A look back at Laurel History - 5/4/17

Laurel, Park City World War I and II recruits recognized
Van Bebbers Rock Shop offered cut glass and jewelry for Mother’s Day 50 years ago. What did you get your mother?
To this day, Ken Gomer doesn’t know how his class ring turned up in Laurel, Neb. in 1967. He was in military training when it was found, but his mother claimed it for him.

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25 years ago

May 6, 1992

No one was injured Monday evening when two switch engines were involved in an accident in the east end of the Laurel rail yard. According to Trainmaster Kim Kautzman initial investigation indicates that a switch was not properly aligned at the time of the accident and may have contributed to the collision. He said an eastbound switch engine and cars crossed over to an apparently unoccupied track. Damage to engine and cars was minimal. The engine suffered a smashed by window and placing it back on the tracks was easy. “It rolled right back up and back on the track,” Kautzman explained. 

Births were announced for Logan Conrad Boucher, Tyler Jamison Roller and Kimberly LaRae Siemsen.

The Cenex Corporation showed its appreciation of Refinery Manager Lou Day’s years of service in a lunch reception last week. Day received a watch and a plaque from the company, in addition to a multitude of congratulations from co-workers and friends.

An arrest has been made in the break-in of Ricci’s Food Farm which occurred late last month. According to the Laurel Police Department, a 15-year-old Laurel boy has been charged with burglary in connection with the incident. Chief Mike Atkinson said that the business owner could find nothing taken from the store, but a glass door on the south side of the building was broken out.


50 years ago

May 10, 1967

Members of the Laurel Historical Committee who are compiling information of early Laurel for publication are shown at work at their monthly meeting at the home of Loren Webster. Members who gathered included Fred Hilgert, Leo Kamp, George Herbert of Billings, George Bangert, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Laird, Loren Webster, Bill Coombs, G.W. Fenton, H.A. Bundy, Mrs. P.A. Johnston and Mrs. Ivan Lyons.

Oil Workers Auxillary, 443A met Monday at the home of Mrs. George Cebuhar with ten members present. Mrs. James Hatten, club president, conducted the meeting. The program was given by Mr. Marilyn McFate, who exhibited her rock collection and spoke on the various types of rocks. She also showed jewelry she had made from stones she collected.

Pictures were shown of the flower gardens of Mrs. Roger Hart and Mrs. Doug Markegard and Mrs. Markegard’s trip to Maine and Massachusettes at the regular meeting of the Trewthorne Home Demonstration Club held in the home of Mrs. Henry Yager. A lesson on time payment loans was presented by Mrs. Harold Richardson and Mrs. Yager reported on a council meeting she had attended.

Miss Sheryl Kaye Frank of Laurel was recently presented her stewardess wings with Northwest Orient Airlines after completing five weeks of specialized training at the airline’s training center, located at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. She is the daughter fo Mr. and Mrs. Herman K. Frank, and a graduate of Laurel High School. She attended Eastern Montana College. She was previously employed as a bill clerk for the Northern Pacific Railway in Billings. In her new career she will be assigned to the airline’s main base in Minneapolis-St. Paul.


75 years ago

May 6, 1942

A community mass meeting for prayer for men in service and to honor the parents of the men was announced Wednesday for next Sunday at the high school. The community service, in which all religious bodies, patriotic and civic organizations and individuals are invited. Details are incomplete but a message is to be delivered to mothers and fathers of service men and their friends by a speaker yet to be chosen. The Laurel service is intended to follow a national pattern with Protestants, Catholic and Jews participating.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rodgers recently received a letter from their son, Lyle Rodgers, which was 41 days enroute. He is stationed  with the marines, “Somewhere in the Far East.”

Charles Grubs, Tony Bongiani, Sammy Flood and Violet Rupp from Trewin attended attende a high school picnic on the Wallace farm south of Park City on Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Whitaker spent Sunday the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wight of Joliet.

Laurel Leaves, high school publication, was again awarded first-class honor rating by the National Scholastic Press association, according to word received by Miss Elizabeth Baskett staff advisor. Georgia Richards and Gladys Jones are this year’s co-editors.

Harry Sands left the latter part of the week for the upper Stillwater, where he has employment at the crome mine.

A number of local rod and gun club members attended the annual meeting of the Montana Southeastern Sportsmen’s association in Columbus Sunday. J.W. Corwin spoke on “Plans of Montana Wildlife Federation” and Alex Fox on “Questions Relating to Pheasants.”

Louis Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Price, left this week for Boston to rejoin his ship after spending 20 days on leave. He was at Pearl Harbor when the Japs opened the war December 7.

Russell E. (Rusty) Packard, given a 30-day furlough, is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Packard, while waiting to be called back to duty as a flying cadet.


100 years ago 

May 2, 1917

Charles Davis, one of Laurel’s prominent business men comes to the aid of Laurel citizens with the generous offer of 40 acres of excellent farm land adjoining the city limits on the north. He offers this tract, apportioned one acre to the family for garden use free of charge and including water right for the year 1917. The land has produced alfalfa hay and is ideal for gardening. Mr. Davis is patriotic and urges that people raise their own vegetables in in order to cut down the high cost of living and aid the nation in the production of foodstuffs. Anyone desiring to use a portion of this land should see Mr. Davis. 

J.H. Leuthold came in from his ranch in the Basin last week.

Park City has proven her loyalty and the loyalty of her youths cannot be questioned. Monday morning 18 boys of this place left for Billings to enlist in the service of their country. Out of the 18 four were rejected on account of physical defects, while 14 passed the required examination and were accepted. Many of their friends gathered at the depot Monday morning to express a parting word, to wish them success and a safe return home after the war. The Park City band was on hand too, and played patriotic airs. The boys who enlisted represent some of the best families in this section of the state and no matter in what service they go they will be found ready and willing to do their full duty. They passed through her Tuesday night on the No. 41 for training camps.


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