Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 17, 2019
In 1969, Terracor breaks ground for Stansbury Park

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 October.

Oct. 18-20, 1994

When students returned to Wendover High School in the fall, many thought it would be the last school year they’d spend under the same roof. 

But school board members in both Utah and Nevada gave Wendover students another year together when they voted to extend a 10-year-old interlocal agreement.

The decision moved the agreement’s expiration date from June 30, 1995 to 1996 — allowing students from both sides of the border to continue attending the same schools in Wendover for an additional year.

Later in the week, a Tooele Chamber of Commerce luncheon offered candidates for five Tooele County offices a chance to exchange views and an occasional verbal jab at their opponents.

Candidates for sheriff, attorney, treasurer and assessor took turns at the podium.

Incumbent Sheriff Don Proctor and Tooele City Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Frank Scharmann were the candidates for sheriff.

Valerie Lee faced Jackie Edwards for county treasurer, County Attorney incumbent Ron Elton squared off against Tooele City Attorney Doug Ahlstrom, incumbent Dennis Ewing faced RoEnna Gammon for county clerk, and Jerrie Paystrup faced Jed Conne for county assessor.

Oct. 14-17, 1969

Terracor, a Salt Lake City based firm specializing in “community building,” announced that it would develop a new town on land it had acquired near Mills Junction in Tooele County.

The new development was expected to house 40,000 persons by 1985. The development would be known as Stansbury Park for Captain Howard Stansbury, an early explorer of the area. Terrracor had acquired through purchase contracts and options over 15,000 acres of land. When completed it could be Utah’s fourth largest city.

Friday’s front page featured more news on the new planned community of Stansbury Park.

A dynamite blast set off by Gov. Calvin L. Rampton signaled the start of construction at the site of Terracor’s new planned community called Stansbury Park, about 3 p.m. on Oct. 15, 1969.

State, County and City officials with other special guests took part in the groundbreaking ceremonies from a platform on the west slope of the Oquirrh Mountains overlooking the area where the new city would be built.

Oct. 17-20, 1944

Final preparations were being made during the week for an expected 70,000 deer hunters from California to Pennsylvania as well as Utah, as the zero hour approached for Utah’s 1944 deer season. 

The annual 11-day hunt would begin on Saturday, Oct. 21 at sunrise, and continue through Oct. 31.

In 1943, 73,000 deer tags were purchased. Nearly the same amount of hunters were expected to take to the field despite drastic curtailment of doe hunting, according to Ross Leonard, director of the Utah Fish and Game Commission.

Later in the week, more registrants were inducted into the Armed Forces through local board No. 8 Tooele, Utah. They included:

Navy: Ronald J. Searle and Karl Eugene Johnson, Tooele; Gilbert Avon Brown, Faust.

Army: Ray William Dunado, Salt Lake City; Oren Gillespie Mueller, Francis Keith Kelley, Anthony Edward Morous, Don Henry Lee and George Wayne Lee, all of Tooele; Kenneth Alden Snively, Gold Hill; Garth L. Anderton, Neola; and Elmer Keith Ahlstrom from St. John.

Oct. 17, 1919

At the Citizens Primary held Tuesday evening in the county courthouse, a Citizens ticket was nominated and will be voted upon at the coming election on Tuesday, Nov.4.

George Howarth, chairman, prised at the primary.

There nominations were made for the mayor, namely: John J. Gillette, Willard Atkin and L.A. McBride. When the votes were counted, Gillete carried first with a large majority, Atkin was second and McBride third.

The Citizens ticket stood as follows: Gillette, mayor; four-year councilman Franklin Whitehouse, two-year councilmen R.J. Huntington, James Crellin and A.H. Barton. Recorder, Idwal Ajax; Treasurer, Mrs. Daisy L. Woods.

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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