German war souvenirs on display at the Pastime in 1945

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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, July 2, 2020
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This photo, taken by Lowell Bullis, was published in the Laurel Outlook July 17, 1963. The Eagles Auxiliary drill team as they appeared at the Eagles state convention in Helena where they presented a memorial service. Left to right, front row, Mrs. John Murphy, pianist; Mrs. Henry Ostwalt, junior past president; Mrs. Harold Bungard, vice-president; center, Mrs. Paul Wilhelm, chaplain; Mrs. Miles Barclay, president; Mrs. Martha King, conductor, and Mrs. Howard Pewitt, outside guard. Back row, Mrs. Fred Getz, drill team captain, also state vice-president; Mrs. Ben Pastian, Mrs. Edna Cherry, Mrs. D.K. Jackson, Mrs. Les Bungardner, Mrs. John Fink, Mrs. Tim Milligan Jr., Mrs. George Ruff, Miss Kateri Barclay and Mrs. Ken Miller. Lowell’s Fotos

25 years ago

July 5, 1995

Laurel Police Chief Mike Atkinson views his understaffed department as “unreal and scary.” The Laurel Police Department has less manpower than it did two months ago. Following the death of former Police Sgt. John Rosenberg, promotions were made within the department and now a vacancy exists. The department’s manpower is at eight officers, one half-time position less than May. Atkinson wants to increase his squad by filling that slot with a full-time officer.

The births of Logan John Luck and Logan Tucker Kopp were announced.

50 years ago

July 8, 1970

Miss Julie Burke was crowned Laurel’s Little Miss Laurel during coronation ceremonies conducted by the reigning Little Miss Laurel, Miss Patrice Kaiserman. The contest was sponsored by the Laurel Jayceens, with profits going to the Laurel Ambulance fund. Miss Burke received a half gallon of ice cream, compliments of the Laurel, Worden Creamery, and a $25 savings bond from the Laurel Jaycees. A total of $2,219 has been donated thus far in the ambulance fund raising.

The Montana Historical Society will open its new $615,000 wing to the public at dedication ceremonies Friday. With the large wing, “Montana will have one of the finest and most complete museums and historical libraries in the West,” according to Sam Gilluly, Society Director. Part of the main floor exhibit will also include the Towe Antique Ford Collection of 40 vehicles, dating from the first production model, 1903.

Miss Virginia Gomer of Salem, Ore., is spending a few days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gomer, and other relatives of Laurel. Miss Gomer will leave Wednesday to visit friends in the Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Miss., areas. Then she plans to stop at West St. Paul, Minn., to visit her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Gomer, and sons Scott and Kurt for week. Miss Gomer will then travel to Orlando, Fla., for a visit with another brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gomer and son Joel. Ken Gomer, another brother, will join the group at Orlando.

75 years ago

July 4, 1945

A total of $20,230 will be received from the state public school general fund for class room units and will be apportioned among 215 elementary and 74 high school units, according to T.E. Pemberton, county superintendent of schools. In the distribution to the six high schools of the county, Laurel, with nine units will receive $630. Of the 34 elementary schools, district 7, Laurel with 17 units will get $88,680.

From time to time Staff Sgt. Chester Herbert has sent home collections of interesting souvenirs he collected in Europe. The latest shipment arrived this week and several of the items are displayed at the Pastime by his uncle, J.D. Sherrow. Attracting much interest are five daggers, each different, that were either actual combat or were for ornamental purposes. All except a neck breaker had been used. The neck breaker, German equipment for hand-to-hand combat, is still covered with protective grease. It is a rugged implement and is said to be quite effective in trained hands. Three daggers were evidently more for show and have the usual swastika ornament, but are nevertheless lethal weapons. One design is French of a design quite different from the German. The last shipment contained three rifles: regular German army, sniper and Hitler youth. Other items are a German silk parachute and a German camera. Sherrow also displays a German officer’s revolver which Clarence Herbert, brother of Chet, recently brought home from Europe.

Pvt. Reuben J. Haueter, U.S. marine corps, has been reported killed in action on Okinawa, June 17. Private Haueter had been in the marines since April 1944 and had been overseas since September. His wife, Mary Ellen Haueter and two year old daughter, Ruth Ellen are staying with his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. James H. Haueter, of Laurel. He is also survived by a twin sister, Lieut. (j.g.) Ruth Haueter and a brother, Robert Haueter, who is attending USNR Midshipmen’s school at the University of Notre Dame.

Six hundred young pheasants were released Saturday in the vicinity of Laurel to sweeten the prospects for better hunting this fall. The game birds were from one-half to two-thirds full grown and were in good condition, says Dee Sherrow who accompanied the state fish and game commission trucks making the deliveries.

100 years ago

June 30, 1920

During the past few days to of Laurel’s business institutions have located in the new quarters prepared for them. One is the Montana Power company’s local office which has moved into the new Gates building on the west side of First Avenue, and the other is the Laurel creamery that is preparing to make its formal opening the first of next week. The creamery which is to open soon, is located in a handsome building erected for the purpose on the corner of Second avenue and First street. The structure is of brick and concrete and has a large basement. Messrs. Ryan & Christensen, the proprietors, have the machinery installed for the creamery and kindred work, and in a part of the building laundry machinery is being erected. The laundry is expected to be in operation about July 15.

Marion Crawford, scout for the Laurel baseball club, who has been in Iowa for the past two weeks, is reported as being on his way home, bringing with him several of the best semiprofession ball players to be obtained in the east who are to become members of the local club. Manager Libecap has expressed the hope that in a short time Laurel will have the fastest team in the state.

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