A look back at Laurel History - 9/21/17

Laurel soldiers meet up by chance in India in 1942
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Montana was holding a special one-day bird hunt in 1942. Laurel Trading Co. was promoting the hunt hoping for big sales.
Houses in Laurel were listed for sale in the Outlook for as little as $800 and $1,700 just 75 years ago in 1942.

25 years ago

Sept. 16, 1992

Births were announced for Tyler Matthew Susa and August Christian Just.

The Chief Joseph Toastmasters Club #1177 met recently. Best topic speaker was Carol Kukes. The best overall speaker was Lee Ann Olson. 

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Douglas A. Knudson, a 1986 graduate of Laurel Senior High School recently returned aboard the guided missile cruiser USS England, homeported in San Diego from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

Laurel resident, Greg Franks, was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Texas last month. This is the second convention for Franks—his first as a delegate. Twenty delegates from Montana attended the convention where President George Bush received the party’s nomination as candidate for another four years at the White House. Franks, a college student, works on the staff of U.S. Representative Ron Marlenee. His impression at the convention was that the Republican party needs to more clearly define their agenda and direction for the future.

There was a reason why a strong wind buffeted Locomotive Memorial Stadium last Saturday night. Hurricane Sidney was about to blow through. The same menace that had demolished Williston the previous week turned its wrath on Laurel. When the gales subsided the game left behind was a 42-8 season-opening defeat for the Locomotives to Sidney in Eastern A football.

 

50 years ago

Sept. 27, 1967

“Let’s Brew A Victory” is the theme chosen for the 1967 Laurel Senior High Homecoming activities scheduled Thursday and Friday before the Friday night Laurel vs. Butte Central football game. Homecoming activities officially get under way Thursday evening with the traditional snakedance through downtown streets followed by a bonfire in the area east of the football field. Coronation ceremonies for Homecoming Queen will be at 3 p.m. in the auditorium, Sidne Frank, Pep Club president said. The Queen and her court will lead the annual parade planned for 5 p.m. in downtown Laurel. The reigning Queen, Julie Hestrom, will also participate. Homecoming Queen candidates are Nicky Cashmore, Paula Donahoe, Kathy LaFlesch, Marilee Roach and Janice Wegh.

Two 1967 Laurel High School graduates, Bernard J. Branstetter and T.J. Gilles, were members of the Paradise Trail Crew, a unit which was recommended for a Citation of Merit as a result of its participation in the Summit Fire, a 600-acre blaze in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Packwood, Wash. The 15-man crew had just finished working in Mount Rainier National Park when it was summoned to the fire. In winds that reached 40 miles per hour the crew built over a mile of wide fireline up rugged Carlton Ridge at night, and patrolled the line the next day, though considerably undermanned, bringing the fire under control and preventing it from crowning.

John L. Grewell, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell M. Grewell, Silesia, was promoted to Army specialist four Aug. 24 in Vietnam, where he is serving with the 1st Calvary Division. Grewell is a 1965 graduate of Joliet High School.

 

75 years ago

Sept. 23, 1942

President George Coy, Lou Franzen, Herbert Bailey, W.F. and B.L. Price and T.S. Buford attended the quarterly meeting in Billings of the Southeastern Montana Sportsmen’s assocation. Business of the meeting was principally on stocking streams with fish, an operation that is handicapped by lack of tires. Evidently there will be no serious attempt at planting fish in streams deep in the mountains. The unusual pheasant season, to open late this week, was a hot topic at the meeting of sportsmen.

Donald Scheidecker and Elroy McManus met in India. Both were surprised and had a happy visit, according to a recent letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Scheidecker. Donald has been on overseas duty for nearly a year. He says getting letters from home do more towards boosting the morale of the boys than all other methods combined. “Our home paper is just another letter from home and I wish to express my appreciation to the Outlook and those who make it possible for us to have that pleasure. Elroy was glad to read my copies too. With kindest regards, T-5 Donald Scheidecker.”

Hostesses Thursday at the meeting of the Park City Woman’s Society were Mrs. E.E. Peck, Mrs. James Dove, Mrs. John Harding, Mrs. Rachel Martin, Mrs. Maie Miller and Mrs.. Fred Carpenter. 

A wedding of interest to Park City residents is that of Jack Fink, son of Henry Fink of Park City to Miss Glenna Marvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Marvin of Columbus, which occurred in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 11, at the Methodist Church. Jack had been employed in the Columbus bank, but joined the marines in June. On Sept. 12 he was transferred to Chicago for special training school. Mrs. Fink has returned to Columbus.

 

100 years ago

Sept. 19, 1917

The second group of soldiers to leave this county for the training station at American Lake near Tacoma is due to assemble in Billings on Thursday. Those from Laurel who are notified to appear next Thursday are James Lowery, Ole Stenberg, Thor A.O. Vanberg, George H. Michael, Ray W. Blinkensop, Willie Borgie, Edward M. Westbrook, Clarence E. Gilbert, Abel Maki and Albert E. Phillips.

Comfort bags containing little articles that will prove useful to Laurel boys in the army and navy were prepared the first of the week under the direction of the local Red Cross organization. The kit contained a writing tablet and bunch of envelopes, comb, safety pins, paper of pins, deck of cards, lead pencils, darning cotton, shoe strings, bottons, bachelor buttons, soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, drinking cup, needles both sewing and darning. The cost was approximately $2.50 and the contents were nicely packed in a khaki bag that was made by the ladies of the Red Cross. The boys who are to leave were given a comfort kit. The money to make the purchases was obtained from the proceeds of the farewell reception donated by J.E. Chidley, proprietor of the Casino theater.

On Monday of last week the 18-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Taber was lost about 5 p.m.. The parents searched far into the night for the baby, but no trace of him was found. The next day the alarm was given and between 40 and 50 men went up to the ranch, which is near the W.R. Story farm, and searched until long after dark with no result. Since then the search has continued, but nothing has been found that throws any light on the fate of the child. The water was turned out of the big ditch for two days and all the deep holes were dragged and dynamited and everything done that anybody could think of, but all to no purpose. Friday a report was circulated that the child had been discovered locked in a granary, but it proved to be a mistake. The sympathy of the whole community is with the parents, who are well nigh distracted.

E.W. Hannar is building a bath room on the F.B. Jackson property on Third avenue and a sewer connection is being made with the city sewer.

Dr. L. Stevens was called to Silesia Sunday night to attend to the section foremen of the Northern Pacific and his wife, who were injured when a speeder they were riding on hit a tie that was lying across the track. Both parties were severely bruised. He was making inspection of the tracks and came upon the tie which had been placed on the tracks. If he had not found it there may have been a bad wreck resulted.

That Laurel is to be the stopping place of American soldiers en route over the Northern Pacific was made know here Tuesday by A. Miller & Son, who have established an eating house in the yards of the railway company in Laurel. This firm has a contract with the government to furnish 27,000 meals to soldiers. Tuesday preparations were begun by the company to be in readiness to carry out their part of the agreement. They were buying extra equipment. Fourteen cooks have been secured to do the cooking.

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