A look back at Laurel History - 4/27/17

Laurel A & W celebrated 35 years in business in 1992

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Outlook managing editor


25 years ago

April 29, 1992

Laurel Police reported three burglaries to local businesses in the past week. Two were burglarized during the early morning hours Tuesday. At 2:38 a.m officers received a report that Ricci’s Food Farm had been broken into. A portion of a glass door was broken out. At 5:22 that same morning, police were called to the Laurel Burger King. An unknown amount of money was taken. Police are withholding further details pending interviews with suspects. Happy Gardens restaurant was burglarized earlier when the burglar entered the building by breaking out a window. It appeared the suspect searched the business for something. Several rooms had been disturbed.

This weekend in Laurel, the 50s will come alive at the Laurel A & W, owned and operated by Dick and Olive Riplett. Poodle skirted waitresses will once agin serve root beer and hamburgers, and vintage cars will grace the drive-thru as waitresses on skates glide to and fro with orders, helping celebrate the establishment’s 35-year birthday.


50 years ago

May 3, 1967

The first council session of the new term saw newly elected aldermen discuss a solution for the traffic problem near the schools; accept bids for a new police car and city truck; and issue a warning to homeowners concerning low-hanging branches over city sidewalks. Newly-elected Mayor Ken Olson presided over the first council term of his term.

Robin Feuerbacher, Kenneth Frank, Dee Thompson, Ella Ungefucht, Jane Scheidecker, Mike Smith, Mike Steinmetz, Robert Burns, Doug Gratwohl, David Hodges, Pam Huff, Lynn Latham, Bonnie Miller, Warren Ostwald and Claudine Turcotte earned straight A’s for a 4.0 grade average to lead the fifth sixth weeks junior high honor roll released by Robert Deming, junior high principal.

A full weekend of activities is planned by members of the Laurel Saddle Club in the clubhouse north of Laurel. The public is invited to attend a dance Saturday evening at the clubhouse. Music will be by the Originals, comprised of saddle club members, John Daley, Joe Southworth, Elvie Edgmond and Allen Herden. On Sunday, saddle club members will participate in fun day at the club house grounds. Practices for the summer O-Mok-See will be held.

The Laurel Jaycees are finishing plans to hold the largest track meet for grades 1 though 9 ever held in Laurel. The finals will be held in conjunction with the Laurel High School invitational track meet. Dick Michael, Jaycee chairman, states the semi-finals will be at the new high school track. Don Peterson, high school basketball coach, is track meet manager. With four high school teams and over 600 grad and junior high school contestants, it should prove to be a most enjoyable day for Laurel track enthusiasts.


75 years ago

April 29, 1942

Laurel men who were 45 or more years old and had not attained the age of 65 registered here Monday for the draft. Of the 437 total several were grandfathers. Grey hairs, bald heads and bifocals were frequently seen at the registration table. Quite a percentage of the the men had seen service in the other war. Those assisting during the day were S.S. Bliss, J.D. Fellows, George Paisley, B.E. Nutting, John Beslanwitch, W.C. Phillips, Fred Hilgert, R.F. Royalty, Fred W. Graff, George Olmsead, O.R. Burdett, Craig Rothwell, Phil H. Gardner, Mrs. W.R. Gummow, Mrs. O.R. Burdett, Mrs. George Olmstead, G.W. Fenton, A.B. Warfield and Hilmar Waage.

Governor Sam C. Ford has no objection to Japanese being brought to Montana as evacuees from coastal states, if they are held in concentration camps or otherwise kept under armed guard, but he objects to them being scattered over the state singly or in family groups without control of the army. He insists that if they are brought to Montana they must be taken out when the was ends. “I am not an alarmist, but I say in all frankness that, when casualty lists start coming in in numbers, containing the names of our own Montana boys, I fear for the safety of any Japanese in this state unless the army has provided proper protection.”

Stanley Pearsall, president of the Park City Rod and Gun club, reports that fishing in the Yellowstone river has been good this spring and that several trout weighing more than two pounds each have been taken by Park City sportsmen. The club recently liberated five pairs of quail in favorable locations. The birds seem to be well content with their new homes and are expected to thrive. 

Grade pupils are to present a musicale Friday evening at 8 o’clock at the high school auditorium, Miss Florence Shirk, disector of music announced this week. To gain admittance, those attending will be required to present a defense stamp at the door in lieu of a ticket, or purchase one.

The Byam 4-H mixed club of boys and girls, of which L.M. Adami is leader, met at the Adami home. Bonnie Teeters described her project, feeding and marketing pigs. The club is to have a picnic May 31 at the Clarks Fork bridge east of Byam. Gene Teeters is to speak on raising and marketing chickens.


100 years ago

April 25, 1917

The regular meeting of the school trustees was held Monday afternoon, at which time the new board was organized. O.M. Wold was elected chairman for the ensuing year. E.L. Fenton was elected clerk. The salary to be paid each teacher per month is as follows: Miss Irma Houser, $100; Miss Ruth Nutting, $100; Miss Matilda Gilles, $100; Henry Lamb, $85; Miss Jessie Loyd, $85; Miss Treva J. Merrill, $90; Miss Jessie Kinnick, $85; and Miss Irene Alpaugh, $85.

The raising of two flags by the employes of the Northern Pacific Railway company sunday afternoon attracted a large number of Laurel’s people. An invitation had been extended to all by those in charge of the ceremony. Two flags were hoisted simultaneously, one on the car shops and the other on the round house. The available members of the Laurel band rendered a few selections and as they played “The Star Spangled Banner” both flags were hoisted amid cheers from the crowd. The shopmen had arranged a program to be carried out at the end of their day’s work.

Fred G. Tyrrell visited with friends in Billings Sunday.

Joe Gilles was in Laurel Monday from his ranch south of town.

Desire Nickolas of Brazwell Summit was transacting business in Laurel Monday.

The kensington of the O.E.S. will meet with Mrs. B.L. Price Thursday afternoon. An invitation is extended to all members.

The special election held Monday for the purpose of submitting to the taxpayers the proposition of issuing bonds to the amount of $4,000 for extending the intake was carried by a vote of 28 for and five against. There was not much interest taken and consequently a very light vote was cast.


Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday, July 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, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.


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