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 January and first week of February.
Jan. 28-30, 1992
Two separate rewards were posted for information on the Jan. 17 shooting of two pregnant cows that cost one farmer an estimated $3,000. The Utah Farm Bureau Federation offered $1,000 and the Utah Cattlemen’s Association offered an unspecified amount for information in the case. Plus, Bureau of Land Management officials were concerned because the killings occurred on public land. The agency offered its 24-hour tip hotline for any individual who wanted to report the incident and remain anonymous.
A press release from the Utah Farm Bureau stated that the two cows were killed with a 9-millimeter handgun in Rush Valley on Jan. 17. One cow was partially butchered. Jim Maloney of the BLM speculated that the perpetrators may have butchered one of the animals to salvage some of the meat, but were probably scared off by an approaching car.
County officials voted unanimously to raise landfill rates. Raymond Johnson, county engineer, said the new fee, which reflected a $15-per-ton tipping fee, would go into effect March 1. However, most residents would not notice the increase on their monthly bills until April. The increase was not as high as predicted. County officials thought they would have to raise fees twofold. At the gate, private individuals dumping garbage would be charged $2 per car load and $4 per pickup truck load. Liquid septic effluent would be charged $3.66 per ton. Grantsville and Tooele city residents who pay to have their trash picked up by licensed garbage haulers also faced an increase. The county’s share of the monthly fee was increased from $1 to $2.54.
Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 1967
Five Dugway personnel were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 27. The accident occurred during a routine flight and the aircraft came down a few miles from Michael Army Airfield. The airfield is located near Dugway’s Ditto Technical Area, 10 miles west of English Village and headquarters complex.
The CHS21 “Shawnee” helicopter is powered by a single engine and is capable of carrying a crew of two plus 20 men. It was used primarily for transporting troops and cargo. A board of Army officers was appointed by the commanding general of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to investigate the cause of the accident.
Three Tooele County students prepared to appear on a local television panel show similar to the famous “What’s My Line?” The students were Lee Bean, Larry Sagers and Roger Peterson. Both Bean and Sagers were from Tooele High School, while Peterson was a student at Grantsville High School. The three students appeared on the “Pride of Performance” KUED Channel 7. In the show, a panel tries to guess the occupation or future occupations of its guests. In the show already taped, Sagers tried to stump the panel with upholstery work as his future occupation. The panelists guessed that marketing is Bean’s future occupation, while Peterson tried to keep them guessing with drafting.
Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 1942
The Tooele County’s Sheriff’s Office handled 819 cases during 1941, or more than two for every day of the year, according to an annual report released by Sheriff Alma White. Of the 152 criminal cases handled during the year, there was a conviction or confession for every arrest, the record shows. In the investigation of auto thefts for the 12 months, although many serious ones occurred, only one lawsuit resulted with all of the remaining accepting the findings of the sheriff’s office as the basis of settlement. There were 53 fires during the year covering an acreage of 12,385. Fines from the 152 criminal cases $1,177. The total number of civil cases was 443 and fees amounted to $485.85.
John D. Gallaher, who had been the Tooele City manager since Sept. 1, 1925, was reappointed to the position on a recommendation by Mayor Sol Selvin and a sustaining vote by the city council. Five families residing in the extreme northwest section of Tooele City presented a petition to the council asking for city water. Plans were also discussed about landscaping the grounds around the new City Hall, as were plans for a clean-up and paint project of the public library building during spring. The fire department was authorized to send two men to Salt Lake City for a complete course on first aid, and $100 was appropriated to cover the expense.
Feb. 2, 1917
Notice was hereby given that Alonzo J. Stookey, whose post office address was Clover, Utah, had made an application to appropriate .25 of a cubic foot of water per second from Coe’s Springs. The water would be diverted at the spring and conveyed by means of a pipeline for a distance of about 5,280 feet and used from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year for stock watering purposes.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.