Chet Blaylock of Laurel leads votes for Constitutional Convention in 1971

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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, October 21, 2021
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This ad from 1946 for the Laurel Creamery urged folks to drink the safer pasteurized milk sold through them.

25 years ago

Oct. 23, 1996

Whether they are flipping burgers or cleaning motels, some see the jobs created by Montana’s growing service sector as bright opportunities, even if the pay is rock bottom. But Hugh Ambrose sees those jobs in the smoggy light of a Charles Dickens novel depicting workers’ misery in Victorian England. “It reminds me of David Copperfield,” said Ambrose, who works for the Montana Coalition for an Effective Legislature, one of the chief proponents of raises for Montana’s lowest paid workers. Despite a 45-cent increase in the federal minimum wage that took effect Oct. 1 and an identical increase scheduled for next year, Ambrose says the minimum wage remains too low, leaving the 81,000 Montanans who earn the lowest legal pay struggling in poverty. Ambrose and other groups are trying to persuade Montanans to vote for Initiative 121. The ballot measure would raise the minimum wage in annual increments until it reaches $6.25 per hour by the year 2000.

Births were announced for Brandi Lynn Mitchell, Payton Marie Frank and Ryan Alan Ulrich.

Laurel police are investigating a possible drug manufacturing operation at a home in Laurel. At 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, a Laurel boy fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident on E. Main Street, according to Officer Matt Hoppel. While searching for the boy at an apartment in the 1200 block of E. Sixth Street, officers found drug paraphernalia and two plants believed to be marijuana. After obtaining a search warrant police confiscated several items of drug paraphernalia and the plants. No arrests have been made yet, but Hoppel said Monday that charges of criminal production of drugs are being considered.

50 years ago

Nov. 3, 1971

Chet Blaylock is number one in Yellowstone County, with 13,388 votes to head the list of 12 successful candidates for Montana’s Constitutional convention. The Laurel Democrat was followed by Jerome Cate, Jean Bowman, George Rollins, John Schiltz, Don Scanlin, R.J. Studer Sr., Max Conover, Clark Simon, Dave Drum, James Felt, and Robert Kelleher. Voters killed the sales tax in the state, and in this county were 15,392 against and 9,188 for. The community center bond issue went over 15,055 for, 9,408 against. By far the most outstanding and surprising outcome of the election was the huge margin by which Blaylock moved to the top of the list.

A portion of an apple with a razor blade imbedded was shown Laurel police Monday morning by Edward Holmes, 311 West First St., who said it was given his son, Wayne Kennedy, 15, when he was out Halloween. The boy was cutting the apple as part of his breakfast when the blade was discovered, according to Holmes. He said a younger boy in the family immediately threw away the popcorn balls had been given. This is not the first such incident reported in Laurel.

75 years ago

Oct. 23, 1946

Five organizations, one business concern and one individual have so far contributed $145 towards the purchase of a resuscitation machine the Laurel fire department ordered a few weeks ago. The equipment is for use in case of drowning, suffocation, electric shock, heart trouble, paralysis and other conditions involving suffocation or hindered breathing. Joe Larson of the fire department said this week those who have so far responded are Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America, Laurel Rotana club, American Legion Auxiliary, Laurel Creamery, Odd Fellows and a friend.

Speaking before the Rotary club Tuesday on sports in general and football in particular, Coach Glen Anderson of the Laurel high school told of the changes that have occurred in football since the T formation was introduced. It is being used here this year and the Laurel Locomotives are having a successful season. Its great advantage is the opportunities it offers players to quickly penetrate the opposition when an opening develops. Formerly much dependence was placed on single and double-wing formations. The T was introduced in 1939 by Stanford university and has become standard among the pros. Even Notre Dame uses it.

100 years ago

Oct. 26, 1921

Today is the last day in which taxpaying residents of the city may register for the special gas franchise election which is to be held Nov. 8 when the people will express their will concerning the granting of a franchise by the city to John McFadyen, his successors and assigns, for the purpose of laying mains and laterals in the city streets in the process of delivering gas for consumption of the residents. This is a special election and a special registration is required. It is the duty of every resident who is qualified to cast his or her vote. Voting at any election is not a privilege, but a duty. All that is asked is that you express your will. If you have not already registered, do so before 10 o’clock this evening.

Plans so far announced for the Home Town carnival which the Laurel Woman’s club is to put on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, indicate that a decidedly interesting time is in prospect for those attending. The very unusualness of the enterprise will no doubt prove a drawing card and those in charge of arrangements are building up two evenings of entertainment which will attract on their own merits. The money derived from the two evenings is to be deposited by the club in a fund for the purchase and equipment of a public park and playground for the use and benefit of citizens and children of the city. Features of the carnival, which is to be staged in Wold Hall, are a cabaret, where flowers, music, dancing and refreshments will abound; booths devoted to flowers, kitchen matters, the Volstead act, fortune tellers and others; vaudeville of an hour in duration; general dancing later in the evening; and confetti, carnival hats and slapsticks.

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