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 second and third weeks of January.
Jan. 14-16, 1992
Replacing Central Elementary School would be cheaper than bringing the 63-year-old structure up to current building codes, community panels were told. But a tax hike to cover the $3 million bill might not be the best thing to do, a consultant told the Tooele County School Board. The previous year, consultants said it would cost $3.6 million to retrofit Central and bring it up to current building, fire and seismic codes. Now they say a new building would be cheaper.
The first load of hazardous waste to be commercially burned in Utah and the Western United States occurred last month in Tooele County’s West Desert. Aptus Environmental Services’ $74 million incinerator at Aragonite destroyed its first round of waste on Dec.19, 1991, as part of a state and federally required equipment testing procedure. Since December, Aptus had incinerated approximately 150 tons of waste solids and approximately 120,000 gallons of liquid waste.
Jan. 17-20, 1967
Leslie Edward (Ted) Gillette, civic leader and former city councilman, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1967, in a Salt Lake hospital after a brief illness. Gillette was owner and operator of the Green Top Cab and Gillette Ambulance Service. At the time of his death, he was serving as president of the Tooele Lions Club and was past president of the Tooele Chamber of Commerce. He had been closely associated with the Bonneville Salt Flats and was the official ambulance driver for the Bonneville Speed Association.
Four East Elementary School teachers and a nationally famous educational consultant have been busy preparing a presentation for the Educational Innovation Media Conference to be held at Roy High School next month. Educational consultant Margaret Lindeman has been working with East Elementary teachers Bennett Baldwin and Joe Koeven to prepare a curriculum package study of ancient Greece. Assisting with the presentation are Rowe Harrison, a teacher at East Elementary, and Bill Randall, who is a student serving an internship at East.
Jan. 13-16, 1942
A.W. Droubay, chairman of the United States Department of Agriculture, made an urgent call to farmers of Tooele County to repair farm machinery and collect scrap iron immediately. All scrap iron would be made immediately available to dealers or foundries. The iron and steal are needed in war industries and would mean more metal available for farm machinery and repair parts.
Tooele County’s oldest social function, the Grantsville Old Folks Sociable, will be held on Jan. 22-23, announced co-chairmen Frank Hale and Lita Johnson. The two-day program would begin with entertainment in the Opera House at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dinner would be served at 6 p.m., and the remainder of the evening would be spent on dancing at the Grantsville High School Gym. Friday, the young folks would be entertained with a similar program.
Jan. 19, 1917
Notice was given of the annual meeting of the Middle Canyon Irrigation Company to be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 1917, at 7 p.m. The meeting was originally scheduled for Dec. 30, 1916, but was postponed until Jan. 30, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to hear the financial report, to elect a board of three directors to serve for the ensuing two years, and to consider any other business which may properly come before said meeting.
This week’s report compiled by Mark Watson