Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 22, 2023
In 1923, Vernon rancher uses ax to kill rabid coyote 

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. 24-26, 1998

Tooele City Mayor Charlie Roberts strongly recommended to the planning and zoning commission that no new residential development be approved without “perfected and documented water rights sufficient to service the proposed development’s anticipated water demands.”

The mayor recommended that the restrictions be put into effect immediately and the planning and zoning commission followed his recommendations during the pursuant meeting.

A public hearing concerning the water issue was scheduled for March 4. The public was invited to stop by city hall for complete documentation of studies performed prior to the public hearing.

Later in the week, developer Drew Hall objected to Mayor Roberts’ water recommendation.

Hall said he took the recommendation very seriously and believed if it were implemented it would be a breach of their development agreement.

“If they enact that recommendation we would consider it a material breach of our agreement. We would go to court in a heartbeat. The city is already obligated to provide Overlake with water,” Hall said.

Feb. 20-23, 1973

Col. Robert A. Shade, Deseret Test Center Commander, announced that action had been initiated to effect a reduction-in-force of approximately 122 civilian employees. This action implemented the Department of Defense’s announced reorganization actions of Jan. 11, 1973.

Col. Slade explained that employees affected by the reduction-in-force would be counseled on an individual basis.

All employees who had to be separated would be assisted in finding employment with other governmental activities or with private industry.

Later in the week, the final touches were being added to the plans for the Grantsville 89th Old Folks Sociable. Various committees had been working hard to assure the success of the annual affair.

A program would start at 3:30 p.m. and would be followed by an evening of enjoyable dining and dancing. Some special surprises were planned to add a treat for the old folks by viewing films of some of the early Grantsvillites. 

Feb. 17-20, 1948

Highlight of the regular Elks meeting on Feb. 11 was the presentation of a check for $615.35 to Jack Rowberry, Tooele County Chairman for the March of Dimes.

The amount was collected through the March of Dimes dance ticket sale sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) for the polio drive.

Both Boy and Girl Scouts assisted materially in selling tickets for the dance.

Later in the week, the Junior Women’s Club of Tooele extended an invitation to all interested persons to attend their regular meeting March 1st to be held in the County Courthouse at 8 p.m.

At that time, Mrs. Dorothy Van Cott of Salt Lake City would be there as a representative of the Bennett Glass & Paint Company to give a demonstrated lecture on the Fundamentals of Interior Decorating.

As Bennett’s had become outstanding in colorizing and matching unusual colors, this meeting would give listeners some of the very latest ideas in new color schemes for their homes.

Feb. 23, 1923

Amos Davis, a ranchman living five miles below Vernon, killed a rabid coyote with an ax in the kitching of his home early Monday morning, after the maddened animal had attempted to attack Mrs. Davis. Before appearing at the Davis home the coyote had played havoc at the J.S. Brazier ranch adjoining where it had bitten several calves, four horses, eight to 10 chickens, and killed 18 chickens. 

At the Davis home, Mrs. Davis was spied on by the animal as she stood in the kitchen door. Mr. Davis, approaching from the barnyard, saw the animal, and realizing its intention to attack his wife, attempted to intercept it. Seizing an ax, he attacked the coyote within a few feet of the kitchen door. He struck once with sufficient force to knock the coyote over, but paying little heed to Mr. Davis, the coyote regained its feet and continued its effort to reach Mrs. Davis. The latter turned and fled into the kitchen, closely followed by Mr. Davis, who  armed with the ax, succeeded in slaying it. 

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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