Cogswell urges residents get vaccinated for Small Pox in 1921

A look back at Laurel History: October 14, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, October 14, 2021

25 years ago

Oct. 16, 1996

Monday morning wasn’t a good time to cross the railroad tracks in Laurel. Peggy Leggett tried. In the span of 90 minutes, she waited four times for trains to roll by while making two trips between her Fifth Ave. home and restaurants on First Ave. South. Tammy Gordon tried. She dropped off her daughter at the high school shortly before 8 a.m. and then had to cool her heels for 20 minutes while two trains passed through the Fifth Avenue railroad crossing. “My advice is, if you’re coming to this side of town, leave early,” said Gordon, the manager at Video Library. The long-anticipated closure the First Avenue underpass, the downtown link between the north and south sides of town, became reality Monday morning, causing a few traffic jams and sending a ripple through businesses in Laurel. COP Construction must close the underpass to vehicles for an estimated 2-3 weeks, while replacing the antiquated drainage system.

A group of 13 Laurel High School students traveled a few miles west of town and about 100 years back in time last Thursday. They camped alongside the Yellowstone River, started a fire without matches, and slept under a lean-to or in teepees as part of a 19-hour field trip. The class project, offered to Montana history or western literature students by the Excel program at the school, was a hands on chance to learn about the ways of the mountain men of old. Bob Strand and Cal Metzger, both of Laurel, were the mountain men who took the students under their wings to teach the rugged lifestyle around a campsite in the late 1800’s. Teachers Barry Linn and Dorel Hoglund chaperoned the group.


50 years ago

Oct. 27, 1971

Nine students, earning straight “A’s” for a perfect 4.00 grade point average, led the first six-weeks honor roll issued by W. A. West, high school principal. Students rating the perfect grade average were Joann Bakere, Valerie Reiter, Barbara Hold, Jack Mahan, Ellan Stevens, Randy Peterson, Dee Lynn Peterson, Bette Williams, and Joe Bradley.

Several real estate changes have taken place in Park City recently. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Bell and family have purchased the Alfred Guse property on the corner of First Ave. SE. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Frank are building a new home next to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Walters and Mr. and Mrs. James Eastlick and family have a new mobile home. Mr. and Mrs. Harry McKenzie of Laurel have moved a mobile home to Park City and reside on the 100 block of S. Clough.


75 years ago

Oct. 16, 1946

With sugar as scarce as it is 25,000 pounds burned early Wednesday morning about a mile west of Laurel on U.S. highway 10. According to information here the fire started from a flat tire on a truck trailer. The driver came to Laurel for help after he had emptied the hand extinguisher the truck carried. The fire could be doused temporarily, but would rekindle. John Brohaugh of the department took hand extinguishers at 3 a.m. and attempted to put out the blaze, which spread to the load of sugar. The driver had disconnected the tractor unit and moved it to safety. The tractor carried 15,000 pounds. Sugar that had not burned had been melted into a kind of candy and it is said syrup ran into the barrow pit.

The social meeting of the

American Legion Auxiliary was held at the home of Mrs. Lorene Mayhugh. A program on Columbus day was carried out with Mrs. Hattie Cloyd as narrator, Mrs. Edna Eiffel was Columbus, Mrs. Helen Jacobs, the queen of Spain, and Mrs. Warfield, Mrs. Mehling and Mrs. under were the sailors.


100 years ago

Oct. 19, 1921

Smallpox, generally considered as being more prevalent in winter months the at any other time of the year, leads all otherdiseases in number of cases reported in the state for the two weeks ending Oct. 8. During the first week 20 cases were reported, and 18 last week, making a total of 38 cases. Diphtheria with 23 cases for the two weeks comes next. Fourteen cases of tuberculosis were reported, 11 of typhoid, 14 of scarlet fever, four of measles, 11 of whooping cough, 16 of chickenpox, five of mumps and five of poliomyelitis. W.F. Cogswell, secretary of the state department of public health states in his review for the two weeks that “Smallpox depends on the popular vote, say the U.S. public health service.” Where popular sentiment has sustained a strong centralized vaccination act, smallpox is today negligible; where local authorities are given discretionary powers as to enforcement, the rate has tended to rise; and where laws have lacked compulsory features, or there have been no laws, the rate is high.

Actual work of construction of the gas pipe line from Elk Basin to Laurel will commence within the next week, if present plans are not halted. The preliminary work is going ahead smoothly and swiftly, camps are being constructed, surveys are being finished, pipe is being unloaded and the ditching machines are being put in good repair. Of the four camps on the 72 mile line, one will be about a mile east of Laurel.



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