A look back at Laurel History - 9/7/17

Laurel’s insect spray damages plants and vehicles in 1967
Phone service wasn’t sophisticated in 1942. Party lines, or shared lines, meant folks had to cut their calls short if more important messages were to get through.
War insurance was probably a good idea in 1942. What the policy covered isn’t known.

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Outlook managing editor


25 years ago

Sept. 2, 1992

Negotiations to settle the week-old strike by Laurel teachers and school employees  ended with no progress towards a settlement. Laurel School Trustee Chairman John Berg, expressed frustration with the lack of progress on the talks and announced that the board would not meet again until tomorrow.

Births were announced for Davia Marie Schwenneker, Camille Nicole Whitely, Amber Lynn Maestas and Taylor Kae Kufeld.

If you believe that the more tight-lipped a football coach is, the better his team’s prospects are, then Park City’s Dennis Hoovestal may have a Super Bowl-caliber squad this fall. Prying loose national security secrets from the President of the United States might be easier than getting a definitive statement from Hoovestal about his Panthers’ chances. Ask him a question and he straddles the fence like an alley cat: “We’ll have our work cut out for us. We’ve got to beat them all,” or “Everybody’s improved. Nobody’s a pushover,” and We’re 0-0 right now, so our chances are as good as anybody’s.” Actually, based on experience, Park City’s chances look pretty good in the 6-C district. There are more seniors on the PC roster that at a Florida retirement community, and a ton of of juniors as well. Park City opens Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Joliet.


50 years ago

Sept. 13, 1967

In the wake of mounting criticism of its insect control program, Laurel is taking another look at aerial spray as a means of pest control. An increasing number of claims for damage to the finish of certain automobiles, complaints regarding noise, and charges of ineffectiveness have caused the city to give aerial spray another thought. It was with aerial spray that the present program was begun. After two seasons of experience, the city went to a ground spray method because of difficulty in getting the needed combination of weather conditions and maximum insect susceptibility. When aerial spray was applied at the proper time it was extremely effective. There was, however, some complaints about damage to ornamental plants.

Lt. Charles Goldy, of Park City, grandson of Mrs. Anna Eisenman, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goldy of Billings, recently left for Vietnam. Mrs. Goldy and children will reside in Billings.

Mrs. Fred Graff, Mrs. Keith Thompson, and Mrs. Robert Graham won prizes when Mrs. William Sorg and Mrs. Chet Blaylock entertained Monday evening in the Sorg home for the faculty wives bridge club. Mrs. Terry McCourt was a guest.

The Northern Pacific’s intention to pull the Mainstreeter (trains 1 and 2) from service is directly the result of the post office decisions to take the railway postal cars out of service, Forrest Scott, NP passenger traffic manager, told Laurel businessmen Tuesday. Scott, speaking at an informal gathering, said the Mainstreeter was operating at an out-of-pocket loss of over $100,000 per month, with the exception of a peak month in which the loss dropped to $90,000. Two years ago, when the company was reviewing its passenger operations, it was decided to cut out branch line services and retain two transcontinental trains. This decision was revised only after the decision to out the postal cars was announced.


75 years ago

Sept. 9, 1942

Staff Srgt. Howard Jaycox, about 30, and former resident of Laurel, is missing in action over the foggy waters off the Alaskan peninsula, where he went in search of Japs June 4, the day after Dutch Harbor, Unalaksa, was bombed for the first time. Sergeant Jaycox, the son of George Jaycox, fireman on the Northern Pacific, joined Uncle Sam’s army shortly after he left Butte in 1930. At the time of his disappearance he was a radio operator aboard a bomber—one of the key posts assigned to the crew.

Miss Maybelle Harriett Kolokotrones has become the first lady from Laurel to enlist in the Woman’s American Auxiliary Corps and will leave Saturday morning for Des Moines, Iowa, to commence training as an ambulance driver. A sister, Miss Constance, is entering the army in the postal service, and a brother, George James, is a technical instructor at Lowery Field. Another brother, William, is a cadet at Santa Ana, Calif. The elder Kolokotrones each have close relatives in Greece from whom they have had no word since the German invasion and whose fate is unknown.

Quotas for the five mountain states have been established in the campaign to turn America’s kitchens into arsenals of democracy through the salvage of waste cooking fats. Montana’s quota is 160,000 pounds per month and 1,900,000 per year. Housewives are urged to strain off their waste cooking fats into metal containers. The fat should be kept in the ice box until a pound is accumulated, when it can be taken to the nearest meat dealer. Waste fats are urgently needed in America’s war production program for conversion into glycerine for explosives and to replace the supply of vegetable oils lost to the United States when the Japs seized most of the Far Eastern sources.

Odds and ends of metal that had accumulated in Laurel basements, attics, garages and on back lots went to war Sunday. In the first city-wide metal collection, some 20 tons of scrap were picked up by trucks and started on the way to steel mills for conversion into the implements of war. Iron bedsteads, worn-out hot water tanks, copper and brass fittings, some aluminum that escaped the first collection—to become cannons, rifles, armor and bullets for defeating America’s enemies.


100 years ago

Sept. 5, 1917

The farewell to the Laurel boys who are to depart to make up the first contingent of the army under the selective draft, held at the Casino theater Monday night, was well attended. The house was packed by citizens of Laurel and friends of the departing heroes. The program was opened by the choir, assisted by the audience, singing, “America.” Then after the choir had sung “Hail Columbia,” the farewell address was made by Mayor B.L. Price. J.E. Chidley, proprietor of the theater, had a special reel entitled “The Birth of Patriotism,” which followed. He also announced that he would give a fine gold medal to the first Laurel soldier who captured a German flag in battle, which announcement brought forth hearty applause from the audience. The proceeds, amounting to $65.65, will be put into a fund to be used for the benefit of the boys of Laurel who have enlisted or been drawn in the selective draft. The choir was under the direction of Mrs. Maude Fudge, while Mrs. D.H. McCauley played the accompaniment. The Booster Girls gave a dance at the Westbrook-Held hall in honor of the soldier boys. 

E.T. Reynolds, a prominent farmer residing at the head of Spring creek, was seriously injured Thursday evening when a team of mules ran away with him at the Mosser hill, south of Laurel. The team belonged to John Neiman. Messrs. Neiman and Reynolds had been to this city and were en route home when the accident happened. Mr. Reynolds was thrown from the wagon and was rendered unconscious. A.A. Schenck was summoned and with his automobile brought the injured man to Laurel, where he was rendered surgical aid. It was found that he had suffered a fracture at the base of the skull and had a blood clot on the brain. He was taken to the O’Donnell house but never recovered consciousness until Monday. His speech was impaired and he was not able to say a word until Monday. While his life was despaired of for a time it now looks as though he would recover.

The regular meeting of the city council was held Tuesday night at city hall. There were present the mayor and Aldermen Lamb, Ryan, Dix and Price and City Clerk H.B. Shields. B. C. Lillis submitted plans and specifications for the new intake and the clerk was instructed to advertise for bids for the work. Bids will be received until 8 o’clock on September 18, by the clerk for laying the pipe and constructing a concrete well in the Yellowstone river. This will give the city a pure water supply from the main channel of the river.


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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