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 fourth week of August.
Aug. 27-29, 1996
The Army was trying to determine what caused a minute amount of deadly nerve agent to leak into a sealed area of the chemical weapons incinerator — causing the plant to temporarily shut down after just three days of operation.
After incineration began seven days earlier, the destruction of the nation’s largest stockpile of chemical weapons was suspended when small traces of nerve agent leaked in a secure area of the incinerator.
The leak presented no danger to employees, according to an Army spokesman.
Later in the week, backers of a proposed multi-million dollar recreation center were planning to request the expansion of the county’s recreation service district to fund the facility.
The Tooele Valley Recreation Planning Committee met to formulate a strategy for expanding its district, which included most of the unincorporated areas of Tooele County
The committee hoped the district could expand to encompass municipalities such as Grantsville, Stockton, Rush Valley, Vernon and Tooele.
Aug. 23-27, 1971
This week in Tooele County could be billed as “The Fastest Week in the West” with two major racing events being held in Tooele County.
One of the events, the Bonneville Speed Trials, was underway on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover.
The other event, the Pony Express 200 Motorcycle Relay Race would also take place during the weekend on part of the Pony Express Route through the County from Vernon to Wendover.
Later in the week, with scrubbed faces and new clothes (sometimes just a bit too big) hundreds of students began their annual trek back to the classroom as Tooele County District Schools opened Aug. 27.
There were always problems which could not be evaluated before classwork began, according to Superintendent Clarke Johnsen. But, he said, the schools are always looking forward to a successful year.
Changes in the district included the closing of St. John Elementary School, double sessions at Dugway, and 56 new professional staff members.
Aug. 27-30, 1946
Once again, members of the Bit N Spur Club deserved congratulation for a splendid job of cooperation. As of this writing, 65 horses had been entered in the big “All Western Stock Show” to be held Sept. 2. As the deadline for entries approached, events were filled to the brim and the committee was truly sorry to have to turn away latecomers. To maintain proper time length of the show, it was necessary to limit the number in events. It was hoped that this was understood by everyone.
Later in the week, the big race everyone had been waiting for was scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Tooele Rodeo Grounds as a preliminary to the All Western Stock Horse Show on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
Entered in this ¼-mile event were Ruth Warburton, Vic Lawrence, Jimmy Kinney and Cherry Nelson’s “Dark Horse.” These four horses, with the exception of the “unknown quantity,” had proven the fastest in the past and this race would be a big chance for them all.
Aug. 26, 1921
According to present plans the swimming pool at the City Park would be completed and ready for use sometime next week.
It was the plan of the committee in charge to have the mayor declare a part of a holiday on one day next week to celebrate the opening of the pool, and to ask that everyone participate in the general cleaning up around the structure. This is an excellent idea and deserves the support of every individual within the town who expects to get any use out of the pool.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report