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 first week of October.
Oct. 4-6, 1994
A Parowan youth was seriously injured Saturday near Stockton when the car he was driving collided with a tanker truck hauling sulfuric acid, officials said.
The driver received serious injuries including a broken leg and lacerations from the accident, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. State Route 36 was closed between the Tooele Army Depot main gate and Stockton from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. while crews cleaned up the accident.
Later in the week, Brig. Gen. Walter Busbee, the man in charge of the Army’s $9.5 billion chemical weapons disposal program, explained that safe disposal is more important than cost.
The U.S. Army wants the citizens of Tooele County to know that safety is the highest priority, Busbee said at a press conference.
Busbee’s comments preceded an Army investigation into alleged safety and environmental infractions at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Rush Valley.
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 1969
Testing of lethal chemical agents such as nerve gas at Dugway Proving Ground would be sharply curtailed if a Senate-passed amendment reducing funds and research activities in chemical and biological warfare was adopted by the House, said Rep. Sherman P. Lloyd, R-Utah.
He said the amendment would be considered during the week when the House looked at the military authorization bill.
Under the language of the bill, which Lloyd supported, Congress would be notified prior to any open-air test of lethal chemical agents.
Friday’s front page featured the 10-year anniversary of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Patrol.
The Sheriff’s Patrol was organized by Tooele County Sheriff Fay Gillette in 1959. The 10 charter members included George Kramer, Fred West, James Winchester, Dave Buck, William Fish, George Cochrane, Huey Graves, Glen Murray, Jay Ericson and Dr. Rex. Stutzenegger.
Organized to assist the sheriff in the operation of his department, the Patrol could be used in any manner the sheriff deemed necessary.
Twenty-five Tooele County juveniles and their parents were notified to appear before the Juvenile Court Wednesday at 10 a.m. to answer principally the charge of their children using liquor and tobacco in violation of state laws, according to information released by Sheriff Alma White.
The juveniles would be handled on violation of the laws and where parents were found to have knowledge and contributed in any way to the violations, warrants would be sworn out for their prosecution for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Later in the week, a front page story featured news about a housing shortage in Tooele City. It was reported the housing situation was extremely acute with a score of persons available for apartments or houses for let.
Yet the story noted that scores of housing units were vacant and open for occupancy within Tooele City or the immediate area. The discrepency was attributed to lack of furnishings, excessive rental fees and regulations.
Oct. 3, 1919
Candidates for city offices only had a few more days to file with the Tooele City Recorder for the November election. The law required that names be filed not more than 30 days or less than 15 days before the date of the election.
A mayor and four councilmen were to be elected for the coming term of office. The citizens should see to it that men are nominated and elected to office who would stand for high moral standards and a more rigid enforcement of our city laws, a story on the front page said.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.