A look back at Laurel history - 10/19/17

Chicago wins Baseball World Series in 1917
Outlook managing editor
In 1917, a train ride could be a ticket to anywhere. Passengers could go to any major city or to Joliet or Yellowstone Park from Laurel. Anyone with the means could also dine in style.
Chatting  during a movie may not have been as rude in 1917 as it is today. As indicated on this ad for the Casino Theatre, the film was accompanied by a soprano and cornetist. Talking pictures wouldn’t hit the big screen for 11 more years.

25 years ago

Oct. 14, 1992 

The Laurel Jaycees will sponsor a debate  between the candidates for Lieutenant Governor and the candidates for Montana House District 85. Mike Halligan, Democrat candidate for Lt. Gov. and Dennis Rehberg, his Republican opponent will debate the issues. Brad Molnar, Republican challenger for Laurel’s spot on the House of Representatives will square off against incumbent, Democrat, Tom Kilpatrick.

The ghosts, goblins and witches that once haunted Laurel elementary school hallways as Halloween decorations are no longer welcome symbols of the holiday, according to a district policy approved by the Laurel School Board at it’s regular meeting Monday. The board passed the policy on its second reading. The policy states: “It is the intent of the District that Halloween be acknowledged in the schools as a celebration of fun, fall and harvest. As such, any emphasis of certain traditional Halloween symbolism relating to witchcraft, the occult or other topics which might frighten or intimidate will be discouraged.” Board Chairman John Berg explained to the gathering of concerned parents that the board felt the policy necessary after an incident at a school last year. Berg said that in November 1991 Vernon Rood reported to the board that his daughter had been unduly frightened by Halloween activities at her school. Rood stated further that he felt the way the district celebrated Halloween in the schools fostered Satanism. Laurel resident LeeAnn Olson asked the board why it allowed a Halloween celebration in the schools at all. Quoting from an encyclopedia, Olson reviewed the history of Halloween, from its roots in the Roman culture, to the Celtic, Druid and Satanic celebrations. “Why are we allowing Satanic religion in our schools if we are not allowing the observance of Christianity?” she asked. Other parents spoke against changing the policy.

Births were announced for Casey Jason Wheeler and Leslie Renee Metzger.


50 years ago

Oct. 25, 1967

Politicians were handed another problem Monday of this week—clean air. Montana’s legislature has already dealt with the matter of setting up pollution controls, but it was proposed that voters consider the willingness of candidates to work with various political agencies in combating air pollution. In his words of welcome to the Cleaner Air Week committee that met in Billings, Mayor Willard Fraser said Vietnam, integration and garbage are the nation’s three major problems, and garbage the greatest of these. “Filth and prosperity have never been synonymous,” Benjamin Wake, director of the Division of Air Pollution Control and Industrial Hygiene, told the committee. A target date of four years hence was cited by Wake as the time to have air pollution under control in the Laurel-Billings area. He emphasized that by that time industry will be expected to have taken the steps necessary to reduce emission of pollutants to required standards, not then start to do so. Municipal dumps, automobiles, wood products processors and metal smelters and processors, were among major sources of pollution cited by Wake.

The 1967 sugar beet harvest at the 36 beet receiving stations in the territory is about 65 percent completed. The 140 frost-free growing days indicates the 1967 crop to be the third highest yield since the Factory opened in 1906. The present crop is estimated at 17 tons per acre.

Taking advantage of Indian Summer weather and no school due to teachers conventions, the Whitehorse Pace Setters 4-H Club, accompanied by leaders, Mrs. Bill Bray, Mrs. Jim Davenport, Mrs. Loyd Shay, Mrs Howard Thom and parents, Mrs George Krug and Mrs. Henry Krug, toured the honey extraction plant, Hill’s Fish Store and the Northern Pacific Ice House, all in Laurel. Joe Yack, operator of the Honey Plant located behind Stormont’s Blacksmith and Welding Shop, told the group the bees were generally purchased from California and shipped here by mail. The next stop was at Hill’s Fish Store where fish of every kind delighted the eye. Mrs. Hill told the club that this was a business that started from a hobby. They have aquariums containing 37 different kinds of fish, snails, turtles and frogs. The final stop was the Ice House where Mr. Russell Orr and Mr. Harold Ingraham showed how their ice was frozen in 300 pound cakes.


75 years ago

Oct. 21, 1942

Called this week for physical examination in Butte were Manley K. Gerke, William A. Jutillo, Phillip Motzko, Clifton H. Royalty, Alexander Gradwohl, Herbert E. Britton, Lucian W. DeNittis, James. I. Meyers, Thomas J. Winters, Lawrence P. Garcia, Nolan O. Gunter, Herman Gradwohl and Herman Ostwald, of Laurel. Also leaving from Billings was Clifton Krogness of Terry, who had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Stadalman. He wired them Monday from Butte, “I am in the army now.”

Jimmie Graff, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Graff, broke his right arm above the wrist and fractured his elbow Wednesday afternoon when he fell on the basement floor at his home, 412 Pennsylvania.

Donald Nave of 413 E. Fourth began work Tuesday morning at the Vaughn-Ragsdale store as assistant to Manager W.A. Ziegler, a position he expects to occupy until he is called to the service.


100 years ago

Oct. 17, 1917

The Chicago Americans won the world’s series baseball championship Monday, defeating the New York Giants 4 to 2 in the sixth and deciding game of the 1917 classic. For the first time in almost a decade the titular banner will flutter over the fans of the middles west metropolis next spring with the series pennant is raised at Comiskey park, as evidence of the superiority of the White Sox in the great national game. With “Rube” Benton, the towering southpaw from Clinton, N.C., waging a pitching duel for the locals against the curves of Nrban Faber, the Cascade, Iowa, hurler of the White Sox, the battle was fought through three full innings without either team giving way the slightest margin either offensively or defensively. In the “fatal fourth,” however, the Giants faltered for just a moment and seizing their advantage Chicago captured the first world’s championship emblem by the city on the shores of Lake Michigan since Frank Chance’s cubs defeated the Detroit Americans in the struggle of 1908.

The difficulty that was experienced last week by the drillers who are drilling the oil well of the Schauer ranch, one mile west of Laurel, has been overcome in a great measure and the prospects for a producer are very bright. More than a fortnight has been spent by the drilling crew in battering down and drilling to pieces a 20-foot joint of 6-inch casing and drive shoe that were lost in the hole at a depth of 1,880 feet. The task has been an arduous one and has cost the company a huge sum of money. The cost has approximated $5,000. A.B. Reese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is one of the owners of the well, was in Laurel Tuesday and in speaking of the progress that was being made stated that it looks very favorable now that the well will be saved. Mr. Reese further stated that by the time we published next week they would be drilling again.

It has been reported in Park City that one of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Stone’s little boys was very ill with cholera infantum. We have not been able to learn which one.

Earl Kenyon and Ray Southworth were in Park City Saturday.

C.P. Linger of Coombs Flat has purchased the quarter of section of land of Elmer Fisher, on which the school house stands. This gives Mr. Linger seven quarter, all adjoining each other.

Mrs. Maude Fudge of Laurel has been engaged as temporary teacher of the Coombs Flat school.

A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leigh Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Peck are also the proud parents of a daughter, born the latter part of the week at the home of Mrs. Peck’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dinsmore at Antelope Point. Mrs. Peck was formerly Miss Mae Dinsmore, teacher of the Coombs Flat school.

Carl French is drilling wheat for Frank Roberts. Mr. French is one of Uncle Sam’s drafted boys and expects to be called any time. An older brother joined the regular army early last spring.


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