Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 1, 2017
In 1942, City Hall shuts off water to 277 ‘delinquent’ locations

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 last week of May and the first week of June.

June 2-4, 1992

The Transcript Bulletin published schedules for upcoming graduation ceremonies for Tooele, Grantsville, Dugway, Wendover and Tooele Valley high schools.

Yet, school officials could not provide an exact number of 1992 high school graduates in Tooele County School District, but estimated 490 would graduate.

School counselor Marilyn Hildebrand said there are always those few students who worry their parents and counselors through the last term of school.

“Contrary to what the public and parents and some students think, school doesn’t end until Friday this week, and the counselors don’t know until then how many will graduate,” she said.

Officials expected 300 students would graduate from Tooele High, 98 from Grantsville High, 38 from Tooele Valley High, 28 from Dugway High and 23 from Wendover High schools.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on an increase in rates for dumping at the Tooele County Landfill.

The days of “cheap” dumping were scheduled to end in four weeks, the newspaper reported.

Landfill fees would swell an estimated five to seven fold from a set container fee of about $2.50 per ton to $15 per ton.

Tooele County was imposing the new fee in the name of federal laws that require environmentally safe landfills by October 1993, said Raymond Johnson, director of the Tooele County Department of Engineering.

Garbage disposal companies said they would pass on their extra costs for dumping to customers. “I guesstimate my costs will go up six to seven times what they are now,” said Ace Disposal owner Lon Stalsburg.

May 30-June 2, 1967

The front page announced the death of a prominent Tooele businessman. William Richard Anderson, died May 28 at the Tooele hospital after a short illness.

Anderson was owner and operator of a meat and grocery business for 45 years. It was known as Anderson’s Market Basket during the last years of his business career. He also owned a Texaco distributorship.

Anderson was born in Oslo, Norway.

He was interested in painting and pursued it as a hobby, delighting his customers with murals in his butcher shop painted with bluing and shoe polish. Bluing was a blue powder to preserve the whiteness of laundry.

Later in the week, the front page announced that work had begun on a road at the mouth of Settlement Canyon.

Workmen and equipment supplied by Tooele County began to grade and lay gravel for the road and place culverts in all the necessary places.

According to Dale Winchester, overseer of the project, plans called for spots along the road to be leveled and made into camping places.

June 2-5, 1942

The Tooele City Council ordered that water be shut off at 277 locations for unpaid water bills during a Monday evening meeting.

A list was submitted to the council disclosed that 277 services were delinquent on payment, and many showed disregard toward the delinquency.

The city water collector, John T. Adams, was ordered by the council to check the list and submit shut-off orders starting June 2 and continuing until the entire group of those in arrears had been exhausted.

Following the shutoffs, it was decided that the property would remain without city water services until the entire delinquent account was settled.

Later in the week the front page announced that a bounty on rats would continue at 5 cents per head until further notice.

Bounty for rats was a dual effort of Tooele County and Tooele City. About 300 rats had been exterminated in the 15 days the bounty had been in force.

As part of the rat extermination campaign, Tooele City poured oil over the city garbage dump the previous week and set it on fire.

Observers reported not seeing a single rate escape from the burning dump.

June 1, 1917

One week after promoting the Junior Chautaqua, the front page announced another Chautaqua program in Tooele. It would include lectures from a personnel of platform celebrities.

The musical program included The Boston “Chimes of Normandy,” an opera on a lighthearted theme.

Another highlight was a performance by the Chicago Grand Opera Company. Also, Deaves’ Royal Manikins was a highlight of the first day — a famous mechanical puppet show.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a chautauqua was a traveling show that flourished in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The shows mixed education with entertainment and were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

Staff Writer 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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