Removal of all manure piles ordered by city board of health in 1921

A look back at Laurel History: June 3, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, June 3, 2021

25 years ago

June 5, 1996

The births of Madilene Rae Staudinger, James Ellis Fuhrman, Devin Mishan Taylor and Felicity Renee Linger were announced.

Police received a call from Montana Rail Link to arrest a transient who refused to leave a train. Jeffrey Springman, 32, was charged with criminal trespass. Three days later, police arrested Springman on a charge of theft after he allegedly shoplifted a 12-pack of beer and two cartons of cigarettes from Jan’s IGA.

Telephone users in Laurel and other outlying communities might have to pay as much as $10 extra per month in exchange for toll-free dialing to Billings under one plan proposed by U.S. West. That is one of six billing options being considered by the state Public Service Commission as it pursues extended area service in Montana’s metropolitan areas.

The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a robbery of Pop’s Inn in Park City Sunday night. At approximately 10:30 p.m., a man and woman with bandanas covering their faces entered the bar. One of them allegedly pulled a handgun on the bartender and demanded money from the cash register. The robbers sprayed one customer in the face with mace, Stillwater County Sgt. Paul Caraway said. They fled with an undetermined amount of money. Police aren’t sure in what direction they headed, but they were reportedly in a gray Chrysler.

50 years ago

June 9, 1971

A funnel cloud that did not touch ground was observed east southeast of Laurel shortly after 4 p.m. last Wednesday. Less than a half hour earlier another funnel had touched down in the area and destroyed a farm building and two metal grain bins. Hail and heavy rains were associated with the storm. John Beslanwitch, retired rural mail carrier, said he had not seen such severe washing in 40 years of driving through the area. There were many fields on which the wheat, which is beginning to head, was beaten flat. Other fields appeared to be a total loss even though not flattened. It has been reliably established there were at least five funnel clouds in the Laurel area. At least three of the five touched ground, but only one was reported to have caused any damage. Vandals stripped three cars of

Vandals stripped three cars of spark plugs, wiring, distributor caps and rotors over the weekend according to Laurel police. Police recovered enough wiring for about two cars, a distributor cap and rotor. No spark plugs were found. It is assumed someone needing parts for his own car’s repair helped himself and left three vehicles in non-running order. In addition, mirrors and antennas were broken off various cars parked on the streets. Police were called between 3 and 4 a.m. by residents who noticed youngsters riding bicycles in the area. It is assumed that with the nice weather youngsters sleep outside, and while the parents think they are asleep, they are actually out roaming around getting into various mischief.

Army Specialist Four John P. Mogan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Mogan participated in a field training exercise, April 1-23, with the 1st Battalion of the 56th Artillery Brigade’s 81st Artillery at the Army training area in Grafenwohr, Germany. The Battalion underwent readiness tests, night movements, exercises and evaluations.

Sgt. Larry B. Lumsdon, son of Mrs. Mable Lumsdon and the late Ralph Lumsdon, has been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant effective May 1st. Sgt. Lumsdon is awaiting permanent change of station to the 94th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Wurtsmith AFB, Mich. He is currently stationed with the 5th Fighter Intercepter Squadron, Detachment 1 at Billings Logan Field, where he is a Crew Chief on the F-106 Delta Dart.

75 years ago

June 5, 1946

Laurel dealers in fresh meats, involving eight butcher shops and grocery stores, have announced they will discontinue the sale of fresh meats on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice. With their supply restricted by an OPA slaughter quota, the dealers chose to limit fresh meat sales to four days a week. The decision does not effect lunch meats, which will be sold everyday, supply permitting. The shortage of meat, bread and flour and the dark color of the flour results from American assistance in supplying food for starving and meagerly supplied people abroad who have not yet had an opportunity to grow and harvest a crop.

Mrs. A.J. Motzko is in receipt of a letter from her son, Sgt. Harry Stewart, in which he describes a recent visit to the grave of his brother, Melvin Stewart, who was killed the first day of the Allied invasion of Normandy. He took pictures of the grave and enclosed them in the letter to his mother. The marker in the well kept cemetery is a simple cross bearing the name, Melvin Stewart, and his serial number. At the base of the upright is the grave number, corresponding to the one the war department furnished Mrs. Motzko. The pictures are very clear and indicate the cemetery, located at St. Jo, Normandy, has a lawn covering, is neat and carefully tended.

A tract of land donated by L.A. Nutting for park purposes and consisting of a city block on the Nutting subdivision east of Alder avenue was formally accepted Tuesday evening by the city council. In accepting the gift, the council and mayor named it Nutting park. The tract consists of 24 lots. Nutting, now 90 years old, has been a resident of Laurel since early times as rancher, stockman, banker and business man. Some 40 years ago he opened Nutting subdivision which is now well populated.

100 years ago

June 8, 1921

The first step toward eventual paving of Main street and First avenue has been arranged, states Mayor Wright, who says that business property owners on Main street west of Second avenue and those in the business district on First avenue have agreed to have constructed in front of their lots a concrete gutter three feet wide, which will drain the water into the sewers. Use of cinders on the street is advocated and several loads have been hauled and scattered. The city officials are of the opinion that this will afford relief from the mud at present and that the cinders will furnish a base upon which eventually a concrete paving will be placed. The plans, it is understood, are to give the cinders a coating of cheap oil to prevent blowing and to pack them into a solid mass.

Regular removal of all manure piles in the city was ordered at a meeting of the city board of health Monday, attended by Mayor Frank Wright, Alderman Nels Vordahl and Dr. Roscoe Broughton. Strict enforcement of the regulation was decided upon. Another matter receiving attention was the matter of connection of all houses located within sewer districts with the sewers. In addition to removal of manure piles, the board also passed a resolution insisting upon a general cleanup of back yards and other places which are the breeding grounds of flies and accompanying disease. This resolution went into effect upon passage. A time limit of 60 days was set in which residences situated in sewer districts must make sewer connections. The members ordered a monthly inspection of all meat markets, restaurants, hotels and soda fountains located in the city and provided for publication by the city in the Laurel Outlook the standings of the places of business.

The city has purchased a fire siren which is to be used henceforth in giving the fire alarm. No doubt is entertained as to its effectiveness, judging from the results obtained in the try-out the first of the week.



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