A look back at Laurel History: May 14, 2020

L.A. Nutting pays $1,000 for prize short horn bull in 1920
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, May 14, 2020
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Published in the Nov 11, 1959 Laurel Outlook - Skiing during the halftime, the Laurel High School band came equipped for snow at the Locomotives final game and last home appearance of the season. The picture shows the band as it appeared during its special halftime show for the game. The musicians managed to perform their duties despite their icy instruments and the slipping slats. The band had warmer quarters in which to perform as the athletic season shifted to basketball and moved inside. In the final game of the season, the Sidney Eagles defeated the Locomotives 13-12 at athletic park. The game was switched to the afternoon because of the weather. It did not get as cold Friday night as expected; nevertheless it was 25 degrees colder than in the afternoon. Coach Deming was reluctant to change the time of the game, but felt that there would be less chance of an injury by playing in the afternoon rather than in near zero night temperatures. Lowell’s Fotos

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25 years ago

May 17, 1995

A 15-year-old boy’s idea of a joke last Friday wasn’t amusing to Laurel police, who arrested him at gunpoint after he was seen waving what appeared to be a handgun at passing vehicles. A motorist called police on a car phone at about 3 p.m. to report that a youngster in a Phoenix Suns basketball jersey was standing on the sidewalk on South First Avenue, waving a gun at cars and then putting the weapon back into the front of his pants. The lad and a friend headed north toward the cent of town, where they turned onto East Main St. Police caught up with them in front of Sonny O’Day’s Tavern. With guns drawn, three Laurel officers stopped the boy on the street and took him in patrol car back to the police station. “The firearm he was waving turned out to be a starter’s pistol. But it looked like a small revolver … it is a small revolver,” remarked Police Chief Mike Atkinson. “The kid thought it was a big joke. But he didn’t think it was a joke when we told him he could have been shot,” Atkinson added. The boy, a resident of Sun River who was visiting Laurel and had only been in town for about 30 minutes, was charged with creating a public nuisance. He was released to his father, who was unaware his son had taken the pistol he used at athletic events.

The births of Jordan Todd Coleman, Jacob Thomas DuFresne and Jake Edward Kraft were announced.

Laurel police arrested two local girls on burglary charges last week after they broke into Laurel Middle school in the early morning hours. Police received a call at 2 a.m. last Thursday that two girls were kicking in a window at the middle school. Laurel officer Bryan Fischer investigated, found the window had been kicked in, and discovered two girls, ages 14 and 17. The younger girl was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and minor in possession. The 17-year-old was charged with burglary. Both were held overnight.


50 years ago

May 20, 1970

A memorial service for departed members was conducted by the chaplain, Mrs. Marie Shay, when the Retired Railroad Employees Club met Wednesday evening in the IOOF Hall. Eighteen members attended the meeting. Emergency medical service in the form of a locally based ambulance is about to become a reality in Laurel and surrounding community. About a year ago, the City of Laurel was asked to establish and operate a locally based ambulance. Alderman John Beslanwitch and Jackson Parker conducted a study and recommended that the city attempt to set up such a service. The aldermen also recommended that because of the magnitude of the capital outlay to initiate the program and the additional operating costs to sustain the service, it was mandatory that all segments of community would have to be involved. The aldermen enlisted the help of Leo Yeager, president of the Oil Workers Union; Jim Kellison, president of the Laurel Junior Chamber and Marshall Huntington, safety director of the Farmers Union Refinery. Acting as an ambulance committee, the group worked diligently for almost a year developing the most feasible and economic program for the enactment of the service. The committee has procured federal matching funds.


75 years ago

May 16, 1945

Second Lieut. Gilbert Easton, the only survivor of a B-29 crew rescued between Iwo Jima and Saipan recently, is the son of Henry Easton of Fromberg and a nephew of R.W. Easton of Laurel. The B-29 was returning from a raid on the Tokyo-Yokahoma area and made a crash-landing. Two other flyers were killed and four are missing, the report stated. Lieutenant Easton is recovering in a Hawaiian hospital from injuries.

Members of the American Legion entertained the ladies of the Auxilliary Sunday evening at the L.L. Club at a dinner prepared and served entirely by the men. The principal speaker was M.J. Davies, commander of Yellowstone post No. 4 and executive of the service center at Bill ings. Charles Rodgers, state vice commander, and Melvin Seitz of Billings were guests. Seitz exhibited several rolls of motion pictures of Central and South America.

Utilization of the large bodies of chromite ore developed in the Stillwater Complex in Montana is now technically feasible, although there are still certain economic and political barriers, according to a report by John M. Conrow, geologist of the Montana bureau of mines and geology.

Aboard a U.S. battleship off Okinowa Harley K. Nelson, 33, machinist’s mate, third class, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Nelson, live in Laurel, Mont., had a grandstand seat from which to view the invasion of Okinawa. This hard-hitting ship, while under threat of air attack, moved up within 3,000 yards of the shore, cruising slowly back and forth and pulverizing the beach targets at point-blank range. The crew could clearly see the explosions from the ship’s shells as her guns smashed pillboxes, gun emplacements, warehouses and trench fortifications.


100 years ago

May 12, 1920

Train service on the Northern Pacific and C, B, & Q. is practically at a standstill today as a result of the recent continued rainfall which has caused slides, washouts and damaged bridges. Northern Pacific train No. 2 was penned in on the main line between two slides of earth and rock near Logan for several hours this morning, and did not pass through Laurel until about noon today. No. 42 was behind No. 2 and was correspondingly delayed. Traffic on the Denver line of the C, B, & Q. running out of Laurel has been annulled as a bridge near Silesia was washed out last night and another bridge near Edgar is endangered.

To Laurel’s many distinctions has been added the fact that a ranch in this immediate vicinity is to be the future home of one of the best Short-horn bulls to be found in the country. The animal’s name is Villager’s Beau, bred by H.L. Keene & Son of Canton, who are among the oldest breeders of Shorthorn cattle in the state and was bought last week at Great Falls The grand champion honors went to the bull. His weight at 1,000 pounds and the price paid was $1,000, the largest amount received for any animal exhibited at the show. A cow sold for $900. Villager’s Beau is Scotch bred.

The lure of stream and rod, the thrills caused by the “big one” that got away, the puissant smell of camp fire smoke and frying bacon are soon to take secondary place in the hearts and minds of many Laurel people. The baseball season opens next Sunday. The fortunes of war are now to be followed at home and abroad and that great American institution, the home team, is to be supported, adjured and encouraged to the exclusion of all else. The season opens here on May 16, with Livingston occupying the visitors’ bench.

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