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 November.
Nov. 12 and 14, 1991
The Grantsville City Council discussed an idea to buy the old LDS First Ward chapel and restore it into a museum or new city hall building. Local residents reportedly placed a lot of sentimental value on the building because at one time it was the center of the Grantsville Fort and it was the only church in town for years. Today, the chapel has been converted into the Old Grantsville Church, a venue for theatre, the arts and other events.
Meanwhile, the Tooele County school board voted unanimously to adopt a policy that prohibited district employees and teachers from using illegal drugs and alcohol. Violators would be in danger of criminal charges and losing their job. The policy wasn’t created to address any specific problem, but to help the district qualify for federal funding, said Superintendent Michael Jacobsen.
Nov. 8 and 11, 1966
With few exceptions, Tooele County voters threw their support to Democratic candidates. In 1966, the positions open for election included: two seats on the county commission, county sheriff, attorney, assessor, surveyor, recorder and clerk, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, Senate and a few judges. The widespread support shown to the Democrat Party was normal for Tooele County at the time, according to the article.
Later that week, the family of Hilda Erickson, “Utah’s beloved pioneer lady,” announced they would hold an open house in honor of Erickson’s 107th birthday. Erickson contributed her long life to work. During her life in Grantsville, she worked as a dentist, rancher, seamstress, missionary to the Native Americans and grocery store manager.
Nov. 11 and 14, 1941
The American Red Cross held a drive to attract donations and more members in Tooele County. “The county chapter has done much to aid local welfare and it is pertinent to note that out of every $1 membership fee, 50 cents remains to be used by the local chapter, for use in local activities,” the reporter wrote.
Two blind musicians, Tessie Newton and Ruth Anderson, were preparing to give a concert Nov. 18 to a large group of youth. Newton was a pianist, while Anderson specialized in vocals. Both women were composers.
Nov. 10, 1916
The main story on the front page read, “After a very hard-fought and rather an exciting political campaign in this county, the Fusion ticket as it was called, were the winners at the polls last Tuesday. The Fusion ticket was a combination of the Democrats, Progressives and Socialists against the Republicans, who had been in the majority in this county for many years.”
Jessica Henrie compiled this report.