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 second week of February.
Feb. 4-6, 1992
Tooele County Commissioners hoped that their opposition of two hazardous waste bills would encourage legislators to vote the measures down. Commission Chairman Leland Hogan delivered a letter to the Utah Legislature that outlined the county’s objection to the two pieces of legislation. Commissioner Ed St. Clair said: “Let them [the industries] recoup from their construction costs at least to see how they progress. Then we should decide if tipping fees should be raised.”
The commissioners said they did not believe the bills were proposed to protect the environment, but rather part of a “political football” game. Commissioners said the main purpose of the two bills was not as advertised, to protect the environment, but a knee-jerk reaction designed to capitalize on the political cause of being against hazardous waste. The two bills would raise tipping fees by as much as 400 percent. Commissioners said the suggested measures were discriminatory against the industries and were being suggested because the companies are politically unpopular.
Also in the news that week, employees for Tooele County were getting fit and trim — and getting paid for it. Tooele County Commissioners had allocated $5,000 for the county’s Health Incentive Program. Participating employees may each get $100 if they meet their annual goals. Commissioner St. Clair said the county patterned the program after one underway in Salt Lake County. If successful, he said it promised to lower insurance rates and decrease sick leave days.
Participants in the program, about 53 percent of the county’s employees, underwent an evaluation at the Tooele County Health Clinic. Weight, height, blood cholesterol level and blood pressure were all recorded and the participants were advised where they needed to make changes. “About 80 percent of those tested were above the desirable weight range,” said registered nurse Sherrie Ahlstrom.
Feb. 7-10, 1967
Architects Ralph Edwards and George Daniels presented a new plan for a city-county government complex to Tooele County officials, Mayor Frank Bowman, members of the library board and various property owners and merchants during a joint meeting of Tooele City Council and Tooele County Commission Monday night.
The plan called for the construction of a new county building on sites near City Hall. The new facilities would house a joint city-county jail and joint police and sheriff’s dispatcher. All the buildings would be consolidated as a kind of civic community center with access from Main Street, First East and Garden Street. The second part of the plan called for widening of Garden Street and establishing an Associated Merchant’s Development Area for the purpose of developing the core of the block as a large shopping center with parking facilities and rear store entrances.
In other news, Tooele’s U.S. Post Office was to begin moving into temporary quarters in the Phillips Furniture Mart building on Feb. 18, said Assistant Postmaster Robert Colledge. He said the move would take place over the weekend and that the post office would be open for business at its new headquarters by Feb. 20.
He said work would also begin on the new $260,000 post office building on Main Street on Feb. 20. The expansion plans included the construction of wings on both the south and north ends of the building. The south wing would be occupied by the post office and the north wing would be occupied by the offices of federal agencies. It was estimated the expansion would double the working space of the present post office.
Feb. 6-10, 1942
Tooele County places for Feb. 16 draft registration for all male residents between the ages of 20 and 45 years, and who had not signed up under selective service, were announced by the Tooele County selective service board. Men residing in Tooele City, Lake Point, Lincoln and Erda were to register at the county courthouse between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Grantsville registration was at Grantsville High School; Stockton registration was at the post office building, and Mercur registration was at the Snyder Mines office. Approximately 7,500 male residents in Utah were to be registered in the 20- and 21-year-old groups on Feb. 16, said Major H.A Rich, state director of selective service.
Also that week, Phillip Francis DeLaMare, Tooele’s last surviving member of the company that brought the first sugar beet machinery to the United States, died suddenly at his home in Tooele at 7:25 p.m. Sunday surrounded by his family.
The deceased had personally known every president of the LDS Church, except Joseph Smith, the founder. He was a longtime friend of Porter Rockwell, noted pioneer character. Tooele had been settled less than four years when DeLaMare came here with his parents, and he had lived through many changes during his 89 years of residence, which was without interruption except for his call to Arizona as an LDS colonizing missionary.
He often related that on his arrival in Tooele as a boy, he remembered a valley full of high waving grass, a veritable herders’ paradise. He said it was not an uncommon happening for stockmen to be unable to find their animals because of being lost in the high grass that spread over the valley.
Feb. 9, 1917
George W. Bryan was appointed Justice of the Peace for the Ophir precinct to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of LeRoy Jay. The appointment was made at the county commission regular session on Feb. 5. Dr. F.M. Davis was appointed county physician for the ensuing term. Deputy assessors were appointed to assess properties in the cities and outlying districts. Appointment for county road commissioner was deferred until the next meeting.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.