A look back at Laurel history - 8/23/18

Miss Montana from Park City visits Laurel in 1968
Compiled By Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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From its inception, the Midland Empire Junior Fair has been a big attraction. This ad from 1919 describes the many youth activities that are now incorporated into MontanaFair, which are still the mainstay of the fair for many area 4H and FFA club members.

25 years ago

Aug. 18, 1993

Births were announced for Naomi Elizabeth Pullmann, Shiann Lorraine Morehouse and Samantha Jo Laber.

A leak in the pump room at the Laurel City Pool has resulted in the early closure of this recreational facility for the season. According to Jim Worthington, former Public Works Director who works on a contract basis for the city, a four-inch water line in the pump room below the changing rooms broke at a coupling last week, causing the

flood. Worthington said about two feet of water filled the pump

room where the pumps, motors and controls for the pool are located. A pool employee discovered the leak and was able to shut off the water. The motors and controls for the pool will have to be dried out and the motors rewound before they can be used again. Worthington said the drying out and rewinding would take at least two days. “There were only four days of the season left, so we made the decision to close the pool early.

If you tried to use your telephone last week and found it didn’t work, you were not alone. Over 100 people in Laurel were affected by a cut telephone cable near the Laurel High School, reported U.S. West. Utility workers digging up a water line cut through a 600 pair cable. According to U.S. West, restoring service took two days. A spokesman said all of the 1,200 wires in the cable had to be repaired and placed in the proper sequence to ensure that telephone calls are routed to the proper locations.

50 years ago

Aug. 28, 1968

Laurel staged a warm welcome for Miss Montana of 1968, Miss Karen Sue Frank of Park City, as she attended Miss Karen Frank Day, in Laurel last Thursday. Laurelites, young and old, turned out to catch a glimpse and perhaps an autograph, of the 21-year-old beauty who will leave Sunday to participate in the pageant of all pageants in Atlantic City. Approximately 120 gathered at the Owl Cafe for a no-host luncheon in her honor. J. Melvin Williams, serving as toastmaster for the occasion, presented Miss Frank with $50 check, given by Laurel businessmen. Accompanied by Pat Kukes on the bass guitar, Miss Frank played her own guitar and sang several selections. Miss Frank explained about the title—Miss Montana—its advantages and responsibilities. As the state winner, Miss Frank will receive a $500 wardrobe from Pepsi Cola Co. and $1,000 scholarship. At the pageant contestants will be judged 25 percent on poise and personality; 25 percent on scholastic ability; and 50 percent on talent, she said.

Two Laurel girls, Debby Cantrel and Dixie Dosdall, placed in the Little Britches rodeo held in Bridger last Sunday. The event drew support from a wide area with a number of

Laurel firms contributing prize

and supplying support. Debby placed fourth in the overall ju-

nior barrel races, and fifth in

overall junior pole bending. Di-

xie was fifth in the goat tail tying

contest. There were 160 entrants in the events with some 100 late entries turned down. Entries came from California to Michigan. Next year, the event will be expanded.

Margaret Barclay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Miles A. Barclay, 308 Third Ave., is working this summer for the New York City Urban corps, a program designed to offer college students the opportunity to participate

first-hand in urban government

and its problems.

Marvin Carter was among national directors of the United States Jaycees who attended an orientation workshop at the organization’s headquarters, in Tulsa, Okla., this past weekend. Directors were briefed on how they and local Jaycee chapters can function more effectively and discussed their individual needs and programs.

75 years ago

Aug. 25, 1943

A pike weighing about five pounds was taken from the Yellowstone river Monday by Paul Wold and B.B. Hageman. The location was about a mile and a half down stream from the Laurel bridge and the lure was a red and white dare devil. The fisher- men said it took their combined efforts to get the fish ashore after a 20-minute battle. Dressed, it weighed slightly more than four pounds. The catch was viewed this week by many interested

Laurel fishermen. Wold and

Hageman said they were angling

for another kind of fish when

they got the pike.

Because school will not be operated this year in Spring creek district southeast of Laurel, about 10 pupils from there will attend at Laurel, Superintendent Fred W. Graff announced this week, following completion of tuitional arrangements between the school boards of the two district.

Mrs. R.P. Palmer has a letter from her son Bud, dated Aug. 12, saying the days are hot and the nights cold in Tunisia. Bud recently had a letter from Oliver Durham, in the same territory, and the two will try to get together soon.

Pvt. Margaret Louise Adams of route 1, Laurel, has completed basic training at the first wom- en’s army corps training center here, and has been selected for specialist training in motor transport.

Mrs. Henry Kaiser honored her son Richard on his twelfth birthday Sunday by entertaining a number of his friends at a lawn party. Refreshments were served after the outdoor games.

Mr. and Mr. Ralph Story of Park City recently heard that their son Bob, who is in the infantry is in Sicily.

Mr. and Mrs. Knutsen of the Mouat mill spent Thursday here with Mr. and Mrs. Dan Eastlick.

100 years ago

Sept. 4, 1918

The military registration for men from 18 to 45 years (both inclusive), except those previously registered, will be held in Laurel on Sept. 12. C.L. Morris has been appointed registration agent for West Laurel precinct and will appoint assistants to help. All residing in the west precinct will register at City Hall. George W. Graff has been appointed registration agent for East Laurel precinct and he with his assistants will maintain a place for registration in Victory’s show shop. The registra- tion office will be open from 7 in the morning until 9 at night. It is urged that all who can register early should do so as there are those who will have to register after working hours. By registering early you will confer a favor upon those in charge of the registration and at the same time pay a fine tribute to your country.

The Labor Day celebration that was scheduled for Monday in Laurel by the Yellowstone County Trades unions was a big event regardless of the bad weather. The morning broke with a steady downpour of rain and many who had planned to spend the day in this city surrendered to the elements and remained home. The Billings visitors came on the Red Lodge and stub trains from that place and in automobiles over the gravel highway connecting the two cities. The parade formed on First street north of Settergren’s store and went west to James Phillips’ residence, thence south to Main and east to the Union hotel thence west to the gymnasium where the speaking was to take place. Laurel union men have reason to be proud of the manner in which they entertained their friends and visitors who freely expressed their gratitude at the hospitality shown them in our city. R. A. Haste, editor of the

Scientific Farmer of Billings,

was one speaker introduced and after launching an attack on the county fair management and congratulating Laurel on its fairness proceeded to discuss as his subject, “The Relation of the Laboring Man to the War.” His talk was well received by the audience that was compelled to sit out of doors on account of

keeping the mud off the floor of

the Gymnasium, which would have spoiled the dance.


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