Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 21, 2017
In 1967, city and county face conflict of dancing in taverns

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 fourth week of September.

Sept. 22-24, 1992

A flurry of six vehicle thefts in a few weeks prompted a warning from Grantsville Police Chief Ron Skinner for residents to take the keys out of their vehicles and to lock their doors.

In July, one vehicle was stolen from a Grantsville residence. In August, a second disappeared from a driveway. In September, an additional four had been reported missing.

“We have recovered all but one of the vehicles,” Skinner said. “In the majority of the cases, the cars have been found between Tooele and Grantsville.”

Later in the week, the front page featured a story on a proposed industrial park for the county north of Tooele City.

The county planned to build its park next to Tooele City’s north boundary near state Route 36 and the Southern Pacific rail line.

“We have property there tied up, we’re buying it,” said Tooele County Commission Chairman Leland Hogan. “We’ll close on that sale at the end of the month.”

Sept. 19-22, 1967

The subject of dancing in taverns was featured on the front page.

Tooele City Mayor Frank Bowman met with the Tooele County Commission to discuss a possible change to the city’s and the county’s ordinances to allow dancing in taverns where beer is sold.

County commissioner George Buzianis told the mayor that the commission had been feeling increasing pressure to allow dancing in taverns since Utah Attorney General Phil Hansen issued an opinion saying it was against state statutes to allow dancing at beer halls and taverns.

“I’m for giving them the privilege (to dance) and then if they abuse it, take it away,” Bowman said.

Later in the week, the front page announced that Tooele County citizens were invited to visit Tooele Valley Hospital at an open house.

Visitors would be given guided tours of the facilities and explanations of the new equipment recently installed.

The hospital had been remodeled and included new electronic equipment for intensive care patients.

Sept. 22-25, 1942

The front page announced that typhoid inoculation would conclude on a Wednesday when those who had received their first and second shots would be given the final serum.

The public health nurse in charge of the clinic said that 2,474 people reported for inoculations the previous week, with 1,475 taking their final injection during the upcoming week.

Also, typhoid immunization shots were scheduled during the week in Wendover.

Later in the week, the commander at Tooele Army Depot said that if residents donate scrap metal it could end up saving lives in the war.

“Because of that old, antiquated, useless automobile in your backyard, or some other useless metal device wasting in rust, the death of some soldier, even your own son or kinsman, may be imminent,” the commander said. “We cannot fail on the home front.”

Residents were asked to leave their scrap metal on the curb for pickup.

Sept. 21, 1917

The second section of the quota for Tooele County for the National Army left on a Wednesday afternoon for Camp Lewis, American Lake, Washington. About 40 percent of the section left. The front page listed the names of about 60 Tooele County men who had left for Camp Lewis.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.

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