A look back at Laurel history - 1/4/18

Shooting spree causes property damage in 1918
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook managing editor
Unfortunately, Laurel doesn’t have a bakery serving fresh bread daily any longer. The bakery suggested trying a loaf of war bread, which may have had less butter or sugar or other rationed ingredients.
Laurel State Bank wanted customers to start the year, “Aright.” The bank also sold War Savings Stamps.

25 years ago

Dec. 30, 1992

Montana legislators will head to Helena the first week in January and Laurel’s Democratic Senator, Chet Blaylock, plans to introduce between 10 and 12 bills this session. Education will be the thrust of at least two of his bills, with his support going to other efforts for legislation in this area. Blaylock’s bill to revise teacher termination is scheduled to be heard Jan. 6, 1993. This bill would require that teachers who are terminated by a district because of lack of funding be considered first for hiring by the district when money to fill that position becomes available again.

Births were announced for Joshua James Costello, Adam Benjamin Gribas and Caitlin Dawn Pattee.

Exposure has been ruled as the official cause of death of Laurel resident William “Bill” Heiser, said Laurel Police Chief Mike Atkinson. The chief said he learned the cause of death from the Yellowstone County Coroner’s Office. Heiser was found dead Friday afternoon in near zero weather at his shack near I-90. Two Billings men who stopped to give Heiser some food discovered the body.

 

50 years ago

Jan. 10, 1968

A rash of property damage resulting from shooting has been reported in Laurel in the past few days. Street lights, the clock in the Yellowstone Bank sign, a window in the public library, windows in Donald Lenhardt’s car and the Darigold plant have felt the impact. Police have two bullets to examine, but do not report any leads in the matter. An Investigation is underway.

Mr. and Mrs. Jere Quinn and family of Cottonwood, Idaho, were holiday guests of Quinn’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Quinn.

Miss Marlys Woinowski returned to her studies at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minn. after spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Art Woinowski.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Peterson entertained following the ball game Saturday night for Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mjelde, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Johnson and daughter of Hardin and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wilson.

Problems—that’s the key word for city crews this week. Snow removal, water main leaks, and broken-down equipment add up to one big headache for city engineer John Daley. Snow removal equipment, badly needed in its own role is also being used in the repair of water-main leaks, Daley explained. Operators of the city’s diggers are not able to gain enough traction with the digger alone, so the city’s snow removal grader is used to anchor the digger. Heavy snow in the city’s alleys is causing trouble for the garbage crews. In some areas the alleys have to be cleared by the grader before the garbage truck can get through, Daley said. The snow plow used for clearing sidewalks around the city is in need of repair, Daley said, and is not being used.

 

75 years ago

Jan. 6, 1943

Laurel is to have its first black-out in the near future, but when is not known. In preparation for the call, Civilian Defense Commander J.D. Fellows was in conference Wednesday with county defense officials and Laurel workers, and plans are for immediate completion of the necessary organization here. When the call for the test black-out comes, Commander Fellows said, the intent is to produce as complete elimination of light as possible. That would include street lights, business signs, stores and residences. Even automobiles are expected to go dark. In the case of cars it may be best to park them as a safety measure and wait for the all-clear signal. It will be necessary to adopt a warning system—probably the use of sirens and whistles— and signals for the all-clear. What is to be done here as a test has long been a grim reality in other parts of the world.

In his summary of 1942 business, B. Meyer Harris, vice president of the Yellowstone banks of Laurel and Columbus, reports marked increase in volume which is in line with intense war activity. The combined total assets of the two banks is nearly $3,500,000. The report shows an increase of nearly $1,250,000 in 1942.

Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Hoppel entertained at a New Year dinner at their home for Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hoppel and son Gary, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Williams and Kay and Barbara Williams.

Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Horning received cabled New Year’s greetings from their son, Staff Sergeant Roy Horning, who is stationed with the infantry in Australia.

 

100 years ago

Jan. 2, 1918

The old year went out with a spring day. Mud at this season of the year is a rare sight in Laurel. While the east was gripped in an intense cold wave the people of the Yellowstone valley were enjoying an extremely moderated temperature. The snow had all melted and the chinook was welcomed by stockmen. Up to this time very little hay has been fed in the valley. An ice jam formed in the river east of Laurel and Monday the water of the river was flowing through the Kinnick grove, south of the city.

G.E. Settergren has purchased a new auto hearse. it is a $2,200 machine and is superior to anything in the county.

Adrian L. Grubs, a rancher residing near Park City, was in town this morning with two fat dressed hogs, which he sold on the local market at 20 cents per pound.

J.P. Leonard, aged 28 years, died at Worden Sunday following an illness of about a year. He is survived by a wife and three children, Roy, 5 years old; Eva 3 years old, and a baby. The remains were brought to Laurel for burial.

The grim reality of the great war in which we are now engaged was brought home to draft registrants who happened to be at one of attorney’s offices in Laurel during the past week. The attorneys were busily engaged in aiding the registrants in filling out the questionnaires. Many of the men were accompanied by their wives and children and it was easily seen from the expression on their faces that they fully realized the gravity of the situation the confronts them.

The ladies of the Methodist aid will be entertained in the basement of the church Friday afternoon by Mesdames Carter, Latham, Chase and Davis. The following program will be rendered: “Y.M.C.A.,” by Mrs. C.D. Carter; piano solo, Mrs. Chas. S. Chase; vocal duet, Mrs. Martina and Miss Nina Lyons; vocal solo, Mrs. M.M. Tabor’ “Do We Hooverize,” Mrs. Charles Davis; and a reading my Mrs. F.M. Latham. Everybody welcome.

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