A look back at Laurel History - 6/29/17

Second Laurel Chautauqua planned in 1917
By: 
Kathleen Gilluly

Almost every business in town urged residents to purchase War Bonds in 1942. Barney & Hartley Market even set up a special department in the store to purchase them.

Compiled by
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor

25 years ago
July 1, 1992
An 18-year-old Park City woman was transported by the Laurel Volunteer Ambulance Service to a Billings hospital shortly before her wrecked vehicle burst into flames. According to the Montana Highway Patrol, Heidi Goldy was traveling westbound between Park City and Laurel in a 1973 Ford Pinto when the accident occurred. It appeared that Goldy had fallen asleep and drifted off the south side of the road an into the barrow pit in the center of the divided highway. A short time after she was transported to St. Vincent Hospital for treatment, the tow truck was attempting to remove the car from the scene when it burst into flames.
Births were announced for Amber Rose Ellestad and Emilio David Lopez.

50 years ago
July 5, 1967
In Laurel the floats will dock in Riverside Park, due to the high water at Sportsman Park. As many as 500 boats are expected in the 1967 Yellowstone River Boat Float, a Laurel Jaycee spokesman said. The annual float will begin in Livingston on Friday. Judging for the five trophies given by Jaycees of participating towns will be at Livingston before lunchtime and the winners must float all the way to the finish point to receive the prize. The Laurel Jaycees will award a trophy for the largest family. Laurel Jaycees will serve Sunday lunch in Riverside Park for River Rats and spectators. This year a 25 cent fee per plate will be charged.
People did stay in Laurel for the Fourth of July celebration and according to Lloyd Shay, general chairman, approximately 1500 were on hand for the Laurel Chamber barbecue in Thomson Park. Barbecued beef, 850 pounds of it, and 100 pounds of baked beans were served by chamber members to the record crowd, Shay said. A pancake breakfast, prepared and served by the Laurel Jaycees, was served to “at least 1500 persons,” Larry Dolechek, Jaycee chairman said.
Mrs. Julius Karst returned from a two week vacation in Oregon and Washington. While there she visited the Washington Rose Test Gardens in Portland, the rhododendron gardens, the worlds largest shopping center and in Seattle, the Farmers Market and Marineland on the waterfront.
Joseph Daly, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Daly, is among seventeen University of Montana law school juniors who are spending a unique summer vacation in a project that combines public service and education. The students are active participants in the Montana Defender project working with many county attorneys, defense lawyers, indigents, Indians, probation officers and police departments, learning the intricacies of their chosen profession.

75 years ago
July 1, 1942
Fire originating in a washing machine in the plant of Scott’s Cleaners & Laundry inflicted extensive damage Monday to equipment of the plant and the interior rooms. The building at the corner of First avenue and First street also house the post office, the McCauley Dental clinic and a barber shop. All suffered the effects of smoke. From a large barrel-type washing machine in which gasoline and oxalic acid had been added to the solution, a sheet of flame swept across the floor, enveloping combustibles in its path. The hot flame filled the space with choking fumes and charred the interior of the work rooms and broke some of the plate glass windows.
The first war-time Fourth of July in 24 years will be celebrated Saturday by such Laurel citizens as are able to take time from jobs whipped into pressure unknown in peace. For a good many the coming Saturday and Sunday will be just two days—similar in every respect to the other days. Some, however, will be able to celebrate the national birthday by picnicking, taking an outing on thinning tires or going to a rodeo of bucking horses, cowboy riders and painted Indians. Still way up toward the top in the list of pleasures cherished by Laurel people is fishing. So a good many Laurel people will go fishing . Most of those who stay home and do not have to work plan to go to the Laurel Rod and Gun club’s day-long picnic at Riverside park, where there will be a program of interesting events. The rodeo at Red Lodge is expected to attract a good many Laurel people during its three days. The Greenoughs, probably including Sally Rand, the latest in-law, are among the headliners.

100 years ago
June 27, 1917
John Weyneth’s brother of California arrived last week. After visiting at the Weyneth home in the Basin they left for Chicago on No. 4 last Monday.
J.M. Wallace, Elser and Lilburn Wallace and wife and Mrs. Goldie Sargent autoed to Billings Wednesday to visit Miss Ruth at the hospital.
A meeting of the Laurel Chautauqua association was held Friday at the Sande drug store for the purpose of organization. Supt. S.S. Clinger was re-elected president and L.H. Ahstrom was chosen secretary. Mr. Geddes, representing the Standard Chautauqua system of Lincoln, Neb., was here to attend the meeting. He is the advance man for the company that will furnish the talent this year. The official program will be better than ever before. At the meeting it was decided to give all proceeds over the expenses to the Red Cross organization of Laurel. This is about the only amusement that will be furnished this year so all should take advantage of this opportunity to be entertained and attend.
The Laurel Boy Scouts are a busy lot this summer. More than half the troop now have full time employment either on farms or with local business men. The boys are tending their own potato and bean patch, containing several acres. They are planning to conduct an ice cream stand at the Fourth of July picnic.
Mrs. Emma Groll and daughter, Miss Gladys, who are making the trip from Missoula, Mont., to Chicago on horseback, were in Laurel Friday. Although Mrs. Groll is 60 years old she is standing the trip in splendid shape and they have averaged 28 miles a day.

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