A look back at Laurel history

Compiled by
Outlook managing editor

25 year ago
Jan. 15, 1992
Laurel residents showed an apparent lack of concern with municipal costs last week, when only one person showed up at the Laurel City Council’s public hearing on a proposed garbage rate increase.
A 68-year-old Joliet woman was charged with obstructing a peace officer after repeated attempts to engage various Laurel officers in physical fights. According to reports, Loretta Harper Hull was the passenger in a vehicle stopped at 2:30 a.m.. Officers placed the driver of the vehicle, Wendelin Fettig of Roberts under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. When officers attempted to transport Hull to the police station and call a ride for her, she became very aggressive and abusive to the officers. Officer Mary Ann Rangitch stated that Hull attempted several times to engage her in a fist fight at the corner of East Main St. and Hazel. Hull, who was also reported to be extremely intoxicated, swung her fist at an officer, overbalanced, and fell into a snow-filled ditch. When officers attempted to help the woman, she refused to cooperate or get up. After she got out of the ditch, Rangitch again attempted to give Hull a ride to the station. After agreeing to be transported Hull’s handcuffs were removed. Once at the station, Hull continued to verbally abuse officers and to threaten them physically. After several such instances at the station, Hull was placed under arrest.
Births were announced for Hannah Marie Bares, Ryan Joseph Blom and Elias Fraga, III.
Laurel will be the Yellowstone County seat for a day next week. Representatives of the county government will conduct business from the Laurel City Hall board room on Thursday. Citizen participation is welcomed and encouraged.
The Laurel Locomotives had it, then lost it. After leading by 11 points at the half in a Class A basketball game in Livingston last week, the Locomotives saw their lead evaporate in the second half and eventually lost in the closing minutes by an 80-73 score.

50 years ago
Jan. 18, 1967
The City Council has demanded that immediate action be taken to finish demolition of the church structure that was vacated by the Assembly of God when it was undermined by flooding last year. Since then the congregation has decided to demolish the building and salvage the brick for resale. The job has been in progress for a long time and has become a matter of concern to adjacent property owners. They view the weakened structure as a threat to their own property, fearing the walls will tumble down on them without warning.
Mrs. Ralph Lumsdon conducted a candlelight installation ceremony when the Valley View Homemaker’s Extension club met with Mrs. Douglas Steinhardt. The meeting was conducted by Mrs. Leo Kamp and attended by twelve members and two guests, Mrs. Brunson and Mrs. Mary Loewens. Two new members, Mrs. David Loewens and Mrs. Evelyn Kent, were welcomed into club membership. Roll call was answered with New Year’s resolutions. The program, “Resource development,” was presented by Mrs. George Stebbins.
Laurel’s Junior Miss, Miss Jeanne Muri, left early Tuesday for Kalispell where she will participate in the Montana state Junior Miss Pageant. Junior Miss contestants will be guests in various Kalispell homes and an open house scheduled Tuesday evening by the Kalispell Jaycees will afford contestants the opportunity of becoming better acquainted. Wednesday marks the beginning of four busy days for the Junior Miss candidates who will not be allowed to see family members until the pageant’s conclusion Saturday. In the talent division Miss Muri will present a serious declamation, “The Creation,” a Negro sermon by James Weldon Johnson .
Installation of officers for the Laurel Kiwanis Club took place at the Owl Cafe Wednesday evening. New officers are Art Thompson, Pres., Charles A. George, V.P., and Richard Chilcotte, Sec. Treas. Installing officer was Joseph Hocke of Billings, Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis Div. four. Installation was combined with a Ladies’ Night, Flowers were presented to Mrs. Art Thompson wife of the new club president, Mrs. Peter Yegan , Jr., wife of the founder of the Laurel Kiwanis Club and Mrs. Sandy Blackner, who accompanied outgoing club president, the Rev. James P. Crosby.
Approximately 241 pounds of soap for Vietnam has been collected so far this week, Les Frank chairman reported. Soap collected from several motels and hotels amounted to 111 pounds and an additional 25 pounds was donated by the Laurel Co-op. Soap collection boxes have been placed in all the drug and grocery stores in Laurel. The Jaycees will sponsor an afternoon matinee of comics Saturday. Admission will be two bars of soap.
Mr. and Mrs. George Miller were guests of honor Sunday when a reception honoring them on their 50th wedding anniversary was held at the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hettinger. A three-tiered white wedding cake centered the serving table. The cake, baked and decorated by Mrs. Chet Herbert, was decorated with orange roses and topped with a gold numeral “50” on a white base trimmed with gold lace. Two bouquets of yellow mums and glass candelabras with gold tapers, further decorated the table. Mrs. Virginia Myer cut and served the cake and Miss Susan Barthuly, granddaughter of the honored couple, and Mrs. George Miller, attended the serving table. Miss Pat Barthuly another granddaughter was in charge of the guest book. Mr. and Mrs. Miller were married Jan. 14, 1917, in Fromberg, at the home of the bridegroom’s parents. they resided in Fromberg for three months when they moved to Laurel have resided since that time. Miller was employed by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1917 and retired in 1961. In addition to their three children, the Millers have 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

