A look back at Laurel history - 11/16/17

Jean Carroll Thompson tells city council to arrest her
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Back in the day when telephones were connected to lines it was important to keep them free for important war calls, according to this ad for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph from the Outlook in 1942.

25 years ago

Nov. 11, 1992
Owner of the Laurel bus depot, Jean Carroll Thompson, opposed a recommendation by the Laurel City License Committee to change the wording of her license application, and challenged the City Council to have her arrested, following a sometimes heated presentation to the Laurel City Council by Thompson and her husband, Keith. Thompson and a contingent of concerned business owners attended the Wednesday night meeting last week when the bus depot owner again protested a request by the committee that she purchase an additional license for her bus station. Thompson added that she would not change her business license application or what the store offered its customers. “I have no intention to take 30 days to remove goods the council feels are not associated with the bus station, and if you want to come and arrest me, then go ahead,” she challenged the council.
The birth of Madalyn Marie Philhower was announced.
Tobacco sales to minors may become illegal in Laurel, if the Laurel City Council approves an ordinance to be drafted soon. Alderman L.D. Collins told the council last month that there was no ordinance in the city prohibiting the sale to minors and several of his constituents asked him to investigate. Collins explained that he did not think such an ordinance would stop the use of tobacco by minors, but if the legal age to purchase tobacco products was raised to 18, fewer of the 10 and 12 year olds, who get cigarettes from 15 and 16 year olds, would be smoking.

50 years ago
Nov. 22, 1967
Mrs. James Nash, program chairman, presented a reading entitled, “The Cause for Thanksgiving,” by Calvin Coolidge when the annual potluck Thanksgiving dinner meeting of the Laurel Federated Womans Club was held Monday night in the home of Mrs. Charles Harmon. Mrs. J.A. O’Neil was co-hostess.
The Laurel Locomotives started practice in defense of the Division 1, Big 32 championship with 35 boys showing an interest in the sport. Five senior lettermen will lead the Locomotives this year. Jack Frickel, Bob Crow, Dean Frickel, Warren Bickford and Jim Stevens are the lone returners from last year’s championship team. Other seniors out for the squad include Rudy Groshelle, Darrell McGillen, Joe Norris, Gary Waddell, and Glen Schmidt. The Locomotives open the season by traveling to Lovell, Wyo., to battle the Bulldogs.

75 years ago
Nov. 18, 1942
Hope for immediate completion of the Laurel sewage disposal plant went glimmering this week when the war production board at Washington ruled the construction “is not adjudged urgently necessary to the public health or to the national war program.” C. H. Storms, city engineer had recently applied for a higher priority to enable the city to purchase equipment and other material needed to complete the plant. The United States public health services made an investigation and their report indicated that there is no serious necessity for the completion of the construct. No records of stream pollution conditions would indicate that the discharge of raw sewage by the city of Laurel was affecting the water supply of the city of Billings. It was suggested that the proposed construction be deferred until after the emergency.
A request has been made by the Red Cross for the local chapter to produce 100 wheel-chair lap robes by Christmas. They are to be 54 by 54 inches and may be of either cotton or wool. The backs are to be cotton or flannel material. Mrs. I.N. Smith, who is in charge of production, states that the quota will be filled “if each woman’s organization will be responsible for four robes. Any individual wishing to make a robe is also requested to do so.”
The North school won the contest in the key campaign sponsored by the Quill and Scroll chapter and was awarded a soft-ball and bat. Barrels were placed in the three grade schools and high school and Loren Palmer, chairman of the drive, reported 40 pounds of keys were contributed for the scrap metal campaign.
There has been a call from Fort Harrison for pillows, so anyone who has any pillows they would like to donate, please leave them with Mrs. Nell Brown at the Vaughn-Ragsdale store. These pillows can be of any size feather pillows, but must be clean covered ready for use. This request is due to the many patients there from World war No. 2, and the need for extra supplies.

100 years ago
Nov. 14, 1917
Because he is alleged to have said that President Wilson is a tool of Great Britain and Wall street, that the United States had no just cause for entering the war and that the sending of American soldiers across the ocean is unconstitutional, J.A. Just, a banker of Ashland, Mont., and Vess Hall, prominent stockman, have been indicted by the federal grand jury at Butte and will be held for trial in federal court. The alleged treasonable utterances were investigated by County Attorney Haynes of Forsyth, acting for the department of justice. He brought the men to Forsyth where they were released on their promise not to leave town pending action on their case. Just and Hall consequently violated their promise and went to Butte, where they were arrested on telegraphic instructions from Attorney Hayes. About 16 witnesses were subpoenaed by the government from the vicinity of Ashland who testified as to the alleged utterances of Just and Hall the grand jury thereupon bring in true bills against both men. “I sincerely trust that this prosecution will put a stop to pro-German activities of such people as Hall and Just in Montana. It is time to go to the right or to the left. We must either be Americans or anti-Americans. There is no middle ground. Our loyalty to the republic and to our soldier and sailor friends is measured by the vigor with which we crush those who would disseminate the poison of disloyalty among us.”
The Roger & Allen concrete contractors arrived here Thursday and began the construction of sidewalks on Third avenue. The exceptionally fine weather is in favor of the contractors and the property owners will be glad to get the improvements.
R.M. Fry has fitted up the upper room of the post office building, which room will be occupied by Misses Margaret Buster and Ruth Heistand during the cold weather. The young ladies are attending high school in Park City.
Earl Thiel was in Park City Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Berkheimer of Laurel are moving to their ranch this week south of town.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Smith, Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Frantz, Mr. and Mrs. Mel Trewin, Mr and Mrs. A.P. Burley and son, Arthur, and Miss Ella Boyd composed an auto party which visited the Elk Basin oil field last Sunday.
“In furtherance of this cause, we pledge ourselves, our fortunes and sacred honor,” is the language 56 citizen of Laurel made manifest that from now on no disloyalty will be tolerated from any source. That the country is at war and that the citizenship of this city is in hearty accord with its vigorous prosecution to a successful end was demonstrated here this evening at 6 o’clock when a committee of 56 men assembled to lay down a doctrine that it will be well all citizens follow. The person who provoked this action on the part of the community was T.R. Holmes. The committee called at his office but were advised that he was at his residence. A car was sent and he was conveyed to the business section of the city where his past works and action were reviewed by Hon. L.A. Nutting. Mr. Nutting said in part, “Mr. Holmes you have built up a good business in this community, you have prospered and have one of the finest homes in our city. But in one thing you have been lacking. You have been ungentlemanly opposed to this government in the prosecution of this war. You have refused to have anything to do to assist in the cause. You have not been free-hearted in anything you have contributed.” At the conclusion of Mr. Nutting’s remarks Mr. Holmes was dismissed to go his way, remembering at all times his duty to his country. Just as the crowd started to disband Fritz Anderson, a subject of Sweden, made a slurring remark that caused him to get a “roughing” at the hand of several members of the committee and was given an opportunity to leave the city without further ceremony, and he gladly accepted the invitation to go.

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