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 9-11 1993
A deeper look into all financial records at the Tooele County Detention Facility had been ordered because of purported missing money and records, a county official said.
Tooele County Attorney Ron Elton said that an independent auditor’s preliminary report had determined the possibility of unaccounted funds within the jail.
“We found out that records are missing,” he said. “We’ve got a problem.”
Later in the week it was revealed by Congressman James Hansen that Tooele Army Depot would be on the Base Closure and Realignment list.
More details were expected, but Hansen suspected that most of TEAD’s current maintenance workload would be recommended for realignment to Red River Army Depot, Texas.
March 5-8, 1968
The Department of the Army announced approval of a plan to merge the Deseret Test Center and Dugway Proving Ground.
Headquarters for the combined operation, to be known as Deseret Test Center, would be located at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City. The move was scheduled to happen on July 1, 1968.
The mission of the merged organization was to collect, develop and analyze chemical and biological weapon requirements, and to coordinate, schedule and conduct or support tests.
It was announced that Tooele High School planned to recapture memories of the roaring ’20s with a song and dance review that would run nightly from Monday through Saturday.
Kaleidoscope 68 “The Golden ’20s” would be a musical review panorama with the fun and nonsense of the flappers, the Charleston, the college songs of the speakeasies and the old silent movie heroes like Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bera.
March 2-5, 1943
Tooele City Mayor Sol J. Selvin planned to make an official application to the Federal Works Agency Engineers in Salt Lake City for $40,000 for the construction of a 2 million gallon reinforced concrete water tank for the city.
Officials indicated that the War Public Works Division would probably approve of the payment for such a vital culinary water project in a defense area such as Tooele.
In other news, it was reported that 31 prisoners, an all-time record crowd, filled the Tooele City Jail. Nearly every prisoner was there for drunkenness. The story also reported that during January and February, 315 cases had passed through the City Court, 235 of which were for drunkenness.
March 8, 1918
The front page announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 1917 had been awarded to the International Red Cross committee of Geneva, which had performed services of inestimable value to prisoners of war in forwarding mail to them.
The Red Cross had forwarded 335 million letters and postcards.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.