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 July.
July 23-25, 1996
The fired former safety manager of the chemical weapons incinerator in Rush Valley testified in a Monday court hearing that people as far away as 40 miles from the plant could be killed if the controversial process began.
Steven Jones, the Lehi “whistle blower” was the lead witness for the Chemical Weapons Working Group — the group of environmentalists who were trying to block the startup of the $400 million incinerator.
Jones testified that he had seen a report which said that 1 percent of the people within a 40-mile radius could die in the case of a bad accident. He said the report later appeared to have disappeared.
Later in the week, the very existence of the Rush Valley community could possibly be threatened if drastic environmental measures were not taken to restore the surrounding watershed.
That is what county officials were saying about the deterioration of the valley’s water quality. County, state and federal officials held a day-long public meetingto discuss plans to revitalize Clover Creek Watershed.
July 20-23, 1971
A Tooele man was named as president of the Utah Moose Association while another Tooele man was named vice president to represent the Tooele Lodge in the statewide group.
Clifton Dean was elected to direct the 1,800-member fraternal organization during the group’s 34th annual convention in Salt Lake City.
Named as vice president was Tooele’s George Rowland.
Dean was an artillery repair specialist at the Tooele Army Depot. Rowland retired after more than 44 years of service with Kennecott Copper Corporation.
Later in the week, a report showed that government employment in Tooele County rose 76.3% during the previous 10 years.
According to a report by the Utah Foundation, a private research organization, there were 6,517 federal, state, and local workers employed in Tooele County during October, 1970. This compared with 3,696 government employees stationed within the county 10 years earlier in October, 1960.
July 23-25, 1946
John T. Adams, acting postmaster, Tooele, Utah, announced that the Post Office Department had approved his recommendation for extension of city delivery service to include the Tooele Highlands, Valley View, and Pinehurst Avenue.
Mr. Adams also announced that all residences and business houses within the present and extended zone would be given both morning and afternoon delivery of mail.
Residents residing outside of the new delivery zone were permitted to erect out-of-bound mail boxes on the edge of the delivery zone and have their mail delivered to such boxes.
Later in the week, Armond E. Higley suffered scalp lacerations and painful bruises when his auto tipped over following a rear-end collision with an auto driven by Clifford Brannan with Jim Gochis as a passenger.
Gochis was painfully hurt and was taken to the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Higley auto which turned over and struck a telephone pole was demolished.
The accident took place at the intersection of Broadway and Second North, early Sunday morning.
July 22, 1921
Work on the community swimming pool would begin Friday, July 22, 1921, and everyone was asked to contribute labor or money for construction of the pool.
At a meeting held at Tooele City Hall Monday evening, a large crowd of boys and townspeople assembled to discuss the pool. A committee was selected to plan the work on the construction of the pool. A vote of support was given to this committee by those assembled.
It was the decision of this meeting to add an extra 10 feet to the width of the pool from the first plans, making the new dimensions 50×100 feet.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report