Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 19, 2018
In 1943, searchers scour Middle Canyon for missing man

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 third week of July

July 20-22, 1993

Col. Arthur Osgood, head of the Office of Economic Adjustment, was scheduled to be in Tooele Valley on July 20 to learn more about the effects of reductions of employment in the valley because of closures of operations at Tooele Army Depot.

“I’m coming to Tooele and surrounding communities to collect data and disseminate information,” Osgood said. “Our office gets involved whether there are too many people coming into a community too quickly, or too many moving out too quickly.”

Osgood would visit at the request of the Tooele County Economic Development Corporation.

Osgood’s visit was featured on the front page later in the week.

“Whether the process takes three years, two years or one year, I can’t say. But I am fully confident something can happen to affect your economic outlook before closure of the Tooele Army Depot is complete,” he said.

Representatives from Gov. Mike Leavitt’s office also attended the July 20 meeting in Tooele.

July 16-19, 1968

A Nevada man passed through Tooele County while on his way to breaking a cross-country walking record from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the George Washington Bridge in New York.

Byron Young, 45, Sparks, Nevada, completed the journey in 64 days and 14 hours. That broke the previous record of 66 days, four hours and 17 minutes set by a pair of Australians.

He was accompanied on the trek by a truck and trailer unit that served as his commissary and motel during the trip.Young’s wife and three children traveled in the trailer.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on the closure of the Tooele Post Office on Saturdays due to a move by the U.S. Post Office Department.

Acting Postmaster Eldon Shields said his office had been ordered by the regional director in Denver to cease window service on Saturday mornings beginning July 27. Regular home delivery would not be affected.

July 20-23, 1943

A total of 22 additional school rooms were scheduled to be built in Tooele County as rapidly as possible to take care of increased school population, according to an announcement of Sterling R. Harris, Tooele County School District superintendent.

Army officials had approved a six-room new school building at Wendover, another six-room structure built on the Tooele Central School grounds and a 10-room school to be built at Tooele Army Depot.

A search continued in Middle Canyon for clues that would lead to the whereabouts of T.A. Appleton, an employee of the Elton Tunnel, who disappeared while on a horseback ride in that locality. 

Sheriff White said unless clues developed soon, a search would be made of abandoned mine shafts into which the missing man may have fallen.

Appleton had a wife and two children who resided in Ely, Nevada. He had been released from the Army for mine work and assigned to the Elton Tunnel.

July 19, 1918

The assessed property valuation of Tooele County for the year was $20.84 million. After a county exceeded $20 million it became a first-class county, and it would reduce the levy of some of the taxing funds. 

It was expected that the total levy for Tooele City would not quite reach 20 mills. Tooele’s levy was 24 mills the previous year.

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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