Park City may lose its street lights for non-payment in 1921

A look back at Laurel History: March 4, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, March 4, 2021
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From the front page of the March 6, 1946 issue of the Laurel Outlook - the members of the Laurel High School basketball team were to play in the Hardin Tournament. Back row from left, Jack Galusha, Bill Roysdon, Jim Wilcox, Dick Moran, Jim Kiedrowski, Jerry Early, Leo Fink, and Blythe Meyers. Front row from left, Mike Zahn, John Smith, Bill Speare, Joel Roth, Jim Sherrow, Bervyl Kimberley, Bill Sorg, Leo Wagner and Paul Wold.

25 years ago March 6, 1996

Although no arrest has been made in the year since the brutal murder of Judith K. Hatten of Laurel, law enforcement officers say they continue to check out new leads and gather more evidence. “The case is not closed until there’s an arrest. Anything that comes in, we investigate until we can’t go any further on it,” said Laurel Police Chief Mike Atkinson. Laurel officers discussed the case two weeks ago with Yellowstone County detectives and private investigators hired by the Hatten family. “We’re still following up on some leads,” Atkinson said. “We’re working on some new information at this point.” Hatten, 48, was found murdered in the hallway of her home at 1030 12th Ave. in Laurel on the morning of March 11, 1995. She had been killed the night before between 8:30 and 11 p.m., according to police. The officers who first arrived on the scene found her three-year-old granddaughter in a crib in a bedroom. The victim’s black pickup, which had been taken from the garage, was found later that day with the keys still in the ignition on West Ninth Street, a short distance away.

The birth of Sierra Jade Willoughby was announced.

Materials are in place to begin construction on a temporary line to provide water to the City of Laurel while the water plant’s three main intake lines are repaired. A vote to appropriate $100,000 expected for construction costs was on the agenda for yesterday’s city council meeting.


50 years ago March 10, 1971

About 286 Laurel Neighborhood Girl Scouts and their mothers attended the annual Mother-Daughter Banquet, held Monday in the St. Anthony Catholic Parish Hall. The banquet marked the neighborhood’s observance of Girl Scout Week. “It’s a Small World” was the theme for the banquet, with each troop depicting a foreign country through table decorations, costumes, and their particular contribution to the program. You might have seen a girl from Brazil—complete with a basket of fruit—on her head!, or a little Dutch girl with familiar apron and hat, or singing Girl Guides from Germany, Africa, Russia, or France’ possibly a leprechaun from Ireland, Swiss dancers and a few jolly Italians.

“A workshop is being planned to provide women with an opportunity to explore and develop their own potentialities, to confront their own hangups, and to develop the skills needed to achieve full equality and personal fulfillment,” says Mrs. James Rawlings, president of the YWCA. The sessions are part of a pilot program endorsed by the Governor’s Commission to bring women together to discuss their common situation, their roles and their potentials.

The Laurel Jaycees will host a smoker Saturday in the VFW Hall for all men between the ages of 21 and 36, in the community. The smoker will be a get-acquainted party for potential new members. Nick Kisch is the chairman of the event. “The Laurel Jaycees is the best rated of all the chapters in the state,” Dr. Gary Pfaff, Laurel Jaycee president said. “Our club has many things to offer from community involvement to self achievement or friendship with other fellows in our area,” Pfaff said.

The Happy Rancherettes Home Demonstration Club met Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Richard Lenhardt with Mrs. John Kober as hostess. Mrs. Frank Kappel acted as program leader on the subject of “Pollution.”


75 years ago March 6, 1946

Petitions asking the city council to call a special election for voting on a proposed bond issue of $25,000 with which to build and equip a municipal swimming pool were prepared this week by B.L. Price, attorney, for circulation by committeemen. C.A. Cromwell, chairman of the swimming pool general committee, in a statement Tuesday strongly urged registered voters to sign the petitions. The signatures of 20 per cent of the registered voters are required by statute before the city council can call the election. Fred W. Graff heads the sub-committee charged with circulating the petitions.

Laurel Locomotives and their coach, T.H. Bennett, will leave Thursday for Hardin where as second place winners in district No. 6 they will attend the Southern division tournament that opens that day with Roundup and Worden as the first contestants. Laurel and Belgrade will meet in the second contest of the afternoon. This year is the second time in recent years that Laurel has sent a team to the Hardin tournament. Virtually all the members of the first team are now veterans of the second World war.

Fourteen members and one guest were present at a meeting in the past week of the Laurel Gar den club at Mrs. R.C. Colton’s home. Roll call responses were honey recipes. “Bees as I Know Them” was the title of a lecture by Mrs. O.R. Burnett. Among interesting incidents Mrs. Burdett recounted was the discover in 1869 of a large piece of coal in an Illinois strip mine which when broken open a few months later was found to contain a colony of carbonized bees, comb material, larvae and even pollen. The discovery proved that bees as known today were living long before man appeared on the earth.

Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Shay entertained at dinner Sunday honoring their three sons and a son-in-law, all of whom had returned from service in the European theater. They were Albert, Lloyd and Howard Shay, and Lawrence Branstetter.

R.N. Herriot, Laurel night policemen, was taken Tuesday morning to a Billings hospital where he has since been a patient.


100 years ago March 9, 1921

Next summer Laurel will provide a camping ground for the benefit of the automobile tourists who pass through the city over several national highways converging here. The site for the camp ground is at the west end of Main street on lots formerly occupied by a school building. The purchase and location were agreed upon at the last meeting of the Commercial Chamber and a bid of $150 was filed with the clerk of the school district. The bid was successful and title to the lots will be transferred upon payment. No definite plans have been made concerning improvements to be placed on the lots. It has been suggested that bath and toilet facilities be provided, and a room built and equipped for cooking purposes.

Representing the Laurel high school, C. Franklin Parker of this city, won first place in the Yellowstone district extemporaneous speaking contest held in Bill ings Friday evening. As a result Parker will represent the district at the state meeting to be held in Bozeman this week. Parker spoke on the subject, “The United States Should Lead the World in Disarmament.” In the time limit placed at not less than five minutes nor more than eight, he went immediately into the heart of the subject.

Walter Corbett, well known farmer whose ranch is about four miles west of Laurel, was in town Tuesday on business. He says crops are good and the late snows have given the fall seeding a good start.

Mrs. Carrie Erb who has been teaching at Coombs flat returned to Laurel last week, her school having closed.

There is a possibility that Park City will lose one of its attractive features, that of well lighted streets. This was brought out at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce held Monday evening of last week when it was decided to discontinue the five street lights by March 15, if the necessary sum of $700 per year is not paid or pledged before that time. The Chamber of Commerce action grows out of dissatisfaction expressed by some citizens who object to helping pay for lights from which they derive no immediate benefit.

Dana Wells returned last week from the agricultural college at Bozeman and has accepted a position at the Park City Mercantile company store, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles Eastlick.



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