A look back at Laurel History - 11/23/16

Compiled by
SUNNY COBB
Outlook staff writer

25 years ago
Nov. 27, 1991
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department has responded to five bomb threats to two area schools in the past week, reported Laurel Fire Chief Darrell McGillen. On Wednesday, Nov. 20 firemen were called to stand by at the Laurel High School when a bomb threat was reported.
Police seek to capture culprits in the five bomb threats to Laurel High School made on Nov. 20, 22, 25 and Nov. 26, and to Laurel Middle School on Nov. 26. Although no bombs were found, the schools were evacuated and the buildings were secured. Investigating officer, Captain Dave Slaymaker, said it appears that the calls were made by different individuals.
Several Laurel youths were among winners when the year end finals of the Billings Barrel Racing Series Youth Division were held. Laurel’s Bo Wagner finished as All Around Junior Boy and first in the goat division for 10 and under. Also finishing in the 10 and under age group were Angie Herman, who finished second in barrels, first in poles, second in goats and All Around Girl. In the 11-14 age group, Laurel’s Dana Buchholz placed second in barrels, Shawna Buchholz placed first in poles, and C. B. Wagner placed first in break-away roping and second in goats. Other members placing were Amy Greene, first in barrels and second in poles. She was also chosen All Around Senior Girl. J. P. Holland was selected All Around Senior Boy and placed first in goats and second in break-away roping.
A son, Cole Michael, was born to John and Karen Traeger of Laurel at 10:08 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings. He weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches. Cole’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. McHardy of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada and Mr. and Mrs. Traeger of Billings. His great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Holmes of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Mr. and Mrs. Winters of Butte.

50 years ago
Nov. 30, 1966
“A high school band is built on average of approximately 600 man hours spent practicing for each performance,” said Merton Sheetz, director of Laurel High School Marching Band. The marching band appeared at five home football games and participated in the Rocky Mountain College Band day activities. Sixty students make up the LHS marching band and one member in particular, Curtis Batt, makes a speedy change just prior to half-time. He also serves as football manager. Props are sometimes used to make the half-time show more enjoyable for the spectators. This year a bull costume cost the band a total of $15 and in years past a fire extinguisher has been rented to stimulate smoke. Appearing in the marching band at each performance are the LHS baton and flag twirlers, eight girls in each group.
Laurel postmaster Loyd Shay announced that henceforth all first class mail, personal sound recordings (voice letters) and parcels weighing 5 pounds or less and measuring not more than 60 inches in length and girth combined, will be airlifted on a space available basis between the United States and all Military post offices overseas. Also, under Public Law 89-725—The Dulski Military Mail Act—which was signed by President Johnson on Nov. 2, 1966, second class publications such as newspapers and magazines published weekly or more often, and featuring current news of interest to the military, will be airlifted from San Francisco to the armed forces serving in Viet Nam.

75 years ago
Nov. 26, 1941
Laurel, as a community in a nation that this year has more reason for thankfulness than any other in the world, will observe Thanksgiving holiday Thursday of this week. All places of business except “must” services will be closed, several of the churches will have special services and in many homes the relatives and friends will gather for the annual feast. Laurel city schools will also close. Laurel, like many other Montana towns and cities, is a week later in its observation than the rest of the nation. A proclamation by the president set Nov. 20 as the date, but the governor chose Nov. 27. Thanksgiving day, an American holiday that is not defined by statute, is a custom that began in early colonial days and has survived to the present. The first celebrators were thankful for life, food and at least an opportunity to pursue happiness, together with escape from former limitations and oppressions. Today the serious minds compare America’s position with the world and, without feelings of superiority, are thankful.
Mrs. O. R. Burdett returned to Laurel Thursday evening from Bozeman, where she attended a two-day session of the Montana State Beekeepers association. She was re-elected secretary-treasurer for the third consecutive term.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary spent Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Joe Hoganson making tray cloths for the veterans hospital.
R. W. Bates, residing in the Wisconsin settlement south of Laurel, was a visitor here Tuesday. During the hunting season, four kinds of game birds—grouse, Chinese pheasants, Hungarian pheasants and sage hens—were in abundance on his ranch, together with a herd of deer. In one instance he saw mule-tail deer running with his cattle. Hunters who left gates open or broke down fences during the open season on birds are requested to not return, Bates said.

100 years ago
Nov. 29, 1916
J. M. Chestnut has purchased a bunch of colts from Reeder & Rutter. He has taken them to the William Sweet ranch south of Laurel, where he will winter them. They are good draft stock and Mr. Chestnut will sell them to the ranchers who want good young stock.
Reeder & Rutter have purchased the drove of horses owned by Woods & Snidow of Park City. Mr. Woods and Snidow are closing out their stock business and will hereafter devote their time to the oil business. They have valuable oil property in northern Wyoming. The horses purchased by Reeder & Rutter are all good work stock and they will be retailed to the farmers of this section.
Harry D. Arnold, representing the Intertype Corporation of San Francisco, California, has been in Laurel since Monday installing the new typesetting machine that the Outlook is having added to it’s equipment.
Drs. Meeker & Meeker in company with their little daughter arrived here Friday and have decided to locate here. They came here from Davenport, Iowa, where they recently graduated from the Universal Chiropractic College of that city. They have secured temporary office rooms at the Kirpatrick house. Later on they expect to secure offices downtown. They were very much impressed with this city and intend to make Laurel their home.
Harry Hegbaum, otherwise known as “Handsome Harry,” was given a 60-day jail sentence by Judge Unger today for beating a board bill. He had been boarding at the Owl Cafe and when arrested agreed to go to work and square the account. Instead of making good he took the train for Livingston where he was captured and brought back to Laurel for sentence. This will have tendency to make floaters pay their board first. He was working with Rogers concrete gang. Last week two others drew 30 days each for beating Mrs. Malcom out of board and lodging.

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