A look back at Laurel History - 4/20/17
25 years ago
April 22, 1992
Two of the five juveniles charged with making threatening calls to Laurel schools late last year and early this year, have been sentenced and two are being evaluated pending sentencing. A fifth youth has yet to be charged. A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to six months probation and five weekends of detention. A 15-year-old male is currently undergoing psychological evaluation pending final sentencing. The 14-year-old boy involved in the series of bomb threats was sent to Pine Hills Schools in Miles City for a 45 day evaluation.
Births were announced for Nathaniel Aaron Phillips and Alexis LeAnn Krug.
While Montana motorists paid an average of $1.099 per gallon for unleaded gasoline over Easter weekend, according to the AAA, a random check of Laurel’s gas stations this week revealed that Laurel motorists paid an average of three to four cents less.
Among Laurel’s top best-selling new paperbacks provided by LeDuc’s Bookstore were, at #1 “If You Really Loved Me,” by Ann Rule and #2 “Longshot,” by Dick Francis. Also on the list was “My Favorite Summer 1956,” by Mickey Mantle.
50 years ago
April 26, 1967
Sportsman’s Park was acquired by the Laurel Rod & Gun Club to assure public access to the river. The park as such, has been recognized by the state and the Montana Wildlife Federation. Ben Berhendsen is the chairman in charge of the park development and maintenance. With the assistance of others, there have been shelters and picnic installed in the park to increase its usefulness to the public. Like all good things, Sportsman’s Park is the target of a few frustrated and ignorant people. They destroyed a good shelter this year and have done other damage to facilities built with considerable effort, to serve the general public—to serve even those who cannot comprehend the moral factors involved in respect for public and private property. To help keep the park in use some boys from Troop 411, Boy Scouts of America, spent part of Saturday repairing the damage that had been done. This is intended to teach them the pleasures of contributing to the public good and give them practical experience in the functioning of service organizations. Also, those who have learned to build are not apt to destroy.
The Park City Garden Club met Thursday with 11 members and one guest, Mrs. Charles Goldy of Billings present. President, Mrs. Eugene Bray opened the meeting. Roll call was, “Tell how you used your Micro Lite sample.” Mrs. Bray was in charge of the program on Micro Lite.
Jo Lynn Fritzler and Terry Kerr were named Miss and Mr. Most Eligible Saturday night at the Laurel High School Letterman Club’s Computer Dance. The honor came when the two “were matched-up with the most dates” as a result of computer cards which had been previously filled out and sent to a Boston computer firm. Dick Holland, Letterman Club president presided at the crowning ceremony.
Clocks will be set ahead one hour this week and—officially at 2 a.m. Sunday—and will mark the first time Laurel has been directly affected by Daylight Saving Time. The DST in Montana occurred this year when the Uniform Time Act ordered a nation-wide one hour time advance following the last Saturday in April. Railroad clocks will also be set ahead one hour. B.C. Faught, depot operator said.
75 years ago
April 22, 1942
Two events—another draft registration and the first sugar rationing registration of the present war—will combine to make Monday an important day throughout America. The draft registration applies to all men who are 45 or more years old and who are not yet 65. A recent proclamation by Governor Sam C. Ford said every man in the age bracket shall “present himself for registration … if such male citizen or other male person has attained the forty-fifth anniversary of the day of his birth, and has not been heretofore registered.”
Fire in the top of the coal dock near the Laurel railroad roundhouse was discovered about 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and was quickly extinguished by railroad firemen before the blaze had done more than slight damage. J.P. Moore, roundhouse foreman said the origin has not been determined. The coal stocks were dumped and found to contain no heat, which eliminated the possibility of spontaneous combustion. Accumulated coal dust is removed twice a month as routine procedure.
Mrs. Robert Davis, formerly Miss Helen Lyons, was guest of honor Tuesday night at a wedding shower at the home of Miss Ethel Edwards. Mrs. David, who was married April 18 at Columbus, was the recipient of many useful gifts. Hostesses were Doris Edwards, Doris Baker, Anna Davis and Dorothy Baker. Guests were Rosetta Chopper, Marie Rybin, Melba DeNittis, Pauline Edgmont, Mary Fox, Julia Scheeler, Eva Armstrong, Marjorie Freed, Irene Fritzler, Eunice Sexton, Ila Eason, Betty Yeager, Velma Paronto, Mary O’Neill, Lila Green, Mrs. Herman Frickle and Mrs. John Blackford.
The Red Cross nutrition class, instructed by Mrs. D.H. McCauley, recently completed the 20-hour course of study that followed. Eleven members took the examination and passed successfully and a request for certificates has been made for them. Mrs. McCauley is carrying on work with this class in canteen service, which is a 20-hour course. While at present there is no need for a canteen at Laurel, this class is preparing itself for such an emergency should one arise. A canteen tea will be given this spring to acquaint the Laurel public with the nature of service this group of women is prepared to give the boys in the service during their brief stop-overs in town.
100 years ago
April 18, 1917
Declaring that all citizens of foreign birth, even those of nations with which the United States is at war, will be guaranteed safety of life and property provided they are law-abiding. Sheriff Matlock in a proclamation addressed to the alien residents of Yellowstone county threatens summary action against all persons who render aid or comfort to the enemy. The proclamation also calls upon all citizens to refrain from heated discussion of the issues involved in the present international crisis and to treat all law-abiding alien residents with consideration. Copies of the proclamation will be posted throughout the county.
A patriotic demonstration and farewell reception was held at the Casino theater Sunday evening for the boys who had answered the call of their country. The time to prepare the program was short and the weather conditions were extremely bad, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm or diminish the patriotism. A good crowd was present and special music was furnished by a choir made up from members of the various church choirs under the leadership of Mrs. Maude Fudge. After the invocation an an address by attorney B.L. Price, Leo Mazzanti, otherwise know as “Bloody Steve,” Laurel’s first recruit, who appeared on the platform in full uniform then addressed the audience briefly and said good bye. He was given an ovation by the crowd as he marched down the aisle and and mounted the platform. The strain was too much for him and as he bid his good friends in Laurel good-bye tears filled his eyes and his speech was cut short. He said that his country had called him to protect the flag he loved and that he had made up his mind to go to the front. Following his talk the choir sang “Uncle Sammy.” Also among the first enlistees were Neal Corson and Harry Collins, Naval Service; and Miss Margaret Kenyon, Red Cross Service.
O.M. Wold purchased from J.B. Grose the two lots on which stand the Malcolm hotel and Reese Price’s barber shop. This corner is among the most valuable pieces of property on Main street and in time will be used by Mr. Wold as a store site. Another transfer was made when A.A. Schenck sold his lot and frame building to Julius Zywert of Billings. The building at present is occupied by Charles Askenas, proprietor of the Owl Cafe. Purchases of this character indicate the confidence these men have in the future of this city.
There will be a program and basket social at the Canyon Creek school house Saturday night, given by the teachers and pupils for the benefit of the school. Come everybody. Don’t forget the place and the date.