Gold Stars awarded to mothers who lost sons in war in 1945

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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Laurel Auxiliary Police shown in their first formal picture, posed with Mayor Parker and Mayor-elect Beslanwitch. The 21 men have been selected and trained to provide emergency service in Laurel and to augment the regular police force. Members of the force, under Chief Harold Collins, are W.L. Thurn, L.W. Armstrong, Robert Barnhardt, Charles Butkay, Carl Koski, Fred Vogel, W.T. Nelson, Harry Hodges, Roy Horning, Robert Fry, Phillip Morrow, Samuel Mourich, John Stevens, R.H. Strending, T.A. Bennett, Cary Ols

Laurel Auxiliary Police shown in their first formal picture, posed with Mayor Parker and Mayor-elect Beslanwitch. The 21 men have been selected and trained to provide emergency service in Laurel and to augment the regular police force. Members of the force, under Chief Harold Collins, are W.L. Thurn, L.W. Armstrong, Robert Barnhardt, Charles Butkay, Carl Koski, Fred Vogel, W.T. Nelson, Harry Hodges, Roy Horning, Robert Fry, Phillip Morrow, Samuel Mourich, John Stevens, R.H. Strending, T.A. Bennett, Cary Olsen, Donald Bradford, Adolph Strand, G.A. Ulschak and Fred Scheidecker. Published in the April 19, 1961 Laurel Outlook. Photo by Lowell’s Fotos

 

 

25 years ago

May 24, 1995

A string of 40 law enforcement vehicles traveled slowly up First Avenue Monday morning, leading the funeral procession from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church to the Laurel Cemetery for former Laurel Police Sgt. John Rosenberg, 40, who died last week of cancer. Approximately 80 officers from 15 departments from across the state attended the services to pay their last respects to Rosenberg, a 15-year member of the Laurel police force.

The births of Kacey William Langve and Cole Arthur Thompson were announced.

Former city maintenance director Ernie Davis, who stole mare than $60,000 from the City of Laurel in the mid-1980’s, still owes more than $15,000, but in recent years has been making his restitution payments regularly. Davis sends a check for $212.44 to the city each month in keeping with a court-ordered repayment play, City Treasurer Vicki Metzger reported to he City Council at its June 15 meeting. Davis, who now lives in Louisiana, and works there as a heavy equipment operator, pleaded guilty in Oct. 1989 to criminal felony theft. With just more than 4 1/2 left to repay, Davis still has $15, 845.60 to pay after falling behind several years ago. “His wife had cancer and he was moving and without a job,” Metzger said. “He’s making a good attempt.”

 

50 years ago

May 27, 1970

The 128-member class of 1970 heard the Honorable James L. Battin, U.S. District Judge, offer them the “Challenge of my generation—placing the weight of the world on your young, broad shoulders—to make the world a better place in which to live easier for the Class of 1990.” Judge Battin, introduced by L.A. Wollan, superintendent of schools, was the featured speaker at the sixtieth annual Commencement of Laurel Senior High School held Monday, May 25, in the Laurel High School gymnasium. The validictory was by Miss Cynthia Sue Burke, and the salutory was by Robin Feuerbacher.

 

75 years ago

May 23, 1945

Gold stars are to be awarded at a ceremony Sunday, May 27, by Railway City post No. 3177, Veterans of Foreign Wars, to those Laurel mothers whose sons have made the supreme sacrifice. The ceremony is to be brief and will; be at the L.L. Club. There are 12 Laurel mothers whose sons have died in the present war. Miss Florence Shirk will sing “My Task” by Ashford, the boys’ glee club will sing “The Lord is My Light” by Adams, and Miss Shirk will lead the group in singing “Star Spangled Banner.” Fred W. Graff, superintendent of schools from which many of the boys graduated will give a short address. Auxiliary members will assist in presenting the gold stars to the mothers. The public is invited to attend.

Mrs. Jacob Frank, Sr., this week received the purple heart medal awarded her son T/4 Conrad Frank, for wounds received Jan. 29 on the island of Luzon.

The army’s silver star has been posthumously awarded to Capt. Dale A Roysdon for “gallantry in action” on D day in France. Captain Roysdon’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.O. Roysdon, were informed last week by the adjutant general at Washington D.C.

Among the 185,000 men and women of the Eighth air force congratulated today by Lieut Gen. James H. Doolittle, who assumed command of the Eighth in January 1944, were Sgt. Leslie E. Kucera; T. Sgt. Leonard E. Foley, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Foley, 312 Montana Ave.; S. Sgt. Gene D. Slater, route 1; and Sgt Herman Gradwohl, 220 Forest Ave, Laurel, Mont. “I wish to extend my personal congratulations and my heartfelt appreciation to every one of you for the magnificent job you have done,” General Doolittle said in a message to all personnel.

Mr. and Mrs. William Killebrew received word that their son Clyde who was in a German prison camp had been liberated and was expecting to return home in the near future.

 

100 years ago

May 19, 1920

An endeavor will be made next Wednesday evening at 7:30 o’clock at city hall to organize a local rod and gun club that will have as it chief objects the planting of fish fry in nearby streams and the protection of game in the district. Announcing the meeting this morning was M.R. Walton, who is endeavoring to secure a representative attendance of Laurel people who are interested in sports and their preservation.

At the meeting of the city council held last night in the city hall, instruction was given for the awarding of the contract to the Montana Power Company for the installation of the street lights in the residence district of Laurel, as provided for in previous actions of the council. The amount of the bid was $11,617. Work is to be commenced immediately and is to be completed by November 1, This will require the use of eight miles of wire, 14,000 feet of cable and will provide for 57 ornamental street lights.

The Laurel Volunteer fire department is rejoicing over the news that it is soon to have one of the most up-to-date automobile fire trucks now on the market. The order has been placed by telegraph, and the truck, resplendent in its red paint, brass and nickel trimmings, is to arrive as soon as freight can bring it from San Francisco.

Laurel’s building activity, by which the city made such an enviable record last year, continues to grow. Although the price of building material is high, Laurel’s expansion is proving to be so rapid and the demand for more structures so pressing that progress is being maintained nevertheless. Among the new projects that have been commenced recently is an eight suite apartment house at the corner of First street and Colorado Ave, to cost, it is said $33,000. This company also started a nineroom dwelling house last week at the corner of Wyoming and First Street, which they value at $6,000.

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