Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 31, 2019
In 1969, city donates locomotive to Salt Lake museum

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 fifth week in October and first week of November.

Nov. 1-3, 1994

Residents’ concerns prompted the Tooele County Health Department to launch a detailed study of cancer rates in the area.

“There are different perceptions,” said Myron Bateman, Tooele County Health Director. “We’re trying to find out exactly is what we have out here.”

In mid August, the health department released figures obtained from the Utah Cancer register in 1990 that ranked the cancer rate in Tooele County higher than that of the state — but lower than the overall national rate.

Later in the week, an ordinance passed by the Tooele County Commission enabled the county to recoup expenses incurred during hazardous material incidents.

“If you make a mess with hazardous materials you are going to have to pay for it now,” said Harry Shinton, Tooele County Haz-mat team member.

Shinton explained that Tooele County taxpayers had paid about $25,000 to outfit the county’s haz-mat team with a new equipment trailer and enough equipment to respond to hazardous materials emergencies.

Oct. 28-31, 1969

Tooele Army Depot was scheduled to lose 100 civilian worker jobs by June 30, 1970, according to an announcement made by members of the state’s congressional delegation. 

Disclosure of the cutback followed a statement by Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird that he would close or reduce activities at 307 military bases in 42 states, Puerto Rico and overseas in a new round of Pentagon budget cutting.

Featured on Friday’s front page was news of Tooele City donating the old Tooele Valley Railroad Locomotive Number 11 to the Wasatch Railroad Museum in Salt Lake City. The locomotive for several years had been the dominant feature at the City Park on West Vine Street.

“I’d like to see it stay here, but it’s a dirty shame that it has been so badly neglected,” said Tooele Mayor Frank Bowman. “We have been calling on many of the city’s clubs and organizations asking for help and nothing has been done. When the thing is going to pieces, I feel I must act to preserve it.”

Oct. 31- Nov. 3, 1944

Pheasant hunting in Tooele County was set to open on Saturday, Nov. 4 and run for three days.

The limit would be two male birds per day. An unusual high number of birds in the area this season was reported by Deputy State Warden Ray Garrard.

Closed areas included the Bauer Orchard and the Soil Conservation Service Experimental Areas in Tooele Valley and Rush Valley, and other posted areas.

Later in the week, a reported 663 deer were checked at stations at Stockton, North Willow Road and the main highway leading from Skull Valley, according to Garrard.

The numbers were slightly less than deer taken in 1943 at the same stations.

When the deer season closed Nov. 2, not one hunting accident had been reported in the county.

Oct. 31, 1919

A jury returned with a verdict of not guilty after two hours of deliberation in the case of Joe Tomlejenovich, who was charged with the murder of Blas Frikovich. 

The jury in the case of John Borich, the self-confessed murderer of  Velma Atkins, was empaneled Thursday afternoon. The trial would begin Friday at 10 a.m. Atkins was 23 years old.

Correspondent 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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