Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 10, 2020
In 1945, Wendover and Ophir schools win prizes for best kept schools

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 September.

Sept. 12-14, 1995

Police arrested five Tooele men and were searching for another teenager in connection with a drive-by shooting Sept. 7. 

According to witnesses, two men in a white Monte Carlo fired at least two shots from the car with high-powered rifles. A driver and two other passengers were in the car.

The shooting occured around 6:45 p.m. at 310 E. Highland Dr. Tooele. No one was injured though one resident and at least four others were standing outside when the incident occured.

Later in the week, Tooele City’s push to obtain more drinking water moved ahead after officials authorized the drilling of additional test wells.

The previous spring, city officials announced that a series of test wells would be drilled in 1995. One of those wells, now called the Devil’s Kitchen Well, was being developed in Middle Canyon as a possible permanent water source for the city.

One test site was between the mouth of Middle Canyon and Spring Canyon. Two other sites were on private ground.

Sept. 8-11, 1970

More than 60 students would represent Tooele County in the 4-H competition at the upcoming Utah State Fair and six others would participate in State 4-H competitions on the campus of Utah State University in Logan during September, according to the Tooele County Extension Office.

The largest number of students would compete at the fair in the area of foods with the second largest number entering clothing contests. Gov. Calvin Rampton would officially open the far on Sept. 11.

Friday’s front page recapped a primary election that drew few voters.

With only school board candidates on the ballot, just over 17% of registered voters turned out to cast their votes.

County Clerk J. Rex Kirk Sr., reported that voter turnout was way low and below the county average for a primary election.

Tooele and San Juan counties were the only ones in Utah in which the election held no races involving local candidates for government office.

Sept. 11-14, 1945

The Board of Education and Supt. Sterling R. Harris planned to visit Wendover and Ophir schools during the week to award the prizes for the best kept schools and grounds during the 1944-45 school year.

Wendover School was adjudged the first-place winner, for which it would receive a prize of $100. 

Originally the Board had decided to offer but one place, but Ophir School was also kept in such a commendable way that it was decided to make two places and Ophir would be awarded. $75.

Later in the week, Tooele High School would open the football season at home on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a practice game against Weber County High School.

The visitors would be coached by Floyd Slater, former Tooele High School star who could always be counted on to train a good team.

Tooele High entered the grid season with 45 players, including 10 lettermen.

Sept 10, 1920

Anticipating the opening of school, parents were continuing their efforts to correct the remedial defects in their children.

Of the 2,000 children who would enter the Tooele County schools in the fall, more than 85 percent would have their teeth in perfect condition and many would have their nose and throat troubles attended to.

Only three more days remained until the opening of school, and parents who had not done so were urged to consult their dentist and doctor concerning the needs of their children.

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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