Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 28, 2022
In 1922, oldest county resident, pioneer, dies at age 94

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 final week of September and first week of October.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1997

The Tooele County chemical weapons incinerator is safe and does not pose a threat to either plant employees or the surrounding public, according to a study released Sept, 15, 1997.

The independent study was funded by the Utah Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Chemical Weapons Demilitarization.

The $129,000 study found workers and management of Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF)  to be competent, safety minded and devoted to human and environmental protection.

“We were very impressed by the credentials and dedication of the safety and risk management staff at TOCDF,” the study stated.

Later in the week, just as administrators said things were looking up for Tooele Valley Medical center — Tooele County Commissioners were considering options to pull out of the health care business. 

“We (commissioners) are looking at options to get out of the hospital business,” stated Commissioner Lois McArthur. “We have not talked about closing the hospital. RIght now we are negotiating with three companies. We simply want to obtain the best possible health care system 

Sept. 26-29, 1972

“Tooele County residents must take a good hard look at the problems of zoning and beautification if they are to protect their communities,” County Building Enforcement Officer Wayne Mallet said today.

Careful zoning is a must to protect against undesirable or haphazard growth patterns, he explained. And a year-round cleanup program is essential to preserve or improve the appearance of neighborhoods.

Mr. Mallet headed the Tooele County Beautification Committee under the County Council of Governments. He was charged with the responsibility of enforcing county zoning ordinances and building codes.

Later in the week, it was announced that the Most Worshipful Grandmaster of Utah’s Free and Accepted Masons, Rulon E. Jones, would set in place the cornerstone of Tooele’s new Masonic Temple (Rocky Mountain Lodge No 11) at the mouth of Settlement Canyon.

Accompanied by other Grand Lodge Officers, Mr. Jones’ visit will serve a twofold purpose: 1. To meet with Tooele Lodge members, 2. And to officially open the new building.

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 1947

The Tooele High School football team will meet the Cyprus High School team on the Cyprus field, Friday, Oct. 3rd at 3:45 p.m., according to Coach John Putnick. This is the first league game for the Tooele team and it promises to be a top-notcher with both teams primed to win.

Cyprus obviously has a stellar team and Tooele’s most recent victory over Weber High School, a Class A school places them ace high. The Tooele boys have been improving each week and the Friday game will be worth seeing.

Later in the week, according to Roy Garrard, game warden, all of the 400 doe permits awarded for the Grantsville Mountains had been sold.

Box Elder Canyon had 300 permits and 100 permits were allowed in the Big Creek section. Mr Garrard reported that three Salt Lake men had been arrested for hunting on the Stansbury Game Reserve. Each was fined $25 by Justice A. Fred Anderson of Grantsville.

Sept. 29, 1922

John McLaws, age 94 years, and a pioneer of the early fifties passed away peacefully in death Wednesday afternoon, following a sleep from which he could not be aroused.

John McLaws was the son of John McLaws and Sarah Whitworth McLaws, and was born in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, November 27, 1827.

He joined the LDS Church in his native land and immigrated to America. He married Joahna Ross in the state of Iowa, and he and his wife moved on to Utah and later settled in this city.

He was credited with being the oldest person in the county. He was buried in Tooele City Cemetery

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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