A look back at Laurel history - 12/14/17

Principal Bob Western gets face full of pie in reading challenge
Outlook managing editor
A full-color front page of this delightful Santa poster was the Outlook’s gift to readers in 1917.

25 years ago

Dec. 9, 1992

Births were announced for Sara Marie Jansma, Kale Robert William Kamerzel and Cassanndra “Cassie” Grace-Marie Stenquist.

West Elementary Principal Bob Western went face first into a cream pie to fulfill his part of a reading challenge he issued to the West Elementary student body. As part of Reading is Fundamental week at the school. Western promised to eat a cream pie without hands if his students read 300 hours outside of school. The West Elementary students logged over 380 hours and Western had to eat his words, and the pie.

The Fat Cat’s Fools bowling team of Laurel finished third at the recent Fourth Annual Montana State Mixed Bowling Tournament in Anaconda. The team, composed of Connie Klein, Duffy Oak, Nancy Weis and Dean Hallen, had a net score of 2491, just one pin out of second place.


50 years ago

Dec. 20, 1967

James Schreiner, driving home to Park City from Laurel Tuesday, hit a cow on the Big Ditch bridge. His truck was demolished and he suffered a broken knee cap. Randy Remington, a passenger in the truck, received a cut inside his mouth. Jim spent several days in Deaconess Hospital and will be wearing a cast for six weeks.

Mrs. Roscoe Shay, program chairman, presented a Christmas program when the Retired Railroad Employees Club met Wednesday evening in the IOOF Hall. Mrs. Shay read the chapter, “Have you heard any angels singing lately?” from Don Ian Smith’s book, “The River of No Return.” Group singing of Christmas carols and a gift exchange completed the program portion of the meeting. A short business meeting was presided over by Dewey Hafer. Thirty-five members and two guests, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tipps, answered roll call with a reading of an experience pertaining to Christmas. Six new members were welcomed including Mr. and Mrs. Ira Williams, Mrs. Nancy Vaught, Mrs. Michael DeCarlo, Mrs. Marion Killebrew and Mrs. Cecelia Moore.

The Park City members of the Crafty Lassies Hobby Club attending the annual Christmas dinner party at Rockvale were Mrs. Edson Hedges, Mrs. Julius Karst, Mrs. Margaret Story, Mrs. Gary Hedges, Mrs. Fred Steinmetz and Mrs. Leo Stepper. They also held a gift exchange.


75 years ago

Dec. 16, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. Reese Price were advised by the war department Saturday night that their son, William A. Price, 19, a private first class in the marine corps, had been killed in action in the Pacific theater of war. The cabled message said a letter would follow, which has not yet arrived. The youth’s parents have been residents of Laurel many years. He was born and raised here and attended the Laurel grade school and high school. 

Chester Scott, chairman of the recently formed Laurel war salvage committee that is to serve as a permanent organization for the duration of the war, announced this week that an enclosure is being constructed in the northwest corner of the park on Main street for receipt of rubber. The enclosure will be near the First avenue underpass and will be readily accessible to everyone with rubber to contribute to the war effort.

A Christmas party for Royal Neighbors and their families was given Tuesday at the L.L. club. The hall was decorated in Yuletide colors and there were treats for the children and exchange of gifts among the members. Mrs. Roscoe Shay was in charge of the program which included a pledge of allegiance to the flag by 4-year-old Lorraine Crawford; two trumpet selections by Danny Freund; a duet of Christmas songs by Dickie Wieber and Charles Rodgers, Jr.’s song by Amy Lee Allwin, and group singing of carols.

The following is from a V-mail letter mentioned in this column last week, written by Pvt. T.R. Freund, who is with a fighter squadron in the South Pacific area, to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Freund: Have been on the move lately and unable to write. Where we were before it was hot and dry. Here it is just the opposite. This being on the move all the time and setting up new camp is getting plenty tiresome. The jungle is so dense here that one does not stray far from camp. You probably have seen in the newsreel where we are now. Some of the boys have Jap trophies. Hope to be able to bring a few home myself.

Miss Florence Rosean, county superintendent of schools for Stillwater county, spent Wednesday visiting the Trewin school. The teachers and pupils there are planning a Christmas program for the evening of December 23.

Joe and Frank Kappel were marketing turkeys in Columbus Monday. 

Jess Keefer is building a barn and granary on the Bessette place.

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wheeler of Laurel were calling at the Grubs home Sunday. A.L. Grubs has been confined to his home on account of illness.


100 years ago

Dec. 12, 1917

William Flood and Miss Lulu Bowen were united in marriage Saturday afternoon. Mr. Flood enlisted for the navy the same day and expects to leave by the 14th of this month.

Laurel was visited by a small but destructive fire shortly after midnight Thursday. The fire originated in the dental office of Dr. D.H. McCauley. It was started from either and overheated stove or a defective chimney. Bert Sherrow in company with others were the first to discover it. They broke in the door and attempted to extinguish the flames with pails of water. The fire had gotten under such headway that in a few seconds the interior of the office was a mass of flames. The fire alarm was turned in and the members of the Laurel  volunteer fire department arrived to find the hydrant at the corner of the Citizens’ National bank frozen so that water could not be obtained at once. A string of hose was then strung to the Skauge-Olson  corner and as it was strung wrong some delay was caused by having to turn it. Much relief was expressed by those in the adjoining buildings when three streams of water finally played on the fire. Dr. McCauley had recently quit housekeeping and stored his furniture in the back room of his office together with his new office equipment for his new suite of office rooms in the McCauley-Spencer building. The fact that there was no wind was the only thing that saved the city from a bad fire. The delay occasioned by the frozen hydrant, while of short duration, permitted the fire to get a good start. This hydrant had been used the day before by the plasterers working on the McCauley-Spencer building and on account of it not being properly shut off ice froze in the top. 

Messrs. E.L. Fenton, L.A. Nutting, C.T. Tharalson and C.L. Morris made a trip to the Elg Basin oil field Thursday and saw the wonders. A well had been brought in the day before and shot. The oil and gas was escaping in large quantities. Workmen were engaged in capping it. The gas was so strong that only a few moments’ work could be done before they would have to withdraw and get their breath. This was the first oil well that some visitors had ever seen. Since their return they have had visions of what it would look like with a fully developed field. The trip was made in Mr. Fenton’s Ford. They left here at 7 o’clock in the morning and returned by 4 o’clock in the afternoon.


Upcoming Events

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.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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