Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 13, 2020
In 1945, Grantsville man loses leg and eye in blast

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 second week of February.

Feb. 14-16, 1995

Over 30 charges were filed against a local principal for allegedly misusing school funds.

Deputy Tooele County Attorney Alan Jeppsen filed a total of 34 charges against Grantsville High School Principal Randall Houk. The charges included one count of theft by deception, 17 counts of theft, and 16 counts of misuse of public monies — offenses that ranged from class B misdemeanors to third degree felonies.

“All I can say is I’m going to fight it,” said Principal Houk in an interview on Feb. 14.

Later in the week, phase one of Tooele County’s new public health building was completed. Officials said the remodeling project cost had come under budget.

Tooele County paid about $316,000 for the former Cornet Variety Store on Main Street the previous fall. With the completion of phase one of the remodeling project, the building was now a 22,000-square-foot seismically sound structure, according to Brett Clark, Tooele County Construction manager.

Feb. 10-13, 1970

A Tooele man was among 27 Scouters of the Great Salt Lake Council of Boy Scouts of America to receive a Silver Beaver Award for “distinguished service to boyhood” during the Council’s 51st annual convention at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

Earl Wayne Hanks was honored for his strong support of Scouting and other youth programs at a church and community level. Hanks had given 27 years of counsel and encouragement to hundreds of boys.

Friday’s front page featured news that a Stockton teenager received a new kidney.

Debbie Dunyon, whose kidneys ceased to function because of Nephritis, had been given a new chance at life. 

In a 4-hour operation performed at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, the 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dunyon of Stockton, was given a kidney taken from her father. Both were reported to be in satisfactory condition the day after the operation.

Feb. 13-16, 1945

Harold Green, age 24, of Grantsville lost his right leg and right eye in a premature dynamite blast at Flux on Feb. 12 at about 6:30 p.m.

A crew of men were placing some dynamite charges into drilled holes preparatory to blasting, when one of the holes went off, apparently without warning.

The seriously injured man was rushed to Tooele for first aid and then taken to the Bingham Hospital where his condition on Feb. 13 was reported to be improved from the night before.

Later in the week, official word was received by Mrs. Lois S. Gordon that her husband Maughn Sagers Gordon was reported missing in action since Jan. 31 on the German front. Maughn was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gordon.

Before entering the service he was a tool setter at the Remington Arms Plant in Salt Lake City.

Feb. 13, 1920

Early Monday afternoon, word reached Tooele that Ira Ransom of Juniper, Idaho, age 35, had died near Low Station on the Western Pacific railroad, in the western part of Tooele County.

Sheriff D.M. Adamson, Deputy Tate, County Assessor Hammond and George H. Lindberg, undertaker, left immediately for Low Station after word was received. On Tuesday morning they returned with the body.

Ira Ransom and his brother, Edward Ransom, and Chester Wright of Ogden, were tending sheep on the north end of Grass Mountain. The two brothers were taken sick with what was thought to be influenza and so seriously ill they asked Wright to drive them to Low Station in a sheep camp wagon. It was discovered that Ira Ransom had died in the sheep camp by the time it arrived at Low Station.

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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