Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 13, 2020
In 1945, Tooele celebrates Japan’s unconditional surrender 

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 third week of August.

August 15-17, 1995

About 330 employees at Tooele Army Depot would be getting two more paychecks than they had anticipated before their jobs would be eliminated.

The reduction in force (RIF) at TAD’s North Area was slated to take effect on Sept. 2, but officials announced they had moved the date to the end of September.

According to spokesman Dave Hunt, there were 1,186 employees in the TAD North Area, approximately 650 of whom had been affected by the RIF. Out of those, over 100 had signed up for Voluntary Early Retirement.

Later in the week, Tooele County’s hospital had two weeks to meet government standards or it risked losing Medicare certification, according to a state survey.

The survey, conducted in July by the Utah Health Department’s Division of Health Systems Improvement Bureau of Medicare, cited about 45 “deficiencies” that must be corrected by Tooele Valley Medical Center to retain its Medicare/Medicaid funding.

The federal program contributed about 40 to 45 percent of the hospital’s annual budget, according to TVMC administrator Matt Chambers.

August 11-14, 1970

It was on to the WBBA World Series in Salt Lake City for the Tooele National League All-Stars. 

Winners of four straight championship tournament games, the Nationals, managed by Dave Faddis and Dean Stringham would join four other teams from Utah, one from Idaho and two from California in a tourney that would decide the Boys Baseball championship.

Tooele drew defending WBBA champion Mt. Olympus in the first round of the tournament.

Tooele players included Curtis and Boyd Bateman, Steve Spafford, Ted Westover, Bob Stringham, Dave Griffith, Doug Drewery, Brian Newbold, Bob Shubert, Steve Ruso, Chris Real, Phil Montalvo, Davy Faddis, Mike Jacobsen and Jerry Romano.

Friday’s front page featured Grantsville’s Junie Gay Hunt about to give up her crown as 1969 Miss Utah State Fair as the 1970 Fair approached on Sept. 11. During her reign she had attended several county fairs and celebrations throughout the state.

“I sometimes think that my parents are more proud of me being Queen than even I am,” Hunt said. “My father is especially proud because the song I sang was one I wrote about how my father taught me to play the guitar.”

August 14-17, 1945

Settlement Canyon landowners and Tooele County Commissioners were angered by the carelessness of picnickers about fires and the vandalism and unsanitary conduct being shown toward camping groups, especially Legion Park.

All land in Settlement Canyon is privately owned and land travel to and from the canyon and its public use could be blocked if the fire hazards continue to increase through carelessness.

In addition, Tooele County had spent considerable money to equip Legion Park with camping facilities which were being desecrated by vandalistic action.

Later in the week, the front page featured the headline: PEACE COMES.

Tooele gave the V-J celebration both barrels — the first early Tuesday morning prematurely and the second Tuesday afternoon and evening on the official Victory announcement by President Harry S. Truman of Japan’s unconditional surrender.

Every noisemaker that the mind could conceive was used in the celebration. A huge bonfire at the intersection of Main and Vine streets featured both celebrations. Ed Gillespie and his trucks furnished the firewood Tuesday morning and the Tooele Ordnance Depot Tuesday night.

The Tooele Band and the old American Legion Drum Corps furnished the celebration music. Other celebration activities were planned for the following week.

August 13, 1920

“The next man who is brought before me for speeding will be fined the full limit of the law,” was the firm declaration of Judge D.A. Lindsay, of Tooele City Court.

“I am doing this,” said the judge, “for the protection of old men and women and children who are not always able to escape from in front of a speeding auto”

Tooele City Council had given the police force orders to arrest all who exceeded the speed limit within the city.

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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