Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 24, 2020
In 1970, National Lead to build magnesium plant near Grantsville

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 September.

Sept. 26-28, 1995

Tooele City Council candidates stated their beliefs at a question-and-answer forum sponsored by a citizens group.

According to the council hopefuls, organized growth for Tooele City and privatization of vacant facilities at Tooele Army Depot were among priorities leaders should tackle in the upcoming months.

The 14 participating candidates included John Cluff (incumbent), Jed Connell, Robert Feuerbach, Elizabeth Gibson, Hugh Gowans, Bernice Heckli, Louis Killpack, David Kroff, Tom Poyner, Charlie Roberts, Frances Romero, Harry Shinton, Ann Shosted, and Larry Silcox.

Later in the week, the cause of death of an 11-year-old girl at a Tooele County salt plant had not been determined and most likely would never be known, officials confirmed.

Tooele County Sheriff Frank Scharmann said the victim was suffocated in a pile of salt while on a field trip to Akzo Salt Sept. 19. How the girl became buried in the pile of salt remained unknown and the investigation had closed.

Sept. 22-24, 1970

Members of the St. John and Clover wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints voted by majority to combine the two wards into one at a special Sunday meeting. 

The meeting was conducted by Grantsville Stake President Kenneth Johnson.

Those voting in opposition to the proposal were heard privately by the presiding officers.

A bishopric for the new Rush Ward would be sustained Sunday, September 27 at noon.

Friday’s front page included an update on construction of a magnesium plant being built near Grantsville. Contractors set the completion date for the end of 1971.

Walter R. McCormick, technical director of the Magnesium Division of National Lead Company, gave a brief account of his company’s interest in the Great Salt Lake during a meeting with the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce.

He explained the process of extracting magnesium from the lake and the company’s concern for protecting the environment.

Sept. 25-28, 1945

Joyous news arrived to Mrs. Melba Park Madill that her husband Lt. Keith Madhill, thought dead, had been found in a Japanese prisoner camp.

The message came in a telegram which indicated Lt. Madill would return to the United States in the near future. The report further stated he was in fair condition.

Mrs. Madill resided in Tooele with her parents.

She and her husband were in the Philippines at the time of the Japanese invasion.

Later in the week, by proclamation of Gov. Herbert B. Maw, October had been designated “United War Fund of Utah Month.” The final campaign of the war fund would open on Oct. 1 and continue until Oct. 31.

The Utah organization would appeal for $400,000 as its quota of the National War Fund which sought $115 million for foreign relief agencies.

Sept 24, 1920

A great amount of interest was shown at both the Republican and Democrat precinct primaries the previous Saturday. The Republican primary was adjourned from the courthouse to the South Ward meeting house in order to accommodate the crowd, and the City Hall was filled to overflowing by the Democrats who assembled to elect delegates to the county convention.

A vote of 204 was cast at the Republican primary and 142 votes were cast at te Democraticic primary.

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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