Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 13, 2017
In 1942, Tooele City Police submit resignations to City Hall

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 April.

April 14-16, 1992

The local Goshute Tribe applied for a $100,000 federal grant to study the feasibility of storing spent nuclear reactor rods at its Skull Valley reservation and Tooele County officials did not like the idea.

“We don’t have anything in Tooele County as hazardous as that — we don’t want anything in Tooele County as hazardous as that,” said then Tooele County Commissioner Teryl Hunsaker. “They’re talking about the spent rods out of nuclear reactors.”

Commissioner Ed St. Clair said the commission is “unalterably opposed” to the idea.

But Goshute representative and attorney Danny Quintana said, “Native Americans were environmentally sensitive before most people found religion. This would pose no harm to the environment or else the tribe would not consider doing this.”

Also that week, environmental advocacy group Greenpeace made news when it held a meeting in Grantsville to oppose hazardous waste incineration company Aptus.

About 60 people packed the Lions Hall in Grantsville as part of a public meeting regarding air quality.

A Greenpeace representative told the audience that a U.S. Congressional investigation had revealed that at least 11 hazardous waste sites, including Aptus’ Coffeyville, Kansas incinerator, allegedly burned wastes from nuclear weapons manufacturing from 1981 to 1991.

April 11-13, 1967

Tooele Army Depot celebrated its 25th anniversary on April 7, 1967. A story looked back at the history of the depot.

Construction of facilities were completed in Jan. 1943. At that time, it was a $23 million project that included igloos, magazines, shops, warehouses, administrative buildings, military and civilian housing, roads, hardtop for vehicle storage and other facilities.

Initially, the depot consisted of 24,808 acres. On May 1, 1955, Deseret Chemical Depot in Rush Valley, with its 19,364 acres, was placed under the command of Tooele Army Depot.

The depot’s first commanding officer was Maj. E. R. Lower. Orville Mooberry holds the distinction of being the first employee hired by the depot. Twenty-five years later he still worked at the depot as a controller.

Also that  week, a story reported that two Tooele High School coaches had resigned.

Head football coach Dean Stringham, who also coached the baseball team, and head basketball coach Gary Hale, submitted their resignations to the Tooele County School Board.

School leaders said they had received seven inquires about the opening for a new football coach, and six inquiries about the head basketball position. Stringham said he would still coach the baseball team for at least one more year. Hale said he did not know if he would continue serving as the head tennis coach.

Stringham said he wanted to stay in Tooele in some capacity in the teaching profession, but wanted to stop being a coach of a major sport.

April 14-17, 1942

The April 14 edition reported the resignation of the Tooele City police force. The police force handed in their resignations to Mayor Sol J. Selvin. Three policemen wrote individual letters of resignation. One letter said it was due to dissatisfaction with the mayor and some members of the city council.

“I feel it is in my best interest to resign at this time. Not having the cooperation of the mayor and some of the councilmen, I feel that it is impossible for me to continue as city marshal.” wrote T. Thebo Tate.

“I feel this job is not self-sustaining as some of the councilmen think, and that it would be for my best interest that I resign at this time,” wrote Leslie McKendrick.

“I feel there is not sufficient cooperation between the police force, the mayor and the city council. And for this reason I find it very difficult to perform my duties,” wrote Emerson Jorgensen.

One other policeman wrote a similar letter of resignation.

Also that week, a 3-year-old boy took a spin alone in the family car. John, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carver W. Bryan, had a harrowing experience on a Tuesday evening when he took a ride by himself in the family’s vehicle.

While playing in the car, which was parked in front of the family’s residence on Main Street, he apparently pushed the starter and the auto commenced its downhill journey.

Realizing his plight, the boy opened the door and jumped out of the car. It crossed the road, jumped the curb in front of the E. J. Eklington residence, which caused blowouts of the two left tires, and stopped on the lawn west of the Elkington home.

The child only sustained a few bruises.

April 13, 1917

A story from Chester, Pennsylvania explained that 112 people, most of them women and girls, died during a series of explosions in an ammunition plant. Another 121 people were injured in the plant located one mile from the city.

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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