Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 17, 2020
In 1970, Blue Flame makes debut on the Bonneville Salt Flats

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 September.

Sept. 19-21, 1995

Eight workers at a West Desert hazardous waste incineration plant got sick after breathing fumes from stored contaminated soils, a company spokesman said.

The incident happened on Sept. 12 at USPCI/Laidlaw Clive Incineration Facility. Company Spokesman Charlie Roberts said the workers were employed by a subcontractor to USPCI, On Site Environmental, Salt Lake City.

The eight workers suffered nausea and headaches. The complete extent of their injuries would not be known until blood tests came back.

Later in the week, a grade school girl from Kamas who was critically injured while on a field trip to a salt refinery operation north of Grantsville died later at a hospital Sept. 20.

Tooele County Sheriff Frank Sharmann said the girl got buried in a mound of salt and it took about 20 minutes of feverish work by employees at the Akzo Nobel Salt Plant to get the girl out.

The girl was touring the facility with 95 other students from South Summit School District.

Sept. 15-18, 1970

Trial runs for a new race car known as the Blue Flame began at dawn Sept. 15 on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

It was believed that the Blue Flame was capable of breaking the land speed record of 600.601 mph set by Craig Breedlove in 1965. 

Driver Gary Gabelich of Long Beach, California, told newsmen: “The car is ready and I am ready. We’re anxious to go.”

The car was sponsored by 45 different companies in the United States and Canada.

Friday’s front page included a preview of Tooele High School’s Homecoming celebration.

Students at THS had been busy all week with many spirit-raising activities. Hats, pies, teachers dressing up, assemblies and pep rallies all fit into the picture .

“Bury the Huskies”(Hillcrest)  was Monday’s theme. Viewing the Huskies’ casket was the pastime of students passing through the main hall all week long.

Hats of every imaginable and unimaginable way became very obvious on Tuesday’s “Hat Day.”

Sept. 18-21, 1945

Thirty Tooele City business and civic leaders were guests Thursday of Col. Samuel M. Strohecker, Jr., the new commander of Tooele Ordnance Depot. He promoted TOD’s value and possibilities to Tooele City and Tooele County leaders.

The commander also said that Sunday afternoon would be set aside as visitors day at TOD and all employees with their families and friends were invited to take a conducted tour of the Depot.

Friday’s front page announced the new “Dean Barrus” medal for Tooele High School athletes. Barrus gave his life in the service of his country.

An admirer of Barrus would give a gold and silver medal to the outstanding athlete at Tooele High School in each of the four sports: football, basketball, track and tennis.

Medals would be given to those who excelled in athletic competition, sportsmanship and who came nearest to the ideals displayed by Dean Barrus.

Sept 17, 1920

The registration at the high school was fully up to normal. In the Senior High School it had reached the 150 mark Wednesday, while in the Junior department more than 175 young folks were at hand by that day. At least 25 more were expected in each school.

Several changes had been made in the regular working of the school, all of which were expected to bring about improved conditions.

One was the elimination of the Junior High principal, both schools being entirely directed under the management of Mr. Harding.

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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