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 February.
Feb. 9-11, 1995
Two Sandy men were stranded in an abandoned mine shaft for about three hours Sunday after their truck plunged an estimated 50 feet into the pit, officials said.
Mark Hoefnagele, 20, received a ruptured spleen from the accident, according to Tooele County Sheriff Frank Scharman. His passenger, Anthony Ballif, received minor injuries.
Scharman said the two men were four-wheeling in a 1956 Willy’s Jeep in Sunshine Canyon south of Mercur when the accident occurred. The accident was allegedly alcohol related but no citations had been issued.
Later in the week, the Tooele County Commission closed a meeting to discuss matters with KTLE-FM owner Mary Kirigin.
During a special closed-door meeting, the local radio station owner requested “support” from the County to increase the station’s signal strength for emergency broadcasting purposes.
The request to close the meeting was made by Kirigin. She claimed the discussion would involve matters of “public security.” The commissioners agreed to her request.
Feb. 3-6, 1970
A mail carrier at Tooele City’s U.S. Post Office received a special commendation and a cash award following adoption of his suggestion that aids in the handling of “mark-ups.”
Gregory A. Goodpasture received notice of the award on Jan. 30 from the Denver office of the Post Office Department.
Goodpasture had proposed the use of a specially designed “alphabetizer” to aid in working mail pieces that could not be delivered. Such pieces were commonly called “mark-ups.”
Friday’s front page featured news of a drop in federal impact fees for the Tooele County School District. The school district would receive $530,014 under the compromise proposed by the Nixon Administration following the President’s veto of the Health, Education and Welfare Bill on Jan. 26. The figure was $185,151 less than the amount the school district would have received if the bill passed.
Feb. 6-9, 1945
U.S. Army Pfc Patsy Vario, 20, of Ophir, and Army Pfc Donald Haslam, 22, of Stockton, friends since their induction on Sept. 11, 1943, died together in the Philippines on Dec. 20, 1944, according to an official telegram received by relatives.
Pfc. Frank Williams, 20, of Grantsville, a member of the U.S. Army tank division on the German Front, was killed in Belgium on Dec. 22, according to official War Department information received by his father.
Later in the week, Tooele Volunteer Fire Department honored four of its members with 25-year service certificates.
Honored men included Willard McLaws, Frank O. Eastman, Ed M. Evans and Marion S. Lee. All four men were charter members of the fire department and had been active members for 25 years.
Feb. 6, 1920
The Tooele County Commission appropriated $50 toward financing the coming education campaign in Tooele County.
The commissioners decided that they would fix the west side of Main Street if the city would take care of the other side of the road.
The state road commission offered trucks to Tooele County for about $60 each if the county would repair them. A provision was made, however, that the state would have use of the turcks whenever it needed them and the county could only use them when they were not being used by the state.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.