Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 20, 2017
In 1942, Garfield guard shoots two Salt Lake men during fight

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 July.

July 21-23, 1992

Over 500 petition signatures were collected asking for an ambient air quality study in Tooele County and for a health analysis of Grantsville residents.

Grantsville resident Sandy Covello organized the request and sent it to local and state officials.

“I just want to know the facts about the air we breathe in the county,” Covello said. “For more than four years, there has been an ongoing debate over whether the quality of air is safe or harmful.”

Covello said she did not have an ax to grind with anyone, and it was not her intent to shut down businesses.

Although Tooele County was monitoring air for particulates, critics said the effort was too limited.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on a possible tax increase from Tooele County School District to raise $1.98 million for a new Central Elementary School and other district projects.

“Our first priority is that we build a new school,” said Frank Mohlman, school board member. “Then we’ll go down the list from there.”

July 18-21, 1967

The front page featured a story on a workers strike at International Smelting and Refining Company.

Some 300 members of the Local No. 55 of the United Steelworkers of America went on strike at 12:01 p.m. on a Saturday. It was part of an industry-wide nonferrous shutdown affecting eight major companies.

The action came after the smelter, a subsidiary of Anaconda Co., and the union’s negotiating committee, failed to reach an agreement prior to the strike deadline at midnight on the previous Friday.

Later in the week it, plans were announced for the July 24 celebration in Tooele to be held on Saturday, July 22.

A parade was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with Tooele High School band concert scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the park. The THS band had just participated in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

July 21-24, 1942

The front page reported that Tooele County experienced a crime wave during the previous week with the death of two men, theft of automobiles, grand larceny, drunkenness and fights.

Two Salt Lake City men were shot and killed at the point of the mountain near Black Rock on a Saturday.

Sheriff White, who investigated the shooting, said the two men threatened a guard on the Garfield waterline. The guard tussled with the two men and drew his gun, killing both men.

The guard was freed from the threat of prosecution at a court inquest the following Monday.

Later in the week, a meeting was announced for July 27 regarding the maintaining of deer in the county.

It had been recommended by the forest service that 1,000 antlerless deer, in addition to the usual number of buck deer, be taken from local ranges during the coming hunting season. The decision would be made by the Tooele Wildlife Federation and any other citizens who attended the meeting.

July 20, 1917

The Transcript Bulletin front page featured a story on Grantsville City’s application to the state engineer’s office to appropriate 10 cubic-feet of water per second from North Willow Creek to Grantsville City. The application was submitted by Grantsville Mayor Frank T. Burmester.

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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