Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 25, 2020
In 1970, Sheriff Fay Gillette announces retirement after 23 years in office

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 June.

June 27-29, 1995

On June 26, Dugway Proving Ground officials learned that U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM) had withdrawn a proposal to close Dugway’s residential area, English Village.

Instead, TECOM officials were submitting a request to Congress for the $12 million needed to keep it open after October 1996, according to DPG spokeswoman Carol Fruik.

Six months earlier, the Army informed Dugway residents they might lose their workload and their neighborhood.

Later in the week, the Benson Gristmill, which had marched toward becoming a viable historic attraction for the previous decade, was designated the Centennial “Legacy” project for Tooele County. 

Tooele County Statehood Centennial Committee would allocate funds for construction and operation of a water wheel on the west end of the historic mill.

“We envision a large water wheel which will be historically factual that will turn and possibly grind flour for visitors to the Benson Gristmill,” said Charlie Roberts, chairman of the Tooele County Centennial Committee.

June 23-26, 1970

Tooele County Sheriff Fay Gillette announced his retirement in a dramatic statement to the Tooele County Republican Nomination Convention Thursday evening at Tooele Junior High School.

Sheriff Gillette cited health reasons in withdrawing his nomination for another term. He had served the county in the post for 23 years.

“I’ve lived with the job for over 23 years,” the Sheriff told the convention. “I’ve enjoyed my work and been treated well by the people of the county. The decision to withdraw was a difficult one to make.”

Friday’s front page featured two Tooele County areas newly listed to the Utah State Register of Historic and Cultural sites.

One, the E.T. Benson Gristmill, still stood near Mills Junction. The second was the Iosepa Settlement Cemetery which stood near what was once perhaps one of the most unique settlements in all of the West.

Benson Gristmill was built in 1854 at Lake Point in an area then known as Twin Springs Creek.

The neglected Iosepa Settlement Cemetery in Skull Valley marked the site of a village that was the home of LDS converts from Hawaii. At one time 226 Hawaiins lived at Iosepa.

June 26-29, 1945

Nathan H. Anderson, age 58, suffered fracture of the pelvis in four places and other serious cuts and bruises when he slipped and fell over a stairway at the Oquirrh Hotel Sunday night about 10:30.

It is believed that he stepped on a child’s wheel toy of some kind, and went over the banister falling two stories to the ground floor, or some 40 feet distance. Reports from the Bingham Hospital entertain hopes for recovery. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are owners and managers of the Oquirrh Hotel.

Later in the week, the Tooele County Board of Education adopted a budget for school year 1945-46. The total budget was $323,253 compared with $285,998 for the previous year. 

The increase in budget was due to an increase in teachers’ salaries and $18,000 being set aside for the purpose of erecting buildings.

June 25, 1920

Excavation for the construction of a 1000-ton concentrate mill at Tooele Smelter was scheduled to begin June 29.

The announcement was made by the Utah Consolidated Mining Company. 

Material for the construction of the plant was ordered and the mill would be completed in the fall, according to plans. About 75 men would be hired to work at the new mill.

Arrangements had been made with the Tooele Valley Railroad Company to take employees back and forth from work on the regular shift trains, thus giving the employees the privilege of residing in Tooele.

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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