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 third week of September.
Sept. 15-17, 1992
The front page announced that Sterling Harris, perhaps Tooele County’s most respected and admired man of the century, had died at the age of 93.
His funeral for later in the week was expected to be one of the largest in the county’s history. He was renowned statewide for his work as a coach, teacher, school district superintendent and community bridge-builder.
He coached at Tooele High School for 11 years. During that time his teams won three state football championships.
He worked as personnel director at Tooele Smelter and Refining Company. He then served as superintendent of the Tooele County School District for 25 years, retiring at age 65.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story about a sidewalk built two feet above grade in Grantsville.
Mayor Howard Murray ordered work stopped on curb, gutter and sidewalk construction on Center Street.
Work could eventually resume, but officials needed to decide if there is a problem with the sidewalk being constructed approximately two feet above grade.
“This (Center Street) is the biggest joke in town,” said resident Brent Marshall at a public hearing. “People are driving up and down the road, pointing and laughing. We’ve even been asked if the street will be renamed ‘Skywalk Drive.’”
Sept. 12-15, 1967
California fugitive Jerry O’ Brien, 34, agreed in Tooele City Court to return to California to face charges of murder, robbery and assault with intent to kill.
O’Brien was recovering from injuries he sustained in a one-car rollover about two miles east of Low on Aug. 25. He was served a governor’s warrant by Tooele County Sheriff Fay Gillette, the first step in his extradition to California.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story on a workforce cutback at Tooele Army Depot.
Col. William A Porter, TEAD commanding officer, announced that 129 temporary and part-time employees would be terminated by Sept. 29.
The reduction would bring the depot’s civilian strength to 5,997. It was the result of a notice from the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which announced it was reducing the AMC strength by approximately 2,500 temporary employees.
Col. Porter emphasized the fact that major depot operations would continue to be performed in support of military forces in the United States and overseas.
Sept. 15-18, 1942
The front page announced that 2,980 persons had registered at the Tooele typhoid clinic and were in process of receiving the three inoculations for immunization from typhoid, according to Eldarene Settlemier, public health nurse.
Earlier in the month, 1,621 people responded for the first inoculation and all but 85 returned for a second shot.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story about an explosion in Elton Tunnel that injured two Tooele men.
One person was in critical condition in a Salt Lake hospital and was expected to lose both of his eyes. A second man was less seriously injured, but would possibly lose his left eye.
The blast occurred because the men drilled into a “missed hole,” which is a blasting hole that failed to detonate.
The two men were working between the 2,900 and 3,000-foot depth level of the tunnel when the incident occurred.
Sept. 14, 1917
The front page included a recap of proceedings in district court on Sept. 10.
A case against a man accused of first-degree murder would be heard in October.
One person pleaded guilty to forgery committed at Gold Hill in July. He was sentenced to an undetermined term in the Utah State Prison.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.