A look back at Laurel History - 1/5/17
Compiled by Kathleen Gilluly.
25 years ago
Jan. 8, 1992
A Laurel woman was injured in a bizarre accident when she was struck by her own vehicle. According to investigating Laurel Police Officer Rick Musson, a 21-year-old Laurel woman was injured when her 1969 Datsun backed into her. Musson said the woman had stopped on W. Maryland Ln. to clean off her windshield. He said she apparently left the vehicle in gear. The car, without a driver, jumped the curb and struck a tree in a yard. He said witnesses reported the driver ran to her vehicle and attempted to place it in park, but put the car in reverse. Witnesses said the vehicle backed away from the tree, knocking the woman to the ground and proceeded to move backwards in circles in the middle of the street. Reports indicate that the woman chased the car and again attempted to stop the vehicle but was again knocked down. A witness tried to convince the woman to get away from the car when the driver was struck in the back by the vehicle. The car made about 30 circuits in the road, traveling between 25-30 miles per hour, before it hit a second tree and was turned off. The driver was taken to a Billings hospital and released later in the day. Unattended vehicle charges have been filed.
The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department responded to Topica and E. Maryland Lane to extinguish a Christmas tree. Chief Darrill McGillen said the tree had been thrown in the gutter near the intersection and someone had set the tree on fire.
50 years ago
Jan. 11, 1967
Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and driving without a valid driver’s license cost a Laurel man, Albert A. Uribe, 46, a total of $125 last week in the Laurel police court of J.J. Parker. In other action Todd Tetzlaff, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts, leaving the scene of an accident and a disturbance charge. He paid a total of $100 on the two charges and served a five day jail sentence on the latter offense. Jeffrey W. Shoop, 17, was assessed $20 for loud pipes and $12 fines were paid by Gary Harkin, 17, and Larry Lumsdon, 20 for exceeding the 25 mph speed limit.
Dave Green of Madras, Ore., Jaycee national vice-president, was guest speaker at a special dinner meeting of the Laurel Jaycees. Montana Jaycees attending included Gil McGilke of Missoula, state president; Don Boniche of Miles City, national director; and Stan Todd of Big Timber, district vice-president. Marvin Carter, Laurel Jaycee president, presided at the meeting and introduced the guest speaker.
Theodore Waddell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Waddell, was among 28 Eastern Montana College students who earned straight “A” averages to lead the fall quarter honor roll at the college.Other Laurel honor roll students are Carol Hastings, Kenneth McArthur and Kenneth Schessler.
Mr. and Mrs. William Webster and Loren Webster were hosts to the Laurel Historical Research Committee. Committee members reviewed the research collected since the last meeting. A History of Laurel is being compiled by the group and will be published in the future. Attending the meeting were H.A.Bundy, Bryant Nutting, E.L. Coombs, W.M Coombs, George Bangert, Leo Kamp, Loren Webster, D.C. Webster, A.W. Richardson, Mrs. Ivan Lyons, Mrs and Mrs. George Herbert of Billings and Mrs. P.A. Johnston, Committee members unable to attend were Mrs. Charles Ward, G.W. Fentow and Dr. Louis W. Allard. Richardson was welcomed as a new member.
75 years ago
Jan. 7, 1942
Slush ice of almost mush-like consistency in the Yellowstone river seriously retarded intake of water early this week at the city’s pumping station on the north bank of the river. The slush was moving between three layers of ice that had resulted from freezes, break-ups and new freezing. The slush was so thick at times that little water could be drawn from the river. Winter weather came to Laurel shortly before Christmas, accompanied by snow. The preceding several weeks had been open and mild. Since arrival of cold season the temperature has dropped several times to sub-zero levels and Tuesday night to 25 or more degrees below zero.
Laurel people are being asked to contribute books this week for the use of soldiers in cantonments, camps and forts. Really readable books in good condition are wanted and should be well wrapped says Mr. D.H. McCauley, Laurel chairman of the canteen department of the Red Cross.
Chief of Police Wayne Willis issued a warning Wednesday to car owners that because of of tire rationing a more than usual vigilance should be exercised against thefts. He urged owners to make notations of brands, marks, sizes and serial numbers of all tires and keep the record handy in case tires are stolen. Another recommendation the chief made was that automobiles be locked up in secure garages when not in use and that the property owners immediately secure really good locks. “It’s a matter of only a few minutes to jack up a car and take the tires,” he said, “and once they are gone they are often hard to find.” A freezing order the middle of December stopped all sales of new tires. Another freezing order, this time stopping the sale of all new motor vehicles was issued this week. The two orders are among major domestic developments since the beginning of the war.
L.A. Nutting, one of Laurel’s pioneer residents, addressed the Rotary club Tuesday at noon and recounted some of his recollections of three wars that had come to America during his lifetime. In his opinion, he said, most of America’s wars had definitely settled something—the first that Americans should be independent of Britain, the second that Americans were not Britain’s subjects, third that Negroes be free, and on through the list. Among Nutting’s personal recollections was the time when his father was summoned to serve in the northern army of the Civil war. The elder Nutting was repairing fence, with his young son assisting, when he was summoned by messengers. An aspect of the present war is America’s unity of purpose in maintaining and preserving freedom of the people as opposed to the program of aggressors. A nearly 100 per cent attendance of members was recorded at the meeting..
100 years ago
Jan. 3, 1917
The bounty system of exterminating predatory animals will never be a success because bounty hunters will always cease before the animals are killed off so that they can gather a crop of pelts and bounties the following year, writes E.W. Nelson, chief of the biological survey to D.W. Raymond, secretary of the state board of stock commissioners. Mr. Nelson points out Montana has expended over $2,000,000 in bounties during the past 18 years and predatory animals are still a menace. Mr. Nelson favors the employment of salaried hunters, pointing out that under this system 30,000 predatory animals, including 576 wolves, 21,789 coyotes, 2,717 bobcats and 42 mountain lions have been killed during the year ending Oct. 31, 1916.
Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Stone of North Valley creek started to Park City Saturday in their Ford car and got stuck in a snow drift. After some time they were pulled out by one of their neighbors. They very wisely gave up the trip and returned home to wait for better roads.
Mrs. William McMorris and daughter, Dorothy, expect to move to Park City soon. Miss Dorothy will enter high school here. Mr. and Mrs. McMorris and family were residents of Park City for more than 25 years until they moved to Sheppard about three years ago, where they have since resided.
Figured from the basis of the authentic school census from each county of the state, Montana in September had a population of 648,446, according to the annual report of H.A. Davee, superintendent of public instruction, an increase of 73 percent from the 1910 federal census. This is figured from the basis of 147,374 persons of school age, which basis is taken from proportions comparing the census figures with the school census. There has been an increase of 11,509 school children in Montana in one year, equivalent to 55,040 increase in population. The importance of the agricultural counties is shown by the population of the farming counties which will be a revelation to many who have not followed the progress of the state.