A look back at Laurel History - 6/1/17

Alderman reject cable television in 1967
Montana Power touted the strength of America’s war machine in 1942, while crediting electric power for giving the U.S. the edge.
To encourage investment in War Savings Bonds and Stamps, the Outlook ran this caricature drawn by Dr. Seuss in 1942.

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25 years ago

June 3, 1992

John Goodman in “The Babe,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” and “Rock A Doodle,” were playing at the MovieHaus.

Shoppers at Ricci’s Food Farm may have noticed a change recently. Ricci’s Food Farm has become Ricci’s Thriftway. The store officially became a member of the Thriftway advertising group on Wednesday. Vince Ricci said he decided to change to the Thriftway advertising group in order to make his business more competitive in pricing, something that is important to this trade area.

Kelly and Mary Lou Smarsh are familar faces in the Laurel community. Kelly is a maintenance man at Laurel High School and Mary Lou is a secretary at West Elementary School. They have raised five children in Laurel, are active in their church, and give time to their community. Their quiet virtues were recently honored by the Montana Knights of Columbus, who selected the Smarshs as the Family of the Year for the state. 

Don and Carol Makoff of Laurel have owned and operated Orchid Dry Cleaners since 1982 and are celebrating their 10th year in business. Orchid Dry Cleaners has been a part of Laurel for 41 years. It was previously owned and operated by Ike Staley, who continues to help out at the business.


50 years ago

June 7, 1967

The Laurel City Council rejected cable television by a 4 to 3 vote following the committee report given by First Ward Alderman, Louis Yovetich. The committee arrived at a split decision. After considerable study, Yovetich reported, “no advantage whatsoever to it at the present time.” Mayor Ken Olson commented, “Laurel is not ready to say yes or no—we have to consider the masses, sit tight until the area around us moves.” Walter Parker, Fourth Ward Alderman, suggested a newspaper poll and Alderman Jerry Gass “couldn’t see the opposition, we would just be offering the people of Laurel another source of enjoyment, the choice is up to the individual.” 

The search for Phillip Keefer, 91, of Park City, has been halted. He is presumed drowned in the Yellowstone River. He and a brother, J.L. Keefer, went fishing at about 3 p.m. Saturday. They had been fishing in the same area on the George Frank farm south of Park City, when it was discovered Phillip was missing. Some of his equipment was found on the river bank near where he was last seen.

Darrell Ehrlick, a graduating senior from Laurel High School, who set a new single season basketball scoring record for his school by tallying 512 points during the past season, will enroll at the College of Great Falls in August as a prospect for the 1967-68 CGF Argonaut cage squad, according to Ray Dodds, new athletic director and basketball coach at the college.


75 years ago

June 3, 1942

The war department this week approved the construction of a war emergency highway to the huge chrome deposits in Stillwater county and the building of a new bridge across the Yellowstone river at Columbus, according to an announcement received here this week by Dr. D.H. McCauley, who had been working on the proposal, from Senator James E. Murray. 

Trifler, a horse owned by F.A. (Nibs) Hartman, is featured this week in a display of trophies and silver-trimmed riding equipment in the Main street window of the Cheerio. Trifler took every show in the state in 1930, ‘39 and ’41 as the winning ribbons attest. Also in the display is a portrait in oils of the horse. A large photograph shows him in a mountain pasture at the Branger ranch near East Rosebud lake. In the distance is the towering Absarokee range, covered with snow and evergreens. Hartman had a famous dance band several years ago. Recently he took over the Laurel Cheerio from W.R. Diefenderfer.


100 years ago

May 30, 1917

The memorial services held at the Casino theater this morning at 10 o’clock were very well attended considering the weather conditions and were very impressive. The custom of observing Decoration Day had almost become a lost one in Laurel due to the thinning of the ranks of the soldiery of the Rebellion. The committee in charge was composed of Judge W.L.G. Unger, dr. D.H. McCauley and E.L. Fenton.

The annual commencement of the Laurel high school will be held at the gymnasium June 7. The members of the class that will graduated are: Ruby Nicholas, Dorothy Turner, Daisy Munyon, Alta Fritz, Gladys Mainwaring, Alfred Warfield, Wallage Warfield, Leslie Sheets, William Hartley, Robert Richard and Amos Flood.

Every male person between the ages of 21 to 30, inclusive, regardless of whether they are citizens of the United States or not must register under the provisions of the selective draft act on June 5, Registration Day, a legal holiday. Where to register: Precinct No. 5—F.J. Valek building on Main street. Hugh B. Shields, agent; Edward Westbrook, deputy. Precinct No. 9— City Hall. E.L. Fenton, agent; G.W. Fenton, deputy. Spring Creek—W.A. Huff, agent. Byam—M.D. Hartley, agent. One year’s imprisonment is the penalty for anyone failing to present himself on that day.

There was a pretty wedding at the Lutheran church Sunday afternoon when Miss Mary Schessler was wedded to Jake Benner. both young people are well known in Park City and vicinity and their many friends wish them prosperity and happiness in their married life.

Frank Tabor and wife came to town Saturday to do some shopping and have not been able to return to the ranch at last report, on account of the rain.


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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