A look back at Laurel History

City crew men treated for electrocution injuries in 1967
Outlook managing editor

In 1942, buses were commandeered for wartime use. Riders were urged to check the schedule as it may have changed to accommodate the needs of national defense.

25 years ago
May 20, 1992
Births were announced for Jenna Lynn Skattum, Andrew Joseph Smith, Erin Rose Kusek, Kylee Marie Jarvi and Daniel Josiah Henry.
The Laurel Garden Club met at the home of Pat Hart. She gave the program on a porcelain butterfly collection and the history of them. Roll call was answered by members’ mothers’ maiden names and where they came from.
Cenex officials Ron Pletcher, Noel Estenson, Dough Johnson, Elroy Webster, Bob Oebser and Lloyd Allen broke ground at the site of the Cenex Refinery’s new hydrogen desulfurization unit.
Laurel’s Shawn Smith walked away with the “State Champion, title at the end of the State Class A Golf Tournament. Smith’s first place finish ended two days of play and three sudden death holes.

50 years ago
May 24, 1967
Two Laurel city crewmen were injured Tuesday morning when the backhoe they were operating hit an REA power line. Peter Thomson, park superintendent, and Richard Metzger, water department foreman, were attempting to remove a pump near the cemetery when the rig came in contact with the overhead high voltage line. Thomson was treated in Laurel for burns on his hand and foot; Metzger, who was unconscious for a time, received burns on his fingers, left knee, left foot and shoulder. He is hospitalized in the Billings Deaconess hospital. The two are not certain just when or how the accident happened.
Mr. and Mrs. Gareth E. Krake of Kent, Wash., have recently moved to Laurel and purchased a home at 509 Cottonwood Ave. Krake transferred from Seatac International Airport in Seattle to Logan Field in Billings.
Jack Walworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walworth of Edgar, a student at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, performed on the flugel horn in a jazz concert under the direction of Richard Wright. Well-known to Edgar residents for his outstanding musical ability, Walworth, a graduate of Joliet High School, had performed with numerous jazz bands, as well as locally with may musical organizations.

75 years ago
May 20, 1942
More than 200 members and visitors from surrounding sportsmen’s clubs attended Laurel Rod and Gun club’s annual stag party at Riverside park. Members of the committee and officers of the club said the evening was a huge success. There was an abundance of food and refreshments were served throughout the evening. Trap shooting drew many fellows. Russell Packard, Jr. with a score of 25 straight hits, was high man. To add to the remarkableness of this performance was the fact that this was the first time he had ever tried trap shooting. Russell is now serving Uncle Sam in the air corps and is home on a furlough.
The Laurel Golf and Country club at a meeting last Friday elected M.R. Walton, president; Oliver Wold, vice president, John Fry treasurer and C.T. Tharalson, secretary. It was voted to lower the dues to $5 for memberships and a canvass is now being made for new members. A power lawnmower has been in use on the fairways and with clearing weather a large turnout is expected for the summer. A form of entertainment is being mapped out. Tournaments with other cities are planned.
John O. Wold of Laurel was appointed to the board of directors of the Midland Production Credit association. Mr. Wold is a substantial farmer in the Laurel vicinity, runs cattle and sheep and farms extensively.
A display of pictures of about 100 Laurel soldiers, sailors, marines and nurses, installed the first of the week in the Main street window of Chapman pharmacy, is drawing attention. The display started with about 80 pictures early in the week and has been enlarged as additions have been received from relatives of the service men.
Baseball practice for the Independent Refinery team, a member of the Billings league, has begun, and all players in Laurel who may be eligible are asked to try out.
A successful dancing party is reported by the committee in charge of the event Saturday at Riverside Hall by the Maintenance of Way Employees and auxiliary. Guests were in attendance from Reed Point, Joliet, Edgar, Columbus, Silesia and Billings.

100 years ago
May 16, 1917
Various positions in the Northern Pacific railroad service will be open to women, according to instructions received by the local office. The demand for men being great, the road will endeavor to provide employment for women in many of the positions being held by men. In a letter, Superintendent B.O. Johnson wrote, “There are certain positions on a railroad that must be filled by men, but a large number can be filled with women. The Northern Pacific in common with other railroads must help to conserve the men of the northwest for work which men only can do and must fill every position where women can do the work with women. It today becomes the patriotic duty of every woman who can work to secure employment and thus release men for the service of our county.”
Private Haven C. Nutting, of Laurel, was fired on and wounded in the left arm by an unknown man in a tunnel on the Northern Pacific railroad east of Bozeman about midnight Tuesday while on duty patrolling his regular beat. The attempted cold-blooded murder failed only after the assailant had repeatedly fired on the private, on one occasion in the tunnel, and on the second from ambush outside the tunnel. In company with Private Glenn Miller, Private Nutting was patrolling his element with the encounter took place. Every precaution to apprehend the man has been taken. The citizens are thoroughly aroused at what they characterize an effort to do cold-blooded murder.
Young, pretty and despondent, a girl, whose name is withheld, yesterday afternoon attempted to drown herself in the Yellowstone river. The girl’s rash act was nipped in the bud by Private Blackbee of the army guard stationed at the bridge. The young woman, whose age is under 18, was first seen by Private Wilson as she approached the river bank under the bridge. Private Blackbee rushed to the bank just in time to see the girl walk out into the stream. She was persuaded to return to the bank and after conversing with the soldiers ran onto the wagon bridge and started climbing over the rail with the apparent intention of hurling herself into the rushing waters below. She was again prevented from carrying out her rash act. According to the young woman’s story, her attempted suicide was prompted by the fact that her fiance, a well known Laurel young man, had rejected her because of stories he had heard relative to a “joy ride” she had taken with the scion of a prominent Billings family. After the girl and her fiance had a conference, it was announced that his difficulties with the girl had been straightened out.


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
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  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
    Evening immunization clinic, third Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Wednesdays, 7 p.m., 201 1/2 E. Main St., Laurel
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:00am
    Mondays, 10 a.m., Thursdays, 1 p.m., Laurel Senior Center, 720 S. 4th St.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
    Thursdays, 6-6:30 p.m., Old Middle School, Room 102
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm
    First & third Thursdays, 6 p.m., at The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.


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