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 May.
May 13-15, 1997
Two workers who resigned from EG&G Defense Materials, Inc. over safety violations at the Rush Valley chemical weapons incinerator were not the only employees disciplined.
Five supervisors were sent letters of reprimand because of lack of management oversight, said Henry Silvestri, general manager of EG&G. The revelation was made at an Army press conference.
“We have a system that has allowed procedures to be violated,” Silvestri said.
The plant was not operating and would not resume agent destruction until June.
Later in the week, an employee at EG&G Defense Materials, Inc. filed a “whistleblower” complaint against the principal contractor which operated the chemical weapons incinerator in Rush Valley.
An unidentified woman filed the complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor, said Skip Hayes, EG&G spokesman.
The woman’s name had not been released by her attorney, Roger H. Hoole. He said his client was disciplined by EG&G because she was aware of some safety problems regarding workers at the incinerator facility.
May 9-12, 1972
When Tooele Army Depot throws open its gates May 19 to celebrate its 30th birthday and Armed Forces Day, the center of attraction for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. festivities will take place in the area just west of the Headquarters building from 1 p.m to 2 p.m.
Beginning at 1 p.m. would be the first of three “air drops” — skydiving by 12 parachutists. Immediately following the dives, Tooele’s famous marching band under the direction of Roy Ferrin would present a concert.
Later in the week, voter qualifications and the importance of attending the local mass meetings during this election year were outlined by county political officials.
Utah Gov Calvin L. Rampton had also made an appeal for the widespread public participation in this important democratic process.
In Tooele County, mass meetings (as they do throughout Utah) would convene for both Democrats and Republicans on the evening of May 15 in neighborhood homes throughout the county.
May 13-16, 1947
Tooele City Council voted May 12 to support a Municipal Golf Course if the ground was purchased and the course put in full working order without any expense to the city.
Councilman Lionel Olsen moved that the proposal, as made by the joint committee representing the Lions Club and the Tooele Volunteer Fire Department for the construction of a municipal golf course for Tooele City, be accepted and that the Mayor be authorized to accept the title to a 53 ½ acre tract of land belonging to the Bonelli family and lying immediately adjacent to the Edgemont Housing Project, with the understanding that this land will be purchased, improved and developed as a golf course.
Later in the week, everything was in readiness for selecting the Tooele County Centennial Queen and her attendants on Saturday night, May 27 at 8 p.m. at the First Ward Chapel.
Centennial Queen Coleen Robinson may be present to assist on the program
May 12, 1922
The opera house was filled to overflowing Wednesday evening at the commencement exercise of the Tooele High school when 33 students received their diplomas.
The salutation was given by Sarah Speirs and the valedictory by Esta Vowles. Other fine numbers were rendered.
In the address to graduates by Prof. T. Earl Pardoe, of BYU, said that the T in Tooele should stand for truth, the first O for obedience, the second O for opportunity, the E for energy and earnestness, the L for loyalty, and the last E for eternity.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report.