A look back at Laurel History - 9/14/17

Carl George attacked by flying ants in 1942
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Built 100 years ago by the McCaully-Spencer Company, this building on the east 100 block of Main St. has held up well over the years. At the time it was built, the building featuring eight apartments and several storefronts and offices, was the most expensive in Laurel. It cost $50,000 to build, but offered the finest accouterments including a phone in every apartment.

25 years ago

Sept. 9, 1992

Laurel’s 10-day school employees strike ended in the wee hours Friday when the two sides both budged enough to reach a settlement. John Berg, chairman of the school board and John Stratton, president of the Laurel Unified Education Association, both pointed to pressure from the townspeople of Laurel. The teachers, almost all of whom honored the pickets, voted unanimously to ratify the contract, said Stratton, with 171 employees—more than 90 percent of the membership—at the meeting. “We’ll b e glad to get back to running the school normally,” said Berg.

The birth of James Allen Dyer was announced.

Quenton Molnar, Laurel, won the steer riding finals at the Billings Night Rodeo recently. In four days of competition, Molnar wound up with the high total points. Approximately 15 riders took part in the event, including another Laurel rider, Josh Tillman. Tillman finished his ride on the last night. Molnar tallied 253 points to take first place honors.

 

50 years ago

Sept. 20, 1967

A proposed trade of land north of the city hall for the approximate quarter block that is now the site of the city barn across First St. from city hall was rejected by the City Council, Tuesday night, on recommendation of the committee. The Yellowstone Bank had offered to make the trade, the two parcels of land being almost identical in size, with the announced intention of using the car-barn site for public parking. In other business, a traffic control light will be installed at the intersection of First Ave. and Eighth St. this week, said Alderman Edwards. He also said that he and Menello viewed the traffic flow on First Ave. for three days recently. Some of the cars estimated to be traveling 50 miles per hour.

Twenty-eight members and one guest, Mrs. Nancy Vaught, attended the no-host pitch-in supper Wednesday preceding the regular September meeting of the Retired Railroaders Club, which was held in the IOOF Hall. Dewey Hafer conducted the business meeting and welcomed four new members, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Herink and Mrs. and Mrs. Ben Behrendsen into club membership.

Students who left last week for various colleges include Donna Weschenfelder and Connie Philhower, Pillsbury College in Owatonna, Minn.; Ron Maart and Dane Vanice Jr., Baptist Bible College in Denver; Terry Lawver, Western Technical College in Denver; and Jerry Maart, Central Baptist Seminary in Denver.

Tim Price showed colored slides and spoke of his month-long European tour with the School Band of America when he was guest speaker at the first fall meeting of the Laurel Federated Womans Club Monday in the Fred Graff cafeteria. Eleven members and ten guests attended the program. Guests were Mrs. Henry Philhower, Mrs. D.R. Schessler, Mårs. Petter Dull, Mrs. A.C. Sloss, Mrs. Julia Phillips, Mrs. A.G. Carlson, Mrs. W. Wetzler, Mrs. R.P. Stevens and Mrs. P.A. Johnston.

75 years ago

Sept. 16, 1942

When G.E. Settergren visited here this week he reported that Harry Hill, well know to many Laurel people, is recovering from a month’s illness induced this summer by contact with a noxious weed in his garden.

War bond sales in Laurel last month ran $17,000, Chairman Paul Wilson reported this week. All series—E, F and G—were included. When information is received on payroll deductions made at points outside the city the total is expected to equal or exceed the month’s quota. “The total should put us over $20,000,” Wilson said. 

Mrs. F.A. Eoff knows how to catch the big ones in the Stillwater river. Last week on a fishing trip to a favorite spot she hooked and landed four trout that totaled 14 pounds. Being near the limit by law she quit for the day.

A group of 15 men, under the direction of Wayne Hageman spent Monday and Wednesday evenings of this week hauling soil and seeding a lawn at the rear of the Methodist church. 

A.A. Moser has enlisted in army organization corps No. 280 and will leave Oct. 15 for a camp at Flora, Miss.

Carl George, operator of a Main street gas station, spent last week in Red Lodge. As steeple jack he painted the smokestack of the Red Lodge distillery. Everything went well until a swarm of flying ants attacked him, and for awhile he was pretty busy fighting off the biting insects with one hand and holding on with the other. During the battle he grabbed a brush and started smearing red paint on the stack, which attracted the ants and gave him relief.

 

100 years ago

Sept. 12, 1917

A people’s convention of organized labor and organized farmers, called by the National Non-partisan league, will be in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 18 to 20, to fight the unjustifiably high prices of necessities. For the first time in the country’s history, organized labor and organized farmers are joining hands to eliminate their common enemy, the needless parasitic intermediaries between consumers and producers and the monopolists. 

Work on the $50,000 apartment house that is being built by the McCauley-Spencer company is progressing rapidly. The brickwork on the first story is completed and during the past week the carpenters have been engaged in putting down the joists. The contract calls for the completion of the structure by Nov. 20, when it will be ready for occupancy. It is being built of brick and tile with a stone front. The boiler that will furnish the heat was ready for shipment when it was taken by the government, so the manufacturer is now busy making another and its completion will be rushed in order to not delay the building. When completed this will be the largest and most expensive building in the city.

With 12-gauge shotgun shells retailing at $1.10 and $1.30 per box of 25, in Laurel, it is possible that the annual crusade against the feathered tribe, which opens Sept. 15, will not be as actively waged as in the past. The increase from former years is a result of the increasing demand for the use of “shot and shell” in the extermination of Prussianism, and the price has soared.

The dance given by Walter Dix Saturday night at his homestead, a mile southwest of Brazwell Summit, came to an abrupt close at 1 o’clock Sunday morning when a drunken fight took place. As a result of the fracas two men are badly cut up and another is in the county jail at Billings. Conflicting stories are told as to how the trouble came about, but the chief cause was “booze.” The injured men were brought to Laurel Sunday and had their wounds dressed. Earl Schrock is improving rapidly, but Ben Nix’s condition is still dangerous. 

Mrs. Q.M. Beck is expected to arrive home Saturday from the hospital in Billings with her 15-months-old son, who had his eye injured last week when a knife was stuck into it by other children of the family who were playing mumble-peg. An operation was performed and it is now believed the child will be able to see a little out of the injured eye.

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