Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 12, 2019
In 1944, Sheriff White tackles underage drinking

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 second week of September.

Sept. 13-15, 1994

Availability of housing was the number one problem facing Tooele County, according to a county poll.

More than 60 percent of the 400 respondents surveyed by Dan Jones and Associates said finding adequate housing was a considerable or serious problem in Tooele County.

Yet, for more than 500 families (approximately 1,250 people) in the county, the problem was not finding adequate housing, but finding housing they could afford. The families were on a waiting list at the Tooele County Housing Authority.

Later in the week, a Tooele High School student was arrested after he allegedly brandished a handgun at other students and then threatened to kill himself.

Although he reportedly put a .22 caliber pistol to his head numerous times, students and school officials convinced the 15-year-old teen not to pull the trigger before police arrived.

The youth was arrested in the parking lot between THS and Tooele Junior High School around 2 p.m.

Sept. 9-12, 1969

It remained illegal to consume alcoholic beverages at public places in Tooele following Tooele City Council’s reluctance to pass a consumption ordinance at its regular business meeting.

The public hearing on the proposed brown bag ordinance produced a number of objections to the legislation as it was originally written. Following the open discussion, the City Council promised to take a new look at the proposal and perhaps have it revised.

Friday’s front page featured news of an increase in mining activity in Tooele County. Mining activity resulted in a land office rush for the Tooele County Recorder. Fees collected for recording public documents totaled $2,816 during August, easily topping the previous high of $1,800, recorded for one month’s activity in 1962.

Some of the most significant activity was being carried on at the Dugway Mountains, where Shell Oil Company had been working, at Mercur where Viewmont Mining Company had been conducting a program of test drilling for several months, and at Lakeside.

Sept. 12-15, 1944

Complete plans for a new sewer treatment plant for Tooele City had been drawn up, Mayor N. Howard Jensen stated.

The plans were sent to Washington for approval and a 50% grant from the government was being asked to help finance the project. Mayor Jensen stated that the present sewage plant was inadequate because of increased population.

Later in the week, Tooele County Sheriff Alma White announced a new campaign for enforcement of the liquor and tobacco law as it regards to juveniles.

Abuse had become so flagrant and the utter disregard for the law, the sheriff said, that rigid enforcement had become necessary to protect the moral and physical well being of not only teenagers but mere children.

Everyone should be acquainted with the law regarding alcohol and tobacco, White said. Included in the story were the state codes for furnishing cigarettes and/or alcohol to minors.

Sept. 12, 1919

The Tooele Transcript was pleased to announce with the current issue and hereafter it would publish four home pages of news and advertising.

“Heretofore we had just been publishing two home pages with the exception of the short time we deemed necessary to publish an extra home page due to the hearty support given us by the people and merchants in supplying us with news matter and ads. Our growth in this line has continued until now we deem it wise and necessary to print two extra home pages — four in all — to meet the demands of our growth.

Correspondent 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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