Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 15, 2016
In 1916, city mourns the death of boy who caught on fire

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 December.

Dec. 10-12, 1991

Residents who live next to Tooele City Main Street were given some legal muscle by the city council to pull the plug on loud, booming auto stereos. Ordinance 91-26 established specific noise limitations for bass-enhanced music from nighttime street cruisers. Residents claimed the rhythmic “boom, boom, boom” from vehicles disturbs the peace.

The Tooele County Commissioners approved a $9.15 million 1992 county general budget, which included a 4-percent cost-of-living raise for all county employees and elected officials. The approval came after a public hearing on the budget, during which John Pilny of Tooele, said the pay increase for county employees was warranted to help meet inflation, but not for elected officials.

“Salary increases for the commissioners is not warranted,” he said. “They just gave themselves a $5,000 raise. Not many people ever see a raise like that.”

Dec. 12-16, 1966

The Tooele City Council came out strongly in favor of building a new community library during a business meeting. All councilmen voiced approval for a new library and said it was “sorely needed.” The council was advised to pursue a general obligation bond to pay for the new library, and officials from the Tooele Chamber of Commerce offered to help the city sell the idea of a new library to the public. The new building’s cost was estimated at $167,000.

Employees of Tooele Army Depot and members of American Legion Post 17 continued a seven-year tradition of Operation Christmas, which hosts a food, clothing and money drive at TEAD for needy families in Tooele County. In 1965 the effort received $2,400 in cash, along with 1,500 cans of food and more than a ton of clothing. The campaign served 130 local families with more than 420 children that same year.

Dec. 9-12, 1941

A banner headline across the top of Tuesday, Dec. 9’s front page read: “U.S. IS AT WAR.” Just two days before Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. Below the headline were three small stories, the first a brief, front-page editorial that urged residents to join the nation in a united effort to bring a quick victory against Japan.

The second story announced defense rallies at the Strand and Ritz theaters in Tooele during which information would be given out to patrons by the local defense council.

The third story detailed a national order for all Japanese residents of the United States to register with local officials and to remain indoors until registered. The story also asked citizens to report any suspicious “characters or actions” to the sheriff’s office, and issued a call for placing guards at all strategic points in the county, including bridges, railroad trestles, water works, gas lines, transmission lines and industries.

Dec. 15, 1916

The Dec. 15, 1916, edition had a tragic, front-page story about a 1-year-old twin boy of Mr. and Mrs. George Mann of Tooele. According to the story, “Mrs. Mann was combing the child’s hair with a celluloid comb when she was called away. In her absence, the child got the comb and poked it into the fire. The comb caught fire and the child was soon enveloped in flames. As soon as Mrs. Mann heard the child scream, she was soon in the house; she had the presence of mind to wrap the boy in a blanket and thus extinguish the flames, but her little boy was so badly burned that he died in a short time. The sympathy of all the people in this city was feelingly extended to the bereaved family.”

This week’s report compiled by David Bern

David Bern

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
David Bern is editor of the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. The 54-year-old journalist began his career with the Transcript-Bulletin as an intern reporter from Utah State University in 1983. He joined the newsroom full time that same year after completing his internship and graduating from USU with a degree in journalism. In 1989 he became editor and served in that capacity for six years. Under his leadership, he guided the newspaper to numerous awards for journalism excellence. After briefly stepping away from the newspaper in 1995, he returned in 1996 to start Transcript Bulletin Publishing’s Corporate and Custom Publishing Division. In that capacity he served as a writer, photographer and editor for 17 years. During that time he created a variety of print and digital communication materials, including brochures, magazines, books and websites. Bern returned to serve as editor of the newspaper in January 2013.

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