Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 16, 2017
In 1942, deputy sheriff faces charges for murdering his ex wife

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 November.

Nov. 17-19, 1992

The Grantsville Cowboys football team earned a right to play for the 2A state championship with a 28-13 semifinal victory over San Juan at Provo High School.

Grantsville snapped a two-year playoff losing streak to the Broncos.

The Cowboys erased a 13-6 half-time deficit with 22 second-half points to earn a trip to the title game.

Grantsville was scheduled to meet Beaver for the state championship. It would mark the fourth time Grantsville would play for a state football title. The Cowboys were 0-3 in state championship games.

Later in the week, the top story on the front page featured the arrest of Wendover High School’s principal. He was arrested the previous week and cited for sexual solicitation and trespassing in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake police investigators confirmed he was issued a citation at 10 p.m. on Nov. 13 at 1560 S. State Street after allegedly seeking sexual favors from a police decoy.

Nov. 14-17, 1967

Franklin Whitehouse, Jr. was sworn in as a Tooele City Councilman on a Monday night.

Whitehouse, who had served as a councilman once before from 1948 to 1952, took the oath of office from City Judge M. Earl Marshall.

He was named to the post vacated by Grant Shields who moved from the city. Whitehouse would serve Shields’ two-month unexpired term.

Also during the week, Mickey Thompson failed in an attempt to drive his Indianapolis type car to a new endurance record on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Thompson once drove his car Challenger at a speed of 406.6 mph, a world land speed record at the flats.

The Long Beach, California millionaire was attempting to drive 500 miles at an average speed of 180 mph to top the record set in October.

After five laps (50 miles) Thompson realized he did not have the necessary power and abandoned the attempt.

Nov. 17-20, 1942

A preliminary hearing for Frank Elliott, former deputy sheriff at Wendover and charged with killing his former wife, was set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse.

Justice A.G. Gowans would preside at the hearing, and if evidence was sufficient, Elliott would be bound over to the district court on a first-degree murder charge. It was possible that attorneys for Elliott might waive the hearing and not present their case until they reach a district court trial.

Later in the week, Elliott, 39, was bound over to the district court by Gowans on a first-degree murder charge, following his preliminary hearing.

Elliott was to remain in the county jail without bail until February when his trial would take place in district court before a 12-man jury.

Elliott was charged with the premeditated shooting of his former wife, Elisabeth Elliott, 37, on the evening of Oct. 26, at the Wendover Post Office, where she was living.

Sheriff White, former chief of Elliott, was the sole witness at the preliminary hearing.

Nov.16, 1917

From London came the news that 1.3 million women were doing work in England that formerly was being done by men who had joined the army or had been set free to other forms of service. The figures were taken from the last official report of the Industrial Branch of the Board of Trade.

Replacement of men by women had been most successful in government services, banking and transportation.

World War I began in 1914 and lasted until 1918, according to history.com.

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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