Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 27, 2022
In 1972, Dick Raben hired as new head coach for Tooele High football

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 July.

July 29-31, 1997

“How will this affect the kids?”

That’s the bottom line for Tooele County School District’s new 41-year-old Superintendent James W. Buckley.

“We can never lose sight of the students — that’s what it’s all about. My highs have always been making a difference in the lives of students. I still see that as my challenge,” Buckley said.

Buckley had been busy during his first few weeks. He had made it a point to meet with all the principals and his administrative staff throughout the district.

Later in the week, with bittersweet formality, Lt. Col. Mark Henscheid relinquished command of the Tooele Army Depot to Lt. Col. Richard A. Smart.

The official party, consisting of Henscheid, Maj. Gen. James Monroe, and Lt. Col. Richard A. Smart, the new commander, was escorted to the outdoor ceremony standing at attention on the back of the traditional three-quarter ton Dodge pick-up.

“The Change of Command is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates to the officers, soldiers and civilian employees of the Command the continuity of the authority of command,” depot employee Tom Ware read from the program.

July 25-28, 1972

David Bray, head football coach at Tooele High School, resigned after four complete seasons at THS.

Bray will transfer to Fremont, Calif. where he will be the linemen coach at Mission San Jose High School. Bray listed opportunity and growth as the two biggest reasons for his transfer.

“There are a lot of junior colleges in the Fremont area and I hope to move up to a head football position in the high school and then eventually to a job in the junior college area,” Bray said.

Later in the week, Tooele High School principal Boyd Gurney appointed Dick Raben as head football coach.

The new coach was a veteran of the coaching ranks having been a coach for the past 14 years. 

Following a very successful season at Provo HIgh School on the Black Hills, South Dakota Ordnance Depot, Raben transferred to Dugway Proving Ground where he was head coach for two years before coming to THS as assistant to Bray in 1969. 

Now, after four years, he takes over as head mentor.

July 29-31, 1947

Lightning, it was believed, started a fire in the top of Boulder Mountains, 18 miles southeast of Vernon last Tuesday and destroyed several miles of choice timber, according to Ray Pehrson of Vernon.

A crowd of men from Vernon spent the 24th of July fighting the fire and firefighting crews had been busy trying to bring the fire under control throughout the week.

High winds had fanned the flames to add to the firefighting difficulties.

Later in the week, another major fire broke out just north of the Middle Canyon trestle Wednesday afternoon after being started by boys in that locality. The flames spread down the ravine and burned alfalfa which was being kept for seed on the property of Edson Bevan and spread to within a few feet of Mr. Bevan’s home before being brought under control by the Tooele County Fire Department.

A wheat field which had just been harvested was in the path of the flames and the fire spread through the standing stubble.

July 28, 1922

In conformity with the progressive attitude of The Transcript, a brand new Lee Cylinder Press had been added during the week to the already fine equipment of the paper.

The Lee Press is in a class of its own and considered to be the best country press turned out by any manufacturing concern, and many of the leading city plants are using this press to turn out high class jobs and book work. 

Besides being capable of turning out the highest grade of job work of any class in a most satisfactory manner, a seven column newspaper can be printed, and it is very probable that The Transcript will be increased to a seven column paper within a very short time, so as to give more local reading matter to you our subscribers as well as better service to our advertisers.

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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