Laurel Creamery butter wins first prize in 1945 during Dairy Industry week

Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, November 12, 2020
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Apparently folks were bacon lovers even 100 years ago, as signified by this ad for the Laurel Meat Company in the paper in 1920.

25 years ago

Nov. 15, 1995

With about half of its public hearings finished, the Yellowstone County Government Review Commission hasn’t yet seen any enthusiasm for the idea of a city-county consolidation. In fact, residents who’ve turned out in Huntley, Shepherd, Custer and other rural parts of the county have been vocally opposed, fearing they would be swallowed up by Billings in a merger of county and municipal governments. “From what I’ve heard, it hasn’t been ”nope” it’s been, “NO!’” remarked John E. “Bud” Johnson Jr., a member of the City of Laurel’s government review commission.

There were 83 people, including two guests, at the Park City Senior Citizens dinner Wednesday. Liz Frank was welcomed back after her accident. Bud Roberts was back after his hospital stay. Cards were played before lunch and blood pressures were taken. Bingo was played following the meal.

Sixteen Park City students are competing on the speech and drama team this year. The team has competed in three meets. Becky Tanglen made the finals in all three meets in expository and won her event last weekend in Colstrip. Amy Robertus and Jonna Denson have made the finals in serious duo acting in two meets.


50 years ago

Nov. 18, 1970

Miss Cheryl Turcotte, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ray Turcotte, was named Laurel’s Miss Junior Miss for the 1970-71 at special coronation ceremonies held Saturday in the senior high school auditorium. The sixth annual Junior Miss pageant was sponsored by the Laurel Jaycees and Jayceens. Miss Lynn Latham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Latham was chosen first runner up. Larry Dolechek served as master of ceremonies’ Donald Kukes was pageant chairman assisted by cochairmen, Marion Coleman and Marvin Carter.

Mr. and Mrs. James Eastlick recently placed in a number of categories when they entered the horse races at the Brass Rail Stables, in Billings. Sue placed first in the arena race; second in the flag race and Western Pleasure; fourth in Western Equation, the trotting race, the barrel race and the pole race. Sue was high point runner-up, missing first place by one point. Jim good second in the arena race and third in the flag race. Jim and sue took third in the ribbon race.

Unofficial census figures reveal a drop of 78 in the number of children, aged 0 through 21 in the Laurel School District from 1969 to 1970. The total number of children between that age level for 1969 was set at 2,505 as opposed to 2,427 for the same age group in 1970.

Mrs. Stanley Lance accompanied her Sunday School class to the Harold Richardson farm to view the lambs. In the spring, after lambing the class will again go to the farm to view the new baby lambs. This is part of the Sunday School class’ assignments.


75 years ago

Nov. 14, 1945

G.W. Fenton of Laurel, Yellowstone county commissioner, was elected president of the Montana State Association of County Commissioners at that body’s thirty-sixth annual convention Wednesday at Butte. Fenton is serving his second term as Yellowstone county commissioner.

Two dairy products prizes— first for butter and third for ice cream—were awarded the Laurel Creamery, makers of Rose Brand products, at the Montana State college Dairy Industry week which closed Wednesday. At the banquet Tuesday evening were 113 creamery men. Joe A. Larson, who attended the sessions, was the maker of the prize winning butter. He is manager of the Laurel Creamery. The Laurel ice cream that placed third was produced by William McIntyre.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold VanNice have as weekend guests Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Shoop and children of Boyd and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel VanNice and son Danny. The latter family had just returned from Baltimore where Mr. VanNice received his discharge from the army.

Lieut. Charles Goldy of Panama, came last Sunday to spend a furlough with his family and also his parents of Park City, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Goldy. Mrs. Charles Goldy went to Minneapolis to meet him and accompanied him home.

The Trewin hotel which has been operated and owned by Mrs. Martha Spry for the past twentyone and a half years was sold the first of the week to Mrs. Ella Russell. Mrs. Russel and family will take possession Nov. 15 and will continue the business. Mrs. Spry has made no definite plans as to the future, but will visit among relatives for a while.


100 years ago

Nov. 17, 1920

Before the opening of the automobile tourist season next year, Laurel will have a camp ground site, fully equipped, for the accommodation of the travelers, according to plans of the Laurel Commercial Chamber which were made at the meeting of the body held last Wednesday evening at city hall. Committees were appointed at that time to obtain details of the cost, comprising prices of the lease and equipment. The site favored appears to be land south of the railroad tracks near the Laurel mill. When the subject of a camp ground was brought up, a lengthy discussion ensued. The majority of those present appeared to heartily favor the project and several Laurel men who had made trips through the county during the past summer told of camp grounds furnished by other towns and cities of the district, the appreciation of the tourists and the commercial benefit derived. The Yellowstone Trail association, in a letter, claimed that Laurel owed it for past assessments. In the discussion that ensued the suggestion was made that the present master sign of the Cody-way at the corner of Main street and First avenue be removed and two small signs, one for the Cody-way and the other for the Yellowstone Trail, placed on the corner. This appeared to meet with approval, and Nels Nordahl representing the Northern Pacific, state that such an arrangement would be satisfactory.

Husbands of the members of the J.O. club entertained the ladies Friday evening at a dancing party and dinner. About 32 people were present and enjoyed the dancing in the Wold hall and later repaired to Fuller’s coffee shop where the three-course dinner was served.

George Goozey, who operated a bolt cutting machine in the wheel shop, got two fingers of the right hand in the machine last Thursday. He will lose the index finger at the knuckle joint and the next finger at the second joint. He is in the hospital at Glendive.

Under school notes: Everybody learn these yells! The chance to use them is coming soon.

Picketty! Paccketty! Shanty town! Who can hold old Laurel down? Nobody! Nobody! Nobody!

Bean Soup! Pumpkin Pie, beat or bust, Laurel High!


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