Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 19, 2019
In 1919, woman murdered in life insurance scheme

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 September.

Sept. 20-22, 1994

A former safety manager at Tooele Army Depot’s new $400 million chemical weapons disposal facility said he was fired because he refused to ignore a myriad of safety hazards and environmental violations

During a press conference, TEAD officials and Henry Silvestri, president of EG&G Defense Materials, Inc., denied most of the allegations made by former safety manager Steve Jones.

Jones contacted the Transcript Bulletin and said the plant should be closed down because of daily releases of nerve agent into the atmosphere and other safety issues.

Later in the week, Tooele Army Depot employees were told that nearly 500 workers would be laid off by June 1995 because of base realignment and decreasing maintenance workload.

April 1995 was the target date for all maintenance mission related work to cease.

What would remain was the depot’s ammunition mission, ammunition equipment mission and base operations.

TEAD spokesman Jeff Lindblad said the latest round of proposed layoffs involved maintenance mission employees only.

Sept. 16-19, 1969

Sen. Frank Moss announced that Tooele County had received title from the Bureau of Land Management to 2,319 acres of public land about 10 miles north of Delle on the west shore of the Great Salt Lake.

The senator said that according to a resolution passed in June by the Tooele County Commission, the land would accommodate future expansion of a magnesium project on the shores of the lake.

Friday’s front page featured news of a robbery of $200 at the Premium Oil Company Service Station at 591 N. Main, Tooele. 

A bandit who was never seen told the attendant Bruce Burgess, 19, who was sitting with his back to the door, that he had a gun and ordered him to walk into the back room without looking back.

Burgess said he complied and remained in the back room for 20 minutes because he didn’t hear a car drive away. He then telephoned the station manager who notified police.

Sept. 19-22, 1944

Tooele County schools showed an increase on first week enrollment of 354 students over the previous year’s opening week, according to figures released by Superintendent Sterling R. Harris.

Tooele Junior High School increased by nearly 150 students. Other schools showing higher enrollment numbers were Tooele High School, Grantsville High School, Grantsville Junior High School, Grantsville Elementary and Tooele Central School.

Later in the week the front page featured news that absentee voter ballots would be ready for more than 200 servicemen who had made application to cast a Tooele County ballot.

Requests for ballots had come from practically every section of the globe where Tooele County servicemen were stationed, according to County Clerk David Bankhead.

Sept. 19, 1919

One of the most dastardly crimes in the history of Tooele County took place in the south part of Tooele City at the top of Main Street Tuesday night about 9 p.m. in the brutal murder of Mrs. Velma Green, 23, of Salt Lake City, by one John Malich also of Salt Lake City, but an employee of the Garfield Smelter.

The murder was premeditated by John Malich and John Green, representing himself as a life insurance agent with the sole motive of being the benefactors in $4,000 insurance policy carried by Mrs. Green, the insurance to be divided 50-50 when John Malich had filled his bargain by killing the woman.

John Malich later confessed of murdering Mrs. Green by strangulation and provided all the details of the murder and his arrangement with John Green.

Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.

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