Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 7, 2020
In 1920, Tooele City declares holiday for opening of baseball season

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 May.

May 9-11, 1995

Although election day was still six months away and campaigns for Tooele City Hall had yet to heat up, this much was known:

Of three city council incumbents, at least two planned on running for the job again. 

Council members John Cluff and Karen Oldroyd said they would seek reelection in the fall, but Councilman Don Peterson was uncommitted at the time.

Election 1995 was for municipalities only and Tooele City voters would be asked to decide on the three seats held by Peterson, Oldroyd and Cluff.

Later in the week, Tooele County took over a bankrupt landfill recycling facility near Bauer on an interim basis, officials said.

With garbage scattered over most of the 80 acres and about 3,000 tons of shredded municipal waste put in place where it was never supposed to be, county officials planned on a lot of work before the facility would be ready for normal operations to resume.

May 5-8, 1970

Nine Tooele County officials had filed for reelection to their posts, according to the County Clerk’s Office.

Filing for another term on Monday, May 4 were George Willis Smith, four-year county commissioner; R. Sterling Halladay, two-year commissioner; J. Rex Kirk Sr., county clerk auditor; and Edward A. Watson, county attorney.

Also filing were Norvel H. Adams, treasurer; Wendell H. Anderson, assessor; Ida J. Long, recorder; Fay Gillette, sheriff; and Jess W. Duffin, surveyor.

Friday’s front page featured news of a planned Saturday clean-up in Tooele City.

An abandoned house near Third South and Second West would be razed and cleared away as part of a major clean-up campaign for the southwest and northwest sections of Tooele.

Robert Colledge, chairman of the City’s beautification committee said that for the previous three weeks residents of these two parts of town had been at work cleaning up their yards and vacant lots. 

May 8-11, 1945

As plans were being completed for the launching of the “Mighty Seventh” War Loan Drive, County Chairman Lionel Olsen made known the quotas which had been set for Tooele County in the great bond selling campaign.

The overall quota for the county during the 7th War Loan Drive showed an increase of $113,000 over the quota for the 6th War Loan Drive. That meant that Tooele County would be called upon to sell $558,000 worth of bonds.

Later in the week it was announced that special showings of “Two Down And One To Go,” an important redeployment government release would be shown at every performance of the Strand and Ritz Theatres on Friday and Saturday during the week and Sunday and Monday of the following week. 

The importance of these showings was emphasized by General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, Washington D.C.

“These showings are important contributions to our continued war effort as it is imperative that this message which tells the story of redeployment and partial demobilization be seen by the maximum of people in the shortest amount of time,” Marshall said.

May 7, 1920

A committee of baseball workers appeared before Tooele City Council with a petition signed by citizens asking that Wednesday, May 12, be declared a holiday after 4 p.m. for the opening game of the Bonneville League. The request was granted.

In addition to this, the committee asked that each Wednesday afternoon during the summer when baseball is played be declared a holiday.

The opening game pitted Tooele vs. Kaysville. The high school band would be at the game to furnish music, and the day would end with a dance at the Opera House.

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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