Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 11, 2021
In 1971, Tooele’s smelter scheduled to shut down at the end of the year

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 second week of November.

Nov. 12-14, 1996

The idea of having 450 homes on 360 acres of ground in Grantsville’s “Hollywood” area was only a builder’s dream — but if that dream came  true, construction would begin in the spring of 1997.

The parcel of property proposed for the Watt housing development was the former site of the Grantsville Stake LDS farm south of Hollywood Road. Watt Homes had a purchase agreement with landowner Alan Johnson to buy 360 acres of property located south of Grantsville.

Later in the week, Joe and Jack Parker had operated Interstate 80’s Salt Lake Auto/Truck Plaza for more than 24 years. The company and its employees were extremely important to the Parker brothers.

But sometime around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the Parkers called their 72 employees into an upstairs office for an emergency meeting to tell them goodbye. Later that day, at around 4:15 p.m., the Parkers filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

They could no longer survive as lessees and franchisees of a business where the holding company demanded unjust prices for fuel supplies and rent.

Nov. 9-12, 1971

The Tooele lead smelter of International Smelting and Refining Company was scheduled to close on Dec. 31, according to an announcement made in New York by the Anaconda Company, owner of the plant.

Rising costs over the past five years and a drop in smelter concentrates were given as the reasons for closing the facility.

On Nov. 9, 1971, there were 350 hourly paid employees and 87 salaried employees working at the smelter. All would be affected by the shutdown.The Tooele plant began operation in 1910 first as a copper smelting plant.

Later in the week, a recount of the ballots cast in Tooele’s municipal election were underway at Tooele City Hall.

Victor W. Armitage, a candidate for Tooele City Council, called for the survey in a letter to City Recorder Lucille Strausbaugh. Mr Armitage apparently lost the election by only seven votes behind incumbent City Councilman Robert Wasson, who was seeking a second term.

Tooele was the first Utah city to conduct a ballot recount under a new state statute passed in the previous legislative session.

Nov. 12-15, 1946

All the schools in Tooele County were observing “American Education Week” with interesting programs and school work during the entire week of Nov. 11-15.

Parents were invited to visit the schools during the week. In fact, it was the duty of every parent to visit school during the week. The teachers had a right to feel that you were not interested in your child’s welfare and success if you failed to visit the school. During the visit it would give each parent an opportunity to get some firsthand information about what was going on in the school.

Later in the week, funeral services for Arthur Thomas Crandall, president of the Tooele County Board of Education, were held in Tooele on the previous Saturday.

N. Howard Jensen, principal of Central School, wrote:

“No man ever had more friends than A.T. Crandall. No man was a better friend. He drew people to him by his winsomeness, and held them by his gentleness, his wisdom, his sincerity, his loyalty, and his generosity.

Nov. 11, 1921

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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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