A look back at Laurel history - 12/7/17

Starting auto in 1917 dangerous, ask Jake Kifer of Park City
Compiled by Kathleen Gilluly
Outlook managing editor
In 1917, travelers were urged to make plans to stay home, or at least not to ride the rails. Trains were booked with soldiers coming home on furlough or heading out to serve their country. It wasn’t unusual for depots to be packed with woman and children waving and wishing the soldiers well as they came through town.


25 years ago

Dec. 2, 1992

Keith Thompson pled not guilty in Laurel City Court Wednesday to charges of doing business without a valid business license. He appeared on behalf of his wife, Kinder Kloset owner, Jean Carroll Thompson. The city of Laurel filed a complaint against the Kinder Kloset in city court, alleging that Keith Thompson sold a bus ticket to Big Timber Nov. 19. The complaint stated that although the Kinder Kloset is a licensed business in Laurel, the sale of the bus ticket is a violation of the store’s license. The Kinder Kloset’s existing license is for a clothing store. Throughout the past several months, the city and the Thompsons have argued over whether the Kinder Kloset was one business or two. Keith Thompson contends that the business license purchased for the clothing store is sufficient to cover the bus depot. According to the Clerk of the City Court, the Thompson’s case will be heard by City Judge Larry Herman sometime in February 1993.

Births were announced for Sean Phillip Young and Ambri Alexis Stein.

Dodie Fox won first place with a score of 685 in the individual competition of the Laurel Women’s Invitational Bowling Tournament at Palace Lanes. The first-place team was the Strikers, who bowled a score of 3013. Members of the Strikers are Vi Frickel, Kerry Downing, Connie Cruse, Dolly Kroll and Fran Huff.


50 years ago

Dec. 13, 1967

Santa and his elves will pass out treats and Santa will hear requests from children when he and his helpers are in Firemen’s Park Monday evening. The Laurelaires will be on hand to sing, adding real notes of Christmas cheer to the occasion. There will be the annual free show and treat party for all children in this area Saturday. The show, in the Royal Theatre, will be “Mamu, the Whale.” The 90-minute film will be followed by presentation of treats at the fire hall, with members of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department assisting Santa. To prepare for the event, firemen, their wives, and guests, will sack candy at the fire hall. There will be 1,292 pounds of candy, 500 pounds of peanuts and 1,600 popcorn balls. In addition to all this, Santa has a supply of candy canes and other little treats.

Critically burned Feb. 15, Tim Barnhart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnhart, is in Galveston, Tex., for corrective surgery to relax a contraction of one arm. First sent to the Shrine Burns Institute in Galveston shortly after he was burned, Tim has undergone extensive grafting and is making excellent progress. He received second and third degree buns of 70 percent of his body when his clothes caught fire as he attempted to prepare his own lunch and surprise his mother. A brother, Mike, rolled Tim in a rug to smother the flames. Tim’s first trip to Galveston was in a plane supplied by the Al Bedoo Temple Sky Patrol. He was returned from the burn institute in June. This time his mother will stay with him while he is in the hospital and hopes to bring him home by Christmas.

The Laurel Locomotives will travel to Hardin to do battle with the Bulldogs in Laurel’s first conference game of the young season. In a preveiw, the Trainmen, sporting new uniforms and warm-ups, set the crowd talking as they used a little razzle-dazzle in their pre-game warm-ups. A dribbling exhibition, followed by fancy passes to the ever famous “Sweet Georgia Brown” tune, and a tipping drill grave the fans some conversation material. The drills are meant to give the Locomotives better and surer ball handling. Bob Crow and Warren Bickford led Laurel with Jack Frickel, Dean Frickel, Jim Stevens, and Tom Perrigo looking good. The game promises to be exciting as the Bulldogs always give Laurel a good game at Hardin.


75 years ago

Dec. 9, 1942

John Beslanwitch, veteran of the first World war and enlisted for the duration of the present war, was seriously injured in an automobile accident a week ago Sunday at Camp Butner, N.C., according to information received here this week by Mrs. Beslanwitch. A letter from an army chaplain said Beslanwitch sustained a broken vertebra and that he had been placed in a cast. Detailed information was lacking. Mrs. Beslanwitch has wired for further information and may go to her husband, if permitted. Beslanwitch was rural mail carrier here when he enlisted. His wife has been doing the work since he left. A week ago the Laurel Outlook published a letter he had written after arrival at Camp Butner, in which he sent greetings to his Laurel friends.

William Ziegler received a telegram Saturday from his brother Arthur, 24, who is in Europe or Africa with United States forces. The message did not disclose his location but said he was well and had received a Christmas package from home. Arthur was with the first troops going to Ireland.

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Michael and daughter, Miss Lydia Michael, have moved from Silesia and are residing at 421 Durland Ave.

Mrs. Alex Frickel and John Pupp visited last week in Harlowton at the home of their brother, George Rupp.

For a long time Mr. and Mrs. E. Freund did not hear from their son, Bob Freund. This week they got a letter, which explained why. He is in the New Guinea jungle, fighting Japs. The letter was dated nearly a month ago. He gives a limited description of the conflict in which he is engaged with others of General MacArthur’s command. He expressed the opinion that another campaign would wipe out the Japs and that he might be able to come home for a visit. He mentions the conditions under which the fighting is being done—dense jungle growth, rain, mud and heat. The enemy and natural hazards keep the men close to their positions.


100 years 

Dec. 5, 1917

The patriotic parade that was held here Sunday was the largest parade ever seen in Laurel. It was estimated that fully 2,500 people took part in the demonstration. There were approximately 500 children in the line of march. The parade formed at the Laurel State Bank corner and went east on Main street to the Skauge-Olson corner, thence north to the Merchants hotel, thence west to Settergren’s and then north to the the street passing the gymnasium building, where the speaking took place. The parade was headed by four veterans of other wars. they occupied a place of honor upon the platform. The old soldiers were: Col. D.H. McCauley, civil war veteran; Judge A.P. Hart, civil war veteran; Philip Reiterman, civil war veteran; and Judge W.L.G. Unger, veteran of the Indian wars of 1872-73. Then came the bank, made up of bagpipers and members of the Laurel drum and fife corps, assisted by members of the Billings drum and fife corps. The lady members of the American Red Cross came next, followed by the school children of the city.The members of the Carmen’s union came next and then the full citizenship followed. The parade was the biggest one ever seen in Laurel and is conclusive proof that a united effort will be made to win the war. The German-town settlement was well represented and it was estimated that fully 98 per cent of the Laurel school children took part. The enthusiasm ran high. The weather was ideal for this season, thus swelling the attendance far beyond the expectation of the most sanguine.

The beet dump closed at Hesper last Thursday.

George Barker is sick with lagrappe at this writing.

Joe Danford, a pioneer resident of this county and known to all as “Uncle Joe,” is very ill at his home.

Mr. and Mrs. Fenner, parents of the two Mrs. Schwantes, are visiting the Schwante families.

Dick Helmers came in from the Basin Friday with a load of wheat.

Jake Kifer of Park City is carrying his arm in a sling resulting from a broken wrist received here last Tuesday when his Ford car kicked as he was attempting to crank it. The accident occurred in front of the Charles Davis coal office. the fracture was bad and part of the broken bone protruded through the flesh. The fracture was reduced and it is getting along as well as could be expected under the circumstances.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, April 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, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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