A look back at Laurel History - 8/17/17

Laurel man hides in plain sight for almost 20 years
This somber message was in the Laurel Outlook in 1942.

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Outlook managing editor


25 years ago

Aug. 19, 1992

A 40-year-old Laurel man, who escaped from a Washington jail in 1973, was taken into custody by Laurel police on Saturday. According to Federal Bureau of Investigations Agent Carl Zarndt, of Billings, the agency had been seeking Terry Eastlick since he walked away from a Shelton, Wash. prison facility 19 years ago, where he was serving a sentence for grand larceny theft. Zarndt said Eastlick escaped Feb. 13, 1973 while participating in a work release program at the facility. Zarndt said agents in Washington learned Eastlick was in Laurel earlier this month. The Billings agent had attempted to contact the man, but he was out of town, he stated. Laurel police officers returned to the local residence later in the month, but were also unable to contact the man. “He more or less turned himself in,” said Zarndt. He said Eastlick apparently heard that the local police had been looking for him and went to the station voluntarily to find out what they wanted. Zarndt said Eastlick was informed that there was a federal warrant for his arrest and placed him in custody. The FBI agent said it appeared that Eastlick started a new life after he escaped. “He wasn’t trying to hide. He was using his real name.” He said with the exception of a traffic violation, he thought Eastlick had stayed out of trouble since his escape.

Calling long distance from Laurel or Park City can be an exercise in patience. You dial and wait … and wait … and wait … and sometimes you wait some more. But, on the bright side, you have time to drink a cup of coffee, or look for that pencil you lost yesterday, before your call goes through. At least, that is what it feels like sometimes. And, as an added bonus you are entertained by interesting clicks, buzz and beeps during the connection process. No one in Laurel would argue that the phone system could use a lot of improvement. As of Thursday, the improvements will be made. Callers in Laurel and Park city will be pleasantly surprised by the speed their calls go through when the upgrade is completed. Callers need to be aware that once the switch-over is in effect local residents will need to dial all seven digits of the phone number to place local calls. “This brings Laurel into a position to compete with any other town in the world for telecommunications,” said Jack Sterling, US West representative.


50 years ago

Aug. 23, 1967

Mrs. Fred Kaufman recently received a multi-cooker frypan which she won as a result of a national chicken cooking contest held earlier in the summer. George Dobilas, Montana representative for the sponsoring company, made the presentation this week. Mrs. Kaufman was named the Montana winner in the fry pan division of the contest and won an all expense-paid trip to Dover, Md., where she competed with other state winners.

The annual picnic of the Laurel Kiwanis Club was held Wednesday in Kiwanis Park north of Laurel. Art Thompson, club president, introduced Charles A. George, vice-president of the club, who served as master of ceremonies. Guests introduced included County Commissioner Swede Carlson, County Clerk Ed McConnell, Mayor and Mrs. Kenneth Olson, Alderman and Mrs. Roy Edwards, Alderman and Mrs. E.H. Ebersviller, and Mrs. Ruth Francis of Ojia, Calif. Former mayors Jack Parker, Peter D. Thomson and John Beslanwitch spoke on covering and tiling the drainage area that is now Kiwanis Park. The mayors commended the Laurel Kiwanis Club for assuming the project of developing this area into a park to be proud of. The Kiwanis Club was given a grant by the county to develop this project as the area is not in the present city limits. As Peter Thomson had served as a Kiwanis committee member on the park project, he was commended for his efforts and it was suggested the park be rededicated as Thomson Kiwanis Park.


75 years ago

Aug. 19, 1942

Bowling scores at the recently reopened Laurel Bowling Alley show H.L. Moon as the first to top the men’s honor roll at 227. Junior Fink was the second to be high with 232. Martha Fink and Grace Stadalman tied for ladies’ high, with 189 each. In a subsequent play-off, Mrs. Fink was the winner by four points.

Laurel people attending the Midland Empire fair last week at Billings viewed with admiration the collective display of farm products from a nearby home district that was one of the most outstanding at the exposition. It was from the South Laurel community, a territory south of town and the Yellowstone river. The display was in the main auditorium and received the favorable attention of thousands of visitors. The South Laurel community received first award for the best agricultural display. Mrs. James Russell, of the South Laurel district, received four firsts, 14 seconds and four third awards. Peggy Russell was awarded seven first prizes, five seconds, four thirds and one special for farm products.

