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 December.
Dec. 17-19, 1996
Grantsville City would grow by leaps and bounds in the near future — that fact was inevitable, Planning and Zoning Commission members said at a meeting.
But if commission members had their way, a six-month development moratorium on major subdivisions within the city would give leaders time to organize and prepare for future growth.
Commissioner Brent Crowther’s recommendation that the moratorium be imposed was met with loud applause by residents at the meeting.
Later in the week, about 40 people attended the first of two public hearings in Stansbury Park to voice their opinions about a tax increase for recreation and greenbelt service areas.
Many people expressed displeasure at the notion of a tax increase.
“We’re still reeling from last year’s property tax increase and that’s not including the school bond,” Stansbury Park resident Randy Jones said. “ They may even raise the sales tax. I just don’t want this (increase) right now.”
Dec. 14-17, 1971
“Wanting to help is the first and most important qualification for anyone who works in a program designed to help people with emotional problems,” Gov. Calvin L. Rampton told those attending dedication ceremonies at the Tooele County Crisis Center.
The governor headed a large group of state and local officials, volunteers and others attending the dedication which marked the end of Tooele County Crisis Center Week.
Following the ceremonies at the Center on the corner of Broadway and Utah avenues, a country music festival was held at the Tooele High School auditorium to raise funds for the operation.
Later in the week, at a sparsely attended public hearing in their chambers at the courthouse, Tooele County commissioners approved a budget for fiscal year 1972 totalling more than $.5 million dollars. A spending increase of $83,271 would be accomplished without an increase in taxes. The increase was due to the addition of new programs which had added to the financial obligations of the county.
Dec. 17-20, 1946
On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Central School Chorus would make the city park ring with Christmas carols.
The chorus would be directed by Mrs. Lucy Ellington, music instructor. The carolers would sing “Deck the Halls,” “The First Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “It came upon the Midnight Clear,” and many other songs.
Later in the week, Mayor A.D. Tanner’s service station at Second North and Main Street, which attracted statewide attention as being constructed of ammunition boxes, and caused an immediate run on those boxes at TOD for building purposes, was set to open for business.
The new station would be known as the Tanner Service, and would be an outlet for Sinclair products.
The garage service portion of the business would not be open until a later date. Mayor Tanner said the service part would have Kenneth N. Huntington as attendant.
Dec. 16, 1921
Yesterday morning in District Court, Charles McKellar, former deputy sheriff of Tooele County, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to serve one to 10 years in the state prison.
After passing sentence, Judge L. D Wight stated that he would submit his recommendations to the state board of pardons within 30 days and District Attorney LeRoy B Young made a similar statement explaining that he wanted the family of the man who was killed by McKeller to know and feel that he was acting to the very best of his knowledge to see that justice was done.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report