Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 1, 2021
In 1971, Tooele City begins rat reduction program

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 July.

July 2-4, 1996

Two months after an agreement was reached between the Army and Tooele City, preparations were underway for a conveyance ceremony of the Consolidated Maintenance Facility.

A list of dignitaries who were planning to attend the July 12 ceremony included Undersecretary of the Army Joe Reeder, Congressman Jim Hansen, and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt. In addition, Roger Penske, chief officer of Penske Realty of Utah Inc. would be on hand plus city, county and depot leaders.

Later in the week, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded nearly $1.4 million to the Utah Office of Job Training to 70 dislocated workers at the Tooele Army Depot (TAD).

The announcement was made by Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich and applauded by Tooele County’s representative in Congress, Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah.

“As this country continues to adjust to a changing national and international economy, it is critical that we retain the talents and skills of individuals whose work lives are affected, but whose contributions to society are still veiled, Reich said.

June 29-July 2, 1971

“The parade will absolutely start at 9 a.m. sharp on Monday, July 5.” With these words the parade committee prefaced for this year’s event.

Again this year the Fourth of July would be a gala day in Tooele with a parade, all day concessions at the city park, and the annual 4th of July Bit N Spur Rodeo to climax the celebration.

Rules for the parade stated that any individual or group could enter providing that the entry was of a wholesome and uplifting nature.

Later in the week, Tooele City initiated a rat reduction plan because rats were a problem at the Tooele City garbage dump.

Tooele County Sanitarian Royal Simpson, asked that individuals assist in preventing the problem from spreading to other areas.

According to Mr. Simpson the rodents rapidly reproduce and grow in areas such as garbage dumps where food is plentiful. Because of this fact Tooele Mayor Robert Swan had initiated the reduction program.

July 2-5, 1946

Alma Jean White stood in first place in the July 4th Queen Contest when the official votes were tabulated with her nearest contender almost 10,000 votes behind.

Balloting would continue until 10 p.m. July 3rd and the queen would be crowned at the dance at Legion Park at 10:30 p.m. the same evening.

Other contestants included Jean Fulmer, Lily Thomas, Shirly Fulmer, Beverly Shields, Jo Anny Dunyon, Colleen Clark, Ruth Warburton, Barbara Johnson and Joy Worthington.

Later in the week, due to extreme heat and heavy drain on the city water supply, sprinkling restrictions would be in force in Tooele City effective July 4.

Effective July 4, sprinkling would be limited to every other day. All even numbered houses would sprinkle July 4. All odd numbered houses would sprinkle July 5 and every other day thereafter.

No sprinkling would be allowed between the hours of 4 p.m and 7 p.m. any day. All-night sprinkling would not be allowed.

July 1, 1921

With this issue of the Transcript we enter our 26th year of publication. Prospects appear brighter than ever before, and like the sturdy oak, each year the roots of our concern have taken a firmer hold into the business earth of stability.

We will continue to pursue the same policies of a clean up-to-date newspaper; working for the material and ethical advancement of the good people of this county.

James Dunn, editor of the Transcript for over 20 years and owner of one of the largest private libraries in the West, would celebrate his 84th birthday July 12, 1921. His retirement came at the age of 82

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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