Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 5, 2021
In 1971, Grantsville ready to host WBBA World Series

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 first week of August.

Aug. 6-8, 1996

Two raging wildfires threatened a lime producing plant near Grantsville over the weekend, but the plant was saved by firefighters who handled the blaze. 

Firefighters were chiefly concerned about an explosives bunker located near MTDI (formerly Climax Chemical) that was threatened as the fire burned just a quarter mile away. 

The lightning caused “lime fire” in the Stansbury Mountains quadrant of Grantsville — burned a total of 2,790 acres before being contained on Sunday afternoon. 

Three wildfires over the weekend burned more than 9,000 acres.

Later in the week, residents of Pine Canyon and Erda turned out in force to tell the world they wanted their communities to have an identity.

In a special election, a clear majority of registered voters turned out at the polls and overwhelmingly cast their ballots in favor of creating two townships. 

Tooele County Commissioner Teryl Hunsaker sees the outcome of the elections as a way for people in the new townships to control their own futures.

August 3-6, 1971

While more than 100 all-star boys baseball teams were busy battling for the right to play in the WBBA World Series, all kinds of behind-the-scenes work was going on in Grantsville, the site of the big tourney.

Grantsville had been awarded the 1971 World Series, and for months the people of Grantsville, and more specifically the committee headed by Tournament Director Dee Stice had been busy making everything ready for the eight championship teams to come to the World Series.

The series was scheduled for Aug. 9-14. Utah Gov. Cal Rampton signed a declaration declaring the week of Aug. 9-14 as Boys Baseball Week in Utah.

Later in the week, it was on to Grantsville and the 1971 WBBA World Series for the Tooele National League. That much became a certainty on Friday night at Brigham City when the National League from Tooele pinned a 10-2 loss on the Bountiful American League. 

It was the sixth straight tournament victory for the hard-hitting blue and white clad team and with the win they captured a beautiful team trophy and the Regional championship along with their ticket to Grantsville.

Aug. 6-9, 1946

According to Sheriff Alma White, a careless motorist traveling the Tooele-Grantsville Highway Sunday afternoon started a fire which resulted in the destruction of $1300 worth of hay situated near Howard Clegg’s shearing corrals.

Starting a fire in the dry grass along the highway, the flames spread over a 200-acre area, engulfing the stacks filled with rye hay and destroying from 70 to 75 tons.

A crew of firefighters were sent from TOD, and a crew of county volunteers were successful in saving the shearing sheds from the flames. The hay was not insured and was a total loss.

Later in the week, enthusiasm was running high among Bit and Spur members over the big All Western Stock Horse Show. Already many entry blanks had been filled out and returned to the committee.

This was one type of show that allowed participation for all and it looked like everyone was anxious to take part.

Aug. 5, 1921

At the regular session of the Tooele County School Board held in this city, the financial committee of the board met with the county commissioners and asked that the budget be reduced from $135,000, as first applied for, to $125,000 for the running of schools for 1921 and 1922.

In other school business, William J. Hammond and John Long of Lake Point met with the board to inquire and make an application for transportation of the students from Lake Point and Erda to and from the Tooele High School. The matter was left for further consideration.

Sports Editor 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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