As 1945 becomes one for the books it will be remembered for atomic bomb

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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, December 24, 2020

25 years ago Dec. 27, 1995

The birth of DezMarie Nozomi Stovall was announced.

The City of Laurel’s Public Utilities Committee decided at its December meeting to wait until after the new City Council members take office next month to determine whether the city should adopt a “good-will” program. A good-will program would provide a means for the city to make token payments to residents who have property damage as a result of backups from the city sewer lines. Committee members felt the city’s current budget doesn’t contain the additional $5,000-$8,000 that would be needed to start the base fund.

Nine Park City FFA members traveled to Joliet to participate in the first part of the district competitions. The competitive events were sales and service, extemporaneous speaking and prepared speaking. The first sales and service team members were: Dana Barnes, Dana Bucholz, Breann Gauthier and Jeremy Lavold. The team took second place with Barnes, Bucholz and Gauthier each placing first in their practicum areas. Wynter Goldy, Lesliann Kober, Heather Shearer and Shane Stricker made up the second sales and service team. Their team placed fourth overall. Gauthier competed in extemporaneous speaking contest. She placed second overall. In the prepared speaking contest Shelley Lowell took third place.

50 years ago Dec. 30, 1970

Laurel’s long awaited ambulance service will go into effect at one minute past midnight, Dec. 31, Jack Parker, city ambulance committee chairman announced Monday. Persons in need of the ambulance service should call the Laurel Police, 698-4112, and the call will be dispatched to the particular driver assigned for duty. Personnel include a full time attendant, Mrs. Rosemary Blohm, and three regular drivers, who will be on call at specified times, Ray Blohm, Bill Gremmer and Paul Kroll, Jr. Back-up personnel will be Harry Hodges, Herman K. Frank, Jim Daugherty, Marshall Huntington and Parker.

The annual Christmas luncheon and party for members and guests of the Laurel Woman’s Club was held Monday afternoon in the home of Mrs. M.F. Crawford. The buffet table was decorated in keeping with the Christmas theme. Eighteen members and one guest, Mrs. Floyd Riemert, attended the meeting. Two humorous solo interpretations were presented by Debbie Kilpatrick and Eileen Thompson, members of the Laurel High School Speech and Drama Department. Miss Kilpatrick presented an original selection entitled, “The Witches’ Liberation” and Miss Thompson presented a selection from “O Ye Jigs and Juleps” entitled “Etiquette in Church.”

Pvt. Dan McCourt of Fort Eustes, Va., spent the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Terry McCourt. The Laurelaires Christmas par

The Laurelaires Christmas party was held last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Heller. Prior to the party the group went caroling around Laurel. Attending were Eileen Thompson, Fiona Bryce, JoDee Wruck, Lynn Latham, Sue Gefle, Jane Scheidecker, Michelle Menlo, Melodie Untersherer, Ellan Stevens, Susan Robertus, Jackie Claxton, Diane Smith, Pat Heald, Bill Groll, Dwight Fleming, Jim Davenport, Roger DeFoe, Ron Hold Randy Robertus, Jack Mahan, Gary Toombs, and Mike Philhower.

The self-service laundry at Scott’s Cleaners and Laundry was damaged Sunday when an explosion occurred in the plant. It appears that someone had put gasoline soaked clothes in one of the washers, dumped in some soap, started the machine and left. Fumes from the gasoline were ignited with explosive force about 10 minutes later, causing extensive damage to the coin-laundry area and the adjoining front office. As of Tuesday there had been no release of an estimate of damage to the plant which is expected to be back in full operation shortly.

75 years ago Dec. 26, 1945

In the estimation of many, the year 1945 will be regarded as one of the most important in the history of mankind. Undoubtedly it is the most important since the discovery of America in 1492 or the Norman Conquest of 1066. Of immediate importance is that the year saw the end of World War II, but historians, scientists and economists of coming centuries are likely to elevate it to No. 1 position in written history for being the year of the atomic bomb and the end of many things humanity had practiced from stone age days. The implications of the bomb are numerous, and no one can now foresee all the possible results arising from the release of atomic energy—no more than the inventor himself could foresee some years ago the results of the electron emission tube. On one point leaders are agreed: Release of atomic energy means either lasting world peace or the race’s suicide.

The Billings Broncs were roped and ridden in the local corral 41 to 33 last Friday night, as the Locomotives turned back their down river rivals in the second game between the two quintets. It was the first victory over the Broncs by a Laurel squad since 1935 when the purple and gold team turned the trick twice in one season. Head wrangler Beryl Kimberley turned in the outstanding ride in taming the mustangs Friday night by collecting 17 points for high scoring honors. Kimberley who rides the real thing on his uncle’s ranch in Wyoming and who last summer tried his luck in the Thermopolis rodeo started to work early on the Billings outfit and did a great job of sharpshooting from the corners of the court. Jim Sherrow proved to be the best bareback rider of the local five in holding Hutchinson, big Billings center down to 13 points, while collecting 8 for himself.

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith entertained at Christmas dinner for Mrs. M.W. Smith, Mrs. Ida Miller, Mrs. Carrie Erb and Mr. and Mrs. Myron Erb and daughter Shirley.

Sgts. Herman Gomer and Jake Streck were recently discharged from the service. One came from the Pacific and the other from Europe.

100 years ago Dec. 19, 1920

The Christmas program at various churches were executed as planned, much to the pleasure of all persons attending. Beautiful decorations adorned each church interior, a humble tribute in the commemoration of the world’s most sublime event.

In a few more days the year of 1920 will have reached its end and will have become a chapter in the history of the world’s achievement and failures. A cheering belief, however, is that there have been more successes than shortcomings and that while the world has demonstrated its remoteness from the millennial dawn, it has made an unmistakable general progress. In this regard Laurel and vicinity has been particularly fortunate. The year past has not been the most prepossessing for such advancement, due to labor unrest throughout the nation, the shortness of money for expansion, and the general readjustment in commodity prices that marked the closing months. All these factors have entered into a combination that has held back the nation generally, but regardless of these the city of Laurel has demonstrated anew its unconquerable determination to become the state’s and the northwest’s chief city. What has been accomplished here is a matter for just pride.

In Shop News: A number of new machines to expedite the work of the car shops have been installed, including a rip-saw, a cross-cut saw, a high speed emery wheel, and a tool grinding machine.

F.G. Moody, assistant master car builder from St. Paul, was here this week looking after the duties of his department.

Fire was discovered in the Miller boarding camp near the roundhouse early Monday in a car which was used as a bedroom and office. The fire seemed to start near the door and ran up the wall and burned a hole in the roof. The fire boys of the shop were on the scene very promptly and the fire was put out quickly with only a small damage.

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