A look back at Laurel History: July 16, 2020

Donations to buy Chevrolet Carry-all ambulance for city in 1970
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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, July 16, 2020
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This ad from a July 1945 Outlook is a fitting tribute to International Harvester tractors and coincides with this weekend’s Red Power Rendezvous. The local IH Collectors Club is hosting the tractor show and outdoor market Saturday at 3900 Yard Office Rd.

25 years ago July 19, 1995

Roger Bare’s dog, Magnum, knows how to get around. When Bare takes John, one of his Suffolk sheep, for a walk in a parade or around the neighborhood, Magnum hops up on John’s back for a piggy back ride. “When he was a little puppy, I used to put him on there and he got used to it,” explained Bare. At his small farm on West Fourth Street in Laurel, Bare raises goats, turkeys and sheep. While the sight of someone walking a sheep—especially with a dog on top—draws curious looks from passersby, Bare’s neighbors are accustomed to it. “It’s kind of refreshing to have somebody nearby who is not so inhibited,” commented Dave Wheeler, who lives two houses from Bare. The first time Wheeler saw Bare walking John with Magnum, a blue heeler mix, on board, he thought it was a “patient sheep.” Frank Wheeler, who lives next door, said, “Roger just does those kind of things. If he enjoys it—he should do it. We are retired and we have to have something to do.”

The birth of Lexis Taylor Budge was announced.

The Laurel Chamber of Commerce has announced the following winner for best entries sub this year’s Laurel Fourth of July Parade. Best of parade: State Sen. Ken Miller riding on the Republican Club float. Best automobile: Goggles and Dusters Car Club. Best Commercial: KCTR Radio. Best Patriotic: Kathy’s Kiddy Kare. Best Musical: Laurel High School Booster Club and Cheerleaders. Best Western: Rimrock Ramblers. The judges were Merritt and Thelma Williams, Mary McCormick and Leery Flynn.

50 years ago July 22, 1970

Laurel’s city council Tuesday night accepted a $5,000 donation from the Farmers Union Central Exchange for the Laurel Ambulance Fund and approved the ambulance committee’s recommendation to purchase a 1970 Chevrolet Carry-all ambulance. Delivery is expected Sept. 1. The FUCE donation, presented by plant superintendent Harold Williams, brought the fund to $7,450.87 within $300 of being complete

Dennis Kautz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kautz, Laurel, has received the Combat Action ribbon while serving with the Naval Air Facility at Cam Ranh Bay, Republic of Vietnam. He has been in Vietnam since December 1969 and is a second class petty officer. He is a graduate of Laurel Senior High School.

Mr. and Mr. Warren Brown, of Springfield, Mass., were house guests of Mr. and Mrs. William Frickel. Brown and Frickel served in the armed forces together during World War II and their visit marked the second time they had been together since the war. While visiting in Laurel, the Browns were accompanied by the Frickles to Yellowstone Park, Custer National Battlefield, several rodeos, and spent three days in the Black Hills.

Attending the funeral of Sgt. Harold L. (Micky) Herman Frank, of Seattle, Wash., were his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Frank, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Frank and Stanley; Mrs. Walter Reiter, Laurel, and Raymond Frank, of Terry. Sgt. Frank was killed in Vietnam, July 8, 1970.

75 years ago July 18, 1945

With the 43rd Infantry (Winged Victory) Division on Luzon, P.I., P.F.C. Herbert Kindsfater, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kindsfater, Laurel, Mont., has been awarded the Combat Infantryman’s badge for exemplary conduct displayed while in combat against the Japanese on Luzon island in the Philippines. Private First Class Kindsfater came overseas in October 1943 and joined the 43rd division in New Georgia. During 32 months overseas, the 43rd has participated in four campaigns: Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons, New Guinea and Luzon.

Marvin Lee Gary, aviation machinist mate third class who previously had been reported missing, has been officially listed as dead by the navy department and his parents so informed, relatives here learned last week. His death occurred in a plane crash over the Pacific, near San Diego, May 16. He was born Oct. 15, 1923, at Laurel to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lee Gary. His mother was formerly Miss Alma Story of Park City and his father is a brother of Mr. A.W. Richardson, Mrs. J. H. Alburtus and Mrs. Nell Brown of Laurel and Thomas Gary of Alaska.

District OPA Director L.M.A. Wass this week announced that all persons desiring to secure sugar for home canning this year must make application to the local war price and rationing board by Aug. 4. After that date, Wass stated, no applications will be accepted. The director pointed out that the final date for home canning sugar applications was set in early August so OPA might determine the exact amount issued for home canning, and in turn determine how much, if any then remained available. Thus, if any additional sugar is available, it can be issued in time for the canning of fruits which ripen during fall.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Corwin returned Monday from Helena, where Mr. Corwin attended the Rotary convention. They were accompanied by their daughter, Mrs. Arno Abreact and two children, Leola Mae and Corwin. They reported a wonderful sight of the total eclipse of the sun early July 9, near Helena.

100 years ago July 14, 1920

The last two gassers in which the Laurel baseball team participated resulted in defeat for the locals in the first instance and in a draw in the second. Laurel played Hardin last Sunday at Hardin. Up until the last half of the ninth the game looked assured for Laurel, but these rosy expectations went glimmering in the fatal ninth. Laurel had been at bat and Hardin was taking its turn with two men out and two strikes called on the third. Just then the batter picked one from the dust as it crossed the pan and sent it on a long, clean drive into the outfield. Hits then came thick and fast until two of Hardin’s players had made the circuit. The final score was 8 to 7 in Hardin’s favor. Tuesday Billings played here and the contest was declared a tie by the umpire.

The furniture is being installed in the new Hurzler rooming house a block north of the depot. With the installation of the plumbing, it will be announced ready for the patronage the public.

A new ten-foot cement walk is being built the entire length of the block on Second avenue north from the corner of the American bank.

E.S. Camp, irrigation farmer in the valley east of Laurel was in town Tuesday on business. He is greatly pleased with the crop outlook this year compared to the past season and is expecting a good crop. His grain and alfalfa crops are looking fine. Mr. Kamp raises an alfalfa seed crop every season on a tract of land that hasn’t been irrigated for five years, it being situated so that it sub-irrigates. A six-acre tract gave him a $600 crop last season.

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