Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 3, 2016
In 1941, voters elect Sol Selvin as Tooele City’s new mayor

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 first week of November.

Nov. 5 and 7, 1991

Local voters picked John Cluff, Karen Oldroyd and Don Peterson to serve on the Tooele City Council. At the same time, Ferris Williams, Jerry Hurst and Daniel Linares were selected to terms on the Grantsville City Council.

Later that week, the Tooele City Council authorized Mayor George Diehl to sign a water rights option and purchase contract with Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation. The water rights were sourced on Kennecott property at the former Anaconda mine three miles east of Tooele.

Nov. 1 and 4, 1966

A Grantsville man miraculously escaped death or serious injury after an explosion devastated four units of the White City Motel in Grantsville. The man, Orval Price, said he was in the process of converting the appliances in the units from liquid gas to natural gas and had hooked up the gas water heater just before the explosion.

Two days later, an intensely hot fire gutted the Tooele Sprouse Beitz variety store in the evening, after the store had closed. The fire apparently started very quickly, according to the store manager, but it was unclear what caused the blaze.

Nov. 4 and 7, 1941

Less than 25 percent of voters in Tooele City made their voices heard in the city election. Although the number of active registered voters numbered 2,486, only 573 ballots were reportedly received.

Sol J. Selvin, who immigrated to Tooele City from Lithuania in 1909, was elected as the new city mayor. Selvin was a schoolteacher in Lithuania prior to moving to Tooele, where he owned a mercantile business. He spoke four languages fluently: English, Hebrew, Russian and German.

Nov. 3, 1916

An announcement on the front page read, “In this week’s issue of The Transcript we introduce to you two new characters, they are ‘Biskey’ and ‘Zipp.’ What they have to say on topics of the day will amuse you.”

Jessica Henrie compiled this report.

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