A look back at Laurel History: March 19, 2020

Laurel expects 1920 to be its year for winning baseball
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, March 19, 2020
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In 1970, Laurel had it’s own hour, twice a week on the radio.

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25 years ago

March 22, 1995

Laurel residents will be asked to approve nearly $250,000 in additional school taxes when they go to the polls next mont to vote on elementary and high school mill levies. Without the increases, some programs will suffer, according to school officials. The 10 programs which may be cut back or eliminated if the elementary levy ails include extracurricular programs; food service; gifted and talented; elementary counselor; closure of South Elementary School; a new physical education and health specialist; nursing program; elementary music; library aide; and curriculum adoptions for social studies and physical education. High school programs and equipment to be considered for cuts in the event of a levy failure are English novels; Montana History curriculum; laser printers and a copier for the bsiness department; a plasma package for Trades and Industries; a half-time librarian; athletic equipment; athletic lockers; frieight; pole vault pit; high jump pit; maintenance shed; bleachers for the football field; administrations; and a full-time substitute.

The birth of Michaela Marie Hoppel was announced.

A Laurel man and woman were taken to a Billings hospital for treatment of possible carbon monoxide poisoning Tuesday evening. The husband-and-wife were transported by a Laurel Ambulance to Deaconess Medical Center after their son-in-law phoned police at 5 p.m. for ask for help. The son-in-law had received a call a short while earlier from the woman, who told him they were both feeling sick. He found them upstairs in the house and called 911. The extent of the couple’s injuries was not known, but the son-in-law said they were both conscious when he reached them.

50 years ago

March 25, 1970

“M-Day, March 31: Kwitchyergripin,” reads the bulletin board in room 101 of the Laurel Junior High School. The back bulletin board proudly displays over 500 signatures of people who have pledged to avoid complaining for one entire day. M-Day, a moratorium on complaining, is being sponsored by seventh grade English students. The instructor, Roger Ogren, says it got started last week when several class members asked him why people complain so much. “This is environment, too, isn’t it?” one boy asked. The class agreed that whatever effects an individual is his environment. They came up with the idea that complaining pollutes the environment much like sulphur fumes. They decided to do something about it. Class members have gone door-to-door throughout most of Laurel asking people to promise not to complain.

The clubhouse dining room at the Laurel Golf and Recreation Assn., will open Wednesday, April 1, under the management of C.C. and Beryl Musburger, operators of the Copper Kettle, in Park City. The Musburgers have resided in Billings since 1939 where they operated the Appliance Mart until 1960 when they assumed management of the Rim Rock Drive Inn. In July 1969, they moved to Park City to operated the Copper Kettle, the former Scotty’s Cafe.

75 years ago

March 21, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Long were notified Friday morning by the war department that their son Jess had been wounded in action in Germany. A confirming letter a few days later said the injury was a wound in the hip. Jess was with an armored division and saw action in several of the German-occupied countries of Europe. a letter he wrote the Laurel Outlook a few weeks ago described some of the incidents.

All Laurel teachers have been re-elected by the school board and contracts have gone out to present members of the staff, Supt. Fred W. Graff announced this week. He added that the board has voted to make every effort to secure an individual to serve as band instructor, and if such person is found he will be added to the faculty. Mrs. Ralph Huston has received a letter from her husband, a navy photographer stationed on an island in the Atlantic, who says he receives the Outlook regularly and appreciates receiving the home news. He says he is very busy.

100 years ago

March 17, 1920

Preparations continue for the organization of the Laurel baseball club for the season of 1920, again to be known as the “Tigers.” Those thoroughly acquainted with the prospective timber are unanimous in stating that this city is to have the best team during 1920 that it has had in years. Some new players have arrived on the scene already, bringing with them excellent reputations for feats performed in the national sport. These additions, together with the excellent players Laurel already has, who proved themselves during 1919, give rise to the optimistic predictions.

When work which has now been under way for about two weeks has been completed the Clarke Fork river will flow through a single channel instead of spreading all over the landscape just this side of Silesia and L.P. Tintinger’s island, the largest the river boasts, will be restored to the mainland says the Red Lodge Picket-Journal. The work of cutting the new channel is being done by the county under the supervision of Ed. Ryan of Bridger. The Tintinger island has been in existence for many years and requests have frequently been made to the county to confine the river to a straight course where is flows between the Tintinger and Shay farms, about two miles south of Silesia. The Tintinger place is on the west bank of the stream and the Shay property on the east bank. The county road runs along the east bank and for some time past the river has been eating its way toward the highway. It is to save the road principally that the county has undertaken the present task. Between the Tintinger and Shay places the river has deposited banks of gravel and silt which stick up above the surface of the stream. Ryan’s task is to clear away these banks and restore the natural channel of the river. In this work he will use about 1,000 pound of T.N.T., which the county has obtained from the government.


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