Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 18, 2019
In 1919, Women’s Club wants swimming pool in Tooele

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 July.

July 19-21, 1994

Tooele City’s mayor said he’s holding off on imposing a culinary water restriction because citizens are not ignoring last week’s warning. 

“We had a rush on the water Monday, but we got through it,” said Mayor Grant Pendleton. “We’re still asking for cooperation from citizens.”

The mayor said that a noticeable difference was detected in overall drinking water supplies after the city started to cut back daily watering at parks.

Later in the week, Tooele Valley Medical Center and Tooele County had entered into a cooperative agreement that would provide the hospital with a grant of $1.25 million. 

In exchange for the funds TVMC promised to provide emergency services to county residents and Army personnel in the event of a chemical weapons related incident/event.

Tooele County Commissioner Gary Griffith said the funding had helped the ailing hospital “turn the corner in the right direction.”

July 15-18, 1969

Lawrence Hood, president of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, proposed that the county’s communities and businesses coordinate their promotional activities.

Speaking to the Tooele City Council, Hood suggested that a full-time public relations person be hired to promote the economic growth of the area through tourism, industrial development and other activities.

He proposed that the various city governments, the County and the Chamber of Commerce pool their resources to meet the cost of a salary for a qualified public relations person.

Friday’s front page featured moves by Tooele City to obtain federal and state funds to develop the city’s airport.

Federal funds had previously been allocated for the improvement project, but were lost when the city deferred actions pending development of a new airport in the county area north of Tooele.

Since the new field was only a proposal, council members felt it was important to take this step in order to protect the city against possible loss of an adequate airport facility.

July 18-21, 1944

Tooele Mayor N. Howard Jensen wrote a letter to residents of Tooele concerning new rules established at the city pool.

“On July 19 we will open our city swimming pool. It won’t be in the condition we would like to have it. But it will be clean and sanitary. In year’s past this pool has been abused in every way both in and out of season. Now, we believe it is about time some measures be taken to protect this city property.”

The mayor’s letter listed eight important rules for the pool. He indicated policemen would arrest any offenders of the rules.

Later in the week, a front-page story revealed that a large consignment of legal-size trout would be planted in Settlement Canyon Creek on July 24, according to Les McKendrick, president of Tooele County Wildlife.

It is desired, McKendrick stated, that only children and old folks be given the exclusive fishing privileges until July 25.

July 18, 1919

A movement to establish a swimming pool in the city was underway headed by the Women’s Club of Tooele. A story said: Let this movement be carried out to a successful end. We realize though in establishing such a resort that there are many problems to be resolved. We personally do not believe that a winter swimming pool would be a wise thing to try and establish in this city for a number of reasons. It would be expensive to heat and a building suitable for the pool would have to be built and this would entail too heavy an expense upon the city or anyone else who would agree to build it.

Let us see that a summer swimming pool is established in this city.

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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