Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 17, 2017
In 1947, thieves drive off with 7 autos over 10-day period

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 August.

Aug. 18-20, 1992

Tooele County agreed to pay $85,000 to developers Dean Palmer and David Jones for their former interest in eight acres of property in Stansbury Park.

The developers would have built a 96-unit apartment complex near the Stansbury Millpond. But county commissioners accepted a Stansbury Service Agency proposal to purchase the developers’ land for a park and removed the apartment complex from consideration.

Later in the week, a story featured the new J. Reuben Clark Jr. Day in Grantsville.

The Grantsville City Council proclaimed Sept. 1, 1992 — and each Sept. 1 thereafter —  as J. Reuben Clark Jr. Day by a unanimous vote.

Bill Lee Johnson appeared before the city council and stated, “J. Reuben Clark Jr. is a great example for small-town kids. He is a man worthy of being looked at as an example.”

Johnson said he was only 7 years old when Clark Jr. died in the 1960s.

“I really didn’t know him then, but I have come to know him and admire him through reading about him and through reading books he wrote,” Johnson said.

Aug. 15-18, 1967

The Tooele City Council discussed property for the proposed new Tooele City Library during a Monday night meeting.

Councilman Wallace Johnson made a motion that a resolution be passed to authorize Mayor Frank Bowman, or his representative, to negotiate with the Tooele County School District to obtain property on Second West where the tennis courts were located and property behind the tennis courts for a new library. The motion carried unanimously.

Later in the week a story on a new county fair queen was published

Sandra Mueller, wearing a white gown trimmed with blue flower and rhinestones, received the nod of approval from the judges and was crowned queen of the 1967 Tooele County Fair.

The queen contest was held at the Grantsville LDS Stake House.

Masie Young was selected first attendant and Mary Ruth Young was selected second attendant.

All of the contestants were required to model in gowns and bathing suits and give a short talent display.

Aug. 18-21, 1942

A story reported that within a 10-day span, seven automobiles had been stolen within Tooele City. But Sheriff White reported that 100 percent of the cars had been recovered.

The sheriff reported that in each case the owner had left the keys in the ignition, which was unwise and unlawful.

The sheriff quoted from Sec. 92 of the motor vehicle law that stated no person driving or in charge of a vehicle should permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key.

Later in the week, a story announced that classified laborers were being hired by the ordnance department at Tooele Army Depot.

The appointments were for the duration of the war and six months after, provided the employee showed the proper ability and attitude for the job.

Wages for the positions were $5.12 per day with time and half for work over 40 hours a week. The regular work week was 48 hours.

Aug. 17, 1917

The Tooele City Milling Company announced that in order for the company to pay cash for its wheat, customers must pay cash for what they buy from the company.

The statement said that all that was spent with the company was immediately put into circulation in the community.

The company announced it would sell only for cash after Aug. 10. “Remember the date, and don’t ask for credit,” read the announcement.

Staff Writer 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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