Fromberg coal miners worked Sundays to donate to Red Cross

25 years ago

Feb. 3, 1993

Births were announced for Randi Marie Lich, Chester Lee Grigsby and Zachery Stewart Jansma.

Check the end of the bench at any Laurel High home sporting event and you’ll notice someone who watches the entire game with a minimum of emotion showing. No cheers. No claps. No high fives. Don’t be misled, though. This placid woman with brown, curly hair is more involved on a day-today basis with the Locomotives than almost anyone except the players and coaches themselves. Of course, staying calm while others aren’t is part of the job description for Janet Bock, Laurel’s first athletic trainer. “Athletic trainers, personality-wise, are fairly easy going,” explained Bock. It’s easy to understand why. When athletes injure themselves, it can be a painful and frightening experience. Before she provides initial treatment, Bock often has to ease any anxiety. Likewise, when a player begins rehab, soothing any fears is an important first step.

50 years ago

Feb. 14, 1968

Rusty Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Hall received the rank of Eagle Scout Thursday when a Many Waters District Court of Honor was held in St. Anthony parish hall. Boy Scouts from Bridger, Columbus, and Troops 411 and 414 from Laurel attended the meeting. Hall’s Eagle Scout rank was presented by Ron Barrett, scoutmaster for Troop 414.

Miss Sally Ann Coombs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Coombs, became the bride of Ray Hazen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hazen of Bridger, in a double-ring ceremony Saturday in the Laurel Methodist Church. Rev. John Bartram officiated. The couple was attended by the groom’s brother and sister-inlaw, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hazen of Bridger. The bride wore a threepiece pink suit with a white hat. Her corsage was of pink roses. Mrs. Hazen, matron of honor, chose a yellow ensemble with a yellow rose corsage. Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held in the home of the bride’s parents. The new Mrs. Hazen is a graduate of Laurel Senior High school and had been employed in Billings. Hazen attended Bridger schools and is employed in Bridger where the couple will reside.

Jake Frank went to Great Falls last week to attend the funeral of Leonard Kenfield president of Montana Farmers Union, who was killed in a traffic accident near Three Forks Feb. 3.

Mrs. and Mrs. Julius Karst were guests recently of a family dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Karst of Laurel.

Mr. and Mrs. Pat Shimskey of Billings were guests over the weekend of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Shimskey and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Frank.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eide are parents of a son, Kirk Lee, weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces born Feb. 3.

Mike Shimskey has returned to Joliet, Ill., after spending a week visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Shimskey.

75 years ago

Feb. 10, 1943

Laurel registrants of the selective service board who had their final examinations in Butte last week included Frank Ralph Baker, Herbert Banks, Marion Keith Dawson, Herman Frickel, Ruble Frickel, Robert Clement Froelik, Henry Audriel Hilderman, Eugene Conway Griffin and William C. Cortwright. Boxes of candy, gum, and cigarettes were passed out to the registrants as they boarded the busses, by representatives of Billings service clubs and Bibles were supplied by the Billings Kiwanis club.

Laurel high school’s mixed chorus of 50 voices delighted a packed house Wednesday evening of last week by presenting, “H.M.S. Pinafore” with the vigor, color and charm that the authors and composers, Gilbert and Sullivan, would have approved. Smoothly moving, the performance gave no hint of the vast amount of time and effort involved in preparation by the director, Miss Florence Shirk, the many students, costumers and providers of property.

Ellis Slater, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Slater, is a prisoner of the Japanese, according to a telegram that has been received from the war department by the young man’s father. The message said: “Your son, Private First Class Ellis W. Slater, coast artillery corps, reported a prisoner of war of the Japanese government, in the Philippine islands. Letter follows.” The last letter the parents received from their son was dated Dec. 27, 1941, 20 days after Pearl Harbor. Some time later the parents were notified their son was reported missing in action.

The following from David Ruff, F 2/c, at Pearl Harbor was in a letter to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Ruff: I have good reason to feel good. I bet you don’t know who I saw. My brother, George—and Alex Smith—today. Gee, it was good to see him! Boy, does he look swell! He went to town yesterday and saw Herman Reiter. I also want to the thank the Laurel Outlook for sending me the paper every week. It sure is swell to get the home paper.”

Miss Edith Kiedrowski was home for the weekend from Billings where she is a student at the St. Vincent’s hospital nurses’ training school.

Mrs. James Kucera of Bridger is in charge of household affairs at the home of her son, Ed Kucera, while the latter’s wife and infant daughter are at a Billings hospital.

Sergeant Floyd E. Winn of the Billings office of the U.S. army recruiting station, will be in Laurel Thursday and Friday to interview prospective applicants for the women’s army auxiliary corps. The list of noncombat jobs which Waacs will perform while on duty with the army grows every day as more and more commanders request assignments of auxiliaries and officers so that men under their command may be released for combat.

100 years ago

Feb. 6, 1918

Taking the initiative in a movement to assist the government in its prosecution of the war, miners of the Alba Coal company of Fromberg, at a meeting last week, voted to devote the proceeds of one day’s work each week during the period of the war, to the Red Cross association. The resolution became effective Sunday, the men deciding to work Sundays hereafter.

“Letters and boxes from Sammy backers are eagerly awaited by many of the boys at Camp Lewis,” said County Commissioner D. J. Phelan, who has returned from a visit to the camp. “Some of the fellows are strictly up against it,” He explained. “They receive only half their pay, the rest being retained for their dependents, and by the time they pay $4 a month on their Liberty bonds and $6 a month for insurance they don’t have much left. They have to buy shoe strings and polish, gun oil and many other necessities out of their own money. It costs them $2 every time they have their shoes half soled. So they miss little attentions from home folks and Sammy backers.” Mr. Phelan visited 20 Yellowstone county boys, all of who sent back their best regards to their friends here. Every man in camp has part of a uniform, but more consignments of clothing are being constantly received. All of them told the commissioner that the food they get is excellent. “If I were a German, and knew those boys were after me I’d be scared to death,” declared Mr. Phelan when asked his impression of the soldiery at the camp.

Charles Hall walked to his farm in the Lake Basin Friday. He had all of his livestock there and the storm Thursday alarmed him to such an extent that he started out on foot to see about the stock. After an eight-mile hike he stopped at one of his neighbors, practically fagged out. He found all the stock in fine shape and the next day returned to Laurel with J.W. Conant. (Elsewhere in the paper it was noted that Friday was the coldest day on record for February since 1895, at minus 38 degrees. The snow was so high the trains got stuck leaving Laurel for Bridger and the wind reached a velocity of 69 miles an hour.)

A.W. Armstrong was a business visitor in the vicinity of Hesper Monday. He reports the roads as drifted full of snow and almost impossible for traffic.

Miss Bessie Smith was in the city Tuesday from her homestead northwest of Laurel.


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