Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 31, 2018
In 1943, lawn sprinkling restricted on June 1

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 fifth week of May and first week of June.

June 1-3, 1993

Some 275 graduating seniors from Tooele High School marched down the aisle on a Thursday evening before a capacity crowd in the auditorium. 

Together they took the stage for one last traditional farewell before diverging into the adult world.

Twenty-nine seniors earned the “White Buffalo” award for scholastic high honors with GPAs from 3.7 to 4.0.

Grantsville High School’s class of 1993 included 115 students, making it the largest group of seniors in the school’s history. Tears and even sobs were unmistakable as the seniors stood together one last time on a Thursday evening.

Later in the week, a site for a new Tooele County landfill at Bauer was approved. But local officials reacted with surprise to news of the possibility of another incinerator in the county being proposed in conjunction with the landfill.

For several weeks, Tooele County had negotiated with LE&B Inc., a company from Memphis, Tenn. to construct and operate a municipal solid waste reduction and recycling facility in the county. The company announced for the first time that part of its plan was to incinerate hazardous waste.

May 28-31, 1968

Some 286 Tooele High School seniors were suddenly thrust into the adult world at commencement rights held in the high school gymnasium. 

Student Bruce Bracken spoke to audience members and asked them to accept the new graduates as adults.

“We are here to serve you. Someday we will be the leaders of this great nation. How we operate it depends on you, from your examples and the opportunities you offer us. All we ask is a chance to prove our dependability and loyalty,” Bracken said.

The Tooele City Council held a public hearing on the budget for the 1968-69 fiscal year. There was no opposition to the budget and the council adopted a motion to approve it. The budget totaled $1.37 million.

Treasurer Glen Martin said the budget was actually much lower because $371,793 was entered into the budget as a matter of convenience to cover the possibility of a bond issue for a new library that might be approved by voters during the next fiscal year.

June 1-4, 1943

Tooele City imposed a sprinkling restriction on June 1 in spite of life-giving rains of the previous 24 hours that totaled 1.05 inches of moisture by the U.S. officials gauges under the supervision of Amos Bevan.

Absence of high water, due to lack of snow storage in the mountains, and the rapidly falling streams had made it necessary to place the sprinkling restriction at the earliest date in local history. In years past, July and August had usually been the restriction period.

At a special meeting, the Tooele City Council authorized a sewer extension in the Highlands No. 1 and 2 subdivisions and the Valley View subdivision.

The costs were to be paid jointly by the contractors, FHA and Tooele City with the entire project estimated at $41,000. Tooele City’s portion of the bill was $35,000. Work was to start immediately and to be completed in 90 days.

May 31, 1918

Although rather disagreeable in the early part of the day, on account of a heavy rain in the night, the decoration of graves in the Tooele City cemetery began in the early morning and continued until the dark hours of night on Decoration Day. The graves of the departed looked more like flower beds than the resting place of the dead.

In the forenoon, the military band led a procession of Spanish War veterans, Boy Scouts and other citizens to the cemetery where the Decoration services were held. Judge E.A. Rogers of Salt Lake City was the orator of the day.

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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