A look back at Laurel history - 12/21/17

Legs and head severed in 1917 train accident
The Palace Bar slipped a V-for-Victory into it’s Christmas ad in 1942. Check out Santa’s hat.
Van Nice Studio wished their customers a Merry Christmas and included a shout out to those at war in 1942.

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25 years ago

Dec. 16, 1992

Bad timing and bad luck plagued two would-be criminals and helped identify the masked men who stole some beer from the Laurel Town Pump. According to reports officers received a call from a clerk who reported that two males with nylon stockings over their heads had entered the store, stolen three cases of beer and run away. Officer Bryan Fischer arrived at the scene to obtain a description and was able to tentatively identify one of the suspects. Because he knew who one suspect was he knew what type of car they would be driving. A concerned citizen who apparently had learned of the officer’s search, called the station and told the dispatcher where the car was parked. Fischer arrested a 17-year-old juvenile. Also arrested was Paul Parpart, 18 of Laurel, who was charged with theft and minor in possession and unlawful transaction with a child. Sgt. Hinz of the Sheriff’s office was unable to catch the third person who ran from the residence but Bobby Dean Busby, 25, of Laurel was later arrested and charged with theft, obstructing a peace officer and unlawful transaction.

The birth of Chelsea Marie Kyriss was announced.

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department responded to one call in the past week, a trash can fire started by hot ashes, said Chief Darrell McGillen. McGillen said winter and the holiday season contribute to many needless fires, and urged residents to use caution when disposing of their fireplace ashes and stringing together Christmas lights.


50 years ago

Dec. 27, 1967

A long distance phone call from Vietnam made a Laurel family’s Christmas complete. Lance Corporal James Edgmond, currently station in Vietnam, telephoned his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Edgmond Sunday evening from Vietnam. The call was made via a ham radio station in Barstow, Calif. Many servicemen were granted the privilege of calling home over the holidays, therefore, the call was limited to 15 minutes. “Jim wanted to tell all his friends in Laurel hello and to wish them a Merry Christmas,” Mrs. Edgmond said.

All the people involved in the collecting and the transportation of the donations would like to thank all the folks—workers, farmers and businessmen from Yellowstone, Carbon and Stillwater counties and the city of Livingston, who made the Christmas Caravan to Butte and Anaconda such a huge success. It showed that people are willing to help those who are temporarily in need.

The women almost out bowled the men last week at Palace Lanes. Leading the way for the gals was Jo Little who had a 235 game and a 507 series. High series for the women went to Gayle Kautz with a 538. For the men Bill Seigel had high game with a 241 but high series went to Darrell J. McGillen with a 618.

Six Laurel Senior High School girls competed in the third annual Miss Junior Miss contest sponsored by the Laurel Jaycees. Competing were Doreen Mahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Mahan; Nikki Nelson, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Vincent B. Nelson; Wanda Philhower, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Philhower; Mary Glynn George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. George; Ginger Dolechek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Dolechek, and Claudine Michels, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Michels. The winner of the Laurel Miss Junior Miss pageant will advance to the state contest early in 1968. The reigning Miss Laurel Junior Miss is Jeannie Muri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Muri. Duane Behm is chairman of the 1967 Miss Junior Miss pageant.


75 years ago

Dec. 23, 1942

In a period of three weeks Laurel women produced 100 quilts for the Red Cross, Mrs. B.L. Price, chairman of that activity reported. Quality of the work was superb and many of the quilts were works of art. The Red Cross chapter called for 100 to be made complete in a month. Women’s organizations and individuals responded and began piecing tops. As the work progressed, fillings and backs were added and final stitching completed. Instead of a month, all quilts had been completed in three weeks. At request of chapter officers the entire lot was shipped immediately—without time for to display specimens for public inspection. The quilts were very much needed for immediate service. There is a call for another 100 after Christmas. Backs for the quilts, Mrs. Price said, were bought with war relief funds.

Among other reasons for joining the army: Stomach-aches. For, declares Dr. Walter C. Alvarez, professor of medicine, army routine may cure many stomach ailments.  “The high-strung intensely ambitious man who may have been driving himself to ulcers in his business,” he suggests, “may find military life a haven of peace. ”Others will do the planning for him. He’ll relax, forget his personal schemes, and presently find that army chow goes through his food canal without so much as a whimper, much less a growl.” Of course, he added, army life is no sure cure for ulcers. Many a little man, he declared, finds that war hazards intensify rather than cure ulcers. “But the man whose nervous energy in private life may have been upsetting his stomach could quite possibly find better health taking orders from Uncle Sam.” One the other hand, those subject to military worries “are at a tremendous disadvantage. They can’t get a glass of milk every two hours as they should do in private life. The tensions of war may knock them out before they ever get close to an enemy bullet.

Among the 60 draftees who left Billings by bus Friday for final examination and induction into the army at Butte were Herman Fox, Henry Kautz and Oscar Vanberg. As the men boarded the busses in Billings they were given Bibles, candy and cigarettes by the Kiwanis and Business and Professional Woman’s club.


100 years ago

Dec. 19,1917

Carl Wagner, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner, was brought home from the hospital in Billings Wednesday. Carl had his leg broken and his hip badly injured about six weeks ago. He was climbing into a wagon over the wheel, when the horses started, catching the child’s leg in the wheel. It is reported that the boy will probably be able to walk as well as ever in a few weeks.

The regular meeting of the Laurel Commercial Chamber was held at the Merchants hotel Thursday evening. The meeting was called to order by its president, C.L. Morris. A communication from the secretary of the Yellowstone Trail association was read. Written by Sec. Cooley the letter urged cooperation of Laurel in maintaining the organization and pointed out that Red Lodge was very anxious to have the trail run to the Cody entrance of Yellowstone park, as it formerly did, but was discontinued on account of division of the trail beginning in Laurel. The communication was laid on the table until the next meeting.

Alex Propp, the 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Propp, who reside in Germantown, was killed Thursday when he was run down by a switch engine near the round house. Young Propp was engaged in track work with a crew under George Harper. It was very cold and the wind was blowing and snow was falling. The engine crew, consisting of Engineer Madden and Fireman Hurzler, did not see the accident knew nothing of it until the engine had passed over the body. Both legs were cut off and the head was severed from the body. The funeral was Sunday at the German Congregational church and interment was made in the Laurel cemetery.

Frank Annerer, the Dry Head rancher, who shot and killed his wife and wounded Seth Tripp, a neighboring rancher, who died a week later in a Billings hospital, when he found the pair alone in the Annerer shack at midnight Nov. 2, was found not guilty of murder by a jury in the district court. Annerer’s trial was had on the charge of killing Mrs. Annerer. It is understood that no information will be filed against Annerer for the death of Tripp.


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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