Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 22, 2017
In 1942, young men required to register for the U.S. military

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 June.

June 23-25, 1992

A wildfire burned 425 acres of juniper trees and sagebrush on state forest land south of Stockton.

Stockton Fire Chief Don West said it took five hours to contain it. He estimated that a total of 14 trucks and 50 men battled the blaze.

During a five-day period, the North Tooele County Fire District responded to five fires; Stockton Fire Department answered four calls; and Grantsville firefighters doused one grass fire and a car fire.

Ron Allen, of NTCFD, said that fire danger would get worse.

“Normally, our department responds to an average of 12 fires by this time in a single year,” Allen said. “We have already responded to 23 fires this year.”

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on prospects of a new hospital being built later in the year.

Tooele County Commissioners told the Tooele City Council in a closed-door meeting that the Tooele Valley Regional Medical Center could generate funds to repay a $17.5 million debt over the next 20 to 30 years.

Commissioner Leland Hogan explained that to secure a new hospital, the county would probably have to act as sponsor for the loan.

“Since it would be a county entity, the county would ultimately be responsible for the cost. But once the hospital gets going, it would operate on its own,” Hogan said.

June 23-27, 1967

School was scheduled to continue in the summer for approximately 650 students in the Tooele County School District because of an $18,500 federal grant to the district.

Six classed would be taught at Tooele High School, three at Tooele Junior High School, two at Grantsville High School and one at Dugway High School

On the elementary level, two summer school programs would be taught at Central School, and one at East Elementary.

High school classes would be offered in biology, English. U.S. History, art, science, math, algebra and trigonometry.

Later in the week, the front page revealed that two unions would battle it out for the prize of being exclusively recognized by the federal government as the bargaining agency for all non supervisory employees at Tooele Army Depot.

Employees would be given three choices: They could vote for “no union,” for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers, or for the American Federation of Government Employees.

Campaigning and competition had reached an all-time high, and a heavy turnout of eligible voters was expected.

June 23-26, 1942

All male persons who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1922 and on or before June 30, 1924 were called to register on June 30 under the Selective Service Act of the United States.

Registration office locations were announced for Ibapah, Gold Hill, Wendover Grantsville, Lake Point, Tooele, Stockton, St. John, Clover, Vernon, Mercur and Ophir.

Later in the week, fire dominated the news.

A “menacing” grass fire was giving warning to all property holders in Tooele Valley, according to a front-page story.

Due to a wet spring and ideal growing weather, military grass had matted every “nook and cranny of the valley which is not under cultivation and created a fire hazard not equaled for many years.”

Three fire calls came in less than 24 hours on one day in Tooele City.

The most serious of the three fires destroyed a four-ton haystack. The cause of the fire was believed to be spontaneous combustion.

The other two fires included a grassfire at Tooele Army Depot and at a farm.

June 22, 1917

An explosion killed a man in Clover. The blast hurled him into a water well and set a barn on fire.

The explosion attracted attention to the fire and the cries of the young man could be heard; every effort was made to rescue the man out of the well. He became overcome with heat and smoke from the fire. He sank in the well and drowned.

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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