Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 25, 2018
In 1943, deer hunters find human bones near St. John

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 October.

Oct. 26-28, 1993

An early morning blaze claimed the life of a Grantsville man on Oct. 27. Officials said they did not believe the fire was arson related, but said the cause of the blaze may never be known.

Laurel Woods, 28, 324 E. Main, was pronounced dead shortly after emergency personnel responded to the 1:09 a.m. alarm.

Grantsville Fire Chief Brent Marshall said flames were already shooting out of the trailer’s roof when fire trucks arrived.

The front page that week also featured a story on Dugway High School winning the 1A Boys State Cross-Country championship.

Dugway’s goal at state was to beat league rival St. Joseph who edged them out at the region meet. The Mustangs pushed past St. Joseph as well as the rest of the 1A field to win by 48 points.

“All we wanted to do was beat St. Joseph,” said Juan Perez, who cruised to a second-place finish overall. “We knew we would have a shot at the title. But first, we wanted to get St. Joseph for beating us in region.”

Oct. 22-25, 1968

Incumbent Tooele County commissioners George Buzianis and Sterling Halladay, both Democrats, issued a challenge to their Republican party challengers. 

Buzianis was running for re-election to the four-year seat and was opposed by Republican Dean Hunt. Halladay was seeking re-election to the two-year seat and was opposed by Jack Johnson.

“We would like our opponents to present their proposed agendas to the people of the county,” Buzianis said. “Sterling and I would be happy to meet them anywhere to publicly discuss our positions.”

Later in the week the front page featured a story on a burglary at Johnson’s Cash Store in Stockton on Oct. 23 by two 14-year-old boys.

Deputy Sheriff Clifford Carson recovered $12.97 plus groceries and merchandise valued at $200.

The boys gained entrance to the store through the back window and removed a small amount of money from the cash drawer, three boxes of groceries and other things including knives, shells, watches, flashlight, cigarettes and glue.

Oct. 26-29, 1943

Deer hunters traveling some 5 miles southwest of St. John ran across the bones of a dead man that had been scattered over a wide area by wild animals.

In an investigation conducted by Sheriff Alma White, the identity was established as the bones of Edward Vipont, age 33, from Walker River Reservation in Nevada. 

Further investigation disclosed that Vipont had been arrested at Reno, Nevada, for draft evasion but had agreed to report for induction in Salt Lake City and had left by bus on Dec. 7, but had disappeared before reaching his destination. 

In the Friday edition, the front page featured results of Tooele City elections.

N. Howard Jensen led his city Republican ticket to victory during the election in one of the largest voter turnouts in city history. Jensen defeated Democrat Sol J. Selvin 1047 to 475.

Marcellus Clark won the four-year councilman seat. D.L. Gillette, George E. Nelson and Edgar Peterson won two-year councilmen seats. The lone Democrat to win was John T. Adams as recorder. Zella Gowans was elected treasurer.

Oct.25, 1918

A Tooele soldier stationed at Fort Logan, Colorado, died of Spanish Influenza. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Gowans received a telegram informing them that their son, Willard, was severely ill with Spanish Influenza and they left immediately for the training camp. They had only been gone a short time when another telegram was received saying their son had died.

The parents proceeded to Colorado and brought the body back with them, arriving in Tooele on the Tuesday evening train.

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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