Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 11, 2021
In 1946, General “Ike” Eisenhower visits Tooele Army Depot

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 second week of February.

Feb. 13-15, 1996

Gov. Mike Leavitt told those in attendance at the Tooele County Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday night to “feel the centennial, not just participate” in the activities around the state in 1996.

The governor said that on centennial morning he “felt the centennial.” He said it was during a flag raising ceremony at the Utah Capitol, with White House trumpeters playing the Utah state song “Utah We Love Thee” that he got the feeling.

Later in the week, Tooele County School officials announced voters would have the final say on whether a new elementary school is built in Wendover City.

Approximately 500 Wendover residents cheered loudly as that announcement was made during a special school board meeting held in Wendover Feb. 15, 1996. But that same crowd was clearly angry when school board members voted to educate Wendover children living on the Utah side of the border town in modulars for the 1996-97 school year.

Feb. 9-12, 1971

“Main Street in Tooele is worse than dull… it’s shabby.” 

With those words Milo Baughman unveiled a coordinated plan to rejuvenate the city’s downtown shopping area.

Baughman was president of Environment West, a firm that received a city contract to coordinate renovation and remodeling efforts for the community center.

His presentation to city leaders included a filmed report on the district and comments by several residents. The candid statements indicated that people felt Tooele was generally a good community, but all were critical of the downtown image.

Later in the week, a new look in nursing uniforms reached the Tooele Hospital.

Pantsuits had been accepted as proper attire for nurses on most occasions at the hospital, even at formal events such as dinners and dances. The expanding fashion had invaded the “Florence Nightingale” image at the Tooele Hospital.

Lovely girls in white starchy, swishing, neat dress uniforms were being replaced by women in slack suits.

Feb. 12-15, 1946

The Tooele County All-Stars were scheduled to play the Harlem Globetrotters Feb. 14 at the Tooele High School gym.

The game was sponsored by the Tooele County Recreation program.

The Globetrotters were led by Lorenzo “Piper’’ Davis, who also had starred as a top baseball player for the Black Barrons of the Negro American League. He was in his fourth year with the Globetrotters and already proving to be one of the all-time greats in basketball

Later in the week, General “Ike” Eisenhower, Allied Commanding General, hero of the war against German and Italy, and recently elevated to the position of Chief of Staff of the United States Army, was set to visit the Tooele Ordnance Depot on Monday, Feb. 18, 1946.

Eisenhower was making an inspection of western military installations and was including Tooele on his itinerary.

When the general was set to leave Salt Lake City for Tooele, the Tooele fire siren would be blown three times to allow time for the assembly of school children and citizens along Main Street.

Feb. 11, 1921

Tooele High School had drawn up a resolution and sent it to the state legislature favoring the passage of the Southwick bill, which is an anti-tobacco measure, and had been the cause of much discussion both in and out of legislature circles since its induction. It was now in the House for discussion and action, having passed the Senate with a big margin of majority.

The resolution drawn up by the school was signed by every member of the student body consisting of 196 students.


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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