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 fifth week December and first week of January.
Jan. 2-4, 1996
Backers of a proposed recreation complex were seeking $25,000 from Tooele City Council to fund preliminary architectural designs.
If the project were to continue the City Council would need to give it their “stamp of approval,” said Larry Harrison, director of parks and recreation.
The Centennial Complex Committee needed between $25,000 and $300,000 to keep the ball rolling.
“In our initial request we underestimated the cost of the preliminary architectural design,” said committee member Charlie Roberts.
Later in the week, Tooele County residents celebrated 100 years of statehood at Shield’s Crossing.
A “Centennial Express” train originated in Cedar City and passed through Tooele County with Gov. Mike Leavitt and Sen. Bob Bennett on board.
Decked out in a top hat and a 1980s dress suit, Gov. Leavitt briefly addressed the crowd of close to 1,000 Tooele County residents who gathered to greet the train at the crossing just north of Tooele.
Dec. 29, 1970 – Jan. 1, 1971
Police Chief Orvel Hamilton and Fish and Game Conservation Officer Roy Garrard issued a warning to area residents to stay off the ice on the Settlement Canyon Reservoir.
According to officials, water behind the dam was about 40 feet deep. This coupled with steep sides of the reservoir and thin ice made any activity there “extremely dangerous.”
“We are asking both adults and youngsters for their own safety to stay off the ice,” Chief Hamilton said.
Later in the week, Tooele County Sheriff Faye Gillette planned to step down after 23 years of service.
Often called a Lawman’s Lawman, Gillette had held office longer than any other sheriff in Utah.
In January, 1947, 23 years ago, he joined the department as a deputy to Sheriff C.A. Hymas. When Hymas retired three years later, Gillette was appointed to fill the unexpired term.
Five times he was successful in seeking election to the post.
Gillette served as sheriff for more than 20 years. His fame spread nationwide because of the many criminal cases he helped to solve.
Jan. 1-4, 1946
Burglars and safecrackers entered the Selvin’s Store on Saturday morning and took $1320 in cash from the store safe.
Entrance was gained by making a hole in the roof and another hole in the ceiling in the rear of the store.
The dial was knocked from the safe door, and the safe was opened and the inside money strong box was sprung.
Only cash was taken and $1500 in checks and other valuables left untouched, and no merchandise as far as could be determined was touched.
Later in the week, Tooele City’s new administration was ready to take office at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the regular meeting of the City Council. A. Deloy Tanner would be sworn in as mayor, taking the place of N. Howard Jensen.
New members of the Council would be Alex Rhone, four-year term; Lionel W. Olsen, and Frank McKellar, two-year terms; D.L Gillette was re-elected and Kenneth Shields was a holdover councilman.
Dec. 31, 1920
The Community Christmas tree was a wonderful success. From the crowd that assembled at the tree, one might have thought it was a Fourth of July celebration instead of a Christmas affair. A good program was rendered followed by the distribution of a good-sized sock filled with candy, nuts, an apple and an orange by Santa Claus to all children under 15 years of age.
Children who were not able to attend are requested to phone their names into The Transcript, Phone No. 59, and their share from the tree will be taken to them.
Correspondent Mark Watson compiled this report.