Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 6, 2020
In 1970, Ophir holds impromptu parade to shake “ghost town” image

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 second week of August.

August 8-10, 1995

Not everyone agreed on what was “the best part of Tooele County’s 1995 fair,” but promoters and supporters alike recognized that the event was “one of the best ever.”

From a demolition derby, to bluegrass music, to queens and talent contests, to animal and home shows, to a children’s fantasy world, to gospel music to a salute to law enforcement agencies, the 1995 Tooele County Fair had it all.

Later in the week, Grantsville officials checked another project off their community development lists.

Bids had been accepted for a new million-gallon water tank. City officials predicted construction would begin at the end of August.

Drilling would cost the City $114,000 as the first phase of the project. Phase two, construction of the water tank would cost $393,916. Two bids for the third phase, pump house construction, were at least $75,000 over estimate. Pump house construction would cost the City about $243,000.

August 4-7, 1970

The weekend featured an impromptu parade down Ophir’s Main Street.

“We just want to let the oldtimers who have moved away know that we’re going to be celebrating Ophir Days again,” Mayor Howard Hawkins said following the parde.

Saturday’s parade began when 60 of the town’s 72 citizens decided to prove that Ophir wasn’t dying as some folks may have thought as they marched in the parade.

The whole idea, according to the mayor, was to revive the old “Ophir Railroad Day” celebration and shake Ophir’s image as a ghost town.

Friday’s front page featured a photo of the new Miss Tooele County Royalty.

Nancy Stringham was crowned Miss Tooele County with Carolee Castagno as first attendant and Elsie Brinkerhoff second attendant.

Stringham also was crowned Miss Tooele County Dairy Princess in July. Stringham graduated from Tooele High School in 1970 and planned to attend Utah State University in the fall. She was now eligible to compete for the Miss Utah title during the Utah State Fair.

August 7-10, 1945

1st Lt. James J. Paulos, Tooele, arrived home after  27 months in the Pacific War Area, serving with the First Marine Division.

He had served in four major battles: New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, in three of which he suffered wounds.

For his part in the Okinawa battle he was mentioned in Associated Press Dispatches as leading a heroic charge against Japanese resistance coming into the city of Shuri.

Later in the week, Tooele City ordered a general cleanup.

Owing to the threatened polio epidemic in the state and other incidental menances due to flies, and vermin, Tooele City Council issued an order Monday evening for a general city cleanup.

Manure piles, outside toilets, and other filth traps, which were ideal breeding nests for flies and vermin were especially on the black list.

If residents failed to clean up their properties they could be charged with misdemeanor offenses.

August 6, 1920

At the commissioners meeting Monday the salaries of the coming term of county officials were fixed. The salaries of recorder, attorney and commissioner were raised. The other officers would remain under their current salaries.

Salaries for the Sheriff, Clerk, Recorder and Treasurer would be  $1800, and the County Attorney $1600. County Assessor $1500, Commissioner $900 and Surveyor $400.

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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