Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 2, 2020
In 1945, Tooele Smelter faced critical labor shortage

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 January.

Jan. 3-5, 1995

It was announced during the last week of December 1994 that key Tooele City department leaders would be replaced.

Mayor Grant “Bud” Pendleton announced that he had “terminated” the employment of finance director Paul Kroff and accepted a letter of retirement from Joseph Busico, director of public works, streets and recreation.

Busico, 65, had worked for the City for 19 years, while Kroff, 49, had been the City’s finance director for 12 years.

Later in the week, the termination and retirement were upheld by the Tooele City Council at its Wednesday night meeting.

By a 4-1 vote, the City Council agreed to support the mayor’s action. However, while facing Kroff and his family in the audience, council members underscored that their vote was only in support of the mayor’s termination “procedure.” The support did not include the mayor’s reasons for his action, which remained publicly undisclosed.

Dec. 30 – Jan. 2, 1970

Tuesday’s front page featured a story on a new gymnastics club at Tooele High School. Nearly 60 students were participating in it.

Tooele’s top high school gymnasts displayed their skills during halftimes at THS basketball games.

Teacher Chuck Saling began a gymnastics class the previous year as part of his physical education class. The response he received was so tremendous that he organized the THS gymnastics club.

Friday’s front page featured a recent study by the U.S. Department of Commerce on the cost of local governments.

The study showed how much was spent in each county of the United States per resident to provide schools, roads, police and fire protection, health, welfare, housing, sanitation, general administration and other functions performed.

In Tooele County, figures showed the cost of such services amounted to $290 per year for each man, woman and child in the county.

Jan. 2-5, 1945

Lead had been declared as the nation’s number one priority metal due to the war urgency, and simultaneously with the declaration came the statement that the Tooele International Smelting & Refining Company had the most critical labor shortage in its history.

Operating personnel had gradually dwindled and doubling shifts had been used as a filler, until that method ceased to stretch. Curtailment of production was the stern outlook even in the face of urgency for lead stocks, which were at a critical low in the nation.

Later in the week, Leslie Gillette was named Tooele City Fire Chief for 1945-46 on the recommendation of the Tooele City Fire Department and approval of the Tooele City Council.

Bevan Anderson had received appointment as Assistant Fire Chief and Noval Adams had received appointment as equipment supervisor. Adams was retiring as fire chief.

Jan. 2, 1920

Mrs. Elizabeth B. Graham was scheduled to arrive Monday, Jan. 5, 1920, to assume the duties of Public Health Nurse of Tooele County.

Graham’s services would be available to any who wished to call her into consultation, and she would be closely associated with the school health supervisor in her endeavors to be of service to the community.

The sale of Red Cross Seals for the purpose of raising funds for the Utah Public Health Association had resulted so favorably that Tooele County was now an organized district of the association and the State Board had assigned Graham to the district for the next six months.

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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