A look back at Laurel history - 11/30/17

Rationing gas and wheat duty of civilians in wartimes of 1942 and 1917
Outlook managing editor
Saving money helped the war effort in 1942. The Yellowstone Bank urged folks to buy war bonds.

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25 years ago

Nov. 25, 1992

This Thanksgiving will be a memorable one for the Denny Mogan family of Laurel, especially if Matt their 13-year-old son who suffered a head injury from an accidental gun shot can come home in time for turkey dinner. After spending a week in the critical care unit of the hospital under heavy sedation, Matt’s condition has improved to the point that he has been moved out of critical care. In a short telephone conversation with the Outlook, Matt said he was feeling pretty good. Matt underwent more tests Monday, but doctors have decided to leave the .22 caliber bullet alone. The bullet, which entered the right side of the boy’s head, remains lodged near the middle of his forehead. “I am just happy as the dickens that he is alive,” said Matt’s grandfather, Jack Williams.

The birth of Alexander James Gontarek was announced.

Last Friday, the Park City girls basketball team was one second away from playing for the Southern C Divisional championship. Less than 24 hours later, the Panthers were out of the tournament altogether. Officially, Park City’s season ended in a 57-42 defeat to Hysham Saturday . But the real knockout punch was a 65-61 double-overtime loss to Absarokee the night before.


50 years ago

Dec. 6, 1967

Wayne Lovgren was named president of the Laurel Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting Thursday. Also elected to office were Andy Muri to the board of directors for one year, and Ray Harris, Harry Smart and Delbert Teeters for three-year terms. An enlarged Christmas decorating program is possible, Myron Erb, chairman of the decoration committee told members. He warned, however, that it would first require a good show of active support and assistance. He was critical of the lack of support given the committee when the decorations were being prepared, and promised that should a small crew report to take down the decorations after Christmas, the decorations will still be hanging by next Christmas.

Major Donald R. Schessler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schessler, currently serving a tour of duty in South Vietnam, recently received the Army Commendation Medal, “For Meritorious Service in Germany.” David B. Parker, General, U.S. Army, Commanding General of the Seventh Army Support Command, issued the citation.

About $30 damage was done to windows at the Fred Graff school recently, L.A. Wollan, superintendent, announced Tuesday. “An early Christmas present,” Wollan theorized or maybe target practicing,” whatever the damage to the six windows on the north side of the school was “unmistakable done by B. B. guns,” Wollan said. Small B.B. holes were blown in the center of the windows, he said, presumably by children. The windows which did not break completely out, will be replaced during the Christmas holiday vacation, he said.


75 years ago

Dec. 2, 1942

Laurel gas stations enjoyed at least two days of flourishing business as result of rationing. Sunday and Monday they sold about 20,000 gallons. Tuesday, the first day of December and the beginning of rationing, sales dropped to the vanishing point. Some stations on that day sold not a gallon. Virtually all car owners had full tanks. The rush to buy gasoline here was common throughout the United States. From here on for a time the amount most drivers can buy will be four gallons a week. There is no shortage of gasoline the public has been repeatedly told, but rationing gas is the means taken to stretch the rubber tires to a longer period of time. In Laurel and surrounding territory it is estimated there are 1,200 cars registered for rationing. That means there should be at least four tire inspectors here to check and examine tires at stated intervals.

Technical Sergeant Watler Fatur was home from Salt Lake City to spend a 15-day furlough with Mrs. Fatur and their infant son, Jimmy. While here he received word of his promotion to staff sergeant. He left for New York City to report for duty overseas. Mrs. Fatur and son will remain with her mother, Mrs. Christina Keck.

Word was received from Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Nelson of Park City during the week that their son Dwight was married to Miss Jane Moritz of Manhattan, Mont. at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dwight is the the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A.O. Nelson and is finishing a course in glider training at Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.

Miss Violet Rupp entertained the following schoolmates on her seventeenth birthday Nov. 22 at and evening party at the hall: Marion Kuehn of Milwaukee, Ralph, James and Barbara Gunnel, John Albert and Sally Kober, Harland Eastlick, Samuel Flood, Bill and Lois Fink Frank, Ella and Mary Thatcher, Lois Grubaught, Ruth Fox, Polly Suter, Sylvia Krieger, Betty Sitzman, Lucile Harding, Pete Lofing and Jack Roth. Mrs. Rupp served lunch to the guests following an evening of games.

Kenneth Thatcher, brother of David who was in the Tokyo raid, spent a short time here recently with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Thatcher of the Trewin community. Kenneth is a paratrooper and is older than David. He has not seen his brother for several years. Consequently he was very much interested in viewing still and motion picture Carl George took when Dave was home a few months ago and was honored by the community as well as the nation. The last David’s family heard of him he was in England and about ready to take off for a destination he could not name. David’s commander, Doolittle, is in Africa. The Thatcher youth was 21 last July.


100 years ago

Nov. 28, 1917

At a meeting held Tuesday evening it was decided to have a patriotic parade Sunday at 2 o’clock in which the entire population of the city and country tributary to Laurel will be asked to participate. Following the parade there will be speaking at the gymnasium in the new school building by out of town orators. The parade will be formed in the business district and from there the line of march will be to the gymnasium, where at 3 o’clock the speaking will take place. The children of the city will participate. The idea is to inspire patriotism and to create a closer fellowship in order that more effective war work can be done.

Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Heinz are rejoicing over the arrival of a 10-pound boy at their home Sunday.

Guy Rose was in Laurel Tuesday with a load of wheat. He reports the farmers on Coombs Flat are busy plowing for spring seeding.

W.J. Myers, who had a public sale last week, expects to join the army and do his bit in the war. He was in Laurel Monday evening to make an adjustment of his business affairs preparatory to leaving.

Leo Mazzanti, who was here on a furlough, left Tuesday morning on the stub for Fort Casey in the Puget Sound. He got his business affairs taken care of enjoyed the short stay very much. A number of his friends accompanied him to the station to wish him God speed and good luck.

Eleven meals each week with no white bread; no white bread for any noonday meal and no white bread for any meal on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is the new wheat -saving program promulgated for the entire population by Professor Alfred Atkinson, food administrator, pursuant to the instructions he has just brought back from Washington. The dictum from there is that the wheat savings program thus far has not accomplished enough to enable us to feed our allies until next harvest.


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