Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 2, 2018
In 1943, Tooele limits watering to two days per week

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 last week of July and first week of August.

Aug. 3-5, 1993

It was havoc on Tooele County highways during the previous week with eight auto accidents resulting in two deaths, 16 injuries and a charge of automobile homicide.

The two fatalities included a man from Ogden and a woman from Park City.

Harry Vine of Ogden was killed in a one-truck rollover one mile east of Delle on Interstate 80. Nora Ann Thomas of Park City was killed on impact when her parked car was hit by a pickup truck traveling approximately 75 mph also on the freeway near Delle.

The truck slammed into four cars that had stopped for emergency vehicles at the scene. The driver of the truck was charged with automobile homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol.

In other front-page news, Skull Valley’s Goshute Indians said the land at Tooele Army Depot belonged to them — and they wanted it back.

“The Goshute people roamed 3 million acres of land from the Wasatch Front to Wells, Nevada, before a treaty was signed in 1863,” said Leon Bear, secretary treasurer of the local Indian tribe. “The land at Tooele Army Depot was ours.”

Bear said the Goshute tribe must be given a chance to purchase the depot before the facility is offered to private enterprise. 

Under the Federal Property and Administration Services Act, the tribe had a right to bid on the property before the land would be open to bids from private groups.

July 30-Aug. 2, 1968

Utah public health officials began working with the U.S. Army to develop a program to keep tabs on chemical warfare testing at Dugway Proving Ground.

On certain tests at Dugway, state officials would be able to monitor the air around the facility for signs of chemicals that could be harmful to human beings. 

The program was being considered after an incident killed some 6,400 sheep near Skull Valley. The Army never officially took responsibility for the deaths, but had agreed to compensate sheep owners for their losses.

Later in the week, the front page announced the retirement of Tooele Army Depot Commander Col. William A. Porter.

Troops from Dugway Proving Ground and TEAD stood at attention while Col. Porter received the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster from Col. E.L. Snapp, who was representing the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. 

Utah Gov. Calvin Rampton also attended the ceremony.

Aug. 3-6, 1943

Tooele City announced at its meeting on Monday that it would limit residential water use to two days a week.

Excessive use by residents had prompted the change from a three-day watering week to a two-day watering week.

Full cooperation on the part of water users throughout August would further any future curtailment, in the opinion of City Manager John D. Gollaher. 

Those who failed to adhere to the two-day watering regulation could be disconnected from the system, Gollaher said.

Lack of water continued to be a front-page story later in the week.

Tooele City Water Works Department announced in the spring that city water was not to be used for personal gardens.

The water department’s first priority was to provide water for use inside houses, second for lawns and shrubbery and last for any other purposes.

The police department would be on the alert to look for violators and the names of such persons would be made public. 

“Let us be sensible and let our neighbors have a chance to have some water for their homes,” said Mayor Sol J. Selvin.

Aug. 2, 1918

Ratification of the draft treaties between the United States, Great Britain and Canada was executed on July 30 in London, according to a front-page story.

It was estimated that 54,000 Americans lived in the British Empire, and 50,000 lived in Canada. Also, British subjects and Canadians living in the United States would be affected by the treaties. 

American citizens between the ages of 21 and 31 living in Great Britain or Canada would be given 60 days from July 30 to enlist, enroll or return to the Unitied States. After the 60 days they would be subject to the draft.

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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