Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 29, 2021
In 1946, Elton Tunnel to hire all contract miners who apply

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 fifth week of July.

July 30 – Aug. 1, 1996

With balloting on the Erda and Lincoln (Pine Canyon) township proposals only a week away, the ramifications of the law had become a source of confusion for voters and officials alike.

Approval of the townships would create legal boundaries that form a barrier to unwanted annexations by nearby cities. 

Within the townships, landowners owning property adjacent to the city boundaries could still begin annexation proceedings provided they gain approval of the Township Planning and Zoning Board, according to Tooele County Attorney Doug Ahlstrom.

Later in the week, for years Grantsville residents had complained about their houses shaking during the Army’s open-air detonation operations at nearby Tooele Army Depot. It appeared they might have had some scientific data to back up their claim.

University of Utah scientists set up measuring instruments at various locations in Grantsville. They saw movement that would indicate growing cracks in Grantsville houses, but cautioned that the data needed further analysis.

July 27-30, 1971

Tooele City’s new garbage collection program was scheduled to begin Monday, August 2, according to City Treasurer Glen Martin.

Preparations for the registration and identification of all residents of Tooele eligible to receive the service were complete. 

Mr. Martin indicated that a few residents had not yet signed an application for the garbage and waste pick up service.

“Notices have been sent to all of these people,” he said, “but we have set Friday, July 30 as the cutoff date.”

Later in the week, reapportionment loomed as the major problem facing the special session of the Utah State Legislature which would convene Monday, Aug. 2, 1971.

Gov. Calvin Rampton had called the special session principally to consider the reapportionment problem made necessary by the 1970 census figures.

“We’re going to have to give and take because at the present time our county is over represented,” said Tooele County State Rep. Beverly White.

July 30-Aug. 2, 1946

The National Tunnel and Mines Company was swinging over to an intensive development program in order to replenish ore reserves that were drastically lowered during the war period. 

During the war, mines produced ore, but finding new ore was delayed until after the war.

Elton Tunnel was hiring all contract miners who applied in order to find new ore. Chances of finding substantial amounts of new ore were excellent, according to management. The problem was solely acquiring sufficient machine men to push the new work.

Later in the week, an important meeting of the Bit and Spur membership had been called for Friday at the Courthouse at 8 p.m. Union leaders had been asked to be present in order that plans could be completed for a big Labor Day celebration.

Members were urged to be present for 100 percent cooperation on this big day. 

President Glenn Nelson had matters of extreme importance to present that would be of interest to all members.

July 29, 1921

A number of Tooele County farmers were planning to make the trip to Logan to attend the Farmers Encampment at the Utah Agricultural College.

The party leaving the county would be under the charge of A.L. Christiansen, county agent. Those who desired to go on this educational vacation trip were requested to communicate at once with Mr. Christensen for full particulars. 

Interesting trips to many successful farms, factories, and irrigation systems would be made on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

Sports Editor 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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