A look back at Laurel History - 8/10/17

By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
A Laurel horse trader suggested getting your steeds before prices went up because of the war in 1917.
A Laurel horse trader suggested getting your steeds before prices went up because of the war in 1917.

25 years ago

Aug. 12, 1992

Two Laurel juveniles may face as many as 38 charges following a night of auto theft and vandalism and a 25 mile police chase. Charges that could be filed include felony theft, felony criminal mischief, and misdemeanor trespass to vehicles for the Aug. 5 spree. According to Laurel Police, four cars were stolen, an attempt was made to steal a fifth vehicle, at least 10 other vehicles were broken into between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Two 15-year-old Laurel boys have been arrested in connection with these crimes.

Births were announced for Tyler James Ketterling, Jacob Donald McKinney, Kristi Jean Craft, Ryan David Blodgett and Kyndall Dawn Miller.

The Laurel City Council approved a salary increase for the city judge, heard a request for the use of a city street in a movie production, held a public hearing on the budget and approved a new business license. The council approved an ordinance which increased the Laurel City Judge’s salary to $15,100 per year. Prior to approval of the ordinance, the council recognized former Laurel mayor, Bob Gauthier. He stated that if anyone in that department needed a raise, it should be the Court Clerk. The aldermen pointed out that the clerk had received a raise recently.

Laurel Volunteer Firemen were called to a trailer on Atchison Dr. Neighbors reported smoke coming from the home. When firemen arrived, the fire had put itself out. According to Chief Darrell McGillen, when the fire reached a water line in the trailer, the plastic pipe melted and sprayed water over the fire, extinguishing it.

 

50 years ago

Aug. 16, 1967

A resurrected issue of live music in bars was killed Tuesday night when Mayor Kenneth Olson broke a tie vote of the council. Mayor Olson explained to the roomful of spectators (extra chairs were needed to seat all the persons attending the session) that he voted with his committee. Committee members E.H. Ebersviller and Roy Edwards voted against and Jim Southworth, who presented the new ordinance allowing live music, voted yes. Paul Gjefle, bar owner who strongly backed the live music issue, asked now that the existing ordinance be strictly enforced. One bar owner, Henry Ryder, claimed there was no benefit from the live music when it was tried previously. Walter Menello, police judge, told councilmen “the work we’re forgetting is ‘again’—if memory serves me, it was the bar owners who asked for the ordinance prohibiting live music.” Charles A. George, a bar owner who opposed the new ordinance, explained he was not against live music, but “in its place,” which he contended was not on a town’s main street.

 

75 years ago

Aug. 5, 1942

Mrs. Arthur Callahan presided at the regular meeting of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union held Monday afternoon at the home of Mrs. T.J Hard. The meeting opened with group singing accompanied by Mrs. J.E. Galusha. Mrs Sarah Concannon led the devotionals and read the Twentieth Psalm. A reading by Mrs. Galusha was from the book by Sara C. Palmer, “The Bible, a Total Abstinence Book: Jesus Christ, a Total Abstainer,” was entitled, “The Wine at the Lord’s Supper.” Several hours spent in sewing on baby quilts for the Red Cross was followed by a dessert luncheon served by Mrs. Hard and Mrs. J.H. Crutcher.

Fred Michael Quinn of Laurel is one of 47 enrolled in the government’s summer civilian pilot training program at Billings Polytechnic Institute. Men completing this program will take advanced pilot courses to become airline co-pilots, instructors, glider pilots or combat pilots.

From Private Charles B. Shearer, somewhere in England, came this week the first V-mail letter the Laurel Outlook has received. The photographic copy was mailed from New York City. The writing is done on one side of a specially printed sheet of paper that is about the size of a standard letterhead. After writing the sheet is folded, sealed and mailed without an envelope. It may be transmitted across the ocean by ship or may be photographed and the tiny negative sent—whichever means is most convenient or advantageous. One roll of film can bear many letters, resulting in a great saving of cargo space. Arriving in the country of destination the minute are photographically projected, enlarged, and the enlargement is sent on to the person addressed. The copy received here was 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches, approximately one-half the dimensions of the original. The letter says:”I would like to thank you for sending me the paper every week. The last few months I have been in England I haven’t been receiving it too regularly, but I do enjoy it very much. It helps a lot to know what the people at home are doing. By reading the Outlook I see our boys are scattered in many lands, although I haven’t heard of any of them being in England. I’ll surely be happy when this mess is over and I can return to good old Montana. I anxiously await the next paper’s arrival.”

C.H. Barney has a letter from Emmet Simpson, formerly an employe at the Barney & Hartley market. Simpson says he received the Outlook and enjoys it. He was in submarine service at Pearl Harbor when the Japs struck. Since then his address has changed, but it is assumed he still is in submarines. For Christmas, Barney sent him a bill-fold, mailed it Dec. 1. The letter this week says: “I got the pocketbook all right. It sure comes in handy with this raise in pay.”

An attendance of a hundred members and their families were present at the old fashioned picnic held by the Maintenance of Way railway employees Sunday at Riverside park. Following a 1 o’clock dinner served on the long tables in the main dining hall, games and races entertained during the afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Keyes of Minneapolis were among the guest members. Mr. Keyes, general chairman of the organization, addressed the group on the subject of cooperation. He stressed the vital need of the cooperation of every citizen in the war effort and cited as an example the work of the members in bringing about a successful gathering. In his talk he commented on the excellent facilities provided by the park buildings and grounds and said that he knew of no place on the entire system so well equipped for the pleasure and convenience of large gatherings. Towns represented at the event included Red Lodge, Fromberg, Joliet, Billings, Reed Point and Laurel.

 

100 years ago

Aug. 8, 1917

The young men of Laurel that were selected by the government have been in Billings during the past three days to undergo the first examination. So far none of them have been rejected. The later physical examinations are more rigid than the one they were given in Billings.

In this issue of the Outlook appears an article specially written for the paper on Rapelje, the new town of the famous Lake Basin. This place will grow with the completion of the new branch of the Northern Pacific. Many have already purchased lots with a view of putting in a branch of the mercantile establishment in which they are interested in neighboring towns.

Dr. D.H. McCauley was in Butte one day last week and took the examination to enter the army as a dental reserve. In the examination he won a first lieutenant’s place and will soon receive his commission. He is expecting to be called for service in about two months.

Miss Helen Darrow has accepted a position with the local telephone company as an operator.

To facilitate automobile and wagon travel over the route from Billings to Laurel, guide posts have been placed at frequent intervals by the county commissioners. The Yellowstone trail route is torn up for a portion of that distance where contractors are working on the hard surfaced county highway. The route marked by the commissioners follows the cemetery road out of Billings for eight miles west, where it turns south to the river and follows the south road into Laurel.

A party composed of George, Paul, Ole and Miss Clara Brohaugh, Joe Gilles, Miss Matilda Gilles, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gilles, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Larson, Edward Paulson, all of Laurel, and Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Simmons motored to the Midnight canyon on the Stillwater Sunday and spent the day fishing and picnicing. The day was ideal and a most pleasant time enjoyed.

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