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 April.
April 4-6, 1995
A truck fire on West Erda Way claimed the life of a 2-year-old Erda boy Friday, April 1. The child was in a car seat at the home driveway when the truck mysteriously burst into flames. Rescue attempts by the mother and firemen were unsuccessful because the fire quickly consumed the vehicle.
Firefighters showed frustration that nothing could have been done to save little Robert Miner.
“We felt so helpless,” said firefighter Eric Sprinkle, “Three extinguishers were spent and it did nothing to the fire.”
Later in the week, Tooele County finalized a deal to give Grantsville City 10 acres of county-owned land on Grantsville Main Street to build a new city hall.
Grantsville City received a deed to the property at 447 E. Main Street during the week. The property, which included the stock show grounds, was estimated at over $200,000 in value.
“We didn’t see a need to hold onto it,” said County Commissioner Gary Griffith. “And, it will help Grantsville.”
March 31- April 3, 1970
Robert Colledge, chairman of the Tooele City Beautification Committee, announced that a planning meeting would be held Wednesday, April 1.
“It’s time we began a systematic cleanup program for the city and hopefully the activity will continue throughout the year,” he said.
At a previous meeting, Arvil Stark, representing Utah Gov. Calvin L. Rampton, said that with groups working every Saturday the “unsightliness in Tooele could be cleaned up in two months.”
Friday’s front page featured news of the retirement of Mr. E.W. Steinbach, manager of the Tooele Plant of International Smelting and Refining after 46 years of active service with the company.
He joined the Anaconda Company at Butte, Montana, in 1924 and began his association with the Tooele Smelter later that year as a testing engineer.
He was appointed general superintendent of the plant in 1956 and general manager in 1966.
April 3-6, 1945
Teachers of Tooele County would receive a $125 increase in salary for the 1945-46 term of school, according to a decision reached by the Board of Education at its regular meeting.
The increase from the general state fund for school purposes as passed by the State Legislature made this blanket increase possible for Tooele County teachers.
The increase would be included in the teachers’ contracts for the next term of school, which were in process of being drawn up for mailing.
Later in the week, “Rhapsody in Blue” was selected as the promenade theme for the Tooele High School Junior Prom, April 6. An assembly was held April 5 to announce the theme.
Dancing would begin at 9 p.m. with music furnished by Bob Reese’s 10-piece KDYL orchestra.
Mrs. Hendricks would direct the promenade and Margaret Ann Brown was in charge of the assembly.
April 2, 1920
A State Educational Campaign conducted in Tooele County March 25-March 27 was a success from the word go.
Meetings were conducted Thursday at Stockton, St John, Clover, Vernon and Ophir. Friday afternoon and evening meetings were held at Tooele and Grantsville, and Saturday evening the concluding sessions of the campaign were held at Erda and Lake Point.
On Friday evening, the state superintendent of public instruction from Indiana, spoke during a meeting in Tooele. “Utah’s best crop is boys and girls,” he said. “Educators should get behind the educational laws recently enacted by this state to see that Utah’s best crop is given the advantage of vitalized education.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.