Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 11, 2020
In 1970, Tooele’s Annual Sidewalk Sale features Hawaiian theme

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 June.

June 13-15, 1995

After a 10-year hiatus, sandbags had returned to 700 South in Tooele City.

In preparation for possible excess mountain runoff from Settlement Canyon, the City had closed the designated flood route to general traffic. Concrete median barriers were in place and sandbags lined portions of the road to keep water from jumping the curb.

During the previous week, city work crews cleared debris from the concrete flood canal ditch that started at state Route 36 and emptied onto 700 South.

Later in the week, United States Secretary of Defense William Perry recommended keeping Dugway Proving Ground open.

Workers at Dugway had said it. Utah’s Congressional delegation had reiterated it. Army analysts had admitted it. And now, the United States Secretary of Defense formally recommended it.

“The Army has learned new information which makes the recommendation to realign Dugway Proving Ground no longer supportable,” Perry wrote.

June 9-12, 1970

Tooele merchants prepared for the Annual Sidewalk Sale scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, June 10-13.

With merchants and shoppers asked to dress in Hawaiian style clothing, the promotion would feature live entertainment, bake sales, refreshment stands and of course shopping bargains from every participating store.

In connection with a Hawaiian theme, Mayor Robert Swan officially proclaimed the week as “Aloha Week” in Tooele.

For several days the various stores had been organizing their displays and advertising around the island motif.

Friday’s front page featured news of the death of 18-year-old Pvt. Victor A. Tafoya in Vietnam. He had been struck with fragments while on defense duty June 4.  Tafoya had been in the service since March 1969 and had been serving in Vietnam for 10 months. 

He  was born in Conejos, Colorado, Dec. 23, 1952,  and attended Tooele schools. Tofoya was a member of the Catholic Church.

June 12-15, 1945

Tooele County Recreation Director Fred Huling announced the opening of the swimming pool and the organization of tennis activities.

This phase of the program would be under the supervision of Miss Kay Summerhays, who had recently graduated from the University of Utah, majoring in physical education and recreation.

Sterling R. Harris, Superintendent of Schools, was responsible for the services of Miss Summerhays in this summer program as she had been employed to take over the girls physical education program at Tooele High School in the fall.

Later in the week it was announced that the copper plant of the International Smelting and Refining Company of Tooele would discontinue operations indefinitely June 30.

The concentrator, lead smelter, and slag plant for the recovery of zinc would not be affected.

The copper plant would be closed because of lack of ore and lack of manpower.

June 11, 1920

Leading merchants of Tooele City cooperated Wednesday afternoon to make the half holiday plan a success, and patrons of the stores both from the outside and in town adjusted themselves to the new regulation. 

All leading merchants and businessmen gave due honor to the resolution of the council and the proclamation of the mayor and closed promptly at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Citizens, clubs and the ball team were requested to continue their support of this half holiday movement and see that it becomes permanent for the city.


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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