Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 3, 2017
In 1967, general predicts stable future for Tooele Army Depot

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 first week of August.

Aug. 4-6, 1992

A 14-year-old hiker died in Tooele County’s Pole Canyon east of Erda on Aug. 2.

The victim, Frank Peter Siebert, was a resident of Bakersfield, California. He was hiking in the canyon with his brothers. One brother was from Bakersfield and the other from Salt Lake City.

According to Chief Deputy Frank Park with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, the hikers were near the top of the mountain when the 14-year-old boy became ill.

His brothers hiked down the canyon to find water. When they returned an hour later the victim showed no vital signs and the brothers believed he was dead.

Searchers reached the boy shortly after midnight and confirmed the death.

Later in week, the front page featured a story on budget proposals for Tooele City. The council adopted three of 14 budget changes proposed by councilman John Cluff.

New lights for Elton Park’s softball field was approved, but an employee bonus program was rejected. The council also denied restructuring Class C road funds.

Aug. 1-4, 1967

A stable future was forecast for Tooele Army Depot by Gen. F.S. Besson Jr., during his first visit to the depot. He was commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

He praised Tooele Army Depot personnel for doing a most commendable job in support of the war in Vietnam. He said 70 percent of the depot’s activities are in direct support of the Vietnam war and 90 percent of the ammunition from the depot went to Vietnam.

“There will be no real changes up or down in any of the missions of Tooele Army Depot,” the general said.

Later in the week, the front page featured a story about a new filter system for Tooele’s municipal pool.

The $15,000 sand filter system would replace a worn-out and outdated earth filter system that was installed when the pool was built.

The new system would be less expensive to operate than the old system and instead of needing to be flushed every day, it would only need to be flushed once a week, according to Tooele City Mayor Frank Bowman

Aug. 4-7, 1942

A front-page story announced that due to an increase in population, coupled with increased demand for water at Tooele Army Depot, Tooele City’s culinary water supply was diminishing to a dangerous level.

Regulations for sprinkling yards were announced by City Manager John D. Gollagher in order to maintain an even distribution of water storage.

One water schedule was set for houses north of Vine Street and another watering schedule for south of Vine Street.

Later in the week the front page featured a story about a busy weekend for the sheriff’s office and police.

Several charges followed a weekend of violations.

The Tooele County Sheriff’s Office reported conviction of two speeders, one embezzler, six for disturbing the peace, three for drunkenness, two for drunken driving, three for assault and battery and for gambling, and one for running an auto without an operator’s license.

Aug. 3, 1917

The front page featured a story from London about an allied offensive against Germany during World War I.

It was called one of the biggest offensives of the war — aimed to drive the Germans from the Belgian coast. It was launched by the allied French and British forces on the Flanders front on July 31.

The Teutons were forced back on the wide front of apparently 20 miles. The British captured three lines of defense in some places.

“Objectives gained,” was the terse report of the British war office.

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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