Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 20, 2019
In 1969, Tooele Police Department voices grievances to city leaders

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 June.

June 21-23, 1994

Tooele City’s new $4.05 million budget for the 1994-95 fiscal year received a financial boost to help the community prepare for Tooele Army Depot’s planned conversion to the private sector.

During city council meeting, Tooele Mayor Bud Pendleton announced that the City had won a $200,000 grant from the state that would be used for studying the city’s current infrastructure and addressing community needs.

The City was required to match the grant and the scope of the work would be around $400,000, according to the mayor.

Later in the week, the front page featured news of a grasshopper invasion.

Grasshoppers were on the move in some areas of the county with residents struggling to control them before the damage became too great.

Surveys of the county revealed pockets that were infested with the insects. However, the problem was not severe enough to warrant federal control of the situation.

June 17-20, 1969

Support your local police was a slogan showing up on bumper stickers all across the country and it was  a cry being heard from officers of the Tooele City Police Department as well.

For more than two hours members of the City Police force spelled out details of a long list of grievances to citizens attending a public meeting on the evening of June 16 at the city fire station.

The charge that their problems were being ignored by city leaders led to the formation of a City Betterment Committee to investigate the financial operation of the community.

Friday’s edition featured a response to police from the Tooele City administration. 

A spokesman said that many of the charges made by the police department against the city were unfair. 

“They haven’t tried to see our side of the problem,” the spokesman said.

At a public meeting, policemen asked why the City could not afford a blanket pay increase for the police department and why city leaders did not approve a public safety employment retirement program.

June 20-23, 1944

“Pass in Review,” the all-military variety show making a tour of Utah, would be at Tooele High School auditorium on June 20 for an 8:30 p.m. show. 

Lionel W. Olsen, Tooele County war bond sales chairman, said Tooele was the first city in the state to witness the performance. 

The show was billed as the best and biggest army show ever to be assembled, featuring several of the nation’s biggest star performers.

Later in the week, 10 inductees had recently left Tooele County for service in the Armed Forces of the nation, according to the Tooele County Selective Service Board.

Six of the men were from Tooele and four from Gransville.

June 20, 1919

It was agreed upon at a commissioners meeting for the Tooele County to take over the Tooele City Library. A committee for control of the library would possibly be appointed at the commission meeting in July. The tax for library would now be levied on the County instead of the City

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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