Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 24, 2021
In 1971, ‘Family Day’ held at National Lead’s magnesium plant

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 25-27, 1996

Two large brush fires had charred over 38,500 acres of rangeland and continued to rage out of control in the West Desert.

The first fire, located 30 miles west of Nephi, near the Little Sahara Recreation area, had been burning for six days and had consumed over 35,000 acres

“Right now we have close to 360 firefighters working to contain the Little Sahara Fire,” said Dick Kline, information officer for the Interagency Fire Center in Salt Lake City.

Also, a brush fire had consumed 3,500 acres near the Sheeprock Mountain range near Simpson Springs in southern Tooele County.

Later in the week, the Department of Environmental Quality gave the U.S. Army the go-ahead to begin incinerating the deadly, obsolete chemical weapons housed at the Rush Valley plant.

A test burn would not begin until at least July 22 after an injunction hearing brought on by a group of environmental activists who opposed the burning.

June 22-25, 1971

The Magnesium division of National Lead Industries was bustling Saturday, but not from construction of the magnesium plant.

The activity was created by more than 200 men, women and children. All but a few were employees of National Lead who gathered for “Family Day.”

The program was planned as a get-acquainted outing and an opportunity for employees to show off their plant facility to their families.

General Manager E.F. Erbin explained that “although magnesium is found everywhere (second most abundant metal in the earth), the Great Salt Lake has one of the highest known concentrations which is the reason NL selected it as our plant site.”

Later in the week, statistics showed that 64.1% of Tooele County families owned their homes.

The findings were based upon an analysis of reports released by the Department of Commerce, based upon data gathered during the recent Census of Housing.

Tooele County’s percentage compared to 58.9% nationally and 60.8% in the Mountain states.

June 25-28, 1946

TOD Park housing officials were planning to install a siren in the near future with the view of enforcing the county curfew law which put a deadline of 10 p.m. on minors being out of their homes.

An increase in damage of unoccupied property at TOD Park, principally by juveniles, had made the enforcement of this curfew law an urgent necessity.

Juvenile delinquency was on the increase throughout the entire county, with such offenses as housebreaking, burglary, window and street light breaking taking a decided upturn.

Later in the week, Ensign Mike Simonich, USNR, Tooele, received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Gold Star medal from Commodore A. Gavin, USN, Commander Aircraft, Phillipine Sea Frontier. 

Simonich received the awards “for completing 70 flights over enemy territory during the period Dec. 21, 1944 to April 26, 1945.

He flew over territory where enemy aircraft patrols frequently occurred.

June 24, 1921

Throughout the whole history of Tooele City and surroundings, prospects were never brighter for a bigger and better city. True, our industrial condition is somewhat depressed, and will be more so shortly, but plans are underway to irrigate almost five times as much land in this valley alone, as is now irrigated in the whole of Tooele County. Optimism is the word, we cannot tolerate the spirit of the pessimist.

Our vision for the future of this city is so wonderful that we feel like shaking ourselves to see if we are really awake.

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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