Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 1, 2022
In 1972, Tooele Junior Prom moves to the Rotunda at State Capitol

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 February.

Feb. 4-6, 1997

The Tooele City Council planned to hold its meeting at the Tooele County Courthouse and one citizen said it was about time.

“Let’s make city government more accessible,” said Tom Rosachi, an advocate for persons with disabilities. “The disabled pay taxes, and have just as much right to attend public meetings as everyone else.”

City officials agreed to discuss the problem of accessibility at their upcoming council meeting. They planned to make a decision on the location of future meetings.

Later in the week, a second man had been arrested in Arizona and charged with murdering 18-year-old Grantsville resident Chad William Wright.

Wright’s body was found in an Arizona desert, near the New Mexico border, Jan. 2. He had been listed as “missing” since soon after his arrival in Stafford, Ariz., in August, where he had gone to visit his mother and grandmother.

A Cochise County, Ariz. medical examiner ruled earlier this month that Wright died from strangulation.

Feb.1-3, 1972

Tooele High Junior Prom chairman Denise Rimmington announced that this year’s prom would be held March 17 at the Rotunda of the Utah State Capitol Building. 

For several years interest in the Junior Prom had been declining, Miss Rimmington noted. Only 100 tickets were sold for the prom in 1971, and decorating the THS gym was expensive. 

The change of location would provide a dance which juniors would remember as a highlight of their high school years.

Later in the week, fire that for a time threatened the business district of Tooele City damaged Bevan’s Hardware Store at 23 North Main.

Tooele City Volunteer firemen used all their equipment to bring the fire under control which for a time threatened the Style Shop and Caldwell’s Drug on both sides of the Hardware Store about 8 a.m.

While still fighting the Bevan Hardware store fire, two fire trucks had to be dispatched to fight a fire that gutted the rear bedroom unit of a 40-foot trailer home at the Homestead Trailer Court at Ninth South and Coleman.

Feb. 4-7, 1947

The observance of Boy Scout Week, Feb. 7-15 on a nationwide scale has a great value to boys, says Dr. James E. West, Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scout Week marked the 37th anniversary of the original incorporation at Washington D.C. 

“We celebrate the week because of the organization’s great value to boys,” West said. “We emphasize romance and drama to impress boys and attract them to the program.”

Later in the week, Tooele would meet Grantsville again on Friday in the second battle of the century this year, in a league basketball game. The second teams would play at 7 p.m. and the first teams at 8 p.m.

Tooele had lost by one point in the previous three meetings between the two schools.

Grantsville had gone through the league schedule during the season without a defeat. Tooele was swamped by Cyprus in their previous game.

Feb. 3, 1922

The Second Annual County Poultry Show held in this city last Friday and Saturday was one huge success. There were 120 birds on exhibition and an unusual interest was shown by the public in the show.

Judge Turpin, in passing his opinion on the improvement of the exhibits, stated that the poorest birds in the show this year were as good as some of the best last year. This compliment shows that the officers and members of the association have been doing some good work.


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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