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 first week of May.
May 6-8, 1997
A traffic accident on the evening of May 1 one mile north of Tooele City limits claimed the life of an Erda teen and placed a 50-year-old local man in the hospital with multiple injuries.
An 18-year-old woman died instantly when the pickup truck she was driving collided nearly head-on with a van driven by Robert Wetzel, Tooele.
Wetzel was taken by AirMed to the University of Utah Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Later in the week, an official from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) said that state Route 36 could become a four-lane highway by 2000.
That was at least part of it, anyway.
A UDOT spokesman speaking at a Tooele County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, said UDOT would like to start expanding the section of SR-36, which runs from Lake Point to Mills Junction by the year 2000.
April 25-28, 1972
James R. Palmer, former mayor of Grantsville, had announced his candidacy for two-year Tooele County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket.
Palmer, a native of Grantsville, served as mayor of that city for eight years and also served for two years as a city councilman. He had been a member of the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years and a member of the Grantsville Lions Club.
He stated his belief that “each citizen should become involved in some phase of community service.”
Later in the week, problems facing Tooele County schools and uncertainty over the needs of the future had led to a new approach in the formulation of guidelines for tomorrow’s decisions within the school district.
An “Educational Charette” had been organized and charged with the responsibility of providing Tooele County Board of Education with information as to what the citizens think their schools should be.
A “charrette” was a technique for studying and resolving problems within the context of the total community.
May 6-9, 1947
Tooele County teacher’s salaries for the coming school term were set by the Board of Education at a special meeting necessitating a budget jump of $73,810 over the previous year to meet the increase. Teachers contracts under the new schedule would be mailed out at the end of the week.
The salary range under the new schedule for teachers with bachelor’s degrees was from $2280 to $3640 and $2480 to $3540 for those with master’s degrees.
Later in the week it was announced that over 60 native pioneers of Tooele would be honored on May 10.
A day of festivities would be sponsored by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers including a concert at the park featuring the Tooele High Band at 3 p.m.
A luncheon at Pioneer City Hall for all native pioneers and their partners would run from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
May 5, 1922
At the regular meeting of the commissioners it was decided by them and a resolution was passed that regular meetings of the board would be held hereafter on the first and third Monday of each month. It was decided, however, that claims would be allowed only monthly as usual.
Chairman Orme reported his recent meeting with the Utah Water Storage Commission and said that indications were very favorable for water to be brought into this valley.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report.