Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 20, 2020
In 1970, Utah Symphony performs at new THS auditorium

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 third week of February.

Feb. 21-23, 1995

Criminal charges filed against Grantsville High School’s principal had taken many people aback — especially in the community where he and his family had resided for more than seven years.

“It was shocking to hear about it,” said Grantsville resident Allen Parkinson. “I think he’s done a lot for the school. I think the community is dumbfounded.”

Robert Lawrence, Tooele County School District Board of Education member, abstained from voting when the board voted to suspend Randall Houk without pay.

“I think the judge will say these are frivolous charges and throw it out of court,” Lawrence said.

Later in the week, the school board voted 4-1 to approve the dismissal of Wendover High School’s principal.

Bruce Knowlton was released from the position on Feb. 2 for failure to demonstrate he had obtained proper certification from the State, according to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jose Truijillo. Board member Lawrence voted against the administration’s decision.

Feb. 17-20, 1970

A concert by the Utah Symphony Orchestra would be the first public event in the new Tooele High School Auditorium on Feb. 21.

Maestro Maurice Abravanel, who would conduct the concert, had invited THS senior Robyn Liddell to perform as a special soloist. Liddell would perform Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor for Piano and Orchestra on a Steinway Grand Piano provided especially for her by Daynes Music Company of Salt Lake City.

Later in the week, three Tooele residents died following the crash of an automobile on Interstate 80 12 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Tooele residents were Gene Walter Silva, 23; Catherine Marie Cordova, 23; and Vincent Daniel Candelaria, 19. Benny Charles Martinez, 21, of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, also died in the crash. Martinez was thought to be the driver of the car.

The four victims were thrown from their car as it rolled in the median strip near the Garfield Cutoff.

Feb. 20-23, 1945

Tooele City’s outstanding citizen for 1944 was D. Leslie (Sike) Gillette. A banquet would be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at Marvista at which time he would be the guest of honor and presented with the National Junior Chamber of Commerce Award for such a distinction.

The Distinguished Citizenship award was given each year to the young man who was considered to have given the most toward community development during the past year.

Gillette was picked by a committee of three local citizens headed by Mayor N. Howard Jensen, and assisted by Superintendent Sterling R. Harris and President Alex F. Dunn.

Later in the week, PFC Maughn S. Gordon, who was reported missing in action in France, was killed in battle on Jan. 31, 1945, according to official report made to his wife, Mrs. Lois S. Gordon. On May 24,1941, Gordon had married Lois Sorenson.

Word of his death came through on Feb. 19 from the War Department.

Gordon attended Tooele High School, was a mechanic at McKendrick Garage and prior to induction, was employed at Remington Arms as a tool setter.

Feb. 27,1920

The Woodland singers entertained a large and appreciative audience at the Tooele Opera House the previous Friday.

School attendance had reached normal in Tooele and at Grantsville.

Superintendent E.M. Reid had gone to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend the National Convention of Superintendents. Mr. A.M. Nelson joined Reid on the trip.

Mrs. Wm. Peters entertained the Ladies Aid of the M.E. Church at the church the previous Thursday. Refreshments were served.

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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