Railroad men get significant raise in 1920; may stave off strike

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Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Can you help identify this photo by Lowell’s Fotos? It appears to be a visit to the Laurel Outlook office. Two of the signs on the back wall show the year as 1952. The Farmers Union Central calendar does not depict 1952. Call the Laurel Outlook 406-628-4412 (Mon.-Thurs. 9-5) or email jobs@laureloutlook.com.

Can you help identify this photo by Lowell’s Fotos? It appears to be a visit to the Laurel Outlook office. Two of the signs on the back wall show the year as 1952. The Farmers Union Central calendar does not depict 1952. Call the Laurel Outlook 406-628-4412 (Mon.-Thurs. 9-5) or email jobs@laureloutlook.com.

25 years ago

July 26, 1995

The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Department was notified by Billings air control on Saturday, that an airplane had made an emergency landing on Cemetery Road in Park City. Ken Roeland of Moscow, Idaho, was forced to land after a propeller came loose on the two-seater airplane he built from a kit, said Sheriff Clifford Brophy. The propeller may even have fallen off mid-air. The pilot was uninjured. Park City ambulance and volunteer firefighters, Stillwater County deputies and a Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded. Hanson’s Auto Body hauled the plane away.

Births were announced for Amber Lee Carter and Joseph Dominic Hackmann.

A hobo accused of murdering a Laurel man last fall is expected to argue at his trial this week that others were responsible for the death. Douglas Castle, 33, is one of two transients charged with the murder of John Martin Formo, 29, in Laurel Nov. 18, 1994. Walter Cassell, 43, is also charged with deliberate homicide for allegedly stabbing Formo 16 times. His case will not be heard until September.

The Laurel Police Department team won the John P. Rosenberg Memorial Softball Tournament held July 22-23 at the complex next to Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel. The Montana Law Enforcement Academy was second and the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department took third. The tourney was sponsored by the Laurel Police Reserves. Proceeds went to purchase new equipment for the reserves. All the winning teams put their money into a scholarship fund for John Rosenberg’s children.

 

50 years ago

July 29, 1970

Two recent drownings have pin-pointed the important volunteer work of the Minutemen Search and Rescue Units of Yellowstone County. The group consists of 24 units, all on standby with their individually owned equipment, such as trucks and boats. There is two-way radio communication on all units. The men may be called anywhere in the county where they may be of service in case of drownings, lost persons, stranded hunters or climbers. In appreciation for their help recently, and in former years, a spontaneous drive for funds has been started in Laurel. Receptacles will be in many local business places and utility offices to receive donations, according to Frank Hartley, deputy sheriff, who has occasions to work with the men. “Let’s keep these dedicated men available,” said Hartley.

Marine Corporal, Leslie M. Blackford, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Blackford of Route 1, Silesia, was awarded the Air Medal while servicing with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-364. First Marine Aircraft Win in Vietnam. He was cited for meritorious achievements during aerial operations in Vietnam.

Laurel’s Riverside Park is a welcome sight to weary travelers from all over the world who had planned, probably from their vacation’s start, to camp in the well-known park. Last year, 1,675 rigs parked in the camp—persons from England, New Zealand, Venezuela, Finland, German and Canada have taken advantage of the park’s facilities as well as tourists from every state in the union. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kinney, who reside in the park, are in charge of registration. A $2 fee is charged for each night’s camping. There are 20 electrical outlets in the park for camper use; no one has been turned away because of a shortage of facilities, Mrs. Kinney said. The park is open to tourists every month of the year, and during some years it is used during some part of every month; however, charges are made only when the shower facilities are in operation. Last year the camp facilities closed in early October. Riverside Park was built in the early 1930s as a government project to provide work for the unemployed. The buildings are leased to various organizations now. During the war years, the park was used as a prisoner of war camp. About four years ago, matching federal funds were received for Riverside Park development, and under the direction of Peter D. Thomson, Laurel’s park superintendent, the park has grown to what it is today.

 

75 years ago

July 25, 1945

Laurel people and all other residents of Yellowstone county are now asked to save and prepare tin cans for war salvage, stated Carl M. Yerrington, chairman of the county salvage committee, when he visited her Wednesday for the purpose of getting the tin can drive underway. Four steps are required in preparing tin cans for salvage: 1) remove the tops and bottoms; 2) take of paper labels; 3) wash thoroughly; 4) flatten firmly. The tops and bottoms should be included in the package. The only tin mines America now has are in the kitchens of homes.

Charles P. Linger, widely known 70-year-old Molt farmer and stockman, died Friday afternoon at a Billings hospital of a heart attack. He had been a resident of this state for 36 years. He graduated from Valpaiso, Ind., university where he studied law and was admitted to the bar of Indiana in 1902. In December of the same year he married Miss Inez Morgan. Mr. and Mrs. Linger came to Montana in 1909 to file on a homestead near Molt, where they have since resided. Mr. Linger was active in farm organizations and devoted much of his attention to raising livestock. Pallbearers were Steve Arnold, John Leuthold, Ralph Slavens, B.M. Harris, O.D. Hartley and Dewey Johnson.

From Public Relations Office: Marine Pfc. Raymond E. Smith, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Smith of Silesia, Mont., recently returned from overseas to the San Francisco naval receiving hospital for further medical treatment. He is awaiting a transfer to a naval hospital nearer his home. The young Leatherneck participated in the bitter Okinawa battle.

From Snowball Public Relations Air Transport Command, North Atlantic Division, Presque Isle, Maine, July 20, 1945: Staff Sgt. Chester D. Herbert, 33, veteran of 32 months of service as a supply sergeant in the European theater of operations, arrived at the Presque Isle army air field today aboard an air transport command plane of the North Atlantic division’s Snowball fleet. He has been awarded the following medals or decorations: American Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with clasp, ETC Ribbon with eight battle stars, Bronze Arrowhead, Presidential Citation and the French Medal. He is the son of H.E. Herbert, 120 West Main street, Laurel. Snowball is an army air transport operation which has been running to Europe since July 1944. During the winter and spring, the outfit brought back over 7,000 litter patients from Orly Field, Paris.

 

100 years ago

July 21, 1920

Six hundred million dollars was added to the pay envelopes of the nation’s 2,000,000 railroad workers today in the first award handed down by the new United States railway labor board. Rejecting the demands of the organized rail unions for increases totaling approximately one billion dollars, the decided approximately 60 percent of that sum would be a just increase to meet present living conditions. Whether the award will stave off the treat of a general railroad strike remains to be seen.

The stage is set, everything is in readiness and the frantic excursions of various local committee members to and from each other’s place of business, proclaims the great event for which the people of Laurel and vicinity have been waiting—the opening of this year’s chautauqua—is about to become a reality. The director arrived Sunday and on Monday Evening a session of committees was held in the office of E.L. Fenton, the president. Beyond the question of a doubt, William Jennings Bryan will prove to be the greatest attraction. Visitors from many miles distant are expected to be present in Laurel on Friday for the express purpose of hearing the man who has been so much in the public eye of the nation during the past decade.

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