A look back at Laurel History -6/22/17

100 years ago the Clarks Fork river threatened the bridge at the mouth of the stream

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Outlook managing editor


25 years ago

June 24, 1992

Births were announced for Matthew Joseph Martinez, Macy Lynn Dugan, Ciera Nicole Doechek, Sarah Nichole Kisch and Logan Kale Crowe.

The Laurel Herbstfest board has started painting the new downtown decorations for the fest. The board made German style chalets which need to be painted. The Herbstfest Committee is seeking volunteers to help. The committee appreciates donations of flowers and baskets already received, but is seeking more baskets to filled with flowers to add to the decorations.

The Locomotive Inn advertised a Thursday Night German Buffet. It featured Katofelund Glase, or potato and dumplings; pork chops and kraut and steamed German sausage. Adults $5.95 and youth, 8 and under, $3.50

A Haus of Realty held the official grand opening of its new office at 309 First Ave. Members of the business community held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the business to its new location.


50 years ago

June 28, 1967

City crews are busy on First Ave. replacing worn cast iron water pipe with asbestos cement pipe, John Daley, city engineer, said Tuesday. Approximately 3,000 feet of pipe will be replaced, Daley estimated. “We’re going to replace any that doesn’t look good to us,” he said. Cause of the hurry in getting the job done is the new secondary road the state plans to construct along First Ave. The city fathers decided at last council that any repair work should be done before construction starts.

For eight-year-old Tim Barnhart, his family, and the many Laurel persons who were concerned about the youngster, Saturday was a great day. Tim returned home Saturday after spending four months undergoing burn treatments and therapy in the Shrine Burns Institute in Galveston, Tex. Feb. 15. Timmy, then 7, was critically burned over nearly half of his body when he prepared to “surprise” mom by getting his own lunch. Quick action of the part of six-year-old brother, Mike, who persuaded Tim to roll in a rug, probably saved Tim’s life.

The Laurel Jayceens met Thursday in the home of Mrs. Marvin Carter. Mrs. Gary Pfaff served as co-hostess. Plans were discussed to assist the Jaycees with the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and the River Boat Float in July.

Bob Gauthier, president of the Park City Wranglers 4-H Club held its meeting June 19. Renee Lenhardt gave her report on the livestock judging tour; Clare Thatcher on the past sheep meeting; Linda Eisenman on the planning meeting for the county 4-H picnic; and Bonnie Wagner on the cooking meeting. 


75 years ago

June 24, 1942

The cost of operating Laurel public schools is expected to show a rather small increase - $6,000 - in the coming new fiscal year, a survey of the proposed 1942-43 budget reveals. The gain is expected to consist of about $2,000 in the elementary department and $4,000 in the high school department, comparing the new budget to the one in effect for the year just closed.

Victor Eisenmann, who left Tuesday for the service, was honored Sunday evening at the hall by the 4-H Wranglers Livestock club, of which he was president. He has completed 10 years of club work.

To celebrate their wedding anniversary and Fathers’ day, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Shay held a family picnic dinner Sunday at their home.

R.J. Williams and Son advertised 50 acres irrigated land for sale with good building; 200 acres pasture land; $7,000. 

In Letters from our Boys, Pvt. Ralleigh W. Easton wrote: Just a line to say hello and give a new address. I graduated from the US army air corps school at Sheppard Field May 30, and I am now working on a maintenance crew here in southern Texas. The weather here surely gets hot, and I am beginning to believe it’s hard to beat good old Montana. Thanks again for the paper and your trouble.

Advanced first aid certificates were received by Mrs. Gertrude Burdette, Mrs. Rachel Scheidecker, Mrs. William Schacher, Mrs. Mafra Sears, Mrs. P.A. Johnston, Mrs. B. Dantic, Mrs. R.C. Brown, Mrs. Frances Beslanwitch, Miss Vera Anderson, Mrs. Ethel Bender, Mrs. F.W. Graff and Mrs. Doris Armstrong.


100 years ago

June 20, 1917

High water of the Clarks Fork threatened the bridge at the mouth of the stream. G.E. Settergren, chairman of the public road committee of the Laurel Commercial chamber, took the matter up with the Carbon County authorities in an endeavor to get some action immediately in order to save the bridge.

At a meeting held last week in the Sande Drug store 25 young men of the city made a proposition to the city council to reorganize the Laurel volunteer fire department. Many of the firemen have moved away and the ones left did not attend fires or meetings of the department. There has always been enough on hand to fight fire, but there was not enough left to put the apparatus back in the city hall properly.

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Graff and little son and Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Walton and family spent Sunday fishing in the Stillwater near Absarokee. Although the stream was out of its banks Mr. Walton succeeded in making the splendid catch of 27 beauties.

Work has commenced Tuesday morning excavating for the new residence Dr. R. Broughton is having erected on the corner south of his present residence. The building will be 28x32 feet with 10 rooms, a full basement and porches. It will be among the finest and most expensive dwellings in the city. It’s cost is approximately $4,500.


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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