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 October.
Oct. 12-14, 1993
Tooele City leaders were scheduled to go behind closed doors at a Tuesday meeting to scrutinize the police department’s organization and determine whether or not more officers should be hired.
The executive session was requested by City Councilman John Cluff. He wanted to talk to the department’s employees before the city applied for federal money to hire more police.
Police Chief Jess Petersen said the city needs more officers because of gangs, gun-toting kids and a persistent drug problem.
In a related front-page story later in the week, Tooele County’s top lawmen agreed that new legislation to curb the state’s gang problem was a good start, but stricter penalties were needed.
Local law enforcement officials agreed that juvenile laws needed more teeth, and more money should be spent on rehabilitation programs for juveniles. During a recent special session, the Utah State Legislature provided $2.5 million to finance Gov. Mike Leavitt’s anti-gang package.
Oct. 8-11, 1968
A Salt Lake City man was killed in an accident involving three vehicles near Grantsville the previous week.
Utah Highway Patrolman Don Proctor and Tooele County Sheriff Deputy Glenn Caldwell reported that the fatality occurred four miles east of Grantsville on U.S. Highway 40. The victim’s car stalled by the side of the road and another vehicle stopped to offer assistance. Both vehicles were struck when a small bus attempted to drive between the two cars. All vehicles were headed eastbound. The incident was being investigated by the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.
The front page also featured news about a good water year for Tooele. Tooele received 20.54 inches of moisture during the 1967-68 Water Year that ended on Sept. 30.
The total made for a very good year but not a record, said Burdett Bevan, who recorded water statistics for Tooele. The best water year occurred in 1947 when 21.45 inches were recorded, Bevan said.
Oct. 12-15, 1943
Thirty-three men were inducted through the Tooele County Selective Service Board for service in the U.S. Armed Forces. The number was under the October allotment, according to information released by the local board.
Twenty-seven were local enrollees and six were inducted for other boards. The names of the inductees were printed on the front page.
Later in the week the front page featured a story about a coal shortage in Tooele. The situation was expected to cause problems providing necessary fuel for heating and cooking.
Tooele suppliers had been putting forth strenuous efforts to secure shipments, which had been merely trickling in during the summer.
Tooele was a vital war center and metal production area and it was important that state and federal agencies and coal producers learn of the need to help Tooele avoid a serious situation.
President Woodrow Wilson had informed the government of Germany that before the United States could discuss an armistice, German troops had to be withdrawn from all invaded territory.
The president’s answer to the German chancellor’s note of Oct. 6 was sent by Secretary of State Robert Lansing on Oct. 8. The text of Lansing’s letter appeared on the front page.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.