Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 21, 2021
In 1971, voters asked to approve bond for new courthouse

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 fourth week of October.

Oct. 22-24, 1996

A Sunday afternoon fire gutted a house located on Grimm Hill.

The house, which was owned by Maxine Grimm, was located at 498 Grimm Hill Road, caught fire sometime around 1:50 p.m.

“The fire was first reported by some deer hunters who noticed smoke coming from the house,” according to Jim Millward, Assistant Fire Chief for the Tooele City Volunteer Fire Department.

Even though the fire was technically located outside of the city limits, under a special agreement with North Tooele County Fire District, Tooele City fire crews responded to the call.

Later in the week, the issue of transportation needs for Tooele County would be discussed during a public meeting in Salt Lake City.

And the biggest issue in the county — at least in the minds of some — was trying to get the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to widen SR-36 into a four-lane highway.

Because SR-36 is a state road, UDOT must be convinced that such a move is necessary, which is not always an easy task.

Oct. 19-22, 1971

On Nov. 2, Tooele County voters would be asked to approve a proposal for a $975,000 bond issue that would be used for the construction of a new courthouse in Tooele.

The existing facilities were outgrown long ago, according to the county commissioners, who explained that the area’s population growth had placed increasing pressures on the old courthouse which was built in 1896. Several county offices, for example, were currently housed in other buildings, and other offices were overcrowded, and the space available for the storage of vital county records was woefully inadequate.

Later in the week, Glen Rupp, former Tooele High star in both basketball and football, and successful coach for the past 17 years would bring one of his best gridiron machines to Tooele when his Cyprus Pirates would battle the Tooele Buffs for the region title. 

Leading the awesome Pirate invasion would be Glen’s son Kerry, a senior who guided the destinies of the Pirates from his quarterback spot.

Oct. 22-25, 1946

Oct. 29, next Tuesday is the final registration day before the general election on Nov. 5.

If you are not registered and eligible to vote it is your duty as a citizen to make yourself eligible to cast your ballot.

Voters who have moved into other districts since the last election should transfer to the district where they now reside.

Registration polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. and all are eligible to register to vote if they are a citizen, 21 years of age, have been a resident of the State a year, the county four months and the precinct 60 days.

Later in the week, Tooele City Council had authorized the establishment of a pedestrian lane on Vine Street, with the crossing in front of the Oquirrh Hotel.

New fire hydrants would be installed by the city at Second and Third North on Broadway, and Sixth and Elm streets.

Also, effective immediately, barber prices in Tooele would return to pre-inflation prices. 

With the consent of the Union, barber prices in Tooele would be as follows:

Adult Haircut – 75 cents, Shave 50 cents, children’s haircut 50 cents, haircuts for children on Saturdays or days before Holidays, 75 cents.

Sept. 30, 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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