’s office. According to Laurel Fire Chief Darrell McGillen, the building was completely destroyed by the flames. Embers from the fire rekindled early the next morning, he said. Firemen responded to the the rekindle. The chief said the cause of the fire was suspicious.
Illness and travel nearly kept the Laurel City Council from meeting for its regular Tuesday meeting Feb. 18. Aldermen LD Collins, Albert Ehrlick and Norman Orr were all on the sick list and Alderwoman Donna Kilpatrick was on approved leve. The absence of four members caused the meeting to be postponed for a half hour as Mayor Chuck Rodgers telephoned those who had reported ill to see who could come and complete a quorum. Councilman Orr, who was home with a broken toe, was prevailed upon to attend the council meeting and fill the quorum of five.
50 years ago
March 1, 1967
Gay, toe-tapping music interrupted by “Your attention please—we are under attack by the enemy—take shelter immediately,” so began the six-hour long shelter stay Friday evening when 17 shelter manager trainees and approximately 20 guests (shelterees) underwent a similated attack by enemy forces. Mayor John Beslanwitch served as shelter manager, a position he had been appointed to earlier in the four-day course; and throughout the evening Gene Frates, class instructor, posed various “problems” for the manager and his staff members to solve. Children, at Frates’ invitation, created a disturbance; a shelteree was stricken with an attack of appendicitis and three “drunks” desired admittance to the shelter. Frates termed the shelter stay an “excellent one” and commended the mayor and his staff for the manner in which they conducted the stay. Government issued food, a meal-in-itself wafer, two candy supplements, and one-half cup of water was issued twice during the shelter stay by the food and feeding officer, Mrs. Loyd Shay, whose job it was to ration the food.
The log building belonging to the Laurel Chamber of Commerce and located in Fireman’s Park on Main St. may be put to use after all—if an idea thought of by Carl Burke and Mayor John Beslanwitch—materializes. Burke suggested Laurel’s Old Timers form a club, open the building as a meeting place which could also serve as a tourist information center. Mayor Beslanwitch promoted the idea and is contacting the necessary persons to get the plan in action. Upkeep of the building will be maintained by the Oldtimers club. The Oldtimers suggestion came after a delegation of the Laurel Garden club approached city council members to get the building in use.
Jeff Scott, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for the legislature and one of the founders of the Republican Club of Yellowstone County, was a guest speaker at the regualr February meeting of the Laurel Republican Woman’s Club held Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. Douglas Markegard. Mrs. Alex Hart was co-hostess. Scott was soliciting membership for the newly organized county club.
75 years ago
Feb. 25, 1942
Proportions of the diphtheria “epidemic” which Laurel has been reported as having are exaggerated, inquiry disclosed. The office of Dr. E.C. Hall, health officer, said there is one positive case at the present time and that in a period of about a month past there have been six other cases. There are some additional cases under quarantine while observations and investigations are being conducted. The quarantines in those instances are precautionary measures. All cases up to the present have recovered. There have been no fatalities.
A great amount of work has been done here as elsewhere since Dec. 7 in preparation for the rigors of war. The report Wednesday of Los Angeles having been bombed that morning was later announced false, but served to further awaken all citizens to grim realities. Different divisions of work and training that are being conducted in Laurel under direction or sponsorship of the Red Cross are listed in a window display that was installed this week by the Red Cross at the Laurel office of the Montana Power Company. Seven units are included. The units are first aid, canteen, home nursing, motor corps, record committee disaster unit and knitting unit. The knitting unit included sewing. Others also functioning here are nutrition and home service. Instruction in first aid is being given to two classes. Fire wardens, organized by the Laurel volunteer fire department, receive first aid instruction.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harriott received word from their son, R.N. Harriott, that he is recovering in a Pearl Harbor hospital from wounds received when Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese. He is a machine gunner and is anxious to rejoin his regiment. Before going into service he had lived in the Laurel and at Mossmain. He attended Laurel schools and enlisted a year ago last September.
Enthusiastic tournament crowds, who had come to shout for their favorites and to be thrilled by stellar performances, swarmed into the Laurel gymnasium Wednesday afternoon and evening. Ten of the 13 teams saw action in the first two sessions. In the major triangle, four teams still had a chance at first place at the close of the first day.On Wednesday afternoon, Laurel Locomotives were pitted against the Joliet J-Hawks in the first game of the major triangle. Laurel was the winner by a decisive majority, 37 to 22, and advanced towards the finals. Thursday evening the Laurel Locomotives will play their second game which will be with Bridger. Both are winners in the first round. The one winning Thursday will be a championship contender. Another highly important game will be that of Red Lodge and Park City. The winner of that match will also contend for the crown.
100 years ago
Feb. 21, 1917
Park City’s Dr. Cram has a bad attack of rheumatism. The doctor left for Chico hot springs Monday, hoping that the baths will benefit him.
Last week little Austin Kinney, son of John Kinney, came near losing one of his eyes. He was standing near the railroad track when a rock on the rail was thrown by a passing train striking it and was hit in the eye. Although still in bad condition it is expected that it will be as good as ever in time.
Joe Gilles, of Spring Creek, is expected home from his Wisconsin visit soon. There is much speculation as to whether or not a Mrs. Gilles will return with him. You all know Mrs. Dame Rumor. She claims yes.
Lloyd Blinkensop returned from a visit with relatives in Iowa Thursday. He is now employed in the grocery department of the OM. Wold company.
The most important bill enacted so far is H.B. No. 4, amending the present woman’s nine-hour law to eight hours. It went through with much less opposition than did the original nine-hour law two years ago. Senate Bill No. 18, is calculated to foster road building. Heretofore many Montana counties desired to use prison road crews, but were deterred by transportation charges. The bill fixes a rate of one cent a mile for the transportation of prisoners and guards. It has been approved.