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 July.
July 14-16, 1992
The front page featured a story about a concert at Tooele Army Depot to celebrate the depot’s 50th anniversary.
Lorrie Morgan chastised the depot’s commander Co. David Emling for not being more enthusiastic during the concert. After a few songs, the singer told Col. Emling if she didn’t see some exuberance and clapping through her next song, he would sing the following number as she sat on the front row, arms folded and frowning.
Morgan concluded her “scolding” of the commander at the Saturday concert with a love song dedicated to him and his wife Ellen.
“She (Morgan)was a very nice lady,” Col. Emling said.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story about a new landfill proposal.
Pressure to build a new landfill started to push the political buttons of city and town leaders throughout Tooele County.
Specific questions focused on whose garbage the new landfill should accept, where it should be built and what agreements were necessary for financing.
Area mayors decided they would present a rough draft proposal to their respective councils to find out what “the people” will or won’t tolerate with a new landfill.
July 11-14, 1967
The Tooele City Council discussed during a meeting whether it needed a city engineer for the upcoming year.
Perhaps in an effort to save the position, city engineer Elmer Chytrus presented to the council a letter he had written stating the city definitely needed a city engineer to keep a close check on the upcoming airport and sewer plant improvements, to get the city’s maps in order, to determine grades, make surveys and to standardize the city’s sidewalks, driveways, etc.
Mayor Frank Bowman said the city did not have the funds for a city engineer. Councilman Harvey Wright disagreed; he believed money was available. A decision on the engineer’s position was not made at the meeting.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story on a new commander for Dugway Proving Ground. Col. James H. Watts assumed command in a ceremony on July 14.
Watts had been awarded the Brazilian Order of Merit, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendations Ribbon and the Bronze Star.
The new commander was born in Missouri and graduated from the University of Nebraska.
July 14-17, 1942
The Tooele City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting to instruct the city attorney to write an ordinance to make jaywalking within the business district on Main Street an offense against the law.
Pedestrian lanes would be designated and properly signed, directing walkers to use specified areas to cross the streets, according to instruction from the council.
The council also discussed a possible ordinance as to where U-turns would be allowed on Main Street.
Later in the week, it was announced that the Tooele smelter was running short of workmen and it had become necessary for the Bauer mine to reduce operations to two shifts, while the Elton Tunnel shipments were in decline. Farmers were also crying for help to save the harvest for food.
The shortage was attributed to workmen shifting to government employment for higher pay.
July 13, 1917
The Transcript Bulletin’s front page featured a story about 2.3 million acres for sale in Oregon and California.
The government needs farmers as well as fighters, the front page proclaimed. The acreage would be open for homesteading and could also be purchased.
The story indicated the acreage included some of the best land left in the United States.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.