Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 6, 2016
In 1966, basement fire destroys Delle Cafe

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 October.

Oct. 8 and 10, 1991

Envirocare was slated to receive a legislative audit after three Utah legislators and an independent survey accused the low-activity radioactive disposal company of violating state and federal environmental regulations.

Private landowners in Settlement Canyon asked the Tooele County Commission for help in keeping recreationalists from vandalizing their land. Recreationalists, many visiting from out of town, had been trespassing on private property, damaging fences, killing cattle and damaging watersheds, said the landowners’ spokesman.

Oct. 4 and 7, 1966

A fire that likely started in the building’s basement completely destroyed the Delle Cafe. An employee of a nearby service station said he sent onlookers to drive to the nearest phone and report the blaze, but by the time fire crews arrived the cafe was engulfed by fire. Delle is located about 21 miles west of Grantsville.

Local LDS leaders announced the dedication of a new stake building in Tooele. Ground was reportedly broken for the structure in April 1965 and the $530,000 building was completed after 543 days. Church members donated 38,000 total hours of labor to the project.

Oct. 7 and 10, 1941

Citizens submitted a presentation to the Tooele County Commission to redraw the school board districts to represent the population better. At the same time, the Tooele City Council selected nine people to judge the city election on Nov. 4.

Later that week, the Tooele LDS Stake was preparing to host Elder John A. Widtsoe, who at the time was a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Widtsoe was coming to town for a stake conference.

Oct. 6, 1916

J.J. Fredrickson of Vernon asked the Tooele County Commission to designate the road leading through the Wright ranch near Vernon as a county road. The commissioners decided to consult with the road commissioner.

During the same meeting, the county commissioners appointed W.S. Marks as deputy county attorney for the unexpired term, to serve without pay.

Jessica Henrie compiled this report.

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