A look back at Laurel history - 9/28/17

All hands head to harvest sugar beets during labor shortage
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
In September 1942, area sugar beet farms faced a labor crisis. Most of the men who had previously worked during harvest had joined the military to fight in WWII or were in otherwise essential positions. Shop keepers and women put aside their normal duties to help with the beet harvest, as this Outlook ad attests.
In September 1942, area sugar beet farms faced a labor crisis. Most of the men who had previously worked during harvest had joined the military to fight in WWII or were in otherwise essential positions. Shop keepers and women put aside their normal duties to help with the beet harvest, as this Outlook ad attests.

25 years ago

Sept. 23, 1992

You can have pigs-in-a-blanket or a pig-in-a-polk, but the “Yuppie puppy” is not welcome in Laurel. In fact the Vietnamese pot-bellied has been prohibited since at least 1976. And, with recent city council approval of a new section to the city code, the list of proscribed animals has grown longer. Under the new section, no city residents my keep any live monkey, raccoon, skunk, fox, poisonous snake, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx, wolf or wolf hybrid or any mammal indigenous to Montana taken from the wild state.

Sept. 11, 1992, approximately 5 a.m., Sandy Thomae of Laurel was having trouble sleeping. The ocean waves pounded relentlessly below the Hyatt Regency hotel room she and her husband Paul shared on the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. The sound crept into her consciousness, disturbing her sleep. The wind moaned and roared through the plam trees and around their fifth floor motel room, bringing Sandy to full wakefulness. Worried, she turned on the radio. The radio announcer had a frightening message, “Evacuate! All schools and businesses will remain closed today! Go immediately to your nearest civil defense shelter.” Hurricane Iniki was headed directly for their island. This was to have been a memorable vacation for Paul and Sandy. Stressed and overworked the two were look forward to sitting under palm trees and just doing nothing. A day and a half after arriving, that is exactly what they were doing … nothing at all as they sat in a bomb shelter beneath the resort hotel.

Laurel Women in Business President Hazel Klein welcomed 36 members to the beginning of the 1992 year for the organization. Beautification chair, Peggy Miller, reported that 34 planters and five benches made of aggregate rock had been purchased. Twila Morgan of Laurel was awarded a $200 scholarship. LWIB will serve German chocolate brownies at its Herbsfest booth. The annual Style Show will be Nov. 7, featuring clothing, jewelry and hair fashions from Laurel businesses.

 

50 years ago

Oct. 4, 1967

A request by Police Judge Menello to study the city’s intersection right-of-way ordinance was rejected by councilmen after Police Chief Harold Gaston told councilmen that the present ordinance “updates our laws to fit the uniform traffic code of the state.” The ordinance now grants the right-of-way to the person on the right. “It’s so simple,” Gaston said, “we’re making it hard.” A change to the former method where the first person in the intersection has the right-of-way would “set us as an island,” Gaston explained. “As it stands now, we’re just like the highway patrol.

The Butte Central Maroons spoiled Homecoming activities for the Laurel Locomotives as they defeated the Locomotives 26-7 Friday night. The win boosted the Maroons record to 3-0 in conferernce play while Laurel dropped to 0-3.

The Laurel Toots defeated the Riverside Courgars 51-0 in a Little 6 conference battle at Thomson Park last Saturday morning. The win was the second conference win for the Toots who have been very impressive. 

A tour of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation was described for fellow clubmembers by Mrs. Ralph Lumsdon, Mrs. Dave Frank and Mrs. Ethmer Morrison at the regular meeting of the Valley View Homemakers Extension Club was held in the home of Mrs. Cora Pomroy. The trio told of visiting various homes at Busby and Ashland and learning of the Incian customs and crafts. Of special interest was the St. Labre Mission factory where Cheyenne Indians are employed making plastic dolls and various kinds of costume jewelry.

 

75 years ago

Sept. 30, 1942

To save 304 acres of sugar beets facing loss in the Laurel territory because of lack of labor to harvest the crop, more than 20 business people here will take topping knives in hand Friday and will enter the fields of farmers who are without labor crews. Already working are high school youths, including most of this year’s football squad. Realizing the gravity of the situation, H.J. Nieton, foreman of Laurel railroad car shops, has released sorely needed young men to help. Other volunteers include women and girls. The unprecedented condition was brought to the attentions of the Commercial club early this week by officials of Great Western Sugar, who told of the scarcity of labor due to cotton producing states and the deflection of large numbers to direct war industries.

Killing a rattlesnake on Main street in Park City last year and another in the railroad yards at Laurel was bad enough, but Monday morning a blue racer was killed on Main street in Laurel. The green-blue fellow was about three feet long and put up quite a fight when attacked near the curb in front of the Barney & Hartley market. Several people who claim to know about such things said he was undoubtedly a blue racer. The question is, where did he come from?

Farms and gardens of the richly productive Park City area are this fall supplying food needs of other sections. As result of the war all kinds of vegetables from Park City gardens are in great demand, and people come here from as far away as Butte to buy. Apples from unusually big crops are in special demand and have been sold at low prices. An appreciable percentage of the fruit is going to waste on the ground, unpacked and unsold as result of the labor shortage.

 

100 years ago

Sept. 26, 1917

Mrs. J.W. Cole of Park City is reported to be quite low again. Mrs. Cole has been very ill at times for several weeks. She was in the hospital for some time for an operation and it was hoped she would fully recover, as she gained so rapidly after her operation. Her friends will be sorry to hear she is worse again.

After being lost for nine days the body of the 18-month-old Loeber baby was found in an irrigating ditch on the Bessette ranch east of Park City. The body was found hanging by the dress on a wire fence. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Albert Zetzer of the Luutheran church Thursday afternoon.

Earl Kenyon took Earl Drotts to Laurel in his auto Monday.

The four young men who attended the Walter Dix dance near Brazwell Summit two weeks ago and got in a fight, all appeared before Judge Ray Anderson at Billings Monday to answer to the charge of disturbing the peace. It will be remembered by the Outlook readers that these young men filled upon “booze” and in the scrap that took place about midnight Ben Nix and Earl Schrock were stabbed by Carl Brambo after Burt Matheny had pounded him up.

Brambo has been in jail since. The county authorities made an investigation and decided to try the entire bunch of participants. As a result of the hearing they were each assessed a fine of $25 and costs. Nix and Brambo paid their fines were discharged. Matheny and Schrock were unable to produce the coin and will have to rely on their friends to help them out. Schrock has sufficiently recovered from the injury to enable him to go to work. At the time of his arrest he was working for E.T. Reynolds. Nix is recovereing from his wound. He was more severely injured than any who were in the mixup. Brambo was assessed the same fine as the others, due to the fact that he had already spent 15 days in jail in addition to the fine. He was in Laurel Tuesday en route to his homestead southeast of town. This should serve as a lesson to those who participated in the fight. Two of them thought they were doomed to eternity and the others have had visions of what might have resulted.

Joe Borath of Park City was arrested here Saturday evening and Monday faced Judge Unger in police court and contributed $25.50 to the city fund for being drunk. That failed to sober him up and Tuesday he appeared again and was handed a like package. He refused to pay and was remanded to jail.

 

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What’s your favorite classic scary movie for Halloween?
Psycho (1960)
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Night of the Living Dead (1968)
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The Exorcist (1973)
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Halloween (1978)
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The Shining (1980)
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