Southworth and Seelye elected co-captains of 1971 Laurel High Football team

A look back at Laurel History: August 12, 2021
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, August 12, 2021

25 years ago

Aug. 14, 1996

Births were announced for Ivory Kathleen Emineth, Jalen Hogan Whitley and Korbin Mikel Lehner.

Ten traveling gypsies have descended upon Laurel for 11 days. They came with hammers and saws in hand from Missouri, Washington, Nevada and California as volunteer carpenters to help on the Habitat for Humanity project at 706 Mulberry Lane. The group’s members, who refer to themselves as “RV gypsies” travel the U.S., paying their own way and volunteering their skills and time to help low-income families build affordable housing. The hammering gypsies will be in Laurel until Aug. 15, before their caravan takes off in the direction of Michigan. Karon Scovell and her four children are scheduled to receive the keys to their new fourbedroom house this month.


50 years ago

Aug. 25, 1971

The summer driver training course, provided by the Laurel school system, concluded Aug. 6 with a total of 137 completing the course at a cost of $55.40 per pupil, L.A. Wollan, superintendent of schools announced in a prepared report given to the board of trustees. A total of 19,250 miles were covered by the tree driver education cars. Of the 141 students who started the course, only four did not finish; three dropped for various reasons, one had a conflict of time.

Ray Southworth and Robbie Seelye were elected co-captains of the 1971 Laurel High Football team. The popular duo were elected by a vote of all members of this year’s team. Both players are linemen and should be a great inspiration to this year’s club.

The Park City Garden Club held its annual flower show Aug. 19 at the civic center. People registered from Colorado, California and Ohio, besides a number of Montana towns. Mrs. W.C. Bascom judged the show of 221 entries. Mrs. Karl George of Laurel won the door prize. Mrs. George Frank took sweepstakes, Mrs. Cela Reimann won second and Mrs. Roy McKenzie took third. Mrs. Geo. Damm took first in artistic arrangements and Mrs. Reimann second.

“Showdogship” was title of the demonstration given at Montana 4-H Congress in Bozeman by Scott Johnson of 1115 E. 8th, Laurel, with the help of his dog, “Herman.” Herman stole the show while helping his master win a trip to the Western 4-H Roundup in Denver in January. Johnson has trained the dog since it was eight weeks old as a 4-H project.

The Park City Volunteer Fire Dept., is called out most every day now, due to the high dry weeks and dry area. A fire burned the chicken coop, with 13 chickens, on the Al Sweeney property, Friday. The Sweeney’s recently purchased the Gordon Nelson property.


75 years ago

Aug. 14, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Tharalson were pleasantly surprised Saturday, their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, when their son, Robert Tharalson who is with the U.S. army of occupation, talked with them by telephone from Germany. The conversation was quite clear and distinct.

Good progress is being made in repairing damages inflicted by fire several weeks ago at the Farmers Union oil refinery, said C.A. Cromwell, plant superintendent, this week. Major damage was done to the pump house supplying the crude still. The new building is now well along and probably will be completed next week, Cromwell estimated..

The Sunny Valley Feeders and Farmers held a meeting Aug. 4. Five of the boys, Jimmy Frank, Raymond Frank, Donald Ronan, harry Ruff and Teddy Ronan, went tot the Steiner dairy where dairy cattle were judged. The group then moved to the Pierce Packing company yards to judge fat mogs. A few members were also on the judging team. At each stop they received cards on which they assigned places for the various animals, ranking them A, B, and D. Judges were allowed 15 minutes for each class. The William Yost farm, where fat cattle were judged, was the third stop, with the trip ending at the Alex Frank farm for judging fat sheep and fat steers. Lunch at the Frank farm brought the tour to a close. The club held a meeting at the farm, with the news reporter in charge.

Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Eastlick, who have been living in one of the L. Gerard houses in Park City, purchased the Rudy Wegner house on Main street, next to the Harry Sands home. Mrs. E. Wener, daughter Mildred and son Rudy, who have been living in the house, moved to the Youngs Point teacherage, and Miss Mildred drives her to work at the Pearsall store.


100 years ago

Aug. 17, 1921

The first annual camp of the Laurel Boy Scout troops will be held at the ranch of Dr. Roscoe Broughton, which is located several miles south of Laurel on the Pryor Indian reservation. The camp will open Aug. 22 and closes Aug. 27. Scout officers will be in charge of the camp and of the boys ‘ activities. A varied program of entertainment and instruction in woodcraft is being worked out by the scoutmasters and assistants. Among the practical features will be instructions ranging all the way from making a fire by rubbing sticks together to reviving drowning persons. In the program will be numerous hikes to points of interest in the district, with which the territory is well supplied, excellent fishing in Pryor creek, and an opportunity to observe the Indians and their methods of living.

An invitation to the people of Laurel to attend the second annual Community fair at Park City, which will be held Sept. 15 and 16, has been extended by W.A. Hansford, president of the Park City Chamber of Commerce, in a letter directed to the president of the Laurel Commercial Chamber, which was received here Tuesday. Everything is free and at the event in 1920, 2,000 people were served at a free barbecue. Nine hundred dollars in merchandise was distributed to exhibitors; stock valued at $75,000 was exhibited; 6,000 square feet of floor space was utilized for vegetable exhibits, and the general exhibit taken from the Park City fair and shown at the Midland Empire fair was awarded fourth prize in competition with the counties of northern Wyoming and Montana.

L.A. Nutting sold the new modern dwelling which was built last summer, near the new school building, to L.B. Bryan, last week, taking in exchange as part payment the small house and lots where Mr. Bryan has been living east of the school building. The new dwelling bought by Mr. Bryan has a full basement with a heating plant and all modern improvements and was built to sell and so was not rented. The consideration was $3,000.



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