Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

May 30, 2023
In 1973, Tooele police arrest several juveniles involved in multiple burglaries

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 June. 

June 2-4, 1998

Former Tooele County dispatcher Tim Simonich was awarded $40,000 in a wrongful termination suit against the Tooele County Sheriff’s Department.

Simonich claimed that he was railroaded by the sheriff’s department when he was forced to resign in 1995 for using the computer system to run unauthorized criminal background checks.

He asserted in his suit against the county that his loss of employment had been in retaliation for his role in an employee’s union and lawsuit. He suggested the Tooele County Commissioners should look further into matters concerning complaints against the sheriff’s department. 

Later in the week, 129 Grantsville High School graduates took advantage of being in the spotlight. With tears, smiles, waves, candid photo poses, and lots of hugs and kisses, they bid adieu to the world of childhood and took the final step into the world of adulthood. 

While a majority of Utahns were fixated on the Utah Jazz game versus the Chicago Bulls in an NBA finals game, Wendover residents filled the bleachers at their school’s auditorium to cheer on their favorite team — 19 graduates proudly decked out in green and white caps and gowns.

May 29-June 1, 1973

Tooele Senior Citizens named Ernest G. Mantes the city’s “Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year” for 1973.

Mr. Mantes, 75, was active in business and community affairs and was lauded for his accomplishments at a diner given in his honor.

Born in Manteka, Greece in 1897, he came to America at 19 years of age with only $17 in his pocket. Through discipline and self education he raised himself from a position as a common laborer to serve for 12 distinguished years as a Utah State Senator.

Later in the week, city police reported that the arrest of several Tooele area juveniles had cleared up approximately 25 burglaries that had occurred in the city over a span of two months.

Also solved was the burglary in 1972 of Harris Elementary School in which equipment valued at $2000 was taken. Three youths were implicated in this case and were apprehended after a long investigation.

Police indicated that small tape players, record players and radios were among the items most often stolen.

June 1-4, 1948

On Sunday afternoon the Tooele Airport was alerted about a plane missing from Ogden, somewhere in the vicinity of Stansbury Island.

Several fliers took to the air to aid in the search, and at about 7 p.m. one of the search places spotted the missing machine and its occupants. 

When the airport received word of the plane’s location, the ambulance owned by LaVar Tate left to pick up the grounded fliers who reported that engine trouble had forced them to land.

Later in the week, Utah State National Guard, Tooele Unit, under the direction of Captain Jack Lacey would leave from Legion Hall at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 6 for the two week encampment trip at Camp Williams. The local unit would rendezvous with the headquarters company at 8 a.m. on Redwood Road.  The National Guard would be thoroughly drilled in military operations while at the camp.

June 1, 1923

Our local Daughters of the Pioneers cannot be praised too highly for the creditable Memorial Monument erected at our local cemetery and which was dedicated and unveiled Wednesday before a large throng of people.

The presidency of the organization Barbara G. Bowen, Emma J. Atkin and Martha Warburton are deserving of special credit for inspiring the Daughters in their efforts to obtain the funds to erect the Monument to the soldiers who gave the supreme sacrifice in the World War.

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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