Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 15, 2021
In 1946, 10,000 people expected to attend surplus sale at TOD

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 July.

July 16-18, 1996

With the shake of a hand and the passing of an oversized key, the military let Tooele City have the $112 million Consolidated Maintenance Facility — for free.

Hundreds of people attended an early morning conveyance ceremony Friday, July 12 on the grounds of the Consolidated Maintenance Facility at the Tooele Army Depot.

At the ceremony the building was conveyed by the Army to Tooele City’s Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which in turn sold it to Penske Corporation for $10 million.

Later in the week, backers of a local multi-million dollar recreation center were forging ahead in their efforts to raise money for the proposed facility.

During a Tooele City Council meeting, Langston Livingston, president of the Sports Management Group, presented concept sketches of a new recreation center that supporters would like to see become a reality sometime in 1997.

“Other communities that have done this have known it would be good but they can’t believe the positive impact it has had,” Livingston said.

July 13-15, 1971

An outbreak of Tularemia (rabbit fever) had been reported in Tooele County and was being investigated by the Utah State Division of Health in cooperation with Dr. J. Herbert Millburn, county health officer.

Between June 10 to June 28, five persons from Grantsville and one from St. John were diagnosed as having the disease. With the exception of one case, all of the persons involved were boys between the ages of 4 and 12. 

All the cases were being successfully treated and the victims were recovering.

Later in the week, a report released in Washington had proposed that the Dugway Proving Ground in Tooele County be designated as the site for a national spaceport

Selection of Dugway as the site for the proposed space shuttle program could save the United States as much as $2 billion, a spokesman for the Utah Spaceport Committee stated. 

Utah officials unveiled their report to the Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

July 16-18, 1946

About 10,000 visitors were expected to pass in and out of Tooele City August 28 at the opening of the first site sale of surplus war materials located at Tooele Ordnance Depot, according to an estimate of C. G. Vincent, field director.

More than $4 million in surplus merchandise ranging from mobile machine shop units to nylon target kites were being classified and arranged for display so that the great horde of anticipated buyers from many parts of the country could purchase items on the spot.

Later in the week, the Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners at TOD announced open competitive examinations for probational appointments to the 11 following positions:

Laborer, labor leader, sub-inspector, track repairman, munitions handler, munitions handler-blocker, binner, prepackager, stenciller, processor, and packager.

The salary rates for these positions would range from 86 cents per hour to $1.04 per hour.

July 15, 1921

After an inspection of swimming pools in other parts of Utah, Tooele City Council declared in its special meeting Wednesday evening that they were ready to furnish the material for the construction of an open-air swimming pool 40×100 feet at the city park, providing that the people of Tooele shoulder the burden of construction work.

Plans and specifications would be drawn up immediately so that there would be no delay in pushing the pool to a successful completion.

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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