Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 30, 2022
In 1972, officials announce construction of new Tooele County Airport

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 December.

Dec. 2-4, 1997

There was no snow on the ground, the stockings were not yet hung by the chimney with care — but Santa Claus came to town anyway Saturday morning, Nov. 29, 1997.

And many adoring Tooele children seemed to enjoy seeing ‘Ol St. Nick, even if his sled was on wheels and pulled by a team of horses at the annual Santa Claus parade.

Besides the appearance of Santa, the parade also featured big red fire trucks with their sirens sounding; the Grantsville High School band playing Christmas carols and other floats featuring Tooele County royalty.

Later in the week, a vast majority of the Skull Valley band of Goshutes wanted a proposed storage facility for spent nuclear fuel rods, Tribal Chairman Leon Bear said.

That was why he was leading the movement to make that a reality, in spite of opposition from virtually every elected official in the state of Utah.

“I’m only doing what the people want me to do,” Bear said in an interview with the Transcript-Bulletin. “If our people told me no. I wouldn’t do it.”

Nov. 28- Dec. 1, 1972

Wildlife had been quick to claim Stansbury Lake for a home.

Flocks of sandpipers, schools of small fish and a chorus of frogs had been observed in the environs of the 100-acre freshwater lake that was one of the focal points at Stansbury Park.

“It’s surprising how quickly nature will populate an area,” observed George Ivory, the first resident of Captain’s Island subdivision here.

“There must already be a thousand fish in the lake. The first time I noticed them was in late summer. They were rippling the surface of the water as they fed on insects.”

Later in the week it was announced that construction of the new Tooele County Airport could begin as early as the summer of 1973, according to Bobby V. Walker, director of the Utah Division of Aeronautics.

In a letter to Dale Howard, manager of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Walker noted that an environmental impact statement on the new airport was being reviewed by federal officials in Denver.

Dec. 2-5, 1947

In order to accommodate Tooele County Christmas shoppers, several Tooele merchants planned to remain open until 8 p.m. each Wednesday until Christmas, beginning December 3.

Special shopping buses would run Wednesday evening from Tod Park to Tooele with 25 cents being charged for the round trip, or regular bus tickets could be used.

First bus would leave Tooele at 5:30 p.m. and return from Tod Park at 5:45 p.m. The return trip to Tod Park would be made at 8:15 p.m.

Later in the week, Vernon was delighted with the initial presentation Wednesday evening of the Tooele State M.I.A. prize play “What doth it Profit.”

Reaching a type of perfection seldom seen in amateur dramatics, the play will be presented free to the public in the Tooele First Ward Church, Thursday and Friday evenings of this week.

Dec. 1, 1922

The dance loving people of Tooele have been very fortunate during the past week in having two of the grand ball hits of the season staged.

The Elks held forth Friday evening in their annual Charity Ball. The Veg-ite Orchestra, nine strong, furnished the music, and the crowd numbered 500.

Last evening, the firemen were responsible for a crowd of over 600 people at their annual Moonlight Ball. Nelson’s orchestra of 11 pieces, furnished the dance music, assisted with vocal chorus work by the Harmony Male Quartet of Brigham City.

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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