A look back at Laurel's history - 1/11/17

Sitzman’s auto stopped two trains in 1968; luckily they didn’t stop him
Outlook managing editor


25 years ago
Jan. 6, 1993
A visitor from the south was found dead this week in a trash can at a local grocery store. A four-foot alligator, or was Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Tom Watkins thinks is an alligator, was discovered frozen in a trash can at IGA by one of the business’ employees Monday. Watkins said he did not know who might have put the animal in the trash can, or if it was dead when it was dumped. “It was dead when we got it,” he stated.
Births were announced for Heather Nicole Schreiner and Shaylynn Renee Rehling.
Laurel’s bid to upset the state’s top-ranked Class A boys basketball team was shot down at the foul line last Saturday in Lewistown. The unbeaten Eagles, 5-0, rallied from a nine-point deficit to overtake the Locomotives, 73-64.

50 years ago
Jan. 17, 1968
A resolution to secure federal funds for airport construction; the possibility of purchasing a former trucking terminal for a fire station; and the passage of an amendment to the city licensing ordinance were main items discussed by Laurel’s aldermen at a regular council session Tuesday night. Dave Powers, airport committee chairman, appeared before the council with a request for a resolution “accepting, adopting, approving and executing the agreement for the development of the municipal airport.” The resolution was necessary to apply for federal funds for the airport construction. “Money from the FAA will be sent as the work is done,” Powers explained. “We’ve spent about $3,000 so far for which we are eligible to receive,” he said. The possibility of purchasing the consolidated truck terminal located on Main St. and Wyoming Ave. will be studied by two committees. Mayor Kenneth Olson turned the matter over to the finance and purchasing committees after First Ward Alderman Louie Yovetich suggested the purchase. “That would be enough firehall to take care of 50,000 population,” Yovetich said. Richard Black, third ward alderman and also a volunteer fireman, noted the location of the building would be getting further away from the direction of the city’s growth which is primarily north and south.
A retirement party Wednesday honored two employees who had served a total of 80 years for the city of Laurel. Mayor Kenneth Olson presented gifts to Sam Ehrlick and Joe Nicholas and commended each for long years of service. Speaking briefly during the evening were former mayor Peter D. Thomson, Mayor Olson and Edward Fox, who assumed the position Ehrlick had held for many years. Nicholas retired after serving 35 years, most recently as the water plant supervisor; and Ehrlick, retired in late October after serving the city since 1922, 45 years.
Sam Sitzman stopped two trains last Thursday and didn’t receive a scratch. His car stalled on the east railroad crossing when the west bound passenger train came through about 1:30 p.m. Fortunately, Sam was alone and had the presence of mind to get out and run. The car motor hit a signal post, bending it, and parts of the car were strewn for 1,000 yards, from the east crossing and past the beet dump.

75 years ago
Jan. 13, 1943
M.O. Roysdon left Saturday night for Chicago to attend the spring furniture market of manufacturers. From Chicago he will go to Ft. Benning, Ga. to visit his son, First Lieut. Dale Roysdon.
Walter Mauritson, instructor in the agriculture department of Laurel high school, announces that a rural war production training program in farm machinery repair and maintenance will begin Jan. 18 Anyone over 17 years of age is eligible.
Farmers in Trewin are digging out of drifted roads and again resuming their tasks. There was no mail service for about four days.
Henry Fox had the misfortune to lose two head of cattle when they covered an opening in a straw stack in which they had sought shelter from the storm.
A group of four couples enjoying a late Saturday evening supper at the Owl café were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Plaatz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gowen, Mr. and Mrs. F.O. Hartley, and Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Barney.
As I have never expressed my thanks for the Laurel Outlook which has been sent to me regularly, I wish to do so now. I was home on furlough for Christmas, but did not get around to see everyone. It was more than a surprise to find Ralph Bailey and Bob Burns at home too. We all enlisted together, and only Bob Freund and Jim Rooley were not there to make everything perfect. I have been in Mobile since September and am scheduled for overseas duty soon. I’ll be looking forward to receiving the Oulook no matter where I am. Thanking you again, I am as ever, Sgt. Clyde S. Freund.

100 years ago
Jan. 9, 1918
Mrs. Story returned to Canyon Creek Wednesday from a several days’ visit with relatives at Silesia.
Mrs. Clint Smith of Hesper underwent a serious abdominal operation last Thursday and is reported doing as well as could be expected.
C.T. Tharalson, who disposed of his interest in the Kassner Hardware company, has decided to remain in Laurel. He has acquired an interest in the Laurel trading company with C.L. Morris. He will go to work there tomorrow. Mr. Tharalson has numerous friends in the city who are glad that he is to remain in business here.
Dr. and Mrs. R. Broughton entertained the members of the P.E.O. society and their husbands at a turkey dinner, given in their new home. The dining room was lighted with red shaded candles. The following guests were present: Messrs. and Mesdames Miller, Spencer, Ryan, Walton, Laird, Coy and McCauley.
One hundred and forty-six teachers are employed in the rural schools of Yellowstone county this year as compared with 137 last year. The addition of three new districts with seven new schools necessitated additional teachers this year. There is also an increase in the school funds this year, amounting to $6,553. The total amount of the schools funds this year is $89,276.50 or $11.75 per  pupil. The number of census children in the rural schools this year is 7,598, an increase of 316 over the number enrolled last year.


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