Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 28, 2018
In 1943, rodeo champ comes to ride ‘Old Croppy’

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 June and first week of July

June 29-July 1, 1993

After it was announced that Tooele Army Depot would remain on a base closure list, Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt said it was important to recognize that the state put forth its best effort to keep the depot open.

“It is time for us to change our strategy and look toward the private sector alternative. And may I say I think that’s a very positive place to be,” Leavitt said. “The facility is world class. I feel a sense of real confidence that we will find a solution that will turn this situation into a remarkably positive asset for Tooele County residents.”

Angry reaction by Utah’s Congressional delegation about the TEAD situation was highlighted on the front page later in the week.

Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. James Hansen decried the decision that would eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs by late 1997.

Utah’s delegation sought an investigation as to why the Base Closure and Realignment Commission opted to include TEAD’s north area on the list. 

Hatch said developments in Washington D.C would help expedite the process of making TEAD’s $110 million Consolidated Maintenance Facility available for the private sector.

June 25-28, 1968

Col. James H. Watts, commanding officer of Dugway Proving Ground, denied that evidence had conclusively proved the Army’s responsibility for the death of 6,000 sheep in Skull Valley in March.

He talked about the deaths and subsequent investigations before a meeting of the Salt Lake City Kiwanis Club. Watts said many questions remained. He said hundreds of samples of soil, vegetation and wool had been analyzed and that the evidence had not proven Dugway Proving Ground was responsible.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on highway fatalities in Tooele County for 1968 through June 28.

Two Salt Lake County men died in a one-car accident near Lake Point on June 25 to bring the death total to 13 for the year. The deaths were the eighth and ninth on Tooele roads in a span of 26 days.

The vehicle accident death total of 13 during the first six months of 1968 equalled the highway death total for all of 1967 in Tooele County.

June 29-July 2, 1943

Renowned rodeo champion Billy Elmo from Fort Hall, Idaho, was expected to take on the challenge of riding “Old Croppy” at the Tooele Rodeo on July 3 or July 5.

“Old Croppy” first saw the light of day at Vernon, and had grown into a top-notch bucker on the rodeo circuit.

Lionel W. Olsen, Tooele Rodeo chairman, visited Fort Hall the previous week and arranged with the Elmo brothers and a group of Indian riders to perform at the Tooele Rodeo on Saturday and Monday as part of the Fourth of July celebration.

In the July 2 edition it was announced that patriotic Sunday services were scheduled in Tooele at various churches on July 4. Tooele’s Fourth of July 4 celebration included a rodeo at Legion Park on Saturday at  6 p.m. with a dance at Legion Park at 9 p.m.

A Sunrise Salute with a flag ceremony was scheduled for Monday followed by children’s sports from 10 a.m. until noon. A second rodeo would be held on Monday at 4 p.m. with a parade at 8 p.m. and a dance at 9:30 p.m.

June 28, 1918

The front page proclaimed that Army officers know full well the necessity of providing a certain amount of recreation and entertainment to keep the soldiers contented and cheerful. Gen. John Pershing said that relaxing in the form of entertainment is as necessary to soldiers as food and sleep.

Some leading theatrical men had become interested and were making efforts to send some theatrical troupes to France for the benefit of the American soldiers.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report

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