A look back at Laurel History - 7/20/17

Laurel Golf explores clubhouse options in 1967
Outlook managing editor
Just after hosting a week-long chautauqau in Riverside Park in 1917, Laurel residents were treated to The Carvival De-Luxe of America. The carnival had a number of attractions including the new ride, “The Whip,” and human attractions of all kind.
In 1942, shopkeepers levied their patriotism to boost sales. The Wong Sun Co. sold Chinese herbs to treat a number of ailments, returning those stricken to good health and better able to assist in the war effort.
In 1942, Wold’s Grocery ad asks customers to “Fight the Axis with Food, As Well as Rifles.” Being thrifty and saving money with War Bonds was one way to support the war.

25 years ago

July 22, 1992

One look at the crumpled remains of the yellow Ford Courier at the base of Lovers’ Leap south of Laurel, and one wonders how anyone could have survived the 300 foot plus flight from the top—let alone walk away with only minor injuries. But walk away is just what driver, Fred H. Winters, Jr., of Laurel managed to do. Lovers’ Leap is a cliff above the Clarks Fork River located a short distance from Spring Creek Road south of Laurel. Patrol reports stated Winters had been drinking and was “goofing around” in his truck atop the cliff when he put the vehicle in reverse and accidently backed over the edge.

Curt Lord, of Laurel, and Tom Canape, Sr., of Evergreen, Colo., represented the state of Colorado in the Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament at Fort Peck Lake. The duo came away with the Governor’s Cup trophy, winning over eight other teams. They took 11th place over all among 104 teams entered in the fishing derby with a total two day weight of 22.48 pounds of walleye.


50 years ago

July 26, 1967

Laurel Golf and Recreation Association board of directors are “exploring other possibilities” for the the construction of a clubhouse, Harry Smart, association president said. All previous clubhouses have been rejected because of cost. Action at the site should speed up, Smart explained, as excavation in the reservoir area was started Monday. Membership in the newly formed organization stands at 315, Smart said, with about 110 openings available. Plans for the association were based on a membership of 425 family-units.

Karen Frank of Park City was chosen Miss Rodeo Eastern Montana, when the Sage Riders Championship Steer Roping contest was staged at the Miles City fairgrounds. Six girls were entered in the contest. Miss Frank also tied with Susan Martinsin of Hardin for Miss Congeniality. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chet Blaylock entertained at a bon voyage party honoring Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Jones, who left for Frankfort, Germany where they will visit their daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. and Mrs. Tom Parker. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. Dick Black, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carter, and Ronald Duncan.

The annual Carbon County Junior Fat Stock Sale will be held Saturday at the Carbon County junior fairgrounds. They have an exceptionally good offering of fat stock this year which includes approximately 41 fat beef, 41 fat lambs and 5 fat hogs. These fat animals come from all areas of Carbon County including Silesia, Edgar, Bridger, Belfry and Fromberg.

The Little Britches Boys Club held their weekly meeting Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Leonard Gaab. Mrs. Gary Hedges assisted with their entertainment. The afternoon was spent playing baseball. They are preparing a scrapbook which they plan to present to some organization for handicapped children.


75 years ago

July 22, 1942

Sol Richter, 51-year-old Edgar farmer, watched a thunder storm Wednesday afternoon that threatened to interfere with haying. The storm passed, he mounted the seat of a hay rake to which were attached two young horses that recently had been broke to work. Dazed, the next thing he knew he was gropingly picking himself up from the ground, blood streaming from a wound on the left side of his head. Both horses were stone dead—struck by lightning. Richter’s son Bill saw it and went to his father. Later in the afternoon the older man was brought to Laurel for medical attention. Aside from the would he seemed to be all right.

J.D. Fellows, Laurel civilian defense commander, announced this week that more instruction is to be given local people, beginning next week. Classes in gas, gas defense and decontamination, bombs and munitions, incendiaries and how to handle incendiaries will be held.

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Frank were hosts at dinner Sunday for Mrs. Alex O. Reiter, Mrs. C. Frickel and Mrs. John Miller.

Mesdames George T. Sparks, Dallas Cunningham, Lucia Bongiani, Mike Beslanowitch, Amos Flood, A.L. Grubs of the Trewin vicinity and Mrs. Kenneth Shay of Hawthorne and Mrs. Tom Sparks of Laurel motored to Billings Thursday afternoon, where they were guests at a pink and blue shower given for Mrs. Harry Carlson at the home of Mrs. Kenneth Boyce.

W.A. Ziegler, Vaughn & Ragsdale store manager, left Thursday for Arlington and Minneapolis, Minn., on a 10-day vacation. He was accompanied by his little daughter. In Arlington they will visit Mr. Ziegler’s mother. 

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Wold returned Sunday from Denver, where they had spent several days. Coming home, they visited Rocky Mountain national park in Colorado and Yellowstone park.


100 years ago

July 18, 1917

The Laurel chautauqua that has been running during the past six days came to a close Tuesday and the tent crew and equipment left early this morning for northwestern Nebraska, where they will be in charge of a chautauqua there. The talent this year was furnished by the Standard Chautauqua System of Lincoln, Neb., and was and excellent and varied program that appealed strongly to those who attended. One of the features of this year’s program was the splendid lectures that were heard each night.. The affair was a success financially, which added greatly to the pleasure of the guarantors that were responsible for it coming. Laurel was the first city in Montana to put on a chautauqua five years ago. Since that time two companies are operating here with the result that the state generally is being given chautauquas. Iowa has all of the other states beat in this line, however, it has 99 counties and over 500 chautauquas each year, an average of more than five for each county.

At Canyon Creek, Mrs. J.W. Brannon entertained about 20 ladies Friday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Wise of Lowell, Ind. The afternoon was pleasantly spent in needlework. Refreshments were served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Clarence Wise and Mrs. L.M. Sorenson.

The crops in this vicinity are backward and the dry weather hinders the maturity of the grain, although most of the grain which was seeded in April is in fine condition. J.A. Salsbury and Jess Cunningham have unusually fine fields of grain, considering the bad conditions which prevail.

In Park City news, a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Story July 10.

Ed. Svee of the Basin was in town Friday.

Mrs. B.M. Harris and son, Meyer, returned Wednesday from a visit at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Crismas of Rockvale.


Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
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.


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