A look back at Laurel History 2/9/17

Cow and pig raise $58 for the Red Cross; Red Lodge coal essential for train service
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Fifty years ago, the rule of law was tough on man’s best friend. As a reminder, it is time to get city licenses for 2017. After March 31, the price doubles, and a dog with a tag is much likelier to be reunited with its owner than one without. Tags are only $10 per neutered animal and $15 for unaltered. They are available at the water payment office at City Hall.
Fifty years ago, the rule of law was tough on man’s best friend. As a reminder, it is time to get city licenses for 2017. After March 31, the price doubles, and a dog with a tag is much likelier to be reunited with its owner than one without. Tags are only $10 per neutered animal and $15 for unaltered. They are available at the water payment office at City Hall.
The priority was clear in most households. Just two months after Pearl Harbor, supporting the war effort came before anything else.
The priority was clear in most households. Just two months after Pearl Harbor, supporting the war effort came before anything else.

25 years ago
Feb. 12, 1992
Births were announced for Kelsey Lynn Krumm and Meghan Clare Ogilvie.
Members of Laurel’s business community gathered at Burger King Saturday, Feb. 8 to help employees celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening and to present the business with its first official dollar from the Laurel Chamber of Commerce.
The Laurel East Veterinary Service is hosting an informal cowman’s spring seminar. Topics to be discussed will be calving, newborn calf management, fertility testing bulls and diseases. The seminar will be held at Little Big Men in Laurel and refreshments will be served.
The Laurel Locomotives qualified eight wrestlers for the State Class A Wrestling Championships at MetraPark in Billings, Friday and Saturday. The Locomotives ended up with two divisional champions. Senior, Jason Gaskill, won his final match with a technical fall over Gabe Strange Owl of Colstrip, to land a first place medal in the 152 pound class. The other champion was sophomore, Josh Perrigo, who also defeated a Colstrip wrestler to nail down his first place medal.
Margaret Story greeted guests and members at the desk as they registered Wednesday when 68 senior citizens dined at the Park City Senior Center. Members signed a get well card for Pete Frank, who is hospitalized for hip surgery. A sympathy card was also signed for Silvia Hughes on the death of her mother-in-law Treasa Hughes. President Reva Popelka reminded members to bring their IGA receipts.

50 years ago
Feb. 15, 1967
Thirteen members of the Snappy Sisters Sewing club recently hosted a surprise birthday party honoring Mrs. Gilbert Amen of Billings. Mrs. Amen was a charter member of the club.
Miss Arvilla Dolechek and James Emineth attended the baptism last week in Livingston for Kimberly Jean, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Heidt. Miss Dolechek served as a sponsor for the baptism.
Delegates to the annual German Conference were named Thursday evening when the Dorcas Society of the Laurel Congregational Church met in the church basement. Appointed to attend the conference to be held in Sidney in April were Mrs. George Oswald, Mrs. Henry Ostwalt, and Mrs. Herman Ostwalt. Alternates are Mrs. Conrad Henry and Mrs. Emanuel Frank. Group singing accompanied by Mrs. Herman Sorg, opened the meeting. Special music, was provided by miss Joanne Fox and Mrs. Emmanuel Fox, who sang, “O to be like Thee.”
John Mohr, Jr., pioneer Park City area farmer and rancher was presented with an engraved wrist watch by the The Mountain States Beet Growers Association honoring Mohr’s retirement after 32 years of service as a director of the organization. Mrs. Mohr was presented with a silver brooch. The presentation was made by President “Babe” Yost at the annual meeting in Billings.
Les Frank, Soap for Viet Nam chairman and Bell Brennan loaded a portion of the 1,500 pounds of soap collected in the Laurel area for distribution by Montana service men in Viet Nam. Frank Brennan and Marvin Carter, Jaycee president, delivered the soap Sunday to Lewistown from where it will be taken to Malmstrom Air Force Base and then to Traverse Air Force Base in California. Ninety-three pounds of “good old lye soap” was especially made by Mrs. Dave Frank, Mrs. Les Frank and Mrs. Marvin Carter for the soap campaign. Jaycees were a trifle short of their 2,000 pound goal.

