A look back at Laurel History: May 6, 2021

‘You’re Obsessed with Sex’ topic of Bible study class in 1971
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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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The Fashion Shop advertised corsets in 1921. Like the Spanks of today, presumably, these high-end undergarments were for the fashionable women of the time.

25 years ago

May 8, 1996

State engineers working on the proposed paving of Buffalo Trail spent most of Monday checking the sight lines, the hills, and the sharpness of the curves along the gravel road north of Laurel. Then they hustled down to City Hall to hear what the area’s residents could tell them. After a two-hour public hearing filled with give-and-take, most people seemed satisfied that the Department of Transportation will at least listen to their concerns. “We want to see the paving done,” said resident Craig Eubank. “We just have some concerns about its effects on our lands. Everyone seemed openminded about what we had to say.” Yellowstone County nominated the 7.9 stretch from Lipp Road to the Molt Road about 10 years ago, but other priorities kept it on the back burner until recently. The proposed improvements would nearly double the road in some sections to a uniform width of 28 feet. The highway would be designed to handle a speed of 45 miles per hour.

Elna Hallen didn’t have to think long and hard about what she likes best about Community Hope’s new building. It’s elbow room. “It’s got a bigger, better variety and it’s so much handier for people,” explained Hallen, the charity’s financial secretary. The 3,600-square foot building at 204 Cedar Avenue has a main display room for clothing; an office; a sewing room where volunteers meet each week to make quilts; a storage room where toys and other new items are stocked for Christmas and other holidays; a coffee room; a pantry where food boxes are packed; a drop box area where people can leave clothing donations; and a drive-through garage.

The births of Noah David Carpenter, Matthew James Schwarzkopf and Zachary Cole Steinhoff were announced.

 

50 years ago

May 12, 1971

Volunteers for the Citizens for Community Development committee, hopeful of beautifying the south approaches to the underpass, found a very disappointing turnout of interested people and a lot of hard work Monday night when they met to prepare the ground for planting. In a meeting held Thursday morning at the Owl Cafe, plans were made to meet Monday evening for the ground preparing sessions—10 persons showed up. Plans call for beautifying both sides of the underpass. Original plans called for planting Saturday, May 15, but because of the small turnout of volunteers and the job entailed in preparing the ground, it will be necessary to continue preparing the ground on Saturday.

“You’re Obsessed with Sex” was the lesson study given by Mrs. L.A. Woolen, when Sarah Circle of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church met Tuesday evening in the home of Mrs. Claude Ingraham. The lesson topic was taken from First Corinthians, Chapter 6, verses 12 through 21.

Diane Mogan has been chosen Dieselette of the week for her fine performance in the running events throughout the year. She runs the mile and the 880 yard run. Diane placed both firsts in these events in Lewistown this past weekend. Laurel looks forward to Diane in the upcoming years as she is only ending her sophomore year.

The Laurel Jayceens and the public health department are sponsoring an Oral Polio Clinic in the Laurel schools, May 18 and 19. There will be a fee of 25 cents per dose of vaccine.

 

75 years ago

May 8, 1946

A niece of J.W. Corwin of Park City, Mrs. Beverly Corwin Robinson of Washington, D.C. is mentioned in this week’s edition of Time magazine in connection with situations arising from the pledging of a colored girl by the University of Vermont chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, of which Mrs. Robinson is national president. The Vermont chapter was placed on probation for a year, according to published accounts. The pledging of a colored girl was said to be without precedent in the history of the sorority, which has a number of chapters in southern states. The pledged girl is Crystal Malone, 19. The Vermont chapter members were quoted as saying they were “proud to be a sorority sister of Crystal Malone.”

A certificate of merit dated April 27 and signed by President Harry Truman was received during the past week by Dr. D.H. McCauley of Laurel who served throughout the war as head of the Montana procurement and assignment service for dentists.

The Laurel Saddle Club held a meeting Tuesday evening at the Leonard Cantrell home. Frank Hartley announced that the club recently purchased poles for the corral, and anyone having pole peelers is asked to bring them to the meeting Friday. A wiener roast will be conducted for all members at the meeting at the club grounds.

Leslie J. Fischbach of Billings was elected president of the South-eastern Montana Sportsmen’s association at the organization’s annual meeting, which was held here Sunday. Eisner Harrison of Columbus was elected vice president. Subjects discussed at the session included successful attempts to purchase land at Blue Water east of Fromberg for a fish hatchery; modernization of the bird farm at Billings which is expected to yield 11,000 birds this year; planting of antelope in the Billings-to-Hardin area, and mountain goats, sheep, elk, sage hens and sharptails in southeastern Montana; and establishment of more rearing ponds for fish.

 

100 years ago

May 11, 1921

The baseball season for Laurel will open next Sunday, when the local teams will journey to Fromberg to play the first game. On the following Sunday, Joliet will play here. In preparation for those highly important events the local players are putting in some good practice work. Talk of Laurel winning the pennant of the Carbon county league, to which laurel was recently admitted, is already heard on the streets of the city. Next Sunday will see the start of the race. A large loving cup is also included in the trophies possible to win.

All children under 16 years of age must be off the streets of the city after 8 o’clock in the evening, beginning tonight. This is provided in the ordinances of the city, notice of which is being published. Not only are that avenues included, but “any public or unoccupied grounds” as well. For the purposes of aiding the parents, guardians and the children themselves, the chief of police, beginning tonight at 8 o’clock will ring the curfew bell. The penalty is a fine of $25 and costs, and imprisonment may be resorted to if the fine is not paid.

Every lot in the city’s limits must be cleaned up and the garbage and other accumulations hauled away before June 1, say city dads. Lots not properly cleaned will be reported and the costs of the work when done by the city will be charged to the property. The dumping grounds, as defined by the city council, are on the east side of the road at the south end of the bridge crossing the Yellowstone river.

Lloyd Wilson who had a slight attack of what was thought to be diphtheria last week, seems to have recovered. The vaccination preventative was administered.

T.R. Holmes was the victim of a very serious accident last Sunday about noon when he came in contact with a live electric light wire. He was engaged in trimming a tree on his lawn and while so engage came in contact with the wire which passed through the branches of the tree. As considerable rain had fallen earlier in the day, thus furnishing a good conductor for electricity, he received a considerable portion of the current for several minutes or until he was released. He was in an unconscious condition when removed and he received a number of severe burns. By the following day he had recovered sufficiently to be able to go to his office.

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