Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 21, 2020
In 1945, horse riders name their organization “Tooele Bit & Spur Club”

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 May.

May 23-25, 1995

Tooele High School Principal Larry Harrison would retire May 25 after 34 years as an educator. Throughout those years he served as an administrator, teacher and coach. 

He had been hired as full-time director of Tooele City Parks and Recreation Department and would begin his new job June 5.

THS Athletic Director Paul Dart said: “Larry did his best for every kid he came in contact with. He didn’t have favorites; he treated all students the same. They were all ‘his kids’.”

Later in the week, a Grantsville teenager was struck by lightning May 24 at the Grantsville Reservoir and was revived by three men who were nearby when the bolt hit.

Tyler Sullivan, 16, was fishing on the reservoir’s shore at 3:24 p.m. when lightning hit him and made him fall unconscious into the water.

It was reported that two men who were in a parked van behind the teen saw the incident and immediately began a rescue effort.

May 19-22, 1970

Three Tooele teachers, whose careers had run parallel, were scheduled to retire in June from Central Elementary School after a total of 123 years of service. 

Edith Martin, Anna Mae Shipler and Romania Bovee Dods all attended elementary and junior high school in Tooele, graduating from Tooele High School in 1923. They all graduated from the University of Utah and spent all their teaching years in Tooele County schools.

Friday’s front page announced a meeting May 25 to develop a master plan for Tooele County. To facilitate planning, the county had been divided into three basic community areas: Tooele, which included Erda and Lake Point; Grantsville; and Ophir.

Citizens representing each of these areas, including Wendover, would be asked to help define the needs and develop goals for the county.

The meeting would also include the Tooele County Commission and representatives of Mountain Area Planners, a firm helping to develop the master plan.

May 22-25, 1945

Allen Swan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Swan, was awarded the outstanding boy medal, and Miss Alene Morrill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene L. Morrill, the outstanding girl award at the Tooele High School Commencement Exercises Friday evening.

These awards were made annually by the local posts of the Legion and Legion Auxiliary to students of Tooele High School.

Later in the week, the newly named Bit & Spur Club (riding club) had a well attended meeting Wednesday night. Many plans were made and questions voted upon and actual organization of the club was well underway with committees chosen to handle future activities.

A group of officers planned to meet to form a charter to be presented for approval at the next meeting. Residents of Tooele County were invited to participate in Bit & Spur activities, and there was no age limitation.

May 21, 1920

“Accidental Death” was the verdict of the coroner jury Friday who weighed the evidence in the death of Wm Monteith who was killed under the wheels of the 4:30 shift train from the smelter Thursday afternoon of the previous week about one-half mile east of the New Town depot. 

Cassity and Ed Evans were the jurymen who sat on the case. 

No eyewitnesses to the incident could be found. The only direct evidence brought out was in the testimony of little Joe Smith who saw Mr. Monteith near the place of the accident a few moments before he was killed.

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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