75 years ago
Feb. 11, 1942
Laurel car shop forces of the Northern Pacific are to be increased 30 men, beginning next Monday, H.J. Newton, general foreman, said this week. The authorization was made in order to take care of the heavy program outlined for this year. The additional 30 men will bring the total to 293, which will be the largest of record. Shop forces are putting equipment into condition for an expected 20 percent increase in business next fall.
Mrs. James O’Brien, who was at Pearl Harbor when Japan opened war Dec. 7 on the United States, will again describe her experiences when she speaks Tuesday evening at the L.L. club under sponsorship of the Royal Neighbor Lodge. More than a week ago she addressed the Laurel Woman’s club and vividly recounted the rapidly moving events of the first days of the war. Her husband Major O’Brien, was stationed at Pearl Harbor the time of the attack. There will be no admission charge, but a silver collection will be taken, which will be given to the All-American fund of the Red Cross for that organization’s blood plasma program. The blood is used for was casualties.
Many women have expressed a willingness to sew with the red Cross volunteer workers, but feel they are not qualified. To fill this need, Mrs. O.C. Cooper has volunteered to teach a course in sewing, covering essential steps in the making of most Red Cross garments.
Miss Gertrude Zepp, Laurel school teacher, is spending the week in Billings with her mother, who is ill. Mrs. G.L. Gass is substitute teacher.
Funds of the Red Cross were enriched last week to the extent of $58 by the unique action of two Laurel farmers who contributed a heifer and a pig for sale at public auction, with the understanding that the total amount received should go to the Red Cross. Donor of the heifer was O.V. Howe, former service man and now operator of a dairy farm west of Laurel, while the pig was given by Joe Belile, for several years a farm operator in the Mossmain district. The animals were sold at Howe’s annual sale of milking shorthorns. The heifer brought $50 and the pig $8. Howe was in the first World war. He went from Wyoming where he had a homestead at the time, and was with the 91st division. He fought on the Hindenberg line, Argonne and Flanders front.

100 years ago
Feb. 7, 1917
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt pledged his support to President Wilson in upholding the honor of the country his own services and those of his four sons, in the event of hostilities. Plans for a volunteer army division to be commanded by the colonel have come to the front and he admitted he had asked the war department for permission. “Of course, I shall in every way support the president in all that he does to uphold the honor of the United States and to safeguard the lives of American citizens,” he said.
Fifty-fifty. That was the result of a double header basketball game at the new Laurel Hi gym when the local high school teams met both boys and girls on the foreign floor. The Laurel girls were victorious by a score of 10 to 5, and even 2 to 1 shot. The Columbus boys then took up the girls’ side of the scrap and doubled the score on their opponents, 24 to 12. Aside from the sensational shooting of Miss Forister for Laurel who made four pretty baskets, and the foul throwing of Augusta Gudmunsen for Columbus, the girls’ game was devoid of features. Although heavier and faster than their opponents, the Columbus girls played listless ball and showed lack of pep. In the second half the local team got busy for a few minutes, and during the session made three points to Laurel’s two, but never woke up enough to overcome the lead gained by Miss Forister in the first half. Dorothy Benbow made the only field basket for Columbus, a pretty one-handed shot.
Northern Pacific Trainmaster Regan was aboard the train of empties which took 12 hours to make the trip up the hill Wednesday, and all hands tied up in Red Lodge for the night. “It is important at this time of the year,” Mr. Regan said, “that the Rocky Fork branch move faster than we did yesterday, for the whole N.P. system from Butte to Mandan depends on the Red Lodge mines. the road is living now from hand to mouth as regards fuel supply so a failure to get out trains with regularity would result in actual stoppage of transportation. Red Lodge is a vital point these days. We had a pile of coal in the Laurel yards, some 50,000 tons of it , and this was a fortunate circumstance. Facilities are not adequate for fast loading there, however, the best we can do being about 450 tons per day, which is hardly more than is used in the local work, this especially because of the extreme cold in the Yellowstone valley. The thermometer has been as low as 38 blow zero this week. Under such weather conditions coal consumption is enormous.

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