A Look Back at Laurel History: October 10, 2019

Conversion of Riverside Park for prisoners is underway in 1944
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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In 1969, hunters were able to avail themselves of local butchers for their wild game. Today, they have to take meat into Billings to be processed.

25 years ago

Oct. 12, 1994

Disappointed in his fellow council members and sensing some discontent with him, Chuck Dickerson is considering whether to resign his seat on the Laurel City Council. Dickerson will announce his decision at next Tuesday’s council meeting. If he resigns, his seat from Ward 3 will be filled by a council ap- pointee. The crux of the matter is Dickerson’s job at a bank in Billings. Because he doesn’t fin- ish until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, his work schedule causes him to be tardy by a halfhour to council and committee meetings. The question of Dickerson’s resignation, raised at the Oct. 4 regular council meeting, comes on the heels of a heated debate over the city judge’s salary increase. That increase passed despite Dickerson’s strong opposition. Dickerson, however, says the two issues are unrelated. He is more concerned that other members feel he is unable to fulfill the duties of his office because of his work schedule.

Births were announced for Carlee Jean Hart and Jarred James Simons.

Ordinarily, the Laurel High football team tries to keep the other side off-balance by balancing the run with the pass and the pass with the run. Not so Saturday night. The Locomotives adhered to the old gridiron philosophy of “three yards and a cloud of dust” with one exception. Laurel was rarely held to three yards as it ran over Billings Central, 35-20, at Daylis Stadium. “The backs were turning twoyard pops into eight-yard gains,” said Coach Bob Connors. “As long as the backs are running that hard, it’s tough not to run the ball.” Especially since the offensive line of Bob Volmer, Brian Schwindt, Matt Feuerbacher, Justin Robertus, Chad Rolison and Wade Reynolds was dominating in the trenches.

50 years ago

Oct. 8, 1969

John Beslanwitch, rural mail carrier in the Laurel area for 41 years was presented with a safe driving pin by Loyd Shay, Laurel postmaster, from the Nation Safety Council, in recognition of his 39 years of safe driving. Actually, all 41 years of Beslanwitch’s service is accident free; however the NSC has only presented safety awards for the past 39 years. Beslanwitch will retire Oct. 21, having served as a mail carrier since September of 1928. Zoe has driven approximately 767,000 miles on his route through the years, an average of 60 miles per day.

The Big Engine That Could is the theme, chosen by the Laurel Senior High School Pep Club, for the annual Homecoming celebration planned this weekend at LSH. Activities begin Thursday evening when the annual dance

and bonfire is planned beginning

at 7 p.m. Coronation ceremonies will be held in conjunction with an all-school assembly, in the senior high auditorium. The Homecoming Queen candidates are Susan Shay, Marlene Sonstegaard, Sheri Muri, Claudia Turcotte and Patti Mayes. The newly-named Queen will be presented to the townspeople at a 5 p.m. parade through the Laurel business area.

An editorial in the Laurel Outlook last week concerning Laurel’s Police Department drew criticism from First Ward Alderman Louie Yovetich who said he “took offense to this,” Yovetich said that during his terms on the council negotiations with the police department had good and pay had increased; although he quickly agreed they were not getting paid enough. Harold Gaston, chief of police, assured councilmen that none of the items stated in the editorial had come from the department, and he said, this if the policemen had any grievances, the council would be noti-

fied through proper channels, not

through the news media.

75 years ago

Oct. 11, 1944

Word has been received by Mrs. A.J. Matzo that her son, Tech. Sgt. Melvin V. Stewart, was killed in action June 6 during the invasion of France. Mrs.

Motzko was first notified that

her son was missing in action and later was informed by the war department that he was listed among those who were killed. Sergeant Stewart was 26 years of age. He went to the army three years ago with a national guard unit and had been in England about eight months before the invasion. He was a member of the paratroop division. A brother, Cpl. Warren Stewart, is on furlough from Camp Butner, N.C., to visit his mother. Another brother, Pvt. Harry Stewart, is expected to arrive Friday from Fort Benning, Ga., to spend a furlough here.

Conversion of a major portion of city-owned Riverside park south of the Yellowstone river into a camp for German war prisoners who will be employed in harvesting a portion of the sugar beet crop in this area is under way. The first consign- ment of about 150 prisoners is en route now from Utah, according to information here. Another consignment of about 75 is expected later. The initial group should arrive Friday. A series of high wooden platforms are being built within the compound, to serve as watch towers or stations for guards. Other instal- lations include floodlights and telephone connections.

100 years ago

Oct. 15, 1919

During the past three years an average of 163 children have been added to this district each year. The total number of children in the district at the present time is 1,222, of which 773 are old are old enough to receive instruction. This shows an actual gain of 176 during the 2 months just past.

The Billings-Cody Way, with Laurel as its turning point toward the south, was reorganized at Bridger Thursday evening by an enthusiastic group of delegates from Montana and Wyoming who elected officers and underwrote a financial program, which will develop the road and mark the way from Billings to Cody, opening up Montana over “the most scenic seventy miles in the world” to Yellowstone park and offer a commercial connection with Big Horn basin. The marking of the road developed a hearty discussion and resulted in a plan for master signs east of Billings, near Laurel and at Cody, show-

ing maps of the route. The figure

of Buffalo Bill as a cut-out above the design welcoming the tourist into the section of the country which has become world-famous because of his living there was considered an effective feature to get the attention of the traveling public.


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