Parking enforcement causes residents to turn on each other in 1996

A look back at Laurel History: June 10, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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This cartoon explains the origins of Father’s Day. In 1946, when this appeared in the Outlook, Father’s Day was June 16th. This year, it is Sunday, June 20.

25 years ago June 12, 1996

It may be summer, but Laurel Police Chief Mike Atkinson is afraid a “snowball” fight may erupt over increased enforcement of a city parking ordinance. “This is snowballing into ‘I got a ticket, now I’m going to make a list,”’ Atkinson warned the City Council last week after a second list of vehicles allegedly violating the city’s five-day parking limit was brought to the council. Most of Laurel’s City Council members reported at the June 4 meeting that they had received calls from residents who were unhappy with the increased attention police were giving to potential parking violators. Under the ordinance, no vehicle—including campers, RVs and boat trailers—can park on a city street longer than five days. Last month, Councilman Bud Johnson presented the police with a list from a constituent of 40 vehicles allegedly violating the ordinance. After having an officer investigate the list, Atkinson told the council last week that 20 of the 40 vehicles had been listed twice. Of the 20 remaining vehicles, only two of them had not been moved after the five-day deadline, Atkinson explained.

Births were announced for Brandon Alex Streck, Ryan Lee Wallace, Rachel Kathleen Andersen and Amber Zundel.

50 years ago

June 16, 1971

After a 90-day training period, Royal Rodriguez took the “promising fighter and sportsmanship” award at the All Indian Tournament held at Crow Agency. Rodriguez is one of the top eight of a group of 75 young fighters who have been working out under the guidance of Sonny O’Day. O’Day (Charles George) states the boys will be participating in events in Harlowton, Columbus, Big Timber and a match at St. LaBrae. The boys have been working out in a Laurel school gymnasium three days a week, O’Day states. He has solicited the support of the Montana High School Association and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in an attempt to encourage Montana schools to offer boxing as an intramural sport in schools. It is O’Day’s contention that boxing would open an avenue for participation in athletics to many who do not fit into existing programs. O’Day is widely known for his achievements in boxing as a young man.

The Laurel ambulance has responded to 47 calls since Jan. 10 of this year. It was sent to the Laurel Nursing Home June 8 to move Mrs. Margaret Kinghorn to St. Vincent Hospital. Friday, it was called to the Laurel golf course, where Bruce Dawson had been hit in the head by a golf ball. He was taken to a Billings hospital and is reported in good condition. Monday, the ambulance made its forty-seventh run at 7:34 to the Gulf station at the I-90 interchange south of Laurel. Davie Burns was reported injured in a fall. He was taken to the Deaconess Hospital in Billings.

Brad Dantic, nine-year-old son of Robert Dantic of Laurel, tied the national age-group record in the Bantam 75-yard dash Sunday when he competed in the Montana Boys AAU Track Junior Olympics held at Domblaser Stadium in Missoula. Dantic ran the Bantam 75-yard dash in 10.3 equaling the national mark set in 1970 by Carl Hawkins of Florida Gold Coast.

Bruce Dawson, sixteen-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Zane Dawson, is a patient in the Billings Deaconess Hospital. Young Dawson was injured while golfing at the Laurel Golf and Recreation Assn. golf course Friday. He is out of the intensive care unit and is expected home at the end of the week.

It was reported Dave Frank, police dispatcher, has been hospitalized with a heart attack and David Burns, 21-year-old son Third Ward Alderman Bob Burns, is hospitalized with a fractured skull after falling from the back of a pickup truck Monday night near the A-W drive-in. He was taken by ambulance to a Billings hospital.

75 years ago

June 12, 1946

Scoring 13 runs in the first inning a team sponsored by the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America beat the team sponsored by Laurel Refinery of the Farmers Union Central Exchange when the two officially opened the Laurel softball season Monday evening. The final score was 24 to 0 in favor of the carmen. They were credited with 19 hits, while the refinerymen got two. Errors were one for the carmen and seven for the refinery. The refinery lacked four of five of its regular players.

Among the more than 200 students who reported for registration Monday at the Eastern Montana normal school in Billings was William R. Colson, recently returned veteran. Monday’s activities of the school were divided between registration and initial testing, psychological tests and English placement tests being given to all new students.

100 years ago

June 15, 1921

After more than two weeks had elapsed since occurrence of the tragedy, the body of Scott Walton, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Walton of this city was recovered from the Yellowstone river Wednesday afternoon near Hysham. The boy’s body had drifted more than 100 miles from the place where he was drowned, the mouth of the Clarke Fork river a short distance southeast of Laurel.

The greatest number of men who have ever been employed in the history of the Laurel railroad shops are now working and amount to about 285 in number. In 1915 the shop payroll consisted of 85 names and the present record exceeds even that which prevailed during the war. The extremely bad condition of so many cars received from foreign lines which had the equipment in use during the war and months succeeding is said to be the cause for the employment of so many men here. This condition, in regard to the number of men employed, is in direct variance with the action of the Great Northern which has closed a number of its important shops between St. Paul and the Pacific coast.

The astounding information that negro cotton “choppers” working on plantations in South Carolina are paid the sum of 75 cents per day for their labor has been brought to Laurel by W.H. Harbin, who, with his wife, returned from the south a few days ago. This, he said, is the prevailing wage paid there for such labor. No board or rooms are provided by the employers. The negroes have been asking for a 25 cent increase in pay, but they have been unsuccessful so far.

Formation of an American Legion post in Laurel is being discussed among ex-service men of the city and district, and the first move in this direction will be a meeting called for next Friday evening at the Laurel city hall. The war veterans who are favoring the local post movement say that by having a post here the men will receive a greater benefit from the various agencies at their disposal than is the case when they are members of a post in another town.


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