Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 9, 2018
In 1918, boy dies after being hit by stray bullet

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 August.

Aug. 10-12, 1993

Tooele Valley Medical Center officials were scheduled to meet with the Tooele County Commission during the week to request a special election for a 1-percent sales tax increase to keep the medical center open.

Linda Neese, TVMC’s chief executive officer, said the center would close its doors unless voters approved the tax increase.

The center’s officials asked that voters have a chance to cast ballots on the matter sometime between Sept. 14 and Sept. 30.

Later in the week, the U.S. Army hosted a dedication ceremony for the chemical weapons incineration facility at TEAD.

“Today we are dedicating the best, most advanced chemical incineration facility in the world,” said Rep. Jim Hansen.

The new $385 million facility would be tested for 18 months or more before the Army would begin to destroy TEAD’s stockpile of chemical weapons — 42 percent of the nation’s total.

“These are the most vile weapons ever made to destroy man,” Hansen said.

Aug. 6-9, 1968

A range brush fire in Monarch Canyon, 12 miles north of Delle, destroyed more than 1,200 acres of grass and winter grazing vegetation on Aug. 5. 

Army bombers carrying fire retardant chemicals made over 20 bombing runs and helped bring the blaze under control in the late afternoon of Aug. 5.

The fire was first noticed by a commercial airline pilot about 9:30 a.m. in the hills of the Lakeside Mountains, which parallels the southern half of the Great Salt Lake’s western shore.

Tooele County deployed five men and two pumper trucks to the scene to aid firefighting efforts. The Bureau of Land Management brought in 20 men and additional equipment.

In other front-page news, Nancy Duffin of Tooele, accepted three medals honoring her late husband, Maj. Rey L. Duffin, at a ceremony at Hill Air Force Base on Aug. 9.

Duffin accepted the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal from Maj. Gen. Robert McCutcheon.

Maj. Duffin was killed when an aircraft reconnaissance plane crashed on landing at a Thailand Air Force Base.

His medals were presented for participation in an aerial flight over North Vietnam on Nov. 5, 1967, while exposed to heavy, hostile, anti-aircraft fire.

Aug. 10-13, 1943

Tentative selection for a site for a prison camp to house approximately 1,000 Italian prisoners of war had been made at the Tooele Ordnance Depot reservation, according to an official announcement. 

The site would be on the north side of the reservation back a short distance from the Tooele-Grantsville highway. 

The prisoners would be working on soil improvement projects at the depot.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on deer hunting.

The Utah Game Department planned to issue 500 permits for killing antlerless deer and 1,000 buck permits in the Grantsville District.

The hunting territory would be in the Stansbury Mountains north of the St. John-Orr’s ranch. 

All hunters would need to have a buck or antlerless deer permit to hunt this area. 

The hunting season was set for Oct. 16-26.

Aug. 9, 1918

The front page featured news of the death of an 11-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet in the mountains between Tooele and Bingham.

The victim’s 21-year-old brother ran into Tooele for help, leaving his brother while he was still alive in the mountains. The victim asked his brother to go for help and he feared he would die. 

Tooele County Deputy Sheriff William F. Tate went up the canyon with the boy to where the other younger boy was found dead. The stray bullet had entered the boy’s abdomen. Neither of the boys had a gun, and it was supposed the bullet was fired by a hunter, unaware of the accident.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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