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 week of March.
March 10-12, 1992
Aptus Environmental Services was scheduled to burn its first load of hazardous waste on March 11, 1992, as a trial run to determine operational parameters for the facility.
Company spokesman Malin Foster said an independent monitoring team would extract samples from the incinerator’s stack from March 11 to about March 21. Samples would be analyzed to determine if the facility operated as designed, and whether it met or exceeded thermal destruction requirements.
Foster said that even though company employees and officials were nervous, they were optimistic about what the trial burn would bring.
The company spent $74 million to build Utah’s first commercial hazardous waste incinerator at Aragonite in Tooele County’s West Desert.
Also that week, a flip of the coin determined areas of representation for two members of the Tooele County School Board back in March 1992.
The county commission approved redistricting into five separate districts based on population. That decision left two school board members in districts where they did not live. During initial deliberations, the county commission was not aware of where the current school board members resided until that factor was pointed out to the school board.
The school superintendent and several members of the school board said the approved redistricting was a poor choice. The school board voted 4-1 to recommend other proposals and urged the county commission to deny the proposal. However, the commissioners stayed with their decision.
A toss of the coin during a special school board meeting determined that Gene White would represent voters in Erda, Stansbury Park, Lake Point, Pine Canyon and a portion of north Tooele. Marilyn Shields of Stansbury Park would become an “at large” member for the remainder of her four-year term.
March 7-10, 1967
A March 7, 1967, front-page story featured a discussion by local leaders about building a trailer, camping and picnic park in Settlement Canyon.
Representatives from the Tooele County Wildlife Federation, Tooele City and Tooele County met at the head of Settlement Canyon Reservoir to discuss the idea.
The proposed park was slated to run in a long strip following Settlement Canyon Creek from the road near the dam to the rodeo corrals in Legion Park, covering about 20 acres in area.
Plans included the building of trailer and camping spaces with running potable water and latrine facilities. There would also be tables, fire pits, garbage pits, fountains, playgrounds and parking lots.
Tooele City Police Department met with 14 men who were interested in becoming reserve officers, according to a March 10, 1967, front-page story.
A meeting was called to organize a reserve police corps to assist regular officers with parades, holiday traffic, school functions and civic problems.
Applications were passed out during the meeting to the men who ranged from 24 to 40 years of age. Tooele Police Chief Orvil Hamilton said that more applications would be accepted and urged “public, spirited men” to join the reserve.
Before being accepted, all applicants would be tested both physically and mentally, and would be interviewed by Mayor Frank Bowman and Hamilton.
March 10-13, 1942
Farmers were asked to lease water for the new construction of Tooele Army Depot, according to a front-page story on March 10, 1942.
Owners of irrigation water from ditches No. 6 and No. 7 from Settlement Canyon were asked to lease approximately one-half of those streams during 1942, for mixing cement. The information appeared in the minutes of the city council.
Other business of the council included the purchase of a two-ton Dodge truck from Paulos Auto Company for city use, and buying a 1942 Chevrolet sedan from Mantes Chevrolet for the police department.
The truck was ordered to be rotated among the local service stations for gas and oil.
Also, the Tooele County Commission sought input from residents as to whether or not Japanese immigrants of good repute should be allowed to settle in the county, according to a March 13 front-page story.
The input was requested by the commissioners to comply with a letter from Utah Gov. Herbert Maw. In the letter Maw had asked all 29 counties if they would be favorable to accepting Japanese immigrants. Just three months prior, Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor.
“Inasmuch as the problem is of vital concern to every community in the state, I have called a meeting of county commissioners to be held in the governor’s board room at the state capitol on Monday, March 16 for the purpose of discussing that important problem,” the governor wrote to the Tooele County Commission.
March 9, 1917
At the regular Tooele County Commission meeting on March 5, Carl Bailey was appointed deputy sheriff.
Deputy road commissioners were also appointed in Benmore, Clover, Deep Creek, Grantsville, Lake Point, Ophir, St. John and Vernon.
Charles Poebeck was appointed tree inspector.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.