Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

September 20, 2022
In 1972, old Tooele County jail demolished

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 September.

September 23-25, 1997

The “Duck Lady” was guilty of creating a public nuisance for feeding approximately 275 hungry ducks, a jury ruled September 23.

The four-woman jury took less than 30 minutes to find Barbara Litz, Stansbury Park, guilty of the charge for feeding the ducks in January, 1997. The case was heard in Tooele Valley Justice Court in front of Judge William Pitt.

Pitt said his intent was not to put Litz in jail or levy a fine against her. Instead, he said he wants to find a solution to the duck problem on Stansbury Lake.

Later in the week, Tooele County School District officials didn’t know whether or not they would accept approximately 40 acres of land donated by Tooele Associates, a local developer.

Tooele Associates planned to build an expansive residential community on the north end of Tooele City, complete with an 18-hole golf course. By completion, the community would double the size of the existing developed city with 2,700 acres and approximately 7,000 residential units. The developer wanted their neighborhood to include nice, good schools.

Sept. 19-22, 1972

A six member committee had been named to work with Tooele City Mayor Robert Swan and City Councilwoman Frances Mayo to resolve problems stemming from a recent ordinance which changed the rates for the city’s water and sewer services.

The citizens’ committee was authorized the previous week when the mayor and city council agreed that the new law may have raised water bills to owners of multiple dwelling units to the point where they have become unfair. 

Later in the week, Tooele’s old County Jail came down during the week as crews began clearing the way for a new county courthouse.

Since a bid for the new structure had not yet been approved, the work of demolition and clearing the site was being done by county employees. Construction on the new courthouse was expected to begin before the end of the year. 

A new jail to be used jointly by Tooele City and Tooele County would be built as part of the public safety wing of the new building.

Sept. 23-26, 1947

Thursday, September 25th all the school children from first to seventh grades inclusive will be screened for ringworm at the Central School and the Central School Annex.

Specialists from Salt Lake City will be out to assist the local doctors so that all the children can be screened that one day. Parents will help greatly if they will have all the boys’ hair cut in the meantime and if all of the children, both boys and girls, will have their hair washed.

Later in the week, all restrictions on water sprinkling in Tooele were lifted on Friday, Sept 26, according to the announcement of Mayor A.D. Tanner.

It is believed, said Mayor Tanner, that the new well which will be connected to the main water system today will put a permanent end to all water shortages in Tooele City and rationing in the future will not be a necessary precaution. Water rationing had been in effect since late spring.

Sept. 22, 1922

With the addition this week of a Model “K” two magazine, Linotype, to the already fine and new equipment in our office, The Transcript, a highly equipped newspaper and printing company, can turn out practically any class of work in printing desired, with service and satisfaction to the customer.

The addition of this piece of machinery marks the conclusion of our plans to establish new and better equipment throughout our plant.

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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