Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 20, 2018
In 1918, four people die from influenza

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 third week of December.

Dec. 21-23, 1993

The 14-year-old boy who dropped a loaded handgun onto the floor of a Grantsville Middle School classroom Dec. 9 was suspended from school for the rest of the 1993-94 school year.

“I believe the boy still poses a serious threat to the safety of students and staff,” said GMS Principal Sandy Shepard.

“We originally suspended him from school until Jan. 3. Upon further review of the situation. I have decided the boy cannot return to GMS this school year,” Shepard said.

Later in the week, the front page featured the announcement of Harry Shinton as the new county treasurer.

Shinton was selected to assume the position of Tooele County Treasurer to replace Bud Pendleton who was to be sworn in as mayor of Tooele City on Jan. 3.

Shinton was selected from a field of three candidates submitted to the county commissioners  by the Tooele Democratic Party. The other two candidates were Tom Atkin and Valerie Lee.

Dec. 17-20, 1968

Fire destroyed the old St. John Railroad Depot on a Saturday night. The blaze burned the building completely, leaving only the concrete foundation.

The county fire crew was assisted by two fire trucks and crews from the Tooele Army Depot South Area, but there was nothing that could be done to save the structure.

The Union Pacific Railway System closed down the St. John station on Oct. 18, transfering all operations to the Warner Station at Tooele.

Since that time all records and equipment had been removed leaving only the old frame structure.

Front-page news featured a break-in at the Tooele City Sewage Disposal Plant on Wednesday.

A vacuum cleaner valued at $250 was taken. The machine was apparently swiped by someone who knew it was there. No other property was taken and no damage was done to the building.

Dec.21-24, 1943

Under the direction of the Tooele Junior High School Music Department with Mr. W.D. Holt in charge, the TJHS Band, numbering  200 students, was scheduled to play, sing and dramatize Christmas Carols on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” would be performed by various instrumental groups.

Two of the songs to be performed by the chorus would be “Far, Far Away on Judea Plains” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

Later in the week, Lt. George Gillette, who had been in the troop carrier command of the U.S. Army, as a pilot serving in the South Pacific battle area, was in Tooele spending the holidays as a guest of his cousin D. Leslie Gillette.

Lt. Gillette enlisted in July, 1940 and had been in action for the past 18 months having completed 241 missions and 691 combat hours.

Dec. 20, 1918

The influenza epidemic was gaining headway in Tooele with four deaths and 24 new cases reported during the week.

Three men had recently died of influenza ages 22, 19, and 25. One woman, 28, also died.

In the home of B.H. Rowberry, nine of his family were reported to be in serious condition with the influenza.

Correspondent 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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