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 February.
Feb. 20-22, 1996
In an upcoming meeting, the Tooele City Council would decide whether to proceed with plans to build a multi-million dollar recreation and fitness center.
According to John Wright, vice-chairman of the Tooele Recreation and Fitness Complex Committee, the committee “solicited inquiries from various architectural firms for a complete program design.”
“Right now we are just waiting for direction from the city council to proceed,” Wright said.
The fee for the design work was expected to be in the neighborhood of $42,000.
Later in the week, plans to put a shrub and tree-lined meridian down Grantsville’s Main Street received little support at a Grantsville City Council meeting. Twenty people attended a public hearing about the proposal.
Members of the public stated that a Main Street meridian would pose safety hazards and also be detrimental to any current or future businesses in the city.
“Besides being a waste of money, it would kill the business district. What is wrong with Main Street the way it is now,” said Grantsville resident Sterl Halladay.
Feb. 16-19, 1971
A defense motion for a change of venue in the first degree murder trial of Bennett Merl Bedwood, 24, and Ruth Ruby Breece, 23, was granted by Third District Court Judge James S. Swaya. The trial would be moved from Tooele to Salt Lake City.
Belwood and Breece were accused in the shooting death of Ronald Paul Smith, also of Tooele, whose body was found July 9, 1970 in a remote mountain area of Johnson’s Pass, about 32 miles southwest of Tooele on the Dugway road.
Later in the week, Tooele County Republicans were planning to honor retired Sheriff Fay Gillette on Feb. 25 at their annual Lincoln Day Banquet.
Gillette had received national recognition, and was the County’s chief law enforcement officer for more than 20 years. During the period he was one of the few local Republicans to be successful in a bid for public office.
Feb. 19-15, 1946
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, war hero and at present Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, gave Tooele a delightful smile when he passed through here Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.
All of the school population and many of the community people numbering in all more than 3,000 enthusiastic citizens assembled to greet the general, but he did not stop.
The general rode in an open jeep and stood and acknowledged the cheers of the assembled throng as his caravan sped through.
Later in the week, Droubay’s Guernsey Dairy completed installation of a new pasteurizer. This new pasteurizer employed the latest scientific methods of heating milk and eliminated almost entirely the pasteurized flavor in milk.
The addition of this new vat, together with an automatic bottle washer and sterilizer previously installed marked a big step forward in bringing to Tooele the safest and finest quality milk possible to obtain.
Feb. 18, 1921
One of the year’s biggest events — The Firemen’s Masquerade Ball was planned for the Tooele Opera House on Feb. 22, 1921. The firemen were offering 10 cash prizes covering an amount of $60 to the 10 best characters of the ball.
For the accommodation of the patrons of the dance, arrangements had been made with the Salt Lake Costume Company for a complete set of costumes for rent on display at Mitchell Music Company on East Vine Street.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.