The Tooele Transcript Bulletin has published Tooele County news since 1894. Here is a flashback of local front-page news from 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago that occurred during the second week of February.
25 years ago: Feb. 12 and 14, 1991
USPCI, a hazardous waste disposal company owned by Union Pacific, proposed building a $90 million hazardous waste incinerator at Clive in the county’s west desert. Wendover City and environmentalists appealed a federal land board. About the same time, Grantsville High School Principal Randall Houk proposed possibly changing the school schedule to four days a week.
Later that week, Tooele County ranked four projects in Tooele, Stockton and Grantsville to receive a collective $180,000 from the 1991 federally issued Community Development Block Grant.
50 years ago: Feb. 8 and 11, 1966
A 14-channel community antenna service, Community Television of Utah, Inc., petitioned the Tooele City Council for permission to bring cable TV to Tooele.
Tooele High School also named senior Torie Cramer as the 1966 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow. Cramer had the highest score on a written knowledge and attitude examination.
75 years ago: Feb. 11 and 14, 1941
Twenty men from Tooele County were chosen for the draft. In addition, the American Legion asked the members at each of its posts, including World War I veterans, to register for national defense service. The registration would be entirely voluntary.
Diggers of the Elton tunnel reached the 22,000-foot mark, leaving only 2,100 feet more to the finishing mark — about 60 more working days, using the average daily progress as a basis for estimate.
Philip F. DeLaMare, Tooele’s only surviving male pioneer citizen, was also about to celebrate his 92nd birthday on Feb. 16. DeLaMare arrived in Tooele in 1853, and was a member of the group, headed by his father, that brought the fist sugar beet plant to the North American continent.
100 years ago: Feb. 4, 1916
Grantsville resident Leslie Wrathall applied for one-fifteenth of a cubic-foot of water per second from Cliff Spring in Tooele County. The water would be diverted and conveyed through a ditch and pipeline to water stock. Anyone wishing to protest the application could do so by Feb. 21 after paying a $2.50 fee.
In other news, 21-year-old Raymond Tilton gained four pounds in three hours in order to join the Army. “Tilton desired to join the infantry, and he tipped the scale at 123 pounds, being three pounds below the standard. … Tilton invested in a 35-cent meal and imbibed freely of water. Then it was found that he had gained four pounds, one more than the Government required. He was accepted,” the author wrote.
Jessica Henrie compiled this report.