“Great Big Baked Potato” returns to dining cars in 1920 after being discontinued during war

A look back at Laurel History: November 19, 2020
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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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The Flying Red Horse Farm Show in 1945 was presented by the Gibson Service Station at the L.L. Club in Laurel.

25 years ago

Nov. 22, 1995

The task of feeding a large number of guests is no small job for most Thanksgiving cooks. But imagine if you were preparing a feast for 1,345 people. Imagine how much food it would take to feed that many mouths. Last Friday, all the Laurel elementary and middle school students and their guests ate a special Thanksgiving lunch at the school cafeterias. In between bites, some youngsters tried to guess just how many turkeys and potatoes were needed for the bountiful banquet. Here’s the actual count: 260 pounds of potatoes, 18 gallons of gravy, 60 turkeys, 109 pounds of cranberry sauce, 235 pounds of corn, 18 rectangular pies measuring 16x24 inches, and 80 pounds of flour to bake 1,600 dinner rolls. Liz Feuerbacher, head cook for the Laurel School District, said the cooks worked all week to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

The reigning Mrs. Montana, Peggy Miller of Laurel, will ride on her family’s Toyland Christmas display as the Grand Marshall in the Billings downtown Christmas parade Friday. Wayne and Jeanne Stabelfeldt will provide their semi-truck for the float which will be completely lit with Christmas settings. Over 30 friends from Laurel and family members will be on the float.

 

50 years ago

Nov. 25, 1970

Christmas gift items are needed for the over 800 retarded children and adults who make their home at the Boulder River School and Hospital. Robert Perry, superintendent of the school, estimated that “of the 700 children who will be here for Christmas, over 200 are without any known relatives.” Perry explained, “Even though we refer to these people as children, their chronological ages range from less than one year to over 70 years of age. As children, Christmas remains a time of delight, surprise and worship, but as adults, Christmas gifts should be more appropriate than only toys.”

Over 465 persons watched the Rocky Bears in the Laurel Blazer Benefit Wednesday night. The gate netted over $280 toward the $600 needed to buy the traveling blazers for Laurel basketball, wrestling and pep band members.

Thirteen persons represented the Laurel Jaycees and Jayceens at the district meeting held Saturday in Columbus. Roger Young of Laurel, district vice-president, presided at the Jaycee meeting held at Fireman’s Point. The Jayceen portion of the business meeting was held at the Air Bowl.

The lesson topic, “Credit Cards,” was presented by Mrs. E.H. Ebersviller Sr. and Mrs. Fred Kaufman when the Jolly Neighbors Home Demonstration Club met Monday afternoon in her home. Thirteen members answered roll call by stating “What the flag means to me.” Plans were made for the annual Christmas part which will be at the home of Mrs. Ramin Massing with a potluck dinner.

 

75 years ago

Nov. 21, 1945

Master Gunner Sgt. Clint Crichton, a prisoner of war in Japan for many months, was a guest here last week of his aunt, Mrs. A.L. Crichton and her daughters, Beryl and Mrs. Bill McCracken. He was a prisoner for 43 months, in the same camp as Ellis Slater. He has been in the service 10 years, enlisting from Cody, Wyo. He has reenlisted and at present is with the recruiting office at Cheyenne, Wyo.

A general meeting of representatives of civic and fraternal bodies has been called for Friday evening at the city hall to discuss the revived proposal to construct a municipal swimming pool. Giving the movement impetus are committees from the American Legion and the Laurel city council, who have invited representatives from all other organizations to attend the coming conference.

M. Sgt. Leonard E. Foley came home from the service after having been discharged at Fort Douglas, Utah. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Foley, 312 Montana Ave. Sergeant Foley was in the army nearly four years and was overseas more than two years with the 328th flight squadron of the Eighth air force. Foreign countries in which he served were England, Belgium, France and Germany.

Mrs. George Sparks of Trewin was hostess to a number of friends when she entertained at a shower for Mrs. Charles Grubs, a bride of last summer. Games whiled away the afternoon hours after which a delicious lunch was served. Mrs. Grubs received a large number of useful gifts.

Leroy Harding and Paul Bongiani of Trewin went deer hunting this week in the Snowy mountain country. They were both fortunate in getting a deer. Leroy Harding remained to visit his aunt, Mrs. Steele and family.

 

100 years ago

Nov. 24, 1920

“The Great Big Baked Potato” has again appeared on the dining cars of the Northern Pacific, after a conspicuous absence during the period of the war. Announcement of re-establishment of this feature, for which the road has become famous, was made recently by A.M. Cleland, passenger traffic manager. The practice of serving the big baked potatoes, weighing in each instance not less than two pounds, was discontinued at the beginning of the war as an aid in the conservation of the food supply. These potatoes are grown especially for the road’s use, and one year the purchasing department bought and shipped from here more than a carload that had been grown by ranchers of the Laurel district. As each potato must weigh two pounds or more, the productiveness of the district’s soils again demonstrated.

The sum of $34,000 is to be spent by Yellowstone county and the state highway commission, which acts as an agent for the federal government in the matter, in the construction of three badges and approximately four miles of hard surfaced road south of Laurel that will extend to the Carbon county line. The contract for the work was let by the county commissioners after that body had arrived at a satisfactory conclusion regarding the necessity of the improvements. the three bridges are directly south of Laurel, between the city and the bridge over the Yellowstone river. One is over the drain ditch and the other two replace structures now in use. It is understood that the plans of the commissions are to eventually finish the road west of Laurel to the Stillwater county line in a like manner. This, it is thought, depends to a certain extent in whether or not Laurel paves its Main street with concrete.

Rev. Father Callahan of Bridger, who was hurt in the recent railroad accident at Medina, is confined to his bed at the of home of Rev. Father Shelving in this city.

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