A look back at Laurel History - 7/27/17

Ninety-five Laurel men drafted for WWI 100 years ago
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor

25 years ago

July 29, 1992

A Laurel Chamber of Commerce proposal to hold a carnival during Herbstfest this year has died unborn. In a Monday meeting, the Laurel Chamber of Commerce voted not to pursue a Herbstfest-week carnival. The decision was a result, in part, of what Chamber President Randy Rebel described as premature protest. The Chamber had yet to submit a plan for the carnival before the idea was voted down.

Births were announced for Natalie Marie Prill, David Alexander Gomer and Morgan Marie McCann.

An Army helicopter from Fort Carson crashed Wednesday during a storm injuring the two crew members who were onboard, which included the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Douglas D. Mohr, 29, of Park City, who suffered a concussion, a broken arm and abrasions, Braden said. 

Dave Spina caught the Olympic spirit a few years ago. That’s why he originally took part in the Big Sky State Games. But he never figured he’s experienced the thrill of victory quite to this degree. “I just wanted to see how well I would do,” the Laurel man said. Spina did quite well, taking three first-place ribbons at the state games. He was just one of 15 Laurel residents to bring home gold from the competition that drew over 10,000 athletes from across Montana.

 

50 years ago

August 2, 1967

Charges of interference with her official duties and improper handling of city monies were placed before the City Council Tuesday night by Jeannette Schmidt, city treasurer. She met with the aldermen in a closed session proceeding the regular session that spent the bulk of its time debating the need for live music in Laurel bars and in arguing about trees and hedges that obstruct the view at street intersections. Mrs. Schmidt has previously stated that allocation of counter duties in the city office, which involves handling of money belonging to the city, has been done improperly. She complains that unauthorized and unbonded people receive money for which she is responsible as city treasurer. The treasurer also alleges there is unnecessary interference in her work as city treasurer. Mayor Olson, commenting later, indicated the entire matter is under study and that the opinion of the state examiner will be sought. A group of bar owners, with Paul Gjefle as spokesman, asked the city to repeal its ordinances prohibiting live music and dancing in Laurel bars. He suggested substitution of ordinances similar to one used in Billings that regulates live music in the bars. It was pointed out that Laurel bars are the most heavily licensed and most closely regulated of all business in the city. The delegation contended that live music would not result in any problems, that they pay for any police service they need, and that music and dancing are needed to keep the bars in business. Gjefle told the aldermen that one Saturday night he counted 32 people in four Laurel bars and 86 people in a bar beyond the city limits where music and dancing are allowed. Officer Donald Lenhardt of the Laurel police force said that the previous trouble in Laurel bars has been improperly related to music. He said improper enforcement and drinking on the part of police officers had been a major factor. Law enforcement in Laurel has improved 1,000%, he stated.

 

75 years ago

July 29, 1942

The American Legion announced not long ago that old phonograph records were wanted for remaking into new records for use of the armed forces. Laurel post no. 123 asked the people of the community to assist by taking old records to the office of the Fenton Agency. “Dad” Fenton reported this week that 424 have been delivered there. They are all sizes, from tiny discs that played a minute to great wide ones that ran for 30 minutes. Some are very thick—indestructibles they were called. No cylinders are in the bunch; that was too long ago.

Robin T. Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Cook, is here from Pearl Harbor to visit his parents. He has been in all the major battles of the Pacific with the exception of Midway. Also visiting here is Doug Nelson, son of Mrs. C.C. Ferguson, who was in the battle of the Coral Sea and whose experiences have been widely recounted.

John Bechtel of Lovell, Wyo., was a guest Monday of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Gomer and Mr. Gomer’s mother, Mrs. Katie Gomer, who knew Mr. Bechtel in the “old country.” It was their first meeting in 36 years.

Laurel is to have a three-ring circus attraction so it will not be necessary for people to leave Laurel to see one. Arrangements have been completed for the Dailey Bros. three-ring circus to give afternoon and evening performances here Saturday on West Main street grounds. The Dailey brothers circus does not boast of its magnitude as much as it does of the high character of its ring performance. Presenting a two-hour high-class circus entertainment in three rings, on the hippodrome track and in mid air, it is offering the public many absolutely new features this year. It exhibits in Missoula and Anaconda just prior to coming into Laurel. Due to the wars abroad most of the arena and circus stars of the war-ridden countries fled to America for work only to find the number of circuses en route this year greatly reduced. Many of these celebrities are now with the Dailey brothers circus, presenting their exclusive sensational thrillers and mysterious novelties for the first time in America.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Fox of Park City announce the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, on July 18 in a Columbus hospital. The boy, Allen James, died the same day and was buried in the Park City cemetery July 20.

 

100 years ago

July 25, 1917

Ninety-five Laurel were men drafted. Selective conscription was put into effect Friday when a national lottery fixed the order of military liability for the 10,000,000 young Americans registered for service. To accomplish the result, 10,500 numbers had to be drawn, one at a time, a task which began in the morning and lasted far into the night. As a result of the drawing every registered man is given a definite place in the liability for service list. Already 687,000 have been ordered to the colors. To secure the total 1,374,000 men will be called for examination within a few weeks. Montana’s quota is 7,872 and of this number Yellowstone county is called to furnish 284. Laurel was well represented in the list drawn, as 95 names out of the 318 registered were drawn. The community immediately south of Laurel was hard hit as a number were drawn from the same neighborhood. In some families there were as many four registered and they all escaped. In the Sherrow family two brothers were drawn. Laurel’s list with their service number includes 792-Peter Dahl, 786-Walter Dammik, 808-Lloyd Golden, 840-George Katsimlis, 856-Daniel Henry McCauley, Jr., 889-William Elwin Nutteall, 896-Thomas Pappas, 944-Frand Valentine, 1109-Peter G. Allard, 1118-Guy Edward Bray, 1132- Ethelbert Waldo Coombs, 1139-Alex Ehrlich, 1143-George William Fenton, 1146-Henry Frank, 1163-Jacob Kautz, 1167-Dan A. Lars, 1170-George Jacob Lars, 1191-Henry Reiter, 1195-George Schreiner and 1201-Harrison S. Shay; and from Carbon county 567-Henry Gradwohl, 3005-Guy F. Hull and 3138-Benj. H. Hull. A complete list is published in the Laurel Outlook.

Every woman in Laurel and vicinity is urged to do some Red Cross sewing. There is urgent need of hospital linen and surgical supplies. Materials are on hand in the domestic science room in the high school building and Wednesday and Friday afternoons the rooms are open from 2 until 5. Instructors will be in charge and any woman may take the sewing home with her. Friday afternoon will be devoted to the making of a gauze bandages and compresses, and there is work for every woman in the community.

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