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 third week of March
March 22-24, 1994
A new facility designed to recycle and reuse garbage in Tooele County began limited operations in March and was expected to be fully operable by late April, officials said.
The new Tooele County Municipal Solid Waste and Recycling Facility would be located between Tooele Army Depot and Stockton at Bauer.
The facility would be managed by L.E. and B. Inc., Memphis, Tennessee.
David Allin, the company’s business manager, said new equipment to sort and shred residue ran smoothly during a test at the plant.
Thursday’s front page featured Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt’s visit to Dugway Proving Ground during the week.
Dugway officials told the governor that if an Army proposal were adopted, nearly $1 billion worth of infrastructure could be lost.
Possible infrastructure losses included a $3.2 million fitness center, about 600 houses, a $3.8 million child development center and several other community facilities.
Gov. Leavitt said the school district built schools in Dugway to support the Army’s mission. “If the Army chooses to walk away now it is simply not a responsible decision,” Leavitt said.
March 18-21, 1969
Construction of a $110,000 office building in Tooele was under construction, according to businessman Ernest T. Mantes.
The building was being built at the corner of Main Street and 100 North.
Prime tenant for the building would be Prudential Federal Savings, which was occupying temporary quarters at 11 N. Main St.
The building would also include 4,400 square-feet of office space, 2,000 square-feet of warehouse space and 4,600 square-feet of basement storage area.
Friday’s front page featured a promotion of the Tooele Merchants Spring Sale accompanied by a visit from Miss Utah Kathy Wood.
Wood would arrive at 4 p.m. on Friday as a special guest of the Retail Merchants Committee and the Chamber of Commerce. She would visit various stores and places of business until 7 p.m.
Gifts of honey would be presented to shoppers by the town merchants Friday evening. The practice of giving away honey during the Spring Sale began in 1964.
March 21-24, 1944
The biggest basketball event of the year was scheduled for March 24 at Tooele High School gym with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.
The first game would pit the Grantsville All-Stars against Tooele’s No.1 team Marvista. Marvista took second place in the AAU Basketball tournament and boasted a record of 20-2.
The second game would pit GHS against THS. Tooele defeated Grantsville twice during the season by slim margins.
Later in the week, the front page announced lumber for sale at Deseret Chemical Depot.
Large piles of scrap lumber were available at the depot for civilian purchase at $1 per load with no restrictions as to the size of the vehicle.
The lumber was unserviceable for further government use, but it would take care of many civilian uses such as repairing chicken coops, building fences, or even for kindling.
March 21, 1919
The front page featured a letter from Mrs. W. Montague Perry, Women’s Liberty Loan Chairwoman for Utah.
Liberty Loans were part of the U.S. government’s effort to sell war bonds (also known as Liberty Bonds) during World War I to defray the expense of war.
Perry wrote: “Money must be provided with which to bring home our boys from overseas and from camps where they have been ready always to sacrifice life itself on Liberty’s altar. Many have shed their blood and died that the banner of freedom might be advanced in triumph.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.