A look back at Laurel history - 6/8/17

‘Privileged officialism’ makes Laurel man’s blood boil in 1942, D.C. lawmakers get unlimited gas during rationing
Kathleen Gilluly
Outlook managing editor

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Outlook managing editor

25 years ago
June 10, 1992
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department was called to the site of an explosion where an area man was injured. According to chief Darrell McGillen, Doug Robison was injured while apparently cleaning out a well on Atchison Dr. McGillen said it appeared that in an effort to clean out a well on the property, Robison dropped some type of explosive down the well head. When the well head erupted, Robison sustained injuries to his foot and leg. He was hospitalized.
Births were announced for Max Reid Guenthner and Steffanie Anne Robertus.
Laurel once again has its own radio station. Big Sky Radio, KBSR 1490 AM, is now broadcasting oldies right here in downtown Laurel. According to station manager Dok Jarock, Big Sky Radio is here to stay. “Big Sky Radio is in the hands of owners who are concerned about this area. They live here, pay taxes here, and are concerned about the community.” All of the content is fed via satellite from Denver.

50 years ago
June 14, 1967
Wiggy Web, owned by Jake Frank of Park City and Tom Risinger of Cody took the grand champion quarter horse stallion ribbon at the annual horse show at Forsyth. Mr. Frank took second in senior reining and placed third in junior reining and third in calf roping. His daughter, Karen, placed third in the barrel race.
Approximately 30 Laurel students are enrolled in the summer remedial reading program and approximately 55 students are receiving speech and hearing therapy in the speech clinic, both being conducted for the next six weeks in the Fred Graff elementary school. Mrs. Emily Buck is conducting daily classes in remedial reading for students in grades three through eight who are capable but have developed problems; Miss Sylvia Loendorf of Billings, speech therapist, is conducting a clinic for students with problems in stuttering, delayed speech and mental retardation.

75 years ago
June 10, 1942
Following a series of warm days that released much melted snow water from the mountains, the Yellowstone river this week approaches the level that was the high mark of 1918. For 150 miles the Absarokee range, Crazies north of Big Timber and Yellowstone park mountains are dumping torrents into the flood-stage river. Further swelling the Yellowstone at Laurel is the Clarks Fork, which rises in Wyoming and comes in from the south. In 1918 the situation was very grave when the flood threatened railroad and highway bridges and the headgates of important irrigation ditches. Laurel citizens formed volunteer work brigades to place sand bags at threatened points. Since then vulnerable points have been strengthened.
Announcement was made this week at the Laurel creamery, operated by J.E. O’Connell and H.D. Galusha of Helena, that A.R. Leverich, formerly manager of the plant at Worden, has become manager of the Laurel plant. He succeeds James Norup, who took over the Worden creamery Monday. Leverich had been Worden manager seven years. Butter produced there took numerous prizes in state and international dairy product shows. The ice cream department, an important division of the Laurel business, is in charge of Lyle Rasmussen, a former employe who has been at Hamilton the past three years. Ice cream and ice cream mix is supplied to the home trade and adjacent Yellowstone valley towns. Although the name of the Laurel plant has been changed from Norup Dairies to Laurel Creamery, the familiar Rose brand quality of butter and ice cream is to be continued.
From Camp Roberts, Calif.: Just a few lines to acknowledge receipt of The Outlook and to thank you very much for your kindness. We have a very nice camp here and we are training hard to make good soldiers. The weather in southern California gets hot, but we can take it. Private Alex Frank.
Mrs. O.M. Wold and Mrs. C.L. Morris returned to the city Monday from Glasgow where they had attended the state convention of P.E.O. chapters as representatives from Laurel. While in Glasgow they made an excursion to the nearby Fort Peck dam, a modern engineering marvel that controls stream flow of the upper Missouri.
On gasoline rationing in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers have given themselves unlimited amounts, Raymond Clapper says: “The attitude of these senators and representatives makes one’s blood boil.” This gasoline grab is a glaring example of privileged officialism asking the common people to make sacrifices which the officeholders do not wish to share. It’s high time that our growing army of public servants, which is acquiring more and more special privileges, was set back on its heels and made to the same kind of bread it rations out to the people.

100 years ago
June 6, 1917
Butte, June 5,—A parade of about 500 or 600 men and women, who appeared of foreign extraction, in protest against registration, at the head of which was a 12-foot red flag bearing the words, “damn the war,” started a riot. The paraders, all shouting against war and registration, had paraded but four blocks when citizens began gathering, police reserves were called and crowds began to block the passage of the paraders. Police officers grabbed the leaders of the procession, when women in the parade began clawing the officers. Thee or four shots were fired, but no one was hurt.
A cement sidewalk is being built from the property owned by J.W. Corwin, situated north of the railroad. The walk will extend south to the tracks, which will greatly improve that end of the street.
A Ford car containing seven people from Roundup upset last Sunday afternoon on the road west of Park City, near Valley creek bridge. The occupants narrowly escaped serious injuries, as it was they sustained bad bruises and some of them were obliged to visit Dr. Cram, who patched them up properly, as the doctor always does.
John Badilla, a dry land rancher residing near the head of Spring creek, was brought to Laurel last week suffering from an attack of spotted fever. The tick was removed from his back by two of his neighbors, who had called to see him after they had found he was sick. He complained that he had a sore spot on his back and they investigated and found the woodtick partially embeded in the flesh. With a sharp knife a portion of flesh was cut away and the tick removed. Badilla sent to Laurel for a doctor, but went on looking after his stock and when the doctor got there he was out rounding up his horses and had a temperature of 103 degrees. He was brought to this city and his condition is very serious. This is the first case reported here this year.
Ben Nix and Bert Matheny returned to Laurel this morning from Salt Lake City, where they had gone to join the navy. They were rejected on the final examination. Nix was rejected on account of his teeth being in poor condition and Matheny on account of slight defects in the feet. The examinations are very strict and while there was nothing much wrong with the boys their physical condition would not let them in the service.


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