Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 22, 2019
In 1944, Tooele water restored after tank repairs

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 August.

Aug. 23-25, 1994

Growth in student populations created a dilemma for administrators at Tooele County Schools. 

“We anticipated growth, but not this much growth,” said Tooele High School Principal Larry Harrison. He said he anticipated about 1,600 students when the doors would open on Aug. 25. The 1993 graduating class at Grantsville High School tallied 90. The incoming ninth-grade class totaled 140 students.

“We’re concerned about whether we can handle them all, or not,” said teacher Don Wayne Nelson.

Later in the week, the Tooele County Commission approved a permit to allow limited operation of a gravel pit east of Erda at a meeting Tuesday. The County Commission approved the measure by a two-to-one margin. The dissenting vote came from Commissioner Teryl Hunsaker, who believed the gravel pit operation would cause negative impact to some Erda residents.

The permit applicant was Gibbons and Reed Inc, which owned 1,000 acres on the west bench of the Oquirrh Mountains east of Erda.

Aug. 19-22, 1969

The first unit of the Pine Canyon Ranch for Boys was ready to go into operation on a 140-acre ranch near Stockton that had been provided to the organization by Kennecott Copper Corporation.

The area was formerly known as the Blackhawk Boys Ranch and was used as a commercial venture for summer activity for boys, was located southeast of Stockton. 

Friday’s front page revealed that 30 new records had been set by drivers at the National Time Trials at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats Speedway. 

More cars than ever and three times the number of motorcycles attempted to set records in the annual competition that would end on Aug. 23.

For the first time, motorcycle drivers were competing for cash prizes in events sponsored by leading motorcycle manufacturers.

Aug. 22-25, 1944

Because of the saving of more than 250 gallons per minute by repairs to both Tooele City water storage tanks, all sprinkling restrictions had been removed, according to Mayor N. Howard Jensen.

The tank repair job turned out to cut flow by nearly 100 percent. 

Previous reports showed water contamination, but a recent test by the State Board of Health showed the water was safe to drink.

Later in the week, Mary Hervat received word from her son Jon Hervat Jr. who was interned in a Japanese prison camp. The message was sent by the Imperial Japanese Army. Hervat was interned at Philippine Military Camp No. 1.

“Dear Mom. I have nothing to complain about. Give my regards to Edward Smith and Leopold Pomponie. I miss you a great deal but hope to be with you soon. Tell my two cousins hello. Love to all. Your son, John Hervat, Jr.” 

Aug. 22, 1919

Sheriff D.M. Adamson returned from Los Angeles, California, on Monday. The sheriff had in custody on returning to Tooele August Cummings, who escaped from the convict road camp on Johnson Pass the previous winter, and was arrested by officers in California. 

Cummings was brought before Judge John A. Bevan on the charge of escaping from the convict camp, but waived his preliminary trial. He was  taken back to the state penitentiary by the sheriff.

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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