Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 21, 2018
In 1943, 600 people attend hospital open house

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 fourth week of November.

Nov. 23-25, 1993

Tooele Valley Medical Center was expected to lose $1.2 million in 1993, according to officials.

Representatives of Quorum Inc., a management group that had run the hospital since February 1993, said a 35 percent decrease in patient use of the hospital was the major reason for the year’s financial woes.

The hospital had lost $774,000 during 1992.

“We have averaged just over five patients per day during 1993,” said Quorum Vice President Bob John during a news conference. He said the hospital needed eight patients per day to make a profit.

Later in the week the front page featured news of new waste disposal permits for Envirocare of Utah, Inc.

Slightly radioactive mill tailings from the East were expected to be on the way to Tooele County aboard trains as early as the spring 1994.

Envirocare of Utah, Inc., located at Clive, was granted a new permit by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

“It has cost us millions of dollars to get this permit,” said Khosrow Semnani, president of the company. “We submitted application for the license in 1989. We’ve waited four years for approval.” 

Nov. 19-22, 1968

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Chidester was called to investigate an accident at 6 a.m. on Saturday 39 miles east of Wendover on Highway 40. The crash resulted in serious injuries to one man.

The accident involved a semi-trailer cattle truck and a 1959 2-door auto. 

The driver of the truck traveling east reported that he saw the car just before the impact. The car, traveling west without headlights, had crossed over into the eastbound lane.

The truck driver was not injured, but the driver from Unionville, Missouri, was taken to Tooele Valley Hospital with a broken arm and leg. The driver of the car was charged with driving under the influence and not having a driver’s license.

On Friday, a front-page story announced that the Utah State Department of Highways completed 52 miles of highway construction in Tooele County from Jan. 1, 1968,  to Oct. 31, 1968. The cost of construction was $9.16 million.

Over the state, 289 miles of new highways were completed at a total cost of $43.6 million.The department anticipated construction of an additional 46.3 miles, costing $8.2 million by the end of 1968.

The bulk of construction funds went to complete 85 project miles on Interstate 15 in various locations of the state.

Nov. 23-26, 1943

More than 600 guests attended the opening ceremonies of the Tooele Ordnance Depot Hospital on Sunday afternoon, according to the official registry.

Ranking Army officials, nurses, civilian employees, Red Cross officers and the USO director acted as guides, hosts and hostesses to the stream of invited guests who viewed the 100-bed medical and surgical unit for the first time.

Information was divulged on Sunday that the hospital unit would not only take care of Ordnance Depot employees and dependents, but a section of it would be used for convalescent soldiers whose injuries and ailments incidental to war respond to treatment especially in Utah’s climate.

Later in the week, the front page featured news that the state director of the War Production Board would be in Tooele the following Tuesday to meet with farmers, retailers of farm machinery, repairmen and operators of any kind of farm machinery at 10 a.m. at Tooele City Hall.

At 2 p.m. he would meet with service groups, attendants of hospitals, school officials, utility officials, contractors and building operators.

Nov. 22, 1918

Ships carrying 200,000 pounds of food for the population of northern France, Belgium and Austria were en route to Europe. Herbert Hoover, U.S. food administrator, was in Europe to determine the needs and initiate relief for the Allies.

Correspondent 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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