Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 26, 2018
In 1968, weighman shoots man who attacks him with knife

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 fourth week of July

July 27-29, 1993

Auto thieves and tire slashers ran roughshod for two weeks in Tooele. Police confirmed that 10 vehicles had been stolen, several burglarized with tires slashed in a two-week period.

Stolen items from vehicles included checkbooks, compact discs and cassette tapes.

Tooele police Lt. Frank Scharmann said the criminals had been working the whole town.

“They will keep doing it until they get caught or until people learn to take out their keys,” Scharmann said.

A change of command at Tooele Army Depot was featured on the front page in Thursday’s edition.

An emotional Col. David Emling personified the people of Tooele County as the “finest cream that rises to the top” on his last day as TEAD Commander.

With the fate or realignment on the horizon, Col. Emling praised TEAD employees for their stamina and loyalty.

“Even though things didn’t go the way we wanted, we didn’t snivel,” he  said. “We continued to pitch in and do our work.”

Col. Jesse L. Brokenburr, 45, Winter Haven, Florida, accepted the position as TEAD’s commander on July 29.

July 23-26, 1968

Tooele County firefighters kept busy over the weekend with two serious range fires, both of which may have been purposely set.

The first fire began on a Friday afternoon in the Cedar Mountains, 35 miles west of Tooele. The fire burned 500 to 600 acres and took firemen over eight hours to control, according to Tooele County Sheriff Faye Gillette.

The second fire began on Sunday afternoon in Skull Valley next to Hatch Ranch. It burned several hundred acres and took about eight hours to control. 

Causes of the blazes were undetermined, but evidence pointed to human involvement, accordion to the sheriff.

Friday’s front page featured an incident near Wendover. A weighman at a Utah Highway Patrol weigh station near Wendover shot an attacker who came at him with a knife on July 24.

Weighman Ed Fordham said that a man entered the Wendover Port of Entry at about 6:45 a.m. Fordham said the bearded man was sweating and was not wearing a shirt. After visiting the restroom, he emerged bleeding from an apparently self-inflicted slash across his throat. 

He brandished the knife toward Fordham and said he was going to kill him. Fordham said he shot once and the bullet entered the left side of the attacker and passed through his body. 

The assailant was rushed to Tooele Valley Hospital where he was reported in satisfactory condition. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to do bodily harm.

July 27-30, 1943

Several changes at the Tooele post office would go into effect on Aug. 1 because of the growth of Tooele during the past year.

Sherman A. Lindholm became assistant postmaster and Carver W. Bryan was appointed as a new carrier for several new homes in the area. 

The addition of more than 100 families within Tooele City to the rural route would also be made on Aug. 1 or as soon as those families provided boxes for delivery.

Later in the week, it was announced that work had started on the $200,000 TOD Park Community Center. The community center was expected to be completed in 90 days.

In addition to providing office space for the administration officers of TOD Park, a shopping center was being set up and a separate building to house the child welfare project that was being organized to take care of the children of working mothers.

July 26, 1918

The front page reported the news that on the morning of July 21 an enemy submarine surfaced three miles off Orlean, Massachusetts, and fired its two deck guns at the town and at a passing tugboat that had four barges in tow. The tugboat was heavily damaged and the four barges were sunk. There were no fatalities.

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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