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 September.
Sept. 24 and 26, 1991
A new proposal to revise state legislative boundaries would split Tooele County three ways and share it with three larger districts along the Wasatch Front, said Rep. Merrill Nelson (R-Grantsville). “It is greed, avarice … It’s a power grab,” Nelson said. “We intend to send a strong message that we will not stand to be cannibalized by our urban neighbors.”
In other news, a look at the local real estate market showed a shrinking supply of medium-priced homes and a growing number of renters in Tooele County, according to the Tooele County Board of Realtors. Local agents said the county was transitioning toward a “seller’s market,” where the demand for housing could exceed the available supply.
Sept. 20 and 23, 1966
Enrollment in the Tooele County School District increased to 6,768 students, 261 more than what it was last year, said superintendent Curtis Van Alfen. At the time, Tooele County had two high schools (Tooele and Grantsville), Tooele Jr. High School and nine elementary schools (Grantsville, Tooele Central, Harris, Ibapah, East, West, St. John, Stockton and Vernon) as well as Dugway and Wendover schools.
Later that week, LeRoy Lindeman, administrator for the Instructional Media Division of the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, filmed a motion picture and slide presentation at Tooele’s East Elementary School. The film would portray East Elementary as an example of an exemplary school, he said.
Sept. 23 and 26, 1941
Officials expected the demand for doe hunting permits would exceed the supply because out of the allotted 500 permits for hunting does in the Stansbury Mountains, they had already issued 210.
Meanwhile, state fair judges named a giant yellow dahlia from a Tooele City garden as the winner of the flower show sweepstakes award, earning Tooele the title “Dahlia City of Utah.” Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Beck, the dahlia’s owners, also claimed thirteen first prizes in other flower categories.
Sept. 22, 1916
In Vernon the previous week, Henry Oborn’s thrashing machine caught fire for an unknown reason and was totally destroyed along with about 600 bushels of grain. “It was only with the most heroic work that other property was saved from the fire,” the reporter wrote.
A separate story announced Verne C. Woolley of Grantsville was awarded a scholarship to Harvard University and left to pursue his education there.
Jessica Henrie compiled this report.