Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 24, 2021
In 1946, Tooele firemen hold banquet for football team

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 November.

Nov. 26-28, 1996

Alcohol, a high rate of speed, and slightly slick roads were blamed for an accident which snatched the lives of four young people in Tooele County Nov. 25, 1996.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Bruce Riches, lead investigator of the accident, called it the worst wreck he’d ever seen.

The accident occurred on Interstate 80 near the Dugway-Rowley exit.

According to the accident report, a 1990 Mercury Sable car carrying the four fatally injured persons was literally cut in half and then into smaller pieces when it slid into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer semi-truck.

Later in the week, the Army announced it planned to send a team of safety and health experts to the chemical weapons incinerator in Rush Valley to look at issues raised by a fired former manager of EG&G Defense Materials, Inc.

In a 12-page memo, Gary Millar said he was fired because he tried to improve safety at the facility.

“Because of what I said and did to improve safety conditions and lower the risk at the Tooele Chemical Demilitarization (TOCDF), I was dismissed as General Manager,” he wrote to the president of the company in Wellesley, Mass.

Nov. 23-26, 1971

With a growing population, Tooele County was experiencing an increase in the number of people with mental health problems, according to county officials.

In the past, these persons had been referred to mental health clinics in the Salt Lake County area, but counselling and therapy would now be available through the Tooele Mental Health Clinic, 22 West Vine, Tooele.

Ready to accept patients, the clinic was directed by R. Russell R. Hart. 

The clinic would provide individual and group counseling, psychological testing, conjoint family therapy, marriage counseling, and consultation regarding other mental problems.

Later in the week, a Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, was planned for Tooele for Monday, Nov. 29.

Santa Claus would arrive on a float and would be escorted through the community in a parade beginning at 5 p.m.

Immediately following the parade, Old Saint Nick would be available for talks with the area’s small fry at his tiny house on the Tooele County Courthouse lawn.

Nov. 26-29, 1946

One hundred and twenty Tooele High football boys and their dads were guests of honor of the Tooele Volunteer Firemen at a venison banquet Monday evening at Mar Vista.

W. Bevan Anderson was toastmaster, introduced by D. Leslie Gillette, Fire Chief. Ike Armstrong, football coach at the University of Utah, was the guest speaker. The evening was closed with the showing of action pictures by Coach Armstrong on the Utah-Arizona game.

Supt. Sterling R. Harris represented the Board of Education.

Later in the week, Coach John Putnik, and his Tooele High School basketball team would open the season in a game with Weber County High School at Ogden on Dec. 5.

The first home game would likely be with Carbon High School, here on Dec. 13th, but a confirmation of this game was awaited by Tooele.

Tintic High School would play here  Dec. 17th, and Weber would play here Dec. 20th.

Nov. 18, 1921

The 5th annual Roll Call of the American Red Cross would start today with an opening of a booth in the Post Office building. The booth would close Thanksgiving Day.

While they are not conducting a drive this year, Tooele County people can demonstrate their appreciation of the Red Cross for what it accomplished during and since the World War as well as the big things it stands for in peacetime, by renewing their memberships.

The annual membership fee is $1.00 Half of each membership fee would be retained by the Tooele County Chapter to be used as needed.

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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