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 February.
Feb. 25-27, 1997
Months of active campaigning by propopents in the spring and summer of 1996 resulted in Erda and Pine Canyon becoming townships.
But if a bill that was being prepared for the Utah Legislature passed, the townships could be wiped out while still in their infancy.
House Speaker Mel Brown introduced a bill aimed at correcting the flaws in the township bill hurriedly passed in 1996. The township bill created confusion in many Utah counties as unincorporated areas struggled to utilize its provisions.
Later in the week, operations at Laidlaw’s Clive incinerator would be suspended as part of a proposed merger with Rollins Environmental Services.
Laidlaw Environmental Services was the second largest private employer in Tooele County. The Clive commercial hazardous waste incinerator, located in Tooele’s Western Desert hazardous waste industrial zone, employed 205 workers — the majority of whom lived in Tooele County.
In addition, Laidlaw paid the county hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in the form of mitigation fees.
Feb. 22-25, 1972
Although there were problems at Tooele High School, conditions there were improving according to Principal Boyd Gurney who said he would work to keep the community better informed about school activities.
“We want to keep people informed of what we’re doing,” he said. Both the principal and this newspaper have pledged cooperation in establishing closer communication with the community.
Mr Gurney said there would be an attempt made to find an interested student who would serve as a school correspondent reporting on activities other than athletics.
Later in the week, a public meeting to air parents’ views on problems facing the city’s schools had brought a recommendation that parents establish citizens’ advisory councils to work closely with the schools and keep the public informed of their activities.
That recommendation from Superintendent Clarke Johnsen came at the end of a 2 ½ hour session at the Tooele High School Auditorium.
Feb. 25-28, 1947
William T. Warren, Jr., general superintendent of the National Tunnel & Mines Co., was named outstanding Tooele Citizen of 1945 at the Annual Award banquet at MarVista under the sponsorship of the Tooele Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Warren developed several new mining methods, and gave a speech on the new methods at the American Mining Congress in Denver.
He also was a member of the board of directors of the Bit & Spur Club where he worked on the rodeo grounds, and announced for a three-day professional rodeo.
Later in the week, Tooele County’s Annual Red Cross Drive for $5,000 got underway with a kickoff breakfast at Kirk Coffee Shop.
Fifty-two chairmen and workers attended and displayed the utmost enthusiasm toward the success of the campaign.
Mrs. Gertrude R. Morgan, General Chairman Red Cross Fund Drive Chairman, presided at the breakfast.
Feb. 24, 1922
The tardiness at school was blamed on the students “sleeping in” and that the students’ sleeping in was caused by too many parties in the city, was a statement made at the Parent-Teachers League by Supt. Reid.
In connection with this, Mr Andres reported that an Eastern school man had visited our local high school and said it was very evident from his observations that the students need more sleep.
The tardiness question was the main topic of the meeting.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.