Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 30, 2019
In 1944, Grantsville Marine recounts Japanese attack

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.

May 31-June 2, 1994

Dr. Mike Jacobsen, superintendent of the Tooele County School District, said one of the most difficult decisions he had to make involved leaving Tooele. Jacobsen had accepted the top position in the Provo School District and would leave in late June.

After seven years of leadership in the Tooele district, Jacobsen chose to accept the new position because the Provo school district offered what he described as an “attractive opportunity.”

“I wasn’t looking to move, but Provo offered such an attractive opportunity I couldn’t refuse it,” he said.

Thursday’s front page featured news of a destructive storm two days earlier.

High winds and heavy rain clouted Tooele County on Tuesday, damaging buildings, homes and trees.

Dugway Proving Ground officials measured the highest wind in Tooele County at 146 mph.

The Tooele Moose Lodge near the mouth of Middle Canyon received an estimated $10,000 damage from the storm, which stripped roofing material from the building.

May 27-30, 1969

The accused killer of a Tooele County mother in a Main Street shooting on March 25 was bound over to Third District Court on a charge of first-degree murder.

Douglas Johnson, 33, Richmond, Kentucky, appeared for a preliminary hearing into the events surrounding the incident before Tooele City Judge M. Earl Marshall on May 22.

The suspect was arrested near Salt Lake City just a short time after Gwendolyn Johnson, 24, Ophir, was shot to death on the sidewalk in front of Darrell’s Beauty College, 83 N. Main, Tooele.

Friday’s front page featured news that Grantsville High School was one of seven Utah high schools selected for a special program designed to provide effective training in drafting, woodworking, building construction, metal fabrication and power mechanics.

Grantsville teacher Teryl Hunsaker would attend a summer-long workshop at Utah State University to learn about the program.  

The state would also provide equipment needed to the school’s shop area necessary for the program.

May 30- June 2, 1944

“It seemed as if the entire Japanese army was shooting at me,” said Marine Private Vern A. Green, of Grantsville.

Green was a member of the machine gun squad in support of a rifle platoon during the Marine invasion of Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Green was wounded and was at a Naval Hospital, where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by Lt. Gen. Holland M. Smith, commanding general of the fifth Marine Amphibious Corps. 

“When they (Japan) started their mortar barrage, shells fell all over the place, and I knew we were playing for keeps,” Green said.

Later in the week, dog owners were asked to quarantine their animals because of an outbreak of rabies. 

After a survey was conducted in Tooele County, the state veterinarian asked dog owners to confine their animals or put them under leash as a protective measure.

May 30, 1919

The front page featured news of an American seaplane blazing across the Atlantic Ocean.

Blazing the way from the western to the eastern hemisphere, the United State Navy seaplane NC-4 under Lieutenant Commander Albert Cushing Reed swept into the harbor at Lisbon, Portugal, on May 27, the first airship of any kind to have crossed the Atlantic under its own power and natural element.

The NC-4 began its journey on May 8 at Naval Air Station Rockaway, New York, before flying to Newfoundland and then to the Azores. After reaching the Azores, it took nine hours and 43 minutes to fly to Lisbon where it landed on May 27.


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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