75 years ago
Jan. 14, 1942
Elk carcasses tied to automobiles passing through Laurel this week indicated the firing line at Gardiner is taking a heavy toll from the herd crossing at the north boundary of Yellowstone park. Observers here said they believed at least 50 carcasses passed through Laurel Monday. A good many cars bore Wyoming licenses. Wearing red garments, several Laurel hunters have joined the firing line at Gardiner. Elk brought home have not been as fat as in some former years, say butchers who have done the cutting. At the annual take at the north edge of the park is a means for keeping the herd reduced in number to fit the range available. The slaughter has been in vogue many years.
In Trewin this week: Mr. and Mrs. Claude Reynolds and family have moved into the farm house recently vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sell. Everyone is rejoicing that the weather has moderated. Roads that have been drifted in with snow are open again for traffic. Amos Flood and sons Sam and John and Charles Grubs attended the show in Laurel Sunday afternoon. Emma Harriet and Charles Grubs were supper guests of Miss Jean Bongiani Sunday.
The “crash-conditioning” of Britons shell-shocked in air raids by subjecting them to additional noise was described to members of the Medical association. The idea of blasting the ears of persons who already are psychopathic and confined to hospitals may be fantastic. But it works. It didn’t work, however, on a group of people who heard for the first time the whine of dive bombers, the shrieks of falling bombs and the blasts as they struck. The sound picture of what modern air war is like made women faint and men shudder or get up and leave. These records have been used in the newest experiment of the war on men, women and children who are frightened even by a door squeak, subjecting them to terrifying noises in blacked-out cellars or at midnight in a hospital ward. The process was described as one of deconditioning persons to bomb-raid noises.
100 years ago
Jan. 10, 1917
The remarkable vitality shown by Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) said by his physician to be dying, was a source of amazement to his medical attendant and members of the family at his bedside. According to Dr. J.H. East, who has been in constant attendance, the noted scout gained strength during the day, although the heart action was very weak and digestive functions had ceased. Early tonight it was said he had been sleeping quietly for two hours. A late bulletin issued by Dr. East said: “He may live for several days, and in view of his condition I would be greatly surprised if the end comes before at least 12 hours.
In Park City news this week: Mrs. William Bowles is much better. Frank Young of the Basin was in town last week. Mr. Christianson purchased a new Ford car last week. Last week, “Dad” Cummings purchased the restaurant owned by Otto Rousseau. Commissioner B.F. Harris went to Columbus on the stub Monday to meet with the other commissioners. J.W. Corwin is dangerously ill at his home from an attack of appendicitis. Mr. Corwin has had several attacks of this disease, but this one seems to be the worst. A telegram was sent Sunday to his brother, Dr. F.E. Corwin, whose home is in California. Mr. Corwin wishes to have the doctor present in case an operation proves necessary.
The fire insurance adjuster for the company that held the insurance on the Union hotel was here Sunday and made the adjustment for damage done by the fire. He allowed between $400 and $500 on both the building and the contents.
A touching incident occurred at Helena the other day when Rep. Frank Buchanan of Hesper met Benjamin Malben, a battlefield companion, whom he had not seen since one shot-torn day during Sherman’s campaign in the Civil war. On this day the two soldiers, Buchanan and Malben were thrown together in the midst of the conflict and during the time they fought side by side became fast friends. With the end of the battle they were separated, as Buchanan was a member of the Second Indiana and Malben was a member of the Eighth New York. The account of the incident follows: “It was at the G.A.R. banquet the other evening that Mr. Buchanan who is a representative from Yellowstone county, was relating a particular incident of some battle and was telling of how some member from another company stood by his side during the heat of battle. In an instant Ben Malben jumped to his feet. With tear-dimmed eyes he searched the face of Mr. Buchanan for some signs of recognition and found it. In another moment they were in each other’s arms living again the stirring scenes of more than half a century ago. It was the first time either veteran had seen the other in all these years and their unexpected reunion at this little banquet took them back over the scenes of years ago and brought tears to the eyes of those who looked on and understood.”


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, May 1, 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. 
Monday, May 6, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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