Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 28, 2021
In 1921, residents quarantine to thwart measles outbreak

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 fourth week of January.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 1996

The Tooele County Commission awarded a contract to England Construction paving the way for work to begin on transforming the former Cornet store into a new public health building.

According to Brett Clark, Tooele County construction manager, the project was scheduled to begin the first week of February. He said the amount of the contract was just over $700,000.

The remodeling work would include new heating, plumbing, air conditioning and electrical upgrades. In addition, the building needed to get in line with seismic standards.

Later in the week, the Tooele Hospital Special Service District terminated its contract with Quorum Health Resources, Inc. 

Seven members of the board unanimously approved the termination agreement which stated, in part, “Quorum and the Hospital have agreed to terminate the Management Agreement prior to its scheduled expiration date. Severance of the contract cost TVMC about $51,000.

Jan. 26-29, 1971

Carcasses of about 1,200 sheep found littered on a hillside in Antelope Valley near Garrison in Millard County last weekend brought back memories of 1968 when 6,000 sheep died in Tooele County from what was believed to be an accidental dose of nerve gas.

The Tooele County incident received worldwide attention, contributed to bringing an end to nerve gas tests at Dugway, and brought a change in the information policies of the U.S. Army.

Cause of the sheep deaths in Millard County had not been determined. Possibilities included poisonous plants, atomic radiation or poisonous gas from chemical testing at Dugway Proving Ground.

Later in the week, efforts to make Wendover a space port received a big boost when a bill was introduced to the Utah State Legislature calling for a 10-member Space Port Commission composed of members of Pro-Utah and Utah State government.

The proposed commission would be a fact-finding body which would compile information on all of the advantages, believed to exist that would make Wendover the ideal site for such a space vehicle recovery station

Sen. Karl Swan (D) Tooele, co-sponsored the legislation.

Jan. 29-31, 1946

Dale James, recently appointed city manager, was named as Tooele’s Outstanding Young Man for 1945. He was selected  by a committee of citizens and the award was sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

The presentation of the honor was made at the annual banquet attended by 80 guests.

W. Bevan Anderson was toastmaster and presented a key to Mr. James. 

The committee recognized Mr. James for his activity as a scout leader, which included construction of the scout wigwam and also his efforts  with designs and plans for the Tooele Memorial Center.

Later in the week, the Tooele County Daughters of the Utah Pioneers announced that a prize would be awarded for the best story or essay pertaining to Tooele County pioneer history, landmarks, events, locality histories or human interest stories.

The contest was sponsored in an effort to obtain and preserve historical data and stories of Tooele County and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Utah Pioneers.  The  prize of $25 would be awarded on July 24, 1946.

Jan. 28, 1921

With an epidemic of measles threatening our community, it would be good for each good citizen to be posted on the state laws regarding quarantine and isolation from school.

Every effort is being made by the schools to learn of the cases in time to prevent the infection of others, but if the families so afflicted would report the case promptly to a member of the Health board or family physician and the school health supervisor, a great deal of unnecessary sickness would be avoided.

Patients are asked to quarantine for not less than 14 days. Patients should not be permitted to attend school for five days after quarantine has been removed. — Mrs. E.O Thompson, School Health Supervisor.

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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