A look back at Laurel History - 5/11/17

Men told to volunteer rather than be drafted in 1917
Outlook managing editor
Growing a “Victory Garden,” was important during WWII when rationing was in effect.
Patriotism was important in 1917 as the U.S. was entering WWI.

25 years ago

May 13, 1992

Births were announced for Sarah Nicole Snow, Aimee Adele Zink Fogle and Cole Michael Young.

Contracts are in the mail to the 1992 Laurel Herbstfest entertainers. Headliners for the event are the Ficors of Canada; the Happy Valley Garn of North Dakota; the Allen Brothers of Billings; the Highlighters of Livingston; and the Kreiter Family of Billings. Several local entertainers are being contacted to perform in the Bierstube and courtyard. Winner of the raffle to benefit Herbstfest was Lori Frickel, $100. Work will soon begin on the miniature chalets that will be placed during Herbstfest week on the poles in downtown Laurel. 

L.D. Collins won first place at the Area 6 Toastmasters International Speak Off held in Billings. Carol Kukes placed second in the Topics Contest. They are members of the Chief Joseph Toastmasters Club of Laurel.


50 years ago

May 17, 1967

Student city officials viewed the regular city council session Tuesday night then conducted a brief meeting in which they unanimously accepted a cable television antenna system, an item the young lawmakers-for-a-day had just heard councilmen discuss and elect to leave in committee. Dave Burns was elected council president in first action taken by the student council. Items discussed included the newly suggested pay-swim plan; traffic regulations around the high school and cable TV.

“Down by the Old Mill Stream” is the theme for the annual junior-senior high school Style Show planned Thursday in the senior high school auditorium. Garments will be modeled by home economic students of Miss Pat Morgan and Mrs. B.A. McBride. Nancy Bermes and Verna Miller will participate in a short skit introducing the style show and background music for the show will be provided by Jane Cartwright and Shirley Ryder. Narrators will be Linda Gerke and Linda Lorash with vocal numbers being sung by Linda Smith and Wanda Philhower.

Marine Private James E. Edgmond, son of Mr. and Mrs. John N. Edgmond of Route 1, Laurel, has completed four weeks of individual combat training in California. 

Kent Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs,. B. Meyer Harris, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Officer Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas. Lieutenant Harris is being assigned to Laughlin for training as a pilot.


75 years ago

May 13, 1942

Even the hens out at F.W. Schauer’s ranch west of Laurel are bent on winning the war by contributing greater efforts towards production. One of the hens there laid an egg Wednesday that had circumference measurements of 6.5 inches and 8 inches. Mr. Schauer. in his lifetime has seen thousands of eggs but this, he said, exceeded anything of the kind he had ever encountered.

Initial deliveries of chrome concentrates from the Benbow mine at Dean in Stillwater county were made Friday at Columbus, the railroad shipping point, according to reports reaching Laurel. There had previously been some shipments of the regular ore, which went to Butte for tests. The concentrate material, delivered from Dean to Columbus by truck was described as “looking like cinders with jewels in it.” Chrome is a decidedly critical metal in the production of war munitions. With foreign sources shut off, the federal government authorized development of the Stillwater deposits to replace the metal that had once come from abroad.

Mrs. Fred Feuerbacher of 214 Durland avenue was made happy on Mother’s day when she received a message of greeting from her son Fred Jr. who is in Australia. The family had not heard from him for two months.

Dungan McCauley, son of Dr. and Mrs. D.H. McCauley, returned to Laurel recently from Seattle. He will be at home for a short time before entering the service. He is slated to leave early in June for St. Marry’s college, Berkeley, Calif. to receive training as a naval air cadet.

News from Trewin: Mr. and Mrs. Zeiler of Billings were visiting Mrs. Zeiler’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry Robertus and family Sunday.

Charles Grubs attended the junior-senior prom of the Laurel high school at Riverside park Saturday evening.

Charles Schwab made a trip to Fromberg Sunday.

Miss Ruby Livergood and Miss Maryetta Whitmyer conducted the sugar rationing registration in this district this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindauer of Columbus moved this week to the Vandenberg farm near the river.


100 years ago

May 9, 1917

Joe Gilles and brother of Spring Creek have finished drilling in 60 acres of spring wheat.

Mrs. Bob Tharalson of Laurel visited tat the home of Mrs. Lofgren of Park City last week.

Mrs. John Mohland and children, Miss Mary Schessler and Jake Benner of Park City visited in Laurel Sunday at the home of Henry Schessler.

That the patriotism of the young men of Montana should result in their answering the call to the colors now instead of waiting until the selection conscription is started, is the belief of the recruiting officer at Fort Harrison, who has some very definite views of army life and opportunities at the present time. State pride should prove a material factor, also, he says. Young men joining now could be assured of service with the Montana regiment, while later on they may be sent to any regiment. “Within the next few days in all probability, the congress will have passed a compulsory military service bill that will forever prevent men from volunteering. We are war now and it is not to be a war of weaklings, but a war of strong men against an enemy who is well versed in all the essentials that go to make up an efficient fighting machine.”


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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503


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