Combines appeared in large numbers in Montana grain fields during the past week when warmer, drier weather prevailed generally, broken by only a few showers in the northern and eastern counties. Day temperatures were high, reaching the 100-degree mark in some counties where such weather was favorable for ripening spring grain crops and checking rust damage to flax.

Jake Krug and Harold Frank arrived on furlough from Mather Field, Calif. where they are with the medical detachment. They are visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Krug and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Y. Frank. Both men left for the army Jan. 14.

It becomes apparent this department heading should be changed to read, “Letters from Our Boys and Girls.” Quite some time before the Outlook began this column there was a letter from Miss Helen Heebner, a Laurel girl who is an army nurse at Fort Lewis. Another Laurel girl in the service has written in the past week: You have no idea how much I have enjoyed the paper these many months. The column of Letters from Our Boys gives me a real thrill. I am sure that receiving the Laurel Outlook gives us a feeling of permanence hard to find in this world today. Sincerely, Bette Myers.

Hello, Everybody! I, Pvt. Arthur A. Armstrong, stationed at Camp Elliott, Calif, United States marine corps training center, wish to thank all those who have made it possible for the Laurel service men and myself to receive and enjoy the Laurel Outlook. I am a cook in Co. F, 2nd Batt. 9th Marine regiment, Amphibious corps, Pacific fleet. I have just completed eight months training since my enlistment Dec. 8. I like the marine corps, which I consider the best military service in the world. I am proud of the tradition of the corps. The leathernecks who have gone on before us have made it. As yet I haven’t made any ratings. It isn’t easy. My greatest ambition at present is to make chief cook and mess sergeant, which will take a lot of hard work and time. I want to say Howdy! to the Laurel Future Farmers of America of which I was a member and chapter officer the past four years. I feel my F.F.A. training has helped me in many ways in the marine corps. Cooperation, character and good citizenship are vital to win this war. Hello! to all you Laurel and Montana fighting men in Australia, Alaska and wherever you may be. Remember, Tokyo is or soon will be ours. Sincerely, Pvt. Arthur A. Armstrong.


100 years ago

Aug. 15, 1917

The food administration has announced its plan for controlling wheat, flour and bread, revealing that the government is prepared to take over the whole 1917 wheat harvest if necessary to conserve the supply, obtain just prices for America’s fighting forces and their allies and reduce cost to the American public. Circulars announcing the method of grading grain in conformity with the government regulations that went into effect August 1 are out and for the benefit of the Laurel and other area farmers whose wheat will be graded.

Earl Linger of Coombs Flat was a Park City visitor Monday. George Linger is suffering from a slight attack of appendicitis. He is under Dr. Gardner’s care at Columbus. The Coombs Flat Antelope Point Red Cross association held an entertainment and dance at the hall last Monday evening which was well attended. The proceeds were $86. Merrill Bowles, a former Coombs Flat boy, is now in the marine corps stationed at Philadelphia. Elmer Fisher’s team, which was hitched to a bonder, became frightened at Billy Roberts’ motorcycle and ran away one day last week and did some slight damage to the binder.

In Park City, friends of Mrs. J.W. Cole will be glad to hear that she is much better and it is hoped that she may recover. There was a circus in Park City Wednesday evening. There was an elephant, several ponies and other animals, whose performances were quite a treat to Park City people, as such shows rarely stop here. Paul Bruhns and Mel Trewin returned from Carbon county the first of the week. They have been working on a house near Joliet.

C. W. Laird of Laurel has the contract for building an addition to the Byam school house. The enrollment of the school has increased to such an extent that two teachers will be employed for the next term. 

The ladies’ sewing for the American Red Cross have completed a large number of garments and are planning on having a display in Spencer’s store next week. There is urgent need for more workers in sewing, knitting and the making of surgical supplies.

Fred Hilgert of the Price barber shop returned Monday from a two months’ visit with relatives at Akron, Ohio. Fred says he thoroughly enjoyed his trip and vacation. While in the east he visited at Columbus and other leading cities of Ohio. While conditions in the east are good he prefers Montana and Laurel in particular.

James Cruickshank, an I.W.W., landed in Laurel Saturday and began his tirade about the government and finally landed in jail. He was tried Monday morning before Judge George Hudson and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail. Deputy Sheriff F.M. Quinn took him to Billings Monday morning to begin his sentence. Mr. Quinn also took with him Steve Valson, who it was thought was insane. He imagined some one was after him.


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