State Liquor Store burglarized again in 1967

A Look Back at Laurel History
Outlook managing editor

25 years ago
March 18, 1992
Births were announced for Rylie Mae Herman, Ethan Colt Dunn, Ashlyn Simone Alsberg, Tiffini Lynn Frank and Dalyss Daniel Hanson.
Laurel has been marked on Air Force maps for at least one bombing run next week, and armored vehicles and other aircraft have also scheduled stops in Laurel. Residents are encouraged to remain calm and enjoy the show during aviation week. A dream of Laurel Middle School history teacher, Jack Bayne, Aviation Week has grown from his original concept of a few helicopters in Thomson Park to a full week of demonstrations, displays, mock bombing runs and fly-overs. Over 40 speakers from all types of aviation backgrounds are scheduled to present programs at local schools and static displays will be in place at Thomson Park and in the practice field of the Laurel High School by Friday. According to Bayne, speakers are scheduled at all the schools on Monday. A highlight of Tuesday will be a mock bombing run by a B-52 over Laurel. Bayne said aboard the plane will be Terry Sunnarborg, a former Laurel resident with the 410the Wing from Say Air Force Base. Bayne said the B-52 will make two or three bombing passes over Laurel.
While driving on First Ave South in Laurel later this week, don’t be alarmed by the gigantic Diet Pepsi can sitting in Jan’s IGA parking lot. The “Cash Can” is a unique recycling machine, a sort of reverse vending machine, that has been developed by a Billings company, Recycle Technologies. The machine crushes aluminum cans, counts the cans, dispenses money back to consumers and gives them a receipt.

50 years ago
March 22, 1967
The state liquor store in Laurel, burglarized so often it could use swinging plate glass windows, was hit again sometime after 2:15 a.m., Saturday. An unspecified amount of various kinds of liquor was reported stolen. Mayor John Beslanwitch said Tuesday there had been a joking threat on the part of a state official to remove the store from Laurel if it could not be given better protection. Laurel police complained that a burglar alarm in the store fails to function. The police also complain that the store has more window space than is needed and state that replacement of some of the windows with block walls would reduce the burglary incidence.
Councilmen Tuesday night heard cable television proposals from two companies, discussed the possibility of city participation in extending water lines to a housing development area north of Laurel and accepted the resignation of city police chaplain the Rev. J.P. Crosby. The possibility of cable TV in Laurel was referred back to the committee for further study when committee chairman, Louie Yovetich explained, “We’re in not hurry to make any commitments. Dean Jansma, a Billings TV station employee, who accompanied Clark, said, ”thinking gradually is changing--the stations have finally agreed it’s (cable TV) is here--and in a sense, it does help to make better color TV,” he said.
St. John’s Lutheran Church of Laurel, at its regular voter’s meeting, put the stamp of approval on a project submitted by some of its members. Several meetings are planned to initiate a Sunday School service for children who are slower or retarded. Approximately 35 youngsters in the Laurel area were found to be retarded in varying degrees. Parents are urged to act soon to enroll their special children in order that sufficient materials and teachers be available.
Consecutive losses within twenty-four hours resulted in the elimination of the Locomotives from the State Big 32 tourney following their opening round victory over Columbia Falls Wildcats.

75 years ago
March 18, 1942
Laurel depot of the Northern Pacific has been radically changed in appearance during the past week by a company painting crew. The old red color, associated with all Northern Pacific structures, has been replaced with a shade of brown or tan. No explanation has been offered concerning the change.
Laurel sportsmen learned at the year-end that they have a townswoman who can entertainingly write while conveying factual information. From her published story appearing in the December issue of Outdoor Life, many fishermen learned that deep sea shad come thousands of miles to spawn in fresh water and that evidently the Yellowstone river is of the spawning grounds. That shad are caught each summer at Laurel and elsewhere along the Yellowstone was no news to some fishermen; but it was news to many others who devote themselves exclusively to trout. The author of “Montana’s Ocean Fish,” is Mrs. Adelia Johnson of Laurel, who skillfully tells a story about encountering the fish from the sea and the wild battles they put up when hooked.
Miss Ruth Heebner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Heebner, arrived here Saturday from Bozeman and is recovering from injuries sustained in a laboratory explosion at Montana State College.
Judge Ben Harwood of the thirteenth judicial district court will be the speaker here at the annual meeting of the Laurel Rod and Gun club, members of the program committee announced this week. Mrs. Adelia Johnson of Laurel, author of “Montana’s Ocean Fish,” which appeared in a recent issue of Outdoor Life, has accepted an invitation to attend and speak on shad fishing.Invitations have also been extended to officers of clubs in the surrounding district, members of the state fish and game commission, Gov. Sam Ford, and local game wardens. The meeting will be at the Masonic temple, preceded by a dinner. Reports on advance sale of tickets indicate a probable attendance of 200 members and guests. Fred W. Graff will preside as toastmaster at the program following the business session. Mrs. Ted Bundy has consented to play several accordion solos.

100 years ago
March 14, 1917
Complete plans by the four railroad brotherhoods for a nationwide strike to be inaugurated next Saturday evening unless the railroads grant their eight hour day demands were ratified here by local union leaders from southeastern territory and by a similar conference of representatives of the southwest. There is every indication that the president is prepared to move again if it becomes apparent that the nation, facing the gravest international crisis of history, is about to have its transportation facilities paralyzed. Although still confined to his bed by a cold, the president heard reports during the day on the plans of the brotherhoods.
Scott Powers of Pierre, S.D., arrived here Monday in search of his wife whom he had learned was living in this city with a man not her husband. After a short search he located her and her three children in the old Brumfield building, and living with her was one Harry Minkle. The husband was willing to take the two boys back to South Dakota and let the wife go her way, but the strong arm of the law stepped in and the wayward wife and paramour were arrested. Minkle was charged with fornication and Mrs. Powers with adultery. When arraigned before Judge F.C. Victory, Minkle enter a plea of guilty to the charge and was given the limit under the law, which is a fine of $500 and six months in the county jail. Mrs. Powers was willing to enter her plea of guilty, but in order to make a further investigation into her case her plea was not taken. Both she and Minkle were taken to Billings Tuesday evening by Chief of Police Ed Lamb and turned over to the county authorities. She carried with her a child of only a few months old. The sentence imposed by Judge Victory is one of the stiffest imposed in the history of the local court and should be a warning to those who seek to violate the biblical commandment or the statute in such cases.
W.Gl Loftiss, a well known rancher residing southeast of Laurel, was in the toils a short time Saturday when the county authorities took him in charge for insisting that his 13-year-old son should carry a rifle to school. Some of the boys of the Spring Creek district had been carrying guns to school and when a protest was raised the others refrained from bringing their guns with them, but the Loftiss boy continued. Friday eveining Deputy Sheriff FM Quinn on instructions from the office at Billings went to the school house and took both boy and gun to Billings. Mr. Loftiss went to that city also and his arrest followed. He was released on bond and his trial will come up Saturday.
A most enjoyable dinner was given last week by Mrs. H.L. Richardson at her pleasant home for members of the first basketball team of the high school and girl chums. The table decorations were unique and appropriate for the occasion, basketball baskets and the high school colors, purple and gold, being used most artistically in the table decorations.At 7 o’clock a delicious dinner of turkey with all the accompaniments and ice cream and cake was served, covers being laid for 12.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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