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 1-3, 1997
Local firefighters battled the first major fire in northern Utah Sunday, and were able to contain it by Monday.
However, winds in excess of 60 mph caused the Tooele County fire to again burn out of control Monday afternoon before 80 percent containment was reached Tuesday morning.
The 2,100 acre fire came within three-quarters of a mile of the Deseret Chemical Depot causing some to worry about the chemical weapons stockpile housed at the facility, but the Army said there was nothing to worry about.
Later in the week, Tooele County residents learned they weren’t going to lose a physician and surgeon whom many had come to love and respect — and who had even been hailed as a “God-send” to the Tooele Valley Medical Center.
Dr. Richard E. Anderson was placed on a seven-year probation with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
That action came after an investigation into the doctor’s admitted alcohol and drug abuse. However, while being closely monitored for two years, it was determined he had been completely clean since July, 1995. There would be virtually no change in his status as a physician at TVMC.
June 27-30, 1972
After inspecting a number of relics by Don Ross Anderson on his Grantsville farm, Utah Secretary of State Clyde Miller indicated that the items may be of significant historical value.
For the past 10 years Mr. Anderson had unearthed a number of items at various locations on his property. While digging for a patio foundation, he located an old “Lincoln Highway” sign. And to date had discovered wagon wheels, a wagon tongue, and steering units which may be parts of a covered wagon.
Later in the week, Utah’s largest auto-truck service station was set to open at Lake Point.
The $1 million Union 76 interchange at Lake Point would offer the trucker a “home away from home” and the motorist complete service facilities including a family restaurant and a travel store.
Union Oil’s newest “class A” truck stop was one of a series of 300 such installations strategically located to service drivers on all major interstate highways.
July 1-4, 1947
The Bit and Spur committee planned to broadcast over KLO at Ogden, Wednesday evening at 8:45 p.m. as a final advertising feature to attract the rodeo fans of the west to the second annual Tooele Rodeo, which opens in this city Thursday evening and continues Friday and Saturday, July 3,4, and 5.
The broadcast would be made by Melvin Rolph, chairman of the Tooele Rodeo celebration, Jules Gillette, secretary, and Howard Clegg and Dell Whit, members of the committee, and Wardell Clinger of Wyoming, professional announcer for the Tooele Rodeo.
Later in the week, frost hit Clover and St. John in Rush Valley on Saturday evening freezing beans, peas, potatoes and other tender vegetation.
And in Tooele, temperatures jumped 60 degrees from Saturday to Wednesday, according to official records of Amos Bevan.
Dropping to a low of 33 degrees last Saturday in Tooele, just one degree from freezing, the temperature rose to 93 degrees Wednesday for the year’s highest.
June 30, 1922
Sheriff A.O. Evans and Deputy Bert Smith early Monday morning raided the premises occupied by Jim Johnson, a Greek, and seized two of the largest stills ever seen in this county. One had a 75 gallon capacity and the other a 40 gallon capacity.
The stills were located in a three-room house at the foot of a mountain in the mouth of Pole Canyon, about 1 ½ mile southeast of Lake Point and about 12 miles north of this city.
Sports Editor Mark Watson compiled this report