Editor’s note: Last week’s Front-Page Flashback should have included the Jan. 21, 1916 issue instead of the Jan. 28, 1916 issue. Both are included in this week’s column.
The Tooele Transcript Bulletin has published Tooele County community news since 1894. Below are some front-page news stories that appeared 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.
25 years ago: Feb. 5 and 7, 1991
Most prominent on the front page was a story about a local man, Army Spc. Thomas J. Orr, who was sent to Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf War. Also, the newest U.S. Census Bureau data showed Tooele County’s population increased by only two percent since 1980. In addition, reporters wrote that although Tooele and Grantsville had received more snow than normal throughout the winter, watersheds throughout Tooele County were still far below normal for total precipitation.
That same week, Ash 3rd Class John Lee Daly was honorably discharged and returned to Tooele after serving four years in the Navy. Daly, who served as a firefighter and rescue man aboard the USS Saratoga, said when the bombing of Iraq started he was uncertain whether he would still be released. However, his discharge came through without delay.
In addition, the Tooele County School Board committed to keep Vernon Elementary open for a minimum of five more years. In the past, the three-room school “danced around” a 20-student cutoff mark for state grant monies, which helped keep small, rural schools staffed.
50 years ago: Feb. 1 and 4, 1966
Howard J. Clegg, president of the Tooele LDS Stake, informed the Tooele City Council the church would no longer use an old ward building on the southwest corner of Main and Vine streets and offered to sell it to the city to use as a library or assembly hall. Today, the Veterans Memorial Park occupies that space.
In other news, construction of the Settlement Canyon Dam was close to completion. Kirk Bevan, then-president of Settlement Canyon Irrigation Company, said the dam would be in use that year.
In addition, six men from Tooele County were drafted into the military during January. Betty Parks, draft board clerk, said the board was starting to draft men who were married before September 1965 due to a shortage of “draftable” single men.
75 years ago: Feb. 4 and 7, 1941
The parents of 32 underage drinkers who were arrested at the Razzle-Dazzle Outside Inn could face charges after several youths told officers they were at the road house with their parents’ full knowledge and consent.
Reporters also described the weather as Tooele’s “estest” winter — the wettest, foggiest and prettiest — in years. However, a 44,000-volt electric line at Bauer apparently became so coated with ice that it snapped, requiring workers to spend 54 minutes to get the circuit in operation to Tooele and the smelter.
100 years ago: Jan. 28, 1916
Reporters wrote about the history of leap year proposals, or the custom that allows women to propose to men during leap year. The rest of the front page was filled with one-sentence world news items, such as “Russian petroleum producers are experiencing much inconvenience from a scarcity of steel wire rope,” and “The germ of smallpox, discovered by a German scientist, is so small that it passes through the most minute filters.”
Jan. 21, 1916
Reporters mentioned that Salt Lake’s city government discussed a “home problem,” that they had to look to other cities and even states to staff their police force.
In addition, an annual report made by the whiskey committee found the production of whiskey in 1915 was less than half of the normal consumption. “Various causes are assigned for this condition in the whiskey market, and strange to say, it was admitted that prohibition had something to do in the reduction of sales; after their great cry that ‘prohibition don’t prohibit,’” the author wrote.
Jessica Henrie compiled this report.