Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 26, 2020
In 1970, council makes Tooele mayor position full-time

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 March.

March 28-30, 1995

Grantsville’s 111th Old Folks Sociable was a “down home” celebration which proved that “no matter how far they roam, they always come back to hearth and home.”

The March 25, 1995 extravaganza brought native sons and daughters back to their roots from as far away as Alaska, Idaho, California, Washington, Nevada, Montana and Texas. 

Co-chairpersons Wayne Butler and Kristy Bleazard said they were “super pleased” with the success of the event.

“It takes a million hands to put something like this together,” Bleazard said.

Later in the week, Gantsville eighth-grader Alan Mouritsen won the 19th Annual Utah Spelling Bee.

He was so upset after losing the district spelling bee in the fourth grade that he vowed to never compete in spelling bees again.

Three years later in his final year of eligibility he tried again. Mouritsen won the district spelling bee in February and won the Utah Spelling Bee on March 24, 1995.

“When it came down to two, I didn’t want to get second,” he said.

March 24-27, 1970

Scott McBeth, Tooele’s great 6’6” center, was selected to Utah’s All-State basketball team by the S.L. Tribune.

McBeth, a senior, led the Buffs to a 6-2 league record, the Division Championship and on to the state tournament where the Buffs won one and lost two.

McBeth was the team’s leading scorer with 170 points in eight games, second-best rebounder and an inspirational team leader. His high scoring game was a 32-point effort.

Friday’s front page featured news of Tooele City Mayor Robert Swan becoming a full-time mayor.

City Council members gave approval to a proposal made by Swan that he serve as his own administrative assistant at a salary of $8,400 a year.

During the administration of previous Mayor Frank Bowman, the council cut the mayor’s salary to $150 per month and made the job a part-time position to more fully implement the provisions of the city charter.

March 27-30, 1945

Ater more than three years of only fragments of information about their son, Captain Warren A. Minton, who was a prisoner of war in Japan, his father Col. Henry E. Minton, TOD commander, and his wife, relayed good news to give fresh courage to other parents whose sons or daughters may have been captured by the enemy.

A recently returned prisoner of war brought home first-hand information to the effect that Capt. Minton escaped the horror filled March of Death which was the fate of many men captured at Bataan.

Later in the week, Walter St. Jeor of Clover and Jay Mondragon of Deseret Chemical Warfare Depot, were in very serious condition at TOD Hospital as the result of a head-on collision Wednesday near midnight on the Ophir road leading to the West Gate of Deseret Chemical Warfare Depot.

Five other occupants of the two autos were also seriously injured and both cars demolished in the impact.

March. 26, 1920

After a stormy session with the State Road Board Tuesday, representatives from this city and county, including Commissioners  Orme and Bush, representatives from Nevada and officials of the Lincoln Highway succeeded in getting the state road commission to designate the Lincoln Highway between Clover, Utah and the Utah-Nevada line as a state highway.

This would mean that the state would keep up this portion of the road out of state money.

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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