Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 25, 2021
In 1946, construction begins on Tooele Bit and Spur rodeo grounds

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 March.

March 26-28, 1996

From Texas, Colorado, California, Washington and all parts of Utah, folks with Grantsville roots came home Saturday, March 23, for the 112th Old Folks Sociable.

“I thought it was just fabulous,” said Grantsville resident Joan Johnson. “I would say it was one of the best ever, and it was great to have dignitaries attend.”

Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and his wife Jackie, and Tooele Army Depot Commander Mark Henscheid and his wife Kathy, were among those making an appearance at Saturday’s event.

Later in the week, Steven Jones told a federal judge that he had suffered greatly as a result of losing his job as the safety inspector at the chemical weapons incinerator in Rush Valley.

The Lehi “whistleblower” said that because of the 1994 firing, he had two automobiles repossessed, some rental properties that he owned in Maryland seized and had been unable to provide his wife with an ear operation she needed. 

Jones was asking for his job back and $3.2 million in damages. 

March 23-26, 1971

A.T. (Andy) Roberts, Tooele Army Depot Information Officer, was elected president of the TEAD Federal Credit Union. Roberts’ election to the post was made during the meeting of the board of directors Monday, March 22. He succeeded Curtis Chisholm who had been president for the previous two years.

Chisholm, Byron Woods, Earl Wood and John Davis were elected to the board of directors. 

Later in the week, Kem C. Gardner, Terracor vice president and Stansbury Park division manager, had assembled a unique housing construction and conventional mortgage finance package to build homes at Stansbury Park, Utah’s first totally planned “new town.”

To finance home construction at Stansbury Park and Bloomington (Terracor’s development near St. George), Terracor had gone outside Utah to a secondary money market and acquired a $2 million whole loan conventional mortgage purchase commitment from Standard Federal Savings, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

The planned community at Mill Junction, 10 miles north of Tooele and 25 miles west of Salt Lake City, was 14 months old.

March 26-29, 1946

Splendid progress was being made toward the staging of the first of what would be the finest annual rodeo in the state. This would be a three-day show July 4,5,6.

The new rodeo and track site at the north edge of town had been graded and surveyed for building. Blueprints had been drawn and very soon there would be a great deal of building activity with a grandstand seating 5,000, corrals, chutes, catch pens, judges stand, lighting for night shows, and all strong enough to hold the 10 Brahma bulls due to arrive shortly before the Fourth of July.

Later in the week, the teacher salary schedule in Tooele County Schools would be increased $200 for each bracket in the schedule, according to action of the Board of Education at a special session held Wednesday evening.

The new minimum salary schedule in the county schools was now $1604 per annum for teachers below degree, $1700 with bachelor’s degree, and $1796 for master’s degree.

Maximum salary would be $2312 without degree, $2552 with bachelor degree, and $2648 with master degree.

March 25, 1921

The Tooele Confectionary was robbed Monday night of stock, figured by Mr. Barkas, the manager, to be worth in the neighborhood of $200.

The intruders gained entrance to the building by breaking a window in the rear of the store and forcing their way through a bolted door, separating the candy making apartment from the main part of the building.

This was the second time that the confectionary had been robbed within the past month.

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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