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 June and first week of July.
June 30-July 2, 1992
Settlement Canyon Irrigation Company announced it would limit times for watering because of drought conditions.
James Gowans, president of the company, said that the high demand for irrigation water had taken its toll. Residents could still water twice per week, but for less time.
Instead of four hours per watering day, the time limit was cut to three hours per watering day.
“Our reservoir is in a situation that if we don’t cut back on time, we’ll have to curtail the season early,” Gowans said. “We hate to cut back too much because everyone has their gardens in full bloom.”
Later in the week, the front page announced that Tooele City Library would be closed for all of July to install a $75,000 computer system.
The new system would speed up the checkout process. It would include a a public access terminal for locating books.
“The staff is jubilant about the computerization,” said librarian Geraldine Mortensen. “They think it will be real simple to use. We want to assure the public no one will have to feel shy or awkward. The staff will be ready to assist them if they encounter any problem.”
The library would be closed until Aug. 4 so that staff can properly barcode books and prepare the system for public use.
June 27-June 29, 1967
The Tooele City Council approved next year’s operating budget at $656,000 and set the mill level at 33 during a Monday night meeting. During the meeting a one-half mill was added to the tax rate to raise $5,000 to offset costs of the next election.
A city wage scale was presented in the budget that included $8,500 for the mayor, $3,440 engineer, $3,900 recorder, $7,620 treasurer, $8,220 judge, $7,320 police chief, $720 fire chief and $4,920 sexton.
Later in the week, the front page announced that an election to designate a union for Tooele Army Depot employees ended in a stalemate.
Neither union gained a majority of votes.
The American Federation of Government Employees union tallied 449 votes, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers received 350 votes and 242 workers voted for no union.
A runoff election was scheduled for July 6.
June 30-July 3, 1942
The front page announced that the Fourth of July Rodeo would be a “man-beast war.”
It would be an immense war in which seething horse flesh will match its power against the skill of unbeatable riders.
Forty McBride and Castagno horses, 20 professional buckers and 20 wild bareback will be through the chutes and matched with eager riders.
Later in the week, the front page announced that dry grass had made Tooele Valley and surrounding mountains a veritable tinderbox.
It was the high point for fires earlier in the week with the principal places of conflagration extending from Lake Point to Warner Station.
The most extensive fire was still active in the mountains northeast of Tooele, after burning several thousand acres of grassland.
The fire department responded to another blaze northwest of Tooele. A fire started in the mountains north of the smelter, but lack of manpower made it almost impossible to fight.
Sheriff White urged the utmost caution on the part of people in regard to fires. He said that flames that go beyond control would require the commandeering of citizens to do the firefighting.
June 28, 1917
Russia’s consecration to a war to the end German autocracy was avowed during the last week of June, 1917.
The Transcript Bulletin featured a statement by Russian Ambassador Boris Bakhmeteff.
“The Russian people thoroughly understand and are fully convinced that it is absolutely necessary to root out the autocratic principles which underlie and are represented by German militarism which threatens the peace, the freedom and the happiness of the world.”
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.