Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 15, 2022
In 1947, 275 people attend turkey shoot at Tod Park

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 third week of November.

Nov. 18-20, 1997

Because of Mayor-elect Charlie Roberts’ triumph in the polls, the first decision the new city council will face is the filling of the fifth city council seat.

The moment Roberts is sworn in as mayor of Tooele City, he would no longer be acting as a city councilman. Roberts, who was elected as a councilman in 1995, still had two years to his term. 

The new city council had 30 days from January 1, 1998 to fill the vacant seat for Roberts’ remaining term.

Later in the week, The Tooele County chemical weapons incinerator was the target of a 25-count Notice of Violation by the state of Utah.

But, officials with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste stressed the violations were not serious enough to close down the $600 million facility.

The company had not been assessed any penalty as a result of the Notice of Violation. The most serious ones could reach up to $10,000 per violation, according to a DEQ press release.

Nov. 14-17, 1972

Thanks to income gains they had chalked up in the last few years, many Tooele County families found themselves in higher income brackets than before.

Some of them, whose earnings had been below $8,000 had graduated to the $10,000 and up level. Their former positions on the income ladder have been taken over, in turn, by families that had been receiving less than $8,000.

The findings were brought out in a special report, covering every area of the country, released by Sales Management.

Later in the week, seven bids for construction of the proposed new Tooele County Courthouse were opened,, and all were substantially higher than architects estimates had indicated.

Bids ranged from a high of $1,709,000 submitted by Jacobsen Construction Company to an apparent low bid of $1,493,000 from Home Construction Company, both firms were from Salt Lake City.

Officials also were considering building a combined city-county jail as part of the new facility.

Nov. 18-21, 1947

A very successful turkey shoot was held east of Tod Park, November 16th by the Tod Park Rifle Club.

Two-hundred-and-seventy-five people were present and 25 turkeys were won by contestants.

Bud Stone established a high score, breaking three balloons out of three shots. The balloons were inflated and suspended on wires at a distance of 100 yards.

Wren Walters won the prize 29-pound turkey gobbler in the special event, including competition with match rifles which went to the seventh elimination round.

Later in the week, Tooele County School Census was down 127 pupils over the previous year, according to records completed by Miss Mary Atkin, clerk of the school board.

Another interesting disclosure was that in 1946 boys outnumbered girls by 75, while in 1947 girls outnumbered boys by 70.

Total enrollment in 1947 tallied 3,030 compared to 3,157 the previous year. Students living in Tooele City totaled 1,605.

Nov. 17, 1922

The Tooele and Grantsville football teams played a 7-7 tie game in Grantsville last Friday afternoon. To the surprise of everyone the field and weather conditions were the best possible. In the second quarter, McKellar carried the ball over the line on a forward pass. It looked like a sure win for Tooele, but in the next quarter on the Grantsville kickoff, the ball was fumbled and Hale picked it up and made a touchdown for Grantsville.

A return game was scheduled for today.

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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