Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 7, 2018
In 1943, labor shortage hampers work at Tooele Smelter

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 June.

June 8-11, 1993

Dan Johnson, 31, was appointed Grantsville City’s police chief after serving as sergeant for the previous seven years. He replaced Ron Skinner who resigned as chief on May 22. The former police chief was charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft on May 26.

Chief Johnson said his first priority would be to restore morale among Grantsville police officers.

“The morale in the department has been low for a long time, but it is already improving,” he said.

Later in the week, two top officials at Tooele Valley Hospital declared that the shortage of nurses had been solved.

“The hospital definitely is not closing in a couple of weeks,” said Linda Neese, TVMC chief executive officer. “We still have to hire a couple of nurses, but we hired one full-time nurse and have the possibility of hiring several others during the next few days.”

Neese said the hospital had been inundated with calls after an article in the Transcript Bulletin reported that five TVMC nurses had resigned the previous week.

June 4-7, 1968

Three people died from two separate highway accidents during Memorial Day weekend.

Two Grantsville brothers were killed in the early morning hours on Friday at the end of a bachelor party for the older of the two.

Killed were Richard Vance Gladden, 24, and his brother Ross Gladen, 18. 

Richard Gladden was to have been married Friday afternoon. They were killed when their sports car ran of of state Route 112 one mile east of Grantsville.

A third fatality occurred on Sunday when a 10-year-old child from Illinois was killed when his family’s station wagon rolled off US-40 13 miles east of Wendover.

In other front-page news that week, the Tooele City Library Board announced it had purchased land from Howard Clegg to build a new library at 100 E. Vine St. The land adjoined the city park and ballpark and was purchased for $27,500 plus the trade of a parcel of land between four or five acres west of the city’s sewer plant.

Mayor Frank Bowman said the land fronts on Vine Street for 320 feet. The depth of the land was more than 530 feet. 

June 8-11, 1943

Copper operations at the Tooele Smelter were reduced to one shift on a seven-day week effective June 6 because of a labor shortage and curtailed copper ore receipts caused by the labor shortage.

Previous copper plant operations were on a two-shift basis for six days a week.

The opening of fishing season was the subject of another front-page story.

It was anticipated that fishermen would find all main streams of Tooele County, with the exception of North Willow Creek, stocked with large numbers of legal-sized trout.

Fishermen were urged to be good sportsmen and to stay within the catch limit specified by the state, so others could be given an opportunity to share in the sport.

June 7, 1918

The front page included a story about nine U.S. ships sunk off the Jersey Coast by German U-boats. 

Sunken vessels included two passenger steamers, one steam tanker and six schooners. U-boats had taken their first toll on American shipping on this side of the Atlantic.

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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