A look back at Laurel History
25 years ago
March 4, 1992
The skeletal remains of a young woman, found on the Yellowstone River bank Sunday, March 1, have been identified as a those of a Livingston girl reported missing in May 1991, according to the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department. YCSO Undersheriff Chuck Maxwell said the skeleton of Hallie Lynette Ganje of Pray was found by Leo Kamp on an island near land owned by Kamp. The remains were positively identified from dental records. Maxwell said there was nothing to indicate the girl died as a result of foul play.
A Park City man and a Laurel man spent the night stranded in the Beartooth Wilderness near Cooke City Sunday. According to the Park County Sheriff’s Department, Kyle Markegard of Park City and Jim Fisher of Laurel, both in their early 20s were air lifted from an area near Cook City. Sandy Markegard, Kyle’s mother, said her son and some friends were snowmobiling near the isolated mountain town when he and another man became lost. “Kyle’s snowmobile got stuck and they couldn’t get it out. He jumped on with Jim,” Markegard explained. She said the two began following what they thought to be their own tracks back to a meeting place with their friends, Scott Miller and Kurt Johnson. She said they realized they were going the wrong direction when their snowmobile ran out of gas. The search for the two snowmobilers was brief Sunday night, but they were found unharmed Monday. The two crawled into a small cave and spent the night.
The Jolly Neighbors Extension Club held a meeting at the Union Hall. Hostesses were Audrey Kempkes and Michi Boelen. Kempkes presented a program on table appointments with different place settings and decorations for each holiday.
50 years ago
March 8, 1967
“Citizen’s Participation in City Government” was discussed by Mayor John Beslanwitch Wednesday evening when he was the featured speaker at the dinner meeting of the Laurel Kiwanis Club. Beslanwitch stressed the “need for the proposed city reservoir to up-grade the health standards of the Laurel water supply.”
Park City High School English students and their teacher, C. Burrell Jones, attended the Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet, with the famous team of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev giving an outstanding performance. The students are studying Romeo and Juliet in their English class.
Possible cable TV for Laurel, “home” for a Men’s Retirement Club, and a dog problem on school grounds were the main topics of discussion Tuesday evening when a regular council meeting was held in council chambers.
Mrs. Sachal Herman presented the lesson of the afternoon, “Buying Packaged Foods,” when the Jolly Neighbors Home Demonstration Club met in the home of Mrs. Reinhold Guenthner. Roll call was answered with members supplying helpful hints for keeping foods fresh. Plans were made to make tote bags from plastic purex bottles.
Mrs. James Hatten presided Monday evening when the Oil Workers Auxillary met in the home of Mrs. Reuben Batt. Plans were made to help the Laurel Jayceens sponsor a Lazy-eye Clinic. Mrs. Frank Wiley received the hostess prize.
It is strictly on a voluntary basis, but it is community-wide, Laurel is going to send its high school pep band to the state Class A basketball tournament in Bozeman. This is reflection of the community’s pride in both its both its basketball team and its band.
75 years ago
March 4, 1942
With Montana farmers being asked to more than double their 1941 flaxseed production in 1942, it is especially important that they begin to secure the the necessary seed early, Chairman H.O. Beeman of the Yellowstone county USDA war board advises. “The far eastern war makes it absolutely essential that American farmers produce all the oil-bearing crops they possible can to replace far eastern imports that are now cut off. Montana farmers can make a substantial contribution by producing flaxseed. A goal of 340,000 acres has been established for Montana.
Housewives may have to skimp on a number of commodities during the war emergency, but soap is not one of them. The reason the supply will be ample is that glycerin produced in making soap is urgently needed in the manufacture of military explosives. Soap manufacturers will work their plants to the limit of supplies to produce as much glycerin as possible. Federal and state agencies say users should be just as careful as ever to avoid waste. Despite the prospect of ample soap supplies, it appears likely that from now on soap will be a little less slippery. The reason for this is that most of the glycerin, down to less that 1 per cent, will be extracted from every soap to make the millions of pounds of explosives Uncle Sam needs to win the war.
Paul and Ralph Betz, nephews of Mrs. C.M. Geiger, who are being held prisoners by the Japanese, have advised relatives that they are safe and well. The message came from a prison camp in Japan by short wave from the two men, who were captured by the Japanese at Guam island. They were employed in civilian defense.
Switchmen, engine crews, car inspectors and checkers, some with 25 or more years of service to their credit, had their first experience Monday night of working under powerful flood lights. Series of huge lights mounted on two 100-foot foot towers were officially turned on following completion of installation that began last November.
Mrs. Lou Franzen entertained at dinner at her home Sunday in honor of the birthday of Mrs. Dwight Rowlison. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Rowlison and son, Dickie, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Fuller, Mrs. B.A. Shively, Palul Shively, Mrs. Anna Franzen and Mr. and Mrs. Franzen.
Laurel members of the Daughters of the Nile were in charge of refreshments when the chapter entertained at a colonial tea and program Monday of last week at the Commercial club in Billings. The tea table was decorated in patriotic colors and Mrs. O.J. Elligson of Big Timber and Mrs. C.A. Haynes of Billings poured. Those present from Laurel were Mrs. O.M Wold, Mrs, Paul Wold, Mrs. Fank Jacobs, Mrs. Frances Tutwiler, Mrs. Dorothy Huston, Mrs. L.W. Hageman, Mrs. Mary Jolley, Mrs. G.W. Fenton, Mrs. Nels Vordahl and Miss Vera Anderson.
100 years ago
Feb. 28, 1917
In the presence of the largest crowd ever assembled at the local gymnasium the second tournament of the Yellowstone district came to a successful close Saturday evening. Notwithstanding the cold weather the attendance was fairly good throughout. On Friday, Joliet won handily from Columbus by a score of 22 to 9; Big Timber from Hardin, 26 to 12, and Billings from Laurel 29 to 14. The Laurel Billings game was easily the best attraction of the evening and for a time, the Billings quintet had to “put on all they had” before they could secure the ascendancy of the locals. In the beginning of the first half Richardson, Laurel guard, injured his hip and was relieved. This crippled the team throughout the game.
About 45 friends and schoolmates of Miles Miller met at the Maccabee hall in Park City Tuesday to celebrate Miles’ 18th birthday. That being our first president’s birthday, too, the hall was decorated in red, white and blue crepe paper, large and small flags and several sizes of red hatchets. The evening was spent in playing games, after which lunch was served by Mrs. Miller, assisted by the local teachers. The party dispersed about midnight, wishing Miles many happy returns of the day.
Charley Eastlick had the misfortune to break his arm Sunday. It was broken by a horse crowding him against the was in the barn. Dr. Cram set the bones.
The stockholders of the Italian Ditch company will hold their annual meeting Friday, March 9, 2017 at the Stoltz hall in Park City. By order of the Board of Directors.
One of the most pleasant social events of the season was the party given by Mrs. T.A. Rigney and Mrs. George W. Graff at the latter’s home. There were about 50 friends present and the time was spent playing “500.” At the close of the games delicious refreshments were served in courses by the hostesses, assisted by Misses Esther Brager and Coiletta Kurtz. The spacious rooms were beautifully and appropriately decorated with flags, banners and hatchets in honor of Washington’s birthday and the color scheme was carried out effectively.