Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

June 7, 2023
In 1973, Tooele High pitcher Larry Jensen signs with Cincinnati Reds

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 second week of June. 

June 9-11, 1998

The threat of imminent rain drove the commencement exercises at Tooele High School indoors on Thursday, June 4 and reduced the potential crowd to about half.

Nevertheless, enthusiasm ran high as about 360 graduating seniors walked into the THS auditorium as high school students — and stepped out the doors about 1 ½ hours later, on their way to face the world.

Some marched forward with a proud academic record. Others weren’t sure, until the last minute, that they’d even be making the march. Most had learned much within and outside the classrooms that would help them in the future.

Later in the week, Tooele County Commissioners estimated annual costs for operating the Deseret Peak Complex to be $300,000 to $500,000 per year. Commissioners said they would like the facility to be self-supporting, but acknowledged that was unlikely.

Though the construction budget had not been set in concrete and depended on what residents wanted, figures of $15 million to $25 million had been cited. The facility’s construction would be funded through mitigation money from the county’s various hazardous industries.

June 5-8, 1973

Grantsville Mayor Teryl Hunsaker, for the seventh year, had conducted a three-day, two-night trail ride with 49 members of the Grantsville Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

As the group left Thursday, Mayor Hunsaker gave the appearance of a “bad-guy Cowboy” with mustachio, chaps and a sweat-stained hat. But despite his looks the youngsters had great respect for their mayor. “He is one great guy,” they agreed.

Equipment for the camping trip included chuck wagons, sleeping bags, feed for the horses, and even the traditional jerky.

Later in the week, Richard Lawrence Jensen, who is better known as Larry, had signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Jensen was the number two choice for Cincinnati in the annual baseball draft on June 5.  

The Tooele High School pitching star started playing baseball at the age of 7 when he pitched for the area Pee Wee League Champions at Lawton, Oklahoma. 

This year he set a 9-2 record at Tooele High School and led his club to the Region 5 championship. He recently had  pitched a no-hitter for his American Legion club.

June 8-11, 1948

A banquet was held in Grantsville for Tooele’s Dr. Joseph Allen Phipps who organized the construction of the first hospital in Tooele County in 1910.

Phipps was presented with a plaque by the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce honoring him for his distinguished service.

The banquet was followed by a public reception at Tooele First Ward at which time Chamber President George Richards was the guest speaker and Dr. Phipps gave a thrilling account of his life’s adventure and local experiences.

Later in the week, fishing season was set to open on Saturday, June 12th, with hours from 5 am to 8 pm, according to Roy Garrard, local game warden.

Daily bag limit would be seven pounds and one fish or 15 fish whichever was caught first. Possession limit was the same as the daily bag limit. Size limit was 7 inch minimum. 

Some streams were very high and could not be planted until the water receded, but several loads of fish had been placed in local streams, all legal size.

June 8, 1923

Marshal John C. Bryan handed in his resignation to the city council Tuesday. The same was accepted and Peter G. Shields was appointed as new city marshal and James Gillespie was retained as night policeman. The Marshal’s salary is now fixed at $110 per month and the night policeman at $90.

Following a verbal petition of a committee, the council authorized the expenditure of $100 per month for June, July and August, toward the band so that concerts may be given during the summer.

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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