Post Office to begin home delivery service in Laurel in 1946

A look back at Laurel history: September 23, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, September 23, 2021
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According to coal supplier Davis Transfer & Storage, Bearcreek coal was the best available in the west in 1921.

25 years ago

Sept. 25, 1996

A gaggle of ornery geese led a flock of Laurel men on a wild goose chase Friday afternoon. Small-game hunters Merrill Watkins, Del “Big Mo” Henman, Ed Bayne and Watkins’ son tried for three hours to entice three geese to play bingo—goose drop bingo—as part of a fund-raising project for the Laurel Booster Club. The goose-drop bingo was one of several homecoming activities in Laurel last week. It was supposed to be held right after the Homecoming parade, but a slight problem developed: the geese were tougher to tackle than Emmit Smith. “We thought it’d be easy because they are rather tame (at Dr. Lee Richardson’s pond). But when Mo, Ed and I got there, they didn’t like us one iota,” Watkins said. Finally, at 5:45 p.m., an hour past the scheduled start, Bayne and the birds arrived at the high school. “It was quite an adventure. It only took us three hours to catch them. I hope I didn’t scare all the poop out of them,” Bayne cracked. The geese did indeed have something left to drop. The first fowl quickly left its mark on Steve Patton’s square on the cardboard grid. To the amazement of all eight folks in attendance, the second goose dropped on another of Patton’s squares. The Laurel teacher won $200 for first place and $100 for second place. The third goose earned Dave Sailor a prize of $50.

Blaine Dantic and Sarah Robertus were chosen as this year’s Homecoming king and queen at Laurel High School, Paul Stutterheim and Jacque Dantic were selected as the Homecoming prince and princess.

Kyle Roberts and Shelley Lowell were crowned as Park City High’s Homecoming king and queen during halftime at the football game Friday against Winifred.


50 years ago

Oct. 6, 1971

After considering an appeal previously received from the student body at Laurel Senior High, the trustees of School District 7 acted Thursday night of last week to permit a Homecoming celebration this week in connection with the Laurel-Bozeman football game. The school administration, reacting to serious problems that have developed in recent years in connection with Homecoming, had not been in favor of such an event this year. The students were informed of restrictions on the activities leading up to Homecoming, and were told to keep things under control if they wanted Homecoming celebrations in the years to come. The police department has increased its force during the week and will be closely monitoring events.

Aldermen Tuesday night approved Mayor Louie Yovetich’s plan to create a chief of police at large whereby Police Chief Harold Gaston would work when and where needed and approved the appointment of Patrolman Donald Lenhardt as assistant chief of police. Chief of Police Gaston will, in his private car, be on duty at various house when he deems it necessary. The hiring of an additional policeman, David Herman, through the Emergency Employment Act, made the new plan possible. Herman and Robert Manweiler, members of the police force, this week are attending a policemen’s school in Billings. Aldermen voted a $5 per day fee to be given to policemen while attending the school sessions.


75 years ago

Sept. 25, 1946

With the beginning date of city delivery service set for Oct. 1, Laurel post office employees this week issued a request to all patrons wishing to use the service to bring in their street addresses. Two city carriers and one rural carrier will make the deliveries. Patrons were also urged to place house numbers on their homes and to provide receptacles for mail. Everyone receiving mail by carrier should immediately advise their correspondents of their house number.

Patch tests for tuberculosis will be made on first grade children in all Laurel grade schools Monday, Mrs. Helen Robbins, field nurse for the Yellowstone County Tuberculosis association, announced here this week. The state’s mobile X-ray unit will be here in November to take care of those not tested at this time.

Mrs. Florence Crichton, who is employed in the office of the hotel at Mont Aqua mineral springs, visited Laurel briefly last week with her daughter, Mrs. R.A. McCracken Jr., and family.

Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Robison moved last week to their home on Woodland avenue which they recently purchased. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Branstetter moved to the Shellhorn residence on Fifth avenue vacated by Mr. and Mrs. Rolison.


100 years ago

Sept. 28, 1921

Professor Grey and Molt high school students have added much to the appearance of their room by giving it a coat of calcimine.

The ability of the Cottonwood district to produce wonderful crops of strawberries is demonstrated by a patch of overbearing plants planted by Mrs. S.M. Thornton of Edgar. The patch is about an acre in size and to date she has sold more that $100 worth of berries. The strawberry plants were placed in the ground last spring.

O.A. Brohaugh and Joseph Gilles drove to the Bull mountain country Sunday. Mr. Gilles has had a crop growing on a homestead farm there which he reports mostly harvested by grasshoppers.

The Hesper beet station opened for work Monday.

Charles Glenn is confined to his home with an attack of lumbago.



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