Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 21, 2019
In 1944, Tooele City forced to build new sewer plant

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 fourth week of November.

Nov. 22-24, 1994

The year 1994 was filled with peaks and valleys for Tooele Valley Regional Medical Center — a trend most apparent in the hospital’s financial reports.

In October, the hospital fell into the deepest valley in over a year when the daily patient census dipped below 2.2, resulting in a net loss of over $90,000 for the month of October.

To offset losses, hospital board members passed a tentative budget for 1995 that included a 5% increase in hospital charges.

Later in the week, an Army press release stated that an investigation of alleged safety problems at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility found no violations.

“Each and every allegation has been thoroughly  investigated,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Garrett, director of Army safety. “Safety at chemical demilitarization sites is of utmost importance.”

The investigation researched 119 alleged violations. The Army team claimed to have investigated each of them during an “exhaustive on-site visit Oct. 3 to Oct. 14.”

Nov. 18-21, 1969

A $1.42 million military construction appropriation bill was approved for Utah defense projects on Nov. 12, 1969. Rep. Sherman P. Lloyd said the bill included $420,000 for construction of new facilities at Dugway Proving Ground. 

The Committee approved $113,000 for a sampler processing building at Dugway, plus $307,000 for an addition to the instrumentation building,” Lloyd said.

Eliminated from the Defense Department’s request for Utah was a $2.14 million metal processing shop at Hill Air Force Base.

Friday’s front page announced a Christmas parade in Tooele would open the holiday season.

The annual Christmas Parade welcoming Santa Claus would be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

On Nov. 20, crews from Tooele Army Depot and Tooele City began installing lights and decorations to give the city a new holiday look.

The previous year’s new look in street lighting, introduced by Tooele’s Lions Club with the cooperation of the downtown merchants, would be repeated again in1969.

Nov. 21-24, 1944

A decision to borrow money for a new sewage disposal plant was reached during a special Tooele City Council meeting called to discuss the pressing need.

Due to the extension of the use of the sewer, because of the city’s sudden growth, the current disposal plant was deemed inadequate and had been condemned by the Board of Health as a menace to local health.

Plans for the new plant had been sketched and the cost would range in the neighborhood of $35,000.

Later in the week, a U.S. Army Caravan used to stimulate the Sixth War Loan Drive, would spend Friday in Grantsville and Tooele showing exclusive sound films of actual war in the South Pacific.

The caravan was scheduled to arrive in Grantsville at 10 a.m. and the show would start at 11 a.m. The caravan would then come to Tooele arriving at 3 p.m. and a display of the War equipment would be set up at the corner of Main Street and Vine Street. The War picture would be shown at the First Ward Church at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 21, 1919

A report on gopher poisoning by S.E. Clark of Grantsville who treated 21 acres of alfalfa, under Farm Bureau directions, “was very encouraging.”

He reported an increase on the first crop of three-fourths a ton per acre. This was figured as a savings of $375. 

The story further said: “Judging from the results secured on the farm it might be well for other growers of hay to wage war on the gophers. Many problems of the farmers would be solved if they would only unite and work out some of the scientific plans, which have been prepared by experimental experts.”

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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