A look back at Laurel History - 5/25/17

Fifteen-pound son born to Canyon Creek parents in 1917
Outlook managing editor
In 1942, folks could have shoes repaired or resold. New Method Shoe Repair shop claimed savings from repairing shoes could go towards war bonds.
The Montana Power Company recognized Memorial Day with a somber message and  a V for Victory.

25 years ago

May 27, 1992

Winners of the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award for 1992 were Nichol Walila and Jeff McCullough. The award goes to an outstanding senior girl and boy. 

Laurel High School student Randy Scammon, son of Les and Penny Scammon, has received the Leuthold Foundation Leadership Award. He is the 20th senior student to receive the award in that many years.

Dusty Hahn has been selected Valedictorian for the Joliet High School Class of 1992. Salutatorian for the class is Lana Luoma.

Among Laurel’s 1992 graduating class were Don Esterholt, Shawna Wheeler, Paul Thomae, David Lave, Lisa Wood, Ecko Edwards, John Sieps, Tracy Emineth, Tony Killebrew, Chris Dantic, Kevin Shay and Susan Reiter.


50 years ago

May 31, 1967

“Success in life comes most often to those who are willing to exert just a little extra effort,” Leon H. Johnson, president of Montana State University at Bozeman, told 132 graduating seniors Monday evening, when the fifty-seventh annual commencement was held in the gymnasium.

Mrs. Fred Hilgert presented a program entitled, “Things to grow in the shade,” when the Laurel Garden Club met in the home of Mrs. D.H. Barney. Twenty members and one guest attended.

Miss Karen Ann Bieber was honored with a family picnic held in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon following her confirmation. Attending were the Rev. and Mrs. Paul Ranum, John Ranum of Billings, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bieber and Linda Day of Bridger, Mr. and Mrs. August Metzger and sons, Miss Darlene Frickel and the honored guest.

The second Jaycee-sponsored Road-e-o will be Saturday, Irvin Wood, Jaycee chairman announced. The contest, which is open to any licensed driver under 19 years of age, will be in the senior high school parking lot. There will be two first place winners, a boy and a girl. The local winners will advance to the state contest in Miles City. State winner’s will compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. Successful first place contestants will receive a $4,000 scholarship. 


75 years ago

May 27, 1942

Mrs. Dan Ives, a sister of Mrs. Frances Barney of Laurel, was in the path of a tornado two weeks ago at Emery, Wis. The twister destroyed the house in which Mrs. Ives and her family were at the time, but no one was hurt. Many freakish things happen in connection with a cyclone. In this instance a piece of tin from a metal roof cut the heads off two sheep.

Although WPA crews work only 15 days a month and despite scarcity of materials, the city’s new sewage disposal plant, with connecting lines, is 80 or more per cent completed. Considerable of the work—trenching, laying pipe and excavating for plant units—was done during the winter and early spring. The pumphouse is nearly completed and the floculator has progressed to the point where next installations will be motors, skimmer sweeps and similar equipment. Virtually all the concrete work has been done on the floculator. Still to be built is the digester, a unit south of the others.

Laurel business houses will be closed all day Saturday, conforming to the custom of observing Memorial day. In the majority of instances business of all kind will suspend Friday night and will not resume until Monday morning.

“Ride them safely,” the women of the American Legion auxiliary are telling Americans who are using bicycles to solve their transportation problems. The regular June meeting of the auxiliary will be a picnic in the McCauley yard.

Every week the Outlook sends some 150 copies of the paper to Laurel young men who are in various branches of the service. In reply, the Outlook has received many letters. One Laurel boy recently received his Christmas cake (it was green with mold) and 20 copies of the Outlook. One letter postmark indicating a foreign address said, in part, “I look forward to each issue of the Outlook and save all the back issue to read over and over. I wish you would publish my best wishes to all my friends in Laurel especially Mr. and Mrs. O.V. Howe and family. (The soldier used to work for Howe, delivering milk. He was one of the ”family” for a while.-Editor’s note.) The best news I’ve heard yet is about Tokyo being bombed. I might be back in Laurel after all, don’t you think? I suppose Laurel has changed quite a bit. It has been a couple of years since I was last there, although I have always thought of it as home. I suppose all the boys I went to school with are being called into the services. I sure would like to get in touch with some of them. Do you know where Donald Libecap went to? -Pfc. John M. Basta


100 years ago

May 23, 1917

Art Flemming received a painful injury Friday, having his arm kicked by a horse. Fortunately no bones were broken, but he will have no use of the arm for some time.

State authorities were authorized today to fill present regiments or other units up to full war strength making a force of approximately 329,945 men and 9,847 officers. No new national guard organizations will be accepted until this is done. Indications are that registration will begin June 3, to be completed within five days, and to be followed by the process of selection which will determine the first 500,000 men called to the colors.

Francis Nutter of Park City was called to Hysham Sunday by the illness of her mother.

Superintendent G.L. Danford turned water into the Canyon creek ditch last Saturday.

A 15-pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Richards Sunday at Canyon Creek. Dr. Stripp of Billings was in attendance.

The Allendale school closed Friday. Miss Bray took her pupils to the river for a picnic. Miss Condon dismissed her room and noon and left Friday for her home in Livingston.


Upcoming Events

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.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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