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Graff students collect beer cans and bottles in 1971 for Lucky Lager recycling project

A look back at Laurel History: April 22, 2021
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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, April 22, 2021
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With cigar smoking popular among men in 1921, Sande Drug Co., in Laurel offered a special deal on them.

25 years ago

April 24, 1996

If your windows rattle from the thundering engines of a B1-Bomber flying over your house, or if your eyes stare in disbelief at a 60-ton Abram tank sitting in Thomson Park, rest easy. It’s not the onslaught of an invasion or the setting for a high-tech, futuristic movie. It just means Laurel’s Aviation and Technology Week is in full swing. This biannual education event featuring 75 speakers and numerous displays will return to Laurel Monday through Friday beginning April 29.

The births of Dalton Charles Amundsen and Randee Michelle Shannon were announced.

The City of Laurel has backed off on abatement proceedings against the owner of a downtown apartment building razed by a fire a month ago. “The indications we have is that he wants to clean the property up,” said Laurel Public Works Director Jim Flisrand. Private fire investigators from Montana Claims in Billings have viewed the remains of the former Merchant Apartments and are waiting for the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department’s official report on the blaze, which reduced the abandoned structure to charred timber and ash March 14.

50 years ago

April 28, 1971

Dennis Behm becomes the first recipient of the James M. Taylor Award during graduation exercises of the Experimental Test Pilot phase of the Aerospace Research Pilot School last Friday, Behm, of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, received the award from Mrs. Jacquelyn K. Taylor for attaining the highest overall scholastic average during the course.

Laurel swept both the boys and girls divisions in the rain-soaked atmosphere of the Livingston Invitational Saturday at the Livingston Golf and Country Club. Dee Peterson took scoring honors for the girls with a 47 (9 holes), while Roger Mourich hustled in an 85.

Fred Graff School students, who have been collecting cans and bottles for the Lucky Lager Recycling program have gathered 6,000 cans and 3,000 bottles to date. Monies received for the project will be used to purchase either trees or bushes to beautify the school-park area. Kenny Fichtner alone has collected 1,999 cans and 399 bottles.

“I am a drug addict,” were the opening words by John Eddy, in an address given to the Park City School students, grades 5 through 12, teachers and adults, recently, in the Park City School gym. John, a personable young teenager, nineteen years old, hopes by visiting schools and clubs and explaining some of the pitfalls of drug abuse, he can help others from becoming a drug user. He had been on drugs for four years, first marijuana, then heroin, LSD and all types of drugs. His weight went from over 200 lbs to 135. He is back to 180 now. What started out “just for kicks,” turned out to be a life of misery. After being arrested several times and sent to Warm Springs, where he said, “You can get any type of drug you want in Warm Springs,” he decided to stop by himself, which he did after 11 days of pure agony. Ha hasn’t been on drugs for a year and is doing fine. He wears a tag 24 hours a day that says,” I am a drug addict.,” He is living with an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Peder Winge of Nye.

75 years ago

April 24, 1946

O.K. Chapman of Laurel recently submitted a winning idea for an illustrated feature appearing in the April 15 issue of Drug Topics, a trade magazine published in New York City and circulated among druggists. Drug Topics has a page called “It’s a Fact,” containing unusual items. Chapman’s contribution said: “To cure indigestion, American Indians would have their abdomens massaged with a wooden pestle.” The magazine’s artist drew a recumbent Indian whose middle section was being vigorously massaged by another Indian wielding a maul.

Approximately one-fourth of the recently planted sugar beet crop has come up and only a small percentage of the acreage for this year remains to be planted, Manager Lyman H. Andrews of Great Western Sugar company’s Billings factory said here Tuesday. He added that the labor situation has completely reversed itself in the past few weeks and that it now appears there will be plenty of labor to take care of the 1956 crop during the growing season and next fall. The previous shortage has been replaced by a sufficient supply arriving in recent weeks. Mexican nationals will again be used, supplemented by other workers coming voluntarily from Texas, California and Washington.

Checks representing several hundred dollars, part of the loot taken the night of March 23 from the Laurel Safeway store by a robber who apparently secreted himself in a storage room before the business house closed, were recovered early this week. They were found in a money bag that had contained considerable cash at the time on the robbery.

The families of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fuji and Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Krug observed Easter with an outdoor party for about 60 guests at the Krug home. The afternoon was spent with an egg hunt for the children, games for which prizes were given, and a wiener roast.

Freddie Feurerbacher, two and half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Feurerbacher has been brought home after being hospitalized for six months with polio and is reported to be in good condition.

100 years ago

April 27, 1921

Much relaying and ballasting of track on the Montana and Yellowstone divisions of the Northern Pacific has been authorized, and considerable work of this nature is to be performed in the Laurel yards as soon as the necessary money is available for the purpose. Much of the material is now in the local yards,and when work is commenced employment will be given to several hundred more men.

Before a packed house Friday evening at the gymnasium the high school players presented “Windmills of Holland” in a manner so satisfactory that the most blasé theatergoers could find no fault. The universal expression was that while the play was expected to be good no suspected that it would be really good as it was. Those attending were surprised by the extent of the quality and quantity of musical talent contained in the local high school.

In shop news: Carl Barthuley got his left foot badly cut while at work in the car shops Tuesday morning. R. E. Killian got his hand badly mashed at the car shops Tuesday while helping to carry a large car sill. W.A. Fenton went to Glendive last Thursday, accompanying his son, Leslie, who was again taken sick a few days ago. He had a long siege of pneumonia the latter part of the winter and spring. It seems now that an abscess has developed on his lungs, which may require an operation.

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