A look back at Laurel History - 12/01/16

Officials order a vice cleanup / Rigorous campaign to be made on rooming houses and gambling
Compiled by Kathleen Gilluly
Outlook managing editor

Compiled by

Kathleen Gilluly

Outlook managing editor


25 years ago

Dec. 4, 1991

Laurel Mayor Bob Gauthier announced his resignation at the regular city council meeting. Gauthier will leave his four year term unfinished. He recommended the president of the council, Chuck Rodger, or the the vice-president, Bob Graham as good choices for the council to consider.

A small marijuana growing operation was confiscated, and a Laurel couple was arrested last week through a cooperative operation between  the Billings and Laurel police departments. According to Laurel Police Chief Mike Atkinson, Randy and Kathy Riddle of Laurel were arrested after a combined force of officers searched their home and discovered several marijuana plants growing in their closet.

Births were announced for Sydney Rochelle Forster and Jeffrey John Marstaeller.


50 years ago

Dec. 7, 1966

Approximately 15 mothers attended a investiture and rededication ceremony Wednesday for members of Brownie Troop No. 86. Mrs. Wayne Andersen and Mrs. Pat Smith are leaders. New Brownies being invested were Sherry Smith, Toni Andersen, Cheryl Dolechek, Pam Staudinger, Alta Cherry, Donna Fost, Carla Frickle, Terri Wagner and Anita Reisinger. Brownies receiving their one year membership stars were Traci Fost, Patty Groll, Sherry Miller, Mary Lyn Whitfield and Vickje Ostwald.

The Roberts Rockets beat the Park City Panthers 48 to 45 in an overtime game held on the Panthers home court. High scorer for the Rockets was Monahan with a 24 point total. 

Between fifteen and twenty Laurel boys and girls will go Christmas shopping and the Laurel Jaycees will pick up the tab. It’s all a part of the Jaycees’ annual shopping tour for Laurel’s underprivileged children. The Jaycees have earned approximately $150 for the tour by selling fruit cakes. (Still on sale at $3 each.) Each child will be accompanied by a Jaycee and following the shopping spree, Jayceens will be on hand to gift wrap each package. Approximately fifteen families will receive toys for tots. This is also a Jaycee project, where repaired toys are wrapped and presented to the children sometime Christmas eve day. Food baskets will also be distributed to the families.


75 years ago

Dec. 3, 1941

Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Fenton and Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Wold were in attendance in Billings at the recent dance given by the Shrine Formal Dance club at the Hilands. 

Mr. and Mrs. Clement Miller were among the Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Duvall at their home in Absarokee.

Meeting Monday evening at the home of Mrs. Harold Richardson, members of the Junior Woman’s club answered role call with “Foods I hate to do without.” A report was given on the annual toy drive being sponsored by the club. The committee in charge includes Mrs. Russell Barr, chairman, Mrs. Phillip Marsh and Mrs. John Laird. Anyone having unused toys to donate is requested to contact a member of the committee. The toys are being collected and turned over to the manual training department of the school for renovation and repairs.


100 years ago

Dec. 6, 1916

The O.M. Wold company has completed negotiations for the addition of a complete line of farm implements and wagons to the present stock. This company has the largest store in the city, comprising various departments. In fact it is the largest store to be found in this section of the state in a place the size of Laurel. Visitors to the city are impressed with the large stock carried by this concern.

According to news from Billings the officials have announced a vigorous campaign to clean up the vice district of that city and if the plan is carried out will apply to all the districts in the county, including Laurel. A high-up official in Billings stated that “the lid goes on tight and stays on.” Commenting further he said, “While we have worked industriously to keep the city clean and have made frequent arrests, there has been an element that we thought would go away, which has on the contrary grown.”

Nearly 500 sheep were killed when a Great Northern train plowed through a flock owned by J.B. Long near Oswego, Mont. Fragments of sheep were found a mile and a half from the scene of the accident. It was necessary to stop the train to remove the wool from the wheels and the smokestack of the engine.



Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org 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. 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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