Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 29, 2019
In 1944, activity at TEAD increases as war heats up

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 August.

Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 1994

Utah’s first commercial hazardous waste incinerator was up for sale and a buyer was already waiting to cut a check for $160 million.

After less than four years of operation, Aptus at Aragonite in Tooele County’s West Desert would apparently be sold by Parent Company Westinghouse Electronics, Pittsburgh, Pa., to Rollins Environmental Services of Wilmington, Del.

The proposed sale was announced on Aug. 23 and was expected to be finalized after governmental review.

Later in the week, union workers at Magnesium Corporation of America, Tooele County’s largest private sector employer, had elected not to strike although their contract expired mid-week, and a new contract remained undecided. 

Magcorp Vice President Lee Brown said the company made a generous offer to union negotiators in spite of a weak market overloaded with foreign magnesium.

“We want a settlement that is fair to the employees and will allow us to keep the business viable and healthy,” Brown said.

Aug. 26-29, 1969

A racecar driver from Portola Valley, Ca., was killed on Friday afternoon when his vehicle caught fire during a 284 mph run across the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Robert Herda, 43, died in an attempt to capture the record for Class C streamliners during the Bonneville National Speed Trials. He was killed when the 70% methane fuel in his car caught fire and destroyed the cockpit of his car. 

Herda was the holder of the Class B streamliner record at 328.89 mph.

Friday’s front page featured news about a new chlorinator for the Middle Canyon source of Tooele City culinary water. It was expected to be in operation soon, according to city officials.

Installation of the equipment was nearly complete. Only the electrical hookup of a pump motor was needed. 

Utah State Health authorities requested the installation of the chlorinator earlier in the year.

Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 1944

With the tempo of World War II increasing daily, Tooele Ordnance Depot was in the process of a wide and rapid expansion in its activities. This was notably true in the ammunition area where munitions were stored for shipment to various Pacific ports.

Increased activity placed a tremendous responsibility upon TOD as a base of supply for ammunition for activities in the whole South Pacific area. 

Activity at the depot was expected to increase 800% to 1,000% within the next few months.

Later in the week, everything was ready for the Labor Day Rodeo and Horse Show at Legion Park in Tooele, according to an announcement of the general committee.

Trick riders would perform at the rodeo who had performed at shows at Madison Square Garden. Clarence Brumley, 8, Charles Brumley, 13, and their father Charles Brumley would perform trick roping and riding.

Aug. 29, 1919

A post of the American Legion was organized in Tooele with Marion S. Lee secretary of the organization. It was known as the Cloverleaf Post No. 17 and had 18 members. 

It was desired that returned servicemen in Tooele become members of the organization for their own benefit as the government worked with the American Legion to keep servicemen informed on land offers, insurance, etc.

Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.


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