A look back at Laurel history - 9/4/18

Spanish influenza strikes Laurel closing schools, public meetings
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Although it was early in the epidemic of Spanish Flu, cities like Laurel were taking precautions to prevent its spread. The same week this 1918 ad ran, the first two flu victims in Yellowstone County died.

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Outlook managing editor

25 years ago

Oct. 6, 1993

Births were announced for Elizabeth Rhiannon O’Mary and Collin Jeffrey Fordham.

The Laurel Police Department reported that juveniles committed a variety of crimes over the past week. Authorities are investigating an assault that occurred Wednesday evening at the Laurel High School. According to reports, a 16-year-old female came to the station to report that she had been assaulted by another juvenile female. Later in the week, the second female involved in the

incident also filed a report. On

Wednesday afternoon a 9-yearold male juvenile was arrested for shoplifting at Jan’s IGA. Authorities stated the boy had stolen a pack of cigarettes. On Oct. 2, police received a report of a disturbance in a downtown gro-

cery store parking lot. Officers

have charged a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old youth with disorderly conduct as a result.

A group of Laurel students and adults attended World Youth Day in Denver when Pope John Paul II spoke Aug. 11-15. The 32 students and 9 adults from Laurel that went to Denver said it was an exciting and inspiring trip. “It was a true pilgrimage,” they stated. Those who attended learned what it was like to be tired, hungry, hot, cold, lost, dehydrated, and how to walk with blisters on

their feet. “We figured we walked

a total of 50 miles while we were there.”Pope John Paul II was present at the Saturday night vigil and Sunday Mass at Cherry Creek Park. Seven Laurel youth were able to see the Pope close up.

The Laurel High football team’s offense had limped through three games prior to last Friday

night, partly due to self-inflicted

foot wounds. But if its 24-8 humbling of arch rival Billings Central on Homecoming is any indication, Laurel has decided to turn both barrels on the opposing club. They scored in the air an on the ground. Their turnovers were few. When the night was over, Laurel had played perhaps its best game

from kickoff to final gun of the

year. “It’s as good a Laurel team as I’ve seen in three years. they were steady, very consistent,” said Central coach Jim Hogan.

50 years ago

Oct. 9, 1968

Purple power to select from five young beauties. “Purple Pow- er in ‘68” is the theme chosen for the 1968 Homecoming activities planned this week. The festivities begin Thursday evening with the traditional snake dance and bon- fire. The snake dance will begin at 7 p.m. with long lines of LHS students slithering in and out of the city’s streets and finally staging a mass pep rally at the corner of First St and First Ave. Following the rally, a bonfire held in an area north of the Fred Graff school will burn in effigy the Hardin Bulldogs, the Locomotive’s foe in the Homecoming game to be play at 8 p.m. Friday. Coronation ceremonies for one of five Home- coming candidates is scheduled for 3:15 Friday in the auditorium. Candidates are all members of the senior class, Vicky Armstrong, Debbie Fritzler, Michelle Turcotte, June Whitney and Sally Smith.

The Laurel Jaycees are deserving of a lot of thanks for the job they did painting the fence and stands at Thomson Park. It was in dire need of a paint job. The Jay- cees are a fine organization and this is but one of the many projects the organization undertakes during the course of a year.

Sgt. 1C Edward George Wombolt of Laurel has been assigned to Headquarters Fifth US Army, Fort Sheridan Ill. He is the son of Mrs. Emma Wombolt of 320 Woodland Ave. Sergeant Wombolt will work in the comm and radio station while at Fort Sheridan. He is married to the former Grace Ketterling of Billings.

The Yellowstone County Tuberculosis Association will be in Laurel Monday at the MDU of- fice to give free Mantoux tests to all food and beverage handlers. The public is invited to avail themselves of this opportunity.TB is easy to detect, simple and safe tests and Xrays can find TB early, when it can be treated most easily.

75 years ago

Oct. 6, 1943

Retailers with delivery service learned this week they will have to curtail deliveries in the very near future, beginning next week for several. It is understood the curtailment is the result of an order from WPB for conservation of tires and gasoline. Dealers here said daily deliveries seemed to

be definitely out and that a three-

times-a-week schedule is probable. Customers will be asked to carry small parcels whenever possible.

James P. Norup, 61, for several years manager of a Laurel creamery business known at the time as Norup Dairy, died Tuesday at a Billings hospital of a liver ailment. He had been in failing health for some time. Funeral services have been announced for Thursday afternoon a 2 o’clock at the Settergren funeral home.

Laurel men who departed for Butte Monday to complete induction as listed by board to selective

service officials were Gilbert L. Allen, Chester A. Biffle, Benny

W. Britton, Joseph E. Gilles and Homer W. Wheeler.

The sugar beet harvest opened Tuesday in Park City with Mel Roske and Lester Lesher on the dump and also weighing the beets.

George Coy, cashier at the Laurel depot, has been taken to the N.P hospital in St. Paul for treatment of an eye ailment, which appears to be a recurrence of a former difficulty.

100 years ago

Oct. 16, 1918

The Columbus Day celebration that was proposed for Laurel by the local Four-Minute Men was cancelled by an order from the county health officer Thurs- day evening following the announcement of a number of new cases of Spanish influenza in the county. The action of the county health board was communicated to Dr. R. Broughton, city health

officer late Thursday evening and

the dance that was to be given at the gymnasium that evening by the American Defense society was also postponed. Since the order was made there have been no public gatherings. Aside from the dance and celebration the moving picture shows, church meetings and Sunday schools have been closed. The schools have been permitted to run because they are under the direct charge of the board of health. The teachers have all been instructed to send any suspicious pupils home immediately. The teachers in turn have warned the pupils that if any symptoms are noticed they should remain at home. It was decided this would be better than to close down the schools of the county. Laurel has reported a number of cases but so far all who have it are suffering from very light attacks. The fear is that as is spreads it will become more malignant. The press has done its share to warn people of the symptoms and the remedy in so far as possible. Circulars have been distributed by the county board of health and while it is appearing here in epidemic form and as it is quite likely that most people will have it precaution should be taken to keep it in a mild form. The weather conditions are particularly favorable and inasmuch as the epidemic is spreading over the continent this community might just as well undergo the siege now as later.

Sheriff Stone Matlock spent Saturday in Laurel.

Thos. H. Kehoe and Guy C. Derry, Democratic candidates for the legislature were in Laurel Saturday.

Mayor and Mrs. W.L. Quest returned to Broadview Monday after a visit here with H.D. Kenyon and family. Miss Corrinne Goodnight of Park City has accepted a temporary position as third trick operator at the Laurel depot. She commenced her duties Saturday night.

Funeral services for Harry S. Hopple, who died Sunday from

pneumonia following influenza at

his home six miles west of Billings, were held from the Smith funeral home in Billings, Tuesday at 2 o’clock. At the time of his death Hopple was 36 years old. He was well known in Laurel as he had lived in this vicinity for years. Besides a wife and two children he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Smith and Mrs. D.J. Phelan, and a brother, Bert Hopple, who is in the service and is home on furlough this week. Hopple is the second person who has died in this vicinity from complications

resulting from Spanish influenza,

since the epidemic appeared. J.F. Davis, who died last week from heart trouble at Billings, following an attack of the disease, was

the first to succumb.


Upcoming Events

Monday, June 17, 2019
Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, June 19, 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, June 25, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503

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