Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 31, 2017
In 1967, crash victim turns out to be escaped wanted prisoner

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 last week of August and the first week of September.

Sept. 1-3, 1992

A fire in Silcox and Settlement canyons burned 250 acres before it was declared 100-percent contained.

Tooele County Fire Warden Troy Taron estimated firefighting costs at $35,000 — plus the loss of water from Settlement Canyon Reservoir. The fire occurred during the last week of August.

The bill would be paid for by state and county fire budgets, the warden said. The cause was still under investigation.

Firefighters said the blaze was particularly hard to fight because of changing winds, flare-ups and steep, rocky terrain.

Later in the week the front page featured a story on J. Reuben Clark. Jr.

He was remembered as one of the most famous sons to ever come out of Grantsville.

In August, Grantsville City Council declared Sept. 1 as an annual date to honor the memory of the former attorney, ambassador to Mexico and member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Aug. 29-Sept.1, 1967

A Tooele County accident victim who was in critical condition at Tooele Valley Hospital turned out to be a much sought after California prison escapee wanted on warrants of murder and robbery.

Jerry Lee O’Brien was critically injured on a Friday morning in a one-car rollover about two miles east of Low. He suffered several broken bones and was unconscious for several days.

He escaped from California State Prison No. 10 in Tulare County the previous June. He was wanted for three robberies. He allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Torrance, California in one of the robberies.

Later in the week, a story announced that Settlement Canyon Reservoir was too low to plant trout.

Conservation officer Roy Garrard said that the Utah Department of Fish and Game had originally scheduled to plant 800 to 900 legal-size trout for Labor Day fishermen, plus 10,000 small-size trout for future fishing. However, the department concluded that the reservoir was too low for the plantings.

Sept. 1-4, 1942

The front page announced that voter interest had hit its lowest ebb in history.

At 4:15 p.m., only 110 votes had been cast in all three Tooele voting precincts combined in the general primary election.

It was the lowest count ever reached in voting interest in local history compared with the number of registered voters.

Later in the week it was announced that construction would begin on a Tooele subdivision with 59 new houses on the area of East Street and Second North Street. Owners of the property were John L. and Myrtle Allsop.

Houses to be built were five-room frame houses, some with full basements, and some with up-to-date utility rooms. Prices would range from $3,750 to $4,800.

Aug. 31, 1917

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that gave the government control over every possible commodity exported from the United States.

It was the most drastic step for economic control taken by any nation during the war. The president said in a statement that he aimed at control and not at actual stoppage of exports.

All articles of commerce must be licensed for export to enemy countries and the countries of the European neutrals, according to the president.

Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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