Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 14, 2019
In 1969, local Navy pilot to help Apollo 12 astronauts

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 week of November.

Nov. 15-17, 1994

Despite opposition from Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe continued negotiations to build a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

Danny Quintanna, legal counsel for the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe, said the project would bring high paying jobs and infrastructure to Tooele County as well as the Indian reservation.

The Tooele County Commission had also supported preliminary study of the project.

However, Gov. Leavitt said Utah would not become a dumping ground for nuclear waste if it could help it.

Later in the week, Tooele County officials considered a property tax increase because the Tooele County Health Department wanted to become a separate taxing entity.

To realize that goal, however, the County Commission needed more cash first to remodel a new office complex at 151 N. Main, Tooele.

The amount being sought was an additional $13.60 per year for a home valued $50,000.

Nov. 11-14, 1969

The captain of the helicopter assigned to recover the Apollo 12 astronauts was Grantsville Navy man Darrell K. Paskett. The Apollo 12 liftoff was scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14, 1969.

The helicopter would have the name “Paskett” on the right side of it so citizens of the City could watch the recovery with pride knowing one of the lads was directing it.

Mrs. Sherry Paskett, wife of Darrell, and their son, were visiting in Grantsville while Darrell cruised the Pacific in preparation for the event that had worldwide interest.

Friday’s front page included remarks from two newly elected public officials at a Tooele County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

E. G. Mantes Jr., elected to the Tooele City Council, and Mayor-elect Robert Swan, told the chamber of the challenges that faced Tooele in the next decade.

“The challenge to Tooele is simply this: Are we smart enough to develop a dream and a vision for the future of our city and make our dreams become reality,” Mantes said.

Nov. 14-16, 1944

The United States Marine Corp. reported that Grantsvile Pfc. Garth T. Erickson had outshot a Japanese sniper in Guam and was alive, although wounded in the shoulder. 

Erickson, who was recuperating at a California Naval hospital, was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his wound.

“It happened while I was a flank guard for a unit which had stopped to consolidate its position,” Erickson said. “I spotted a Jap in the bushes and shot just a second before I felt something rip through my shoulder. We never heard from the Jap again.”

Later in the week, Tooele High School Principal Carl Evans and his wife were honored guests at a banquet and social at the high school on Wednesday evening with faculty as the hosts and hostesses. 

A.A Sutherland was the toastmaster and Miss Cumora Gardiner was in charge of games. The junior high faculty were special guests.

Nov. 14, 1919

Judge Wm. H. Bramel held a one-day session of court the previous Friday. At the opening of court he passed the death sentence upon John Borich, convited of the murder of Velma Atkin.

Two weeks ago today, after a deliberation of 40 minutes, the jury chosen to try Borich, brought in a verdict of “guilty” with no recommendation for mercy.    

Borich chose to be shot with the execution date of Dec. 19, 1919, within the walls of the state penitentiary.

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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