Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 23, 2017
In 1967, TAD offers citizen shelters in case of nuclear attack

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 third and fourth week of February.

Feb. 18-20, 1992

Two front-page stories on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1992, dealt with the question of what to do about an aging Central Elementary School.

Final data in a study of Central Elementary was presented to three public reaction panels the previous week. The panels were asked to choose between building a new $3.5 million building, building a new $5.1 million building and moving to a year-round schedule.

“There is going to have to be some sacrifice on the part of your citizenry to get this done,” said an education issues consultant. A second story focused on a proposed tax increase to fund building a new school.

For a new school, local voters would have to approve a new tax bond, said Larry Denham of Smith Capital Markets. He estimated such a bond would cost a $100,000 homeowner $40 per year, but he and other consultants stressed that the $40 figure is only a guess.

At one of the meetings, the consultant passed out a 120-page document. He said research showed that a split schedule, where some students attend early in the day and others late, would not be good for kids or teachers.

In the Thursday, Feb. 20, 1992, issue, Linda Armington,  Tooele County Health Department director, said it was important that a committee made up of several members of the community decide whether or not to start a volunteer paramedic team.

She said she hoped the hospital administrator would listen to recommendations being made by the county health department. The department endorsed the adoption of a paramedic team for Tooele and Grantsville cities.

Tooele Valley Regional Medical Center Interim Administrator Jan Furner said he and the county commission are attempting to form an objective committee that would determine whether or not a voluntary paramedic team should be adopted.

Feb. 21-24, 1967

Protecting residents from nuclear attack was highlighted in a front-page story that week.

Residents were notified that in case of nuclear attack, excess shelter spaces at Tooele Army Depot would be available to local citizens as directed by the Tooele County Civil Defense director, according to an announcement in the TAD Crier. TAD licensed and stocked a total of 5,000 of its best fallout shelter spaces for use during fallout conditions.

Col. Ralph Richards, commanding officer at TAD, directed that the information would be available in the administration office as to which igloos were empty and could be made available during emergencies for use as fallout shelters.

A letter was forwarded to local community leaders pointing out the need for coordinating local fallout shelter plans so that school children of working parents would be afforded adequate supervision during fallout conditions.

The Friday edition revealed that “speeding” topped the list of traffic tickets during 1966, according to an annual report by the Tooele City Police Department. Police officers issued a total of 695 citations for speeding.

The next most often violated traffic law was the city’s overnight parking law. Police issued 146 citations for this offense. Third on the list was driving without a license with a total of 68 cases reported. During 1966, Tooele police issued 43 stop-sign violations, 36 citations for excessive noise, 26 for failure to keep a proper lookout, 26 for drunk driving and 24 for failure to yield the right-of-way.

Also according to the report, Tooele had 333 accidents involving property damage, 30 accidents involving personal injury, 19 hit-and-run accidents and two fatal accidents in 1966. The department investigated 86 cases of vandalism, making it the major crime. Vandalism was followed by stolen bicycles with a total of 52 cases reported. Tooele police handled a total of 48 cases of public intoxication, 30 cases of shoplifting and 29 break-in burglaries.

Feb. 17-20, 1942

The Transcript Bulletin reported in its Tuesday edition that Tooele City had requested help from the federal housing administration to build 500 new homes in the city. Mayor Sol Selvin directed the preparation of letters requesting such a project to FHA headquarters, Utah’s two senators and Congressman Robinson. It was estimated that Tooele City would need 200 homes to take care of general industrial and tunnel requirements, and 300 homes for the new $35 million U.S. Army expansion in the valley.

Although no official information had been received in Tooele regarding the new ordnance depot, it was reported that people had been seen in Army uniforms. In the same issue, the paper reported the death of Patriarch Richard Jefferies of Grantsville. It was noted that he was a beloved and respected churchman of Tooele County. He was secretary of the High Priests’ Quorum of the Tooele Stake. He had given almost a lifetime of service to the Sunday school organization, as a side issue to all his other important church positions, which he had many and varied.

The paper reported in the Friday edition that 603 men between the age of 20 and 45 years old registered in Tooele County on Monday, Feb. 15, 1942 under the third national draft registration act. Of the total registration, 73 gave their home address as outside the county, and their names were sent to their home boards. This rule also worked the other way around. Residents of Tooele County who signed up in other sections of the country had their names sent to their local boards.

Feb. 23, 1917

The front page announced the passing of another Tooele pioneer Isaac Newton Dunyon who died at his home in Salt Lake City. He was born in Ohio and came to Utah in 1850. That same year he went on to California during the gold excitement. During his time in California, he was employed by the Overland Stage Company as a station keeper. He was one of the first to acquire property in the Deep Creek country and retained his interests there for more than 40 years. He had interests in mining property at Gold Hill.

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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