Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 10, 2020
In 1945, Tooele firemen honor Tooele High football team

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 December.

Dec. 12-14, 1995

Tooele Army Depot workers who were laid off in 1995 could possibly find new job opportunities with their former employer in 1996.

The Depot confirmed it had received permission “from higher headquarters” to hire 83 temporary ammunition workers for 1996. It was expected that those impermanent jobs would be filled between January and March, and those workers would remain in the positions until at least Sept. 30, 1996.

“Our ammunition workload for the current fiscal year looks better than we had anticipated,” said Tony Rogers, resource director.

Later in the week, Grantsville City officials were told that a projected $2.6 million upgrade of the town’s sewer treatment plant would be completed in the first few months of 1996.

The sewer improvements would meet anticipated Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements and also allow for future needs imposed on the city’s sewer system by population growth, according to engineers.

Two years previous the City Council approved the upgrade on the town’s sewer treatment plant — causing monthly sewer bills to jump from $5 to $20.

Dec. 8-11, 1970

Neither time, effort nor money would be spared by the Tooele Army Depot Civilian Welfare Fund Council to ensure the biggest and best children’s Christmas party in history.

The Council planned the party for the Tooele High School auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.

The doors would open at 12:30 p.m. to welcome the dependents (12 years of age and younger) of TEAD’s military and civilian workforce. Free raffle tickets would be given to the children for chances to win valuable prizes such as bicycles, sleds, wagons and more.

Friday’s frontpage announced that David Schmid would be the new president of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce.Schmid was manager of the Tooele office of Commercial Security Bank and would serve as chamber president for one year.

The election for chamber president took place during the regular luncheon meeting of the group which was the last meeting scheduled for 1970.

Dec. 11-13 , 1945

Tooele Fire Department hosted coach Bob Orr and his Tooele High School football team and their fathers at a banquet at MarVista on Saturday evening.

About 75 people were present to honor the boys, including guest speaker E.L (Dick) Romney, football coach at the Utah State Agriculture College. Lionel W. Olsen was toastmaster.

Speeches were presented by Supt. Sterling R. Harris, Principal Carl Evans and Coach Orr.

Miss Beverly Gillespie provided a vocal solo and Miss Deloria Micklejohn provided a reading.

Later in the week, Mrs. Sarah Anderson Stromberg, one of Tooele County’s leading musicians and a music teacher in Grantsville schools for many years would be honored at 2:45 p.m. in the Grantsville High School auditorium. 

The program was being sponsored by the faculty and students of Grantsville schools and country residents were invited. The program would be furnished by former students, including Lowell Hicks, Pauline Wrathall, Deone Clark, as well as present school members.

Dec. 10, 1920

Funeral services over the remains of Jessie B. Gordon, age 96, one of the early pioneers of Tooele, were held in the South Ward meetinghouse, Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Gordon died at the home of her son, County Attorney John B. Gordon, Sunday evening last, December 5, 1920, of general debility. 

She was born at Perthshire, in the Highlands of Scotland, June 1824. In the middle 1850s she emigrated to America with her husband John Gordon after joining the LDS Church.

She crossed the plains in 1859 in the ox team company of Capt. Edward Martin, and moved soon after to Tooele, enduring all the hardships pertaining to pioneer life.

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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