Agents dressed in KKK regalia attempt to stop work at oil well in 1921

A look back at Laurel history: November 18, 2021
Compiled By Stacey Osborne
Thursday, November 18, 2021
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In the 1946 Laurel Outlook - Yellowstone Group volunteer merchants were pictured in the Schessler building “the old Consolidated building” on Main Street to assemble the Christmas decorations which will be used to “dress” the city’s streets for the Christmas holidays. Shown preparing evergreen ropes are left to right, Jim Palmersheim, kneeling, Lloyd Shay, Daryl Shay, and Delbert Teeters. Archive Outlook Photo by Dantic

25 years ago

November 13, 1996

Two months after surgery to remove a brain tumor, Jennifer Reichert’s basketball career is on the rebound. Four weeks following surgery, Jennifer returned to practice, striving to regain her strength and stamina; determined to salvage the season before it slipped away. Reichert, who recently turned 18, still hopes to catch the eye of college recruiters.

Air Force Airman Jason R. Bishop has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and customs and received special training in human relations.

A quilt titled “Lone Star” made by Jude Butler of Silesia won the people’s choice award during the quilt show at the Laurel Library. Library patrons voted on their favorite quilt while the display was on exhibit in October.

A total of 96 students on 24 teams competed in the second annual Quiz Bowl Championship at Laurel High School Oct. 25. The champions were Edie Fox, Jacqui Hughes, Mary Smart and April Tonn. They survived four rounds of questions about history, science, math, current events, LHS events, physical fitness-health and fine arts.


50 years ago

November 24, 1971

Laurel received a plaque from the American Automobile Assn. for its record of going six consecutive years without a pedestrian traffic fatality. In accepting the award, Mary Yovetich, commended Laurel’s “safe and sane” motorists for earning the award and to Laurel’s pedestrians for “dodging” some of those vehicles whose drivers might not be classified “safe and sane.”

The city’s dump burned, again, Tuesday. So did James Sieverson, director of the Yellowstone County Air Pollution Board. He cited the city for illegal burning. By Tuesday afternoon Mayor Louie Yovetich had ordered a halt to dumping of anything at the landfill that cannot be covered. The mayor’s action, plus the activities of firemen called to the scene to control the blaze, stood between the city and a maximum fine of $1000 per day for failure to comply with burning regulations.

The Laurel Thriftway ad advertised the “Finest Festive Foods.” Thrifty Bacon was 39 cents per pound, U.S. Choice Chuck Roast was 59 cents per pound, and U.S. Choice T-Bones were $1.29 per pound.

A clipping from a California paper was received last week, with an interesting item about a former Park City native son’s daughter. Headlines were, “Santa Ana soprano makes Europe Debut.” Twenty-two year old lyric soprano, Cheryl A. Stoltz, daughter of Mr . and Mrs. Leroy F. Stoltz, made her European debut in August in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen Denmark.

Two Laurel Senior High School alumni, Bill Yager and Bill Bray, have received all-expense paid trips to the National 4-H Congress, Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 in Chicago. The boys, both nine-year members of the Carbon County Whitehorse Pace-Setters 4-H Club, received the honor for their outstanding work in swine and electricity projects, respectively.


75 years ago

November 13, 1946

Laurel Locomotives downed Anaconda Central 6-1 on the Laurel field Friday for the subdistrict football title. Friday of this week the Locomotives will play the Harlowton Engineers, who defeated Worden in a thrilling 13-7 battle for the right to play Laurel for the Southern Montana class B championship.

About $4,000 has been collected or pledged for the proposed baseball park north of the existing football field, B.B. Hageman, general chairman of the fund-raising committee, announced earlier this week. The returns were incomplete and do not include civic, commercial and industrial organizations which have indicated their intention to contribute but have not specified the amounts. The ball park is intended to support the American Legion’s program for sponsoring junior baseball and at the same time provide a playing area for night games by adult teams.

Pvt. Delbert Teeters, who was home on a delayed en route furlough from Fort Knox, Ky., was honored guest at dinner on several occasions during his stay. Those entertaining him included Mr. and Mrs. John Allwin, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Frank, and Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Teeters.

Halloween decorations, noisemakers, and balloons were very much in evidence Thursday when the pupils of the Trewin school celebrated Halloween in the traditional fashion.

June Schessler, Janet Schessler, Rosie Minch and Patricia Downing assisted their teacher, Mrs. Lucille Hughes, in the serving of luncheon at the close of an afternoon of students and games. Others present in the advanced room were Dana Schessler, George Kappel, Andy Munoz, James Pastian, Martha Fox, Ford Mattheis, Arthur Mattheis, Lorraine Fox, Melvin Harding, and Richard Swecker. In the primary room Shirley Fox, Betty Pastian, Fredia Matthias, and Marlene Yurian assisted Mrs. Lanier in serving the smaller children at a buffet luncheon. Other pupils enrolled in the primary room are Carole Yurian, Marian Kappel, Dorothy Reynolds, Billy Fox, Richard Kappel, Marvin Pastian, Beverly Reynolds and LeRoy Kappel.

During the week Wayne Whitcanack was appointed as engineer in the reclamation bureau land acquisition division, as announced by H.D. Comstock, regional director of the bureau. He was with the Pacific naval air base in Samos, early in the war, and is a member of the American Society of Military Engineers.


100 years ago

November 23, 1921

Construction of the 72 miles of gas pipeline in 30 days is the unparalleled feat of the Illinois Pipeline company to which was assigned the task of laying a line from the Elk Basin oil fields to Laurel, Billings and eastern Montana. The main line was completed last week just before the coming of the first real snow of the winter. Until that time the weather had been open and favorable to such construction, a condition the company used to its benefit.

F.F. Hoyt, well known in Laurel and vicinity, who at one time superintended drilling operations on the Schauer ranch, one mile west of Laurel, for the purpose of locating an oil pool, and who is now engaged in a like operation at Hobson, last week had an experience with agents who appeared in the regalia of the Klu Klux Klan and attempted to stop work on the well. Thursday night two automobiles bearing about 10 men garbed in white robes and masks, appeared at the Hoyt-Montana well No. 1, which is located northeast of Hobson, and at the point of guns rounded up the drilling crew and manager and demanded that the men of the first crew who were at work to be paid off and that the present crew cease work immediately and abandon the well. The masked men suddenly left the camp when the manager of the well discovered their identity. It was said that five of the night visitors were known and that three of them were at one time connected with the well, while two of the others are declared to be walking delegates.



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