A look back at Laurel history - 11/2/17

Conservationists help in war effort saving food in 1917, metal and rags in 1942
Outlook managing editor
Smith’s Super Service station in Laurel promises to again have Hudson Automobiles for sale after the war. In 1942, new cars were embargoed because the factories, and rubber and metal resources were diverted for American and allied forces.
In 1917 a squad of soldiers preparing to to go to war for the United States was made up of Americans of all nationalities.

25 years ago

Oct. 28, 1992

A Billings woman has been charged with assault on a police officer following a traffic stop in Laurel over the weekend. According to the Laurel Police Department, a Carbon County deputy notified the Laurel department that he was following a possible drunk driver towards Laurel. The vehicle left the interstate and was on S. First Ave. when local officers stopped it to question the driver. The officers determined that the driver was intoxicated and attempted to arrest Teri Scharette, 38, at the scene. Scharette broke away from the officers and tried to flee the scene. The woman was apprehended and officers had to physically restrain her after she kicked officers while they were attempting to handcuff her. She was transported to the Laurel Police station for questioning where she again allegedly struck police officers. The woman was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer, assault and DUI.

The Laurel City Council took action last week to avoid a possible $75,000 fine if offices for the City Court and the City Council are not made handicapped accessible. Alderman Lonnie Kellogg told the council Tuesday that under the Americans with Disabilities Act the city must provide handicapped access to the city council chambers and City Court. These areas are currently located on the second floor of city hall at the top of a steep staircase. The alderman said one alternative would be to fix up the old library building on the west side of City Hall.

The birth of Hailey Raelynn Penne was announced.


50 years ago

Nov. 8, 1967

Laurel Senior High School speech students participated in a one-day speech meet Saturday at Billings West High School. Students and the various events in which they were entered are Kathy Koppelman and Mary Glynn George; Cindy Burke and Margie Weathermon; Jim Scott and Bob Dunham; Bill Buska and Lyndia Bailey—debate; Roxanne Kline, oral interpresentation; Nicki Nelson and Ginger Dolechek, original oratory; Todd Yeager and Tom Scheidecker, original humorous declaim; Claudine Michels and Georgia Dolechek, serious declamation; Kere Gilles, Paulette Bradley and Linda Herman, oratorical declamation; and Mary Jo Neitz, extemporaneous speaking.

A demonstration of a video tape recorder will be conducted in the Laurel schools next week by Gary Briener, graduated assistant in guidance at Eastern Montana College, L.A. Wollan, superintendent said. Eastern has as its project a video tape recorder and play-back equipment which will be used in Laurel schools. The equipment will be used to record some teachers during actual teaching time to be shown during a general faculty meeting. Only volunteer teachers will be filmed.

Bruce Blaylock, Laurel sophomore at Eastern Montana College, was awarded a trophy for Extemporaneous Speaking at the Yellowstone valley Speech Invitational. Mr. Blaylock was awarded the trophy as top team member of the speech team. A chemistry major at Eastern, Blaylock is also active in Young Democrats. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chet Blaylock of Laurel.


75 years ago

Nov. 4, 1942

Unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or on necessary business, children under 16 years of age are prohibited from being on the streets after 9 p.m. from Oct. 1 to April 1 and after 10 p.m. the rest of the year. An ordinance to that effect was passed and adopted at the city council’s last meeting in October.

The rag salvage drive was inaugurated when the committee for war relief met Friday evening at the home of Mrs. G. A. Coy, president. Other officers present were Mrs. Maurice Cook, vice president and Miss Rosella Fritz, secretary-treasurer.

Mrs. Cl L. Starbard reports that her daughter, Miss Velda Starbard of Washington, D.C., who recently fell and broke her leg, is still confined to her room and attending physicians say it will be be some time before she can have the cast removed. Here friends here are arranging a post card shower in honor of her birthday.

A call meeting of the Royal Neighbors held Thursday evening at the L.L. club honored Mrs. Margaret Gilchrist of Great Falls, state supervisor who was on her official visit to the Opal camp, Mrs. Anna Rhyner of Columbus, district deputy and Mrs. Henry Otto, who is leaving for Great Falls. Gifts were presented the honored guests and prizes awarded during the evening went to Mrs. Anthony Freed and Mrs. Charles Rodgers. A pitch-in lunch followed the meeting.

The Park City scrap metal drive ending Oct. 24, netted over 500 pounds per pupil. The total of 82,024 was mostly gathered by the grade students, as many of the high school students worked in the beet harvest. Raymond Frank of the sixth grade was champion collector with seven tons to his credit.

The Park City freshman class entertained at a masquerade party at the gym Friday for the high school and teachers. Phyllis Eastlick won first place and Ardis Kinney and Mary Altice second. 

Mrs. Floyd Eastlick, Mrs. Ralph Story, Mrs. Edward story and Mrs. Carrie Walters were hostesses to the Woman’s Society Thursday afternoon.


100 years ago

Oct. 31, 1917

Sunday evening Park City people were entertained at Stoltz hall by “The Jolly Entertainers,” consisting of boys and girls from the orphans home of Des Moines, Wash., under the management of H.M. Draper, superintendent. The entertainment was a musical one and the large audience was very agreeably entertained. Many of the boys and girls were invited to the homes of the town people to spend the night.

Earl Miller of Park City, who left here with the volunteers last spring and who entered the navy for training, fell overboard last week from a ship and was drowned near San Diego, Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Lamb are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby boy born Thursday. Mrs. B.F. Lamb and granddaughter, Doris were in Billings Saturday to visit Mr. Ed. Lamb and baby.

George Collins, watchman for the Northern Pacific at Laurel, returned to Laurel Thursday morning from Livingston, where he had been to deliver Arthur Perrine to Fort Yellowstone. Perrine was a deserter, having ridden away from his post a few days before. When arrested he was traveling in his soldier uniform. Mr. Collins made the arrest here and a $50 reward was paid him by the government. 

Tuesday noon the bells of Laurel were rung for five minutes and the whistles of the round house and engines in the yards of the Northern Pacific united in proclaiming the birth of conservation. People of this city and the surrounding country will be urged to do their bit in saving the three things most needed for our soldiers, the allies’ soldiers and their people when plans are carried out, The submarine menace makes it almost impossible to get wheat from any other place than the United States and Canada. The livestock of our European allies has fallen far short and the small increase in cattle and hogs here will in no manner make up the shortage. The sugar famine is now being felt over the country and will increase unless some scheme is adopted. O.M. Wold will be the local chairman under Mr. McDonough who explained the manner in which the campaign was to be carried on. He explained the use of the pledge cards to be presented to every housewife in Laurel. He also explained that each woman was to be given a kitchen card with suggestions of how to save and a window card was to be put in the front window of every home. O.M. Wold was authorized to appoint captains to assist in making the house to house canvass. It was decided to see every housewife.

Fay May, proprietor of the Malcom hotel, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of gambling Monday when arraigned in the district court at Billings and was fined $100 by Judge Chas. A. Taylor. May conducted a game in the hotel on pay day night and it was on this charge that he had to answer. He has been in jail a week in default of $750 bonds. He did not have the money to pay the $100 fine and after sentence was pronounced was remanded to jail.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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