Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 27, 2019
In 1969, Settlement Canyon Reservoir overflows

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 June.

June 28-30, 1994

Competition was keen between two large companies vying for the chance to lease Tooele Army Depot’s $110 million Consolidated Maintenance Facility, officials said.

During a meeting of the Tooele County Base Reuse Committee, it was announced the next step was for the committee to pick either Freightliner Corporation or OshKosh Truck Corporation to lease the CMF.

“We wanted to have a tenant by now but a lot of issues are still left to resolve that only the federal government can answer,” said Scott Muir, executive director of the Tooele County Economic Development Corporation.

Later in the week, results of a June primary election were announced after a 25 percent voter turnout during the election.

Democrat Ed St. Clair won the Democratic primary for county Commission Seat A and would face Republican incumbent Commissioner Teryl Hunsaker in November.

Lois McArthur won the democratic nomination for Commission Seat B and would face Republican incumbent LeLand Hogan.

June 24-27, 1969

A police investigation was underway after a Tooele man told police someone had fired two shots at his car. A police search had failed to reveal the identity of the gunman.

Before the incident ended, three cars had been hit by bullets, a policeman shot at and an innocent homeowner frightened by a shotgun blast that shattered his bedroom window.

The incident occurred along Vine Street near the State Liquor Store about 11:30 p.m. the previous Thursday.

Friday’s front page featured news of an overflowing Settlement Canyon Reservoir.

The dream of many of Tooele’s community leaders saw fulfillment during the week when waters of the reservoir reached the top of the dam’s spillway and overflowed.

Officials allowed the overflow to satisfy critics of the project who said it would never happen.

The reservoir had dropped two feet in June, but after a few rainstorms the water level reached maximum capacity of 1,200 acre feet of water.

June 27-30, 1944

Plans were being completed for a gala Tooele celebration to be held on July 4 under the direction of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

A big parade was being sponsored with entries still being accepted by the committee from all organizations or individuals who desired to enter.

The main feature of the Fourth of July celebrations would be a rodeo at Legion Park.

Stock was arriving every day and riders were signing up to compete.

Later in the week, Grantsville announced its Fourth of July celebration activities. A 10:30 a.m. program at the high school would feature comments from former Salt Lake City Mayor John F. Bowman.

A softball game was scheduled for 2 p.m. along with sports of all kinds for children. Hot dogs, sandwiches, punch, candy, etc. would be sold on the high school grounds during the day.

A movie would be shown at 8 p.m. at the Opera House followed by a dance featuring one of the top Salt Lake City orchestras.

June 27, 1919

The front page warned of fire danger in Tooele Valley.

Numerous fires had been reported in the mountains surrounding the valley and also within the valley itself and considerable damage had been done to property. 

A fire in the foothills southeast of Tooele during the first part of the week burned out the fence posts for a half mile on pastures owned by the Gordon brothers. 

The fire department was called out the previous Friday to put down a grass fire started by some boys on East Street. It was dangerously close to the barn and haystack of Mrs. Adelle Russell.

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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