Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 3, 2019
In 1944, temperatures plummet to 25-below zero

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 January.

Jan. 4-6, 1994

On Monday, Jan. 3, Grant “Bud” Pendleton was sworn in as the 47th mayor of Tooele City.

The former Tooele County Treasurer won all but one of the city’s 11 voting precincts to defeat Councilman John Cluff for the mayoral post.

The new mayor graciously thanked previous Mayor George Diehl for being there for him throughout the transition. 

“George answered every question that I asked, and he answered every question I didn’t think to ask,” Pendleton said.

Thursday’s front page declared that four taxing entities in Tooele County had to repay nearly $1 million to a local mining operation because a court had ruled the mine was overtaxed for two years.

Heading the list was the Tooele County School District, which was ordered by the Utah State Tax Commission to repay Barrick Mercur Gold Mine $664,000. 

Tooele County was ordered to repay $231,000; Tooele Valley Medical Center $11,700; and Rush Valley Water Conservancy District $2,700.

Dec. 31, 1968 – Jan. 3, 1969

A two-car crash on the evening of Dec. 28, 1968, just six miles north of Tooele resulted in the death of two Salt Lake City residents.

Tooele County Deputy Sheriff James Park and Utah Highway Patrolman Don Proctor said a vehicle struck a stalled vehicle broadside. The two people in the stalled vehicle died in the crash. The driver and a passenger of the car that crashed into the stalled vehicle were taken to Tooele Valley Hospital where they were treated and released.

Later in the week the front page featured information on the approval of a new budget for Tooele County.

Commissioners approved a $422,463 budget. The total was $20,548 above the 1968 budget. In addition, a budget of $28,148 ws approved for the County Library Fund. This was $1,216 over the previous year.

No taxpayers appeared at a public hearing on the budget.

Jan. 3-6, 1944

N. Howard Jensen was officially sworn in as Mayor of Tooele City on the evening of Jan. 3 with Mayor Sol J. Selvin giving up his seat with well-wishes to the new administration.

The new city council taking office were Marcellus R. Clark, George Nelson, Leslie Gillette and Edgar Peterson, with Harry J. Parks as a holdover councilman.

John T. Adams succeeded himself as recorder as did Mrs. Bella Gowans as treasurer.

Friday’s front page featured the news of frigid temperatures.

Temperatures as low as 25 below zero had been registered in Rush Valley during a cold spell the previous week. 

At Bauer, usually Tooele Valley’s cold spot, the temperature hit 16 below zero the previous Friday night.

Temperatures in Tooele City had plummeted to a low of zero, according to Amos Bevan, local U.S. weather observer.

Considerable snow was reported in the mountains east and south of Tooele, but as yet the depth was far from normal.

Jan. 3, 1919

The front page featured news of the arrival of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in London on Dec. 26, 1918.

The great moment of President Wilson’s first day in England was when he stood with the king and queen in the balcony of Buckingham Palace facing a multitude that stretched down the Mall to the admiralty, half a mile distance, and overflowed St. James’ Park on one side and Green Park on the other.

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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