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.
Sept. 1 and 3, 1991
The Tooele City Council withdrew a proposed ordinance to limit livestock numbers in the city due to a combination of public opposition and general lack of support from the council and public, said city attorney Douglas Ahlstrom. Over the past few years, city leaders had gradually tried to convince residents that Tooele must evolve from a “cow town” into a bonafide city.
Later that week, the Tooele City Council formally closed the city airport because of high costs to maintain a license for the facility. The city would have had to pay $192,000 in upgrades to meet federal requirements. The airport was closed to general aviation traffic and local aviators who used the airport were told to move their aircraft elsewhere.
Sept. 27 and 30, 1966
An estimated 3,000 people attended an open house for the Beehive State Bank’s brand-new Tooele building, located on the northwest corner of 100 North and Main Street. According to a 1959 Deseret News article, the Beehive State Bank first opened in July 1959. The bank’s first president, Carl W. Buehner, was a member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In other news, engineers and land speed racing officials were alarmed when they saw a large area of salt deterioration moving closer to the west end of the Bonneville Salt Flats following a dry summer. Racers contended the salt deterioration was due to a 16-foot brine canal dug by potash mining company Bonneville Ltd., but officials from Bonneville Ltd. said their potash operations had no relationship with the deterioration.
Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, 1941
Utah Gov. Herbert B. Maw and Tooele Mayor Nelse Blomstrom officially recognized the week of Sept. 30 as Newspaper Week. According to the article, “Newspaper Week is not set aside in order to pay tribute or homage to newspapers. Rather, it has been created to encourage the American people to think about newspapers and what they mean to the American people and to American freedom.”
Meanwhile, a drawing was held to determine who would receive 500 available doe hunting permits after 847 citizens applied for the permits.
Sept. 29, 1916
Local Democrats held a rally at the Tooele Opera House, during which Hon. A.J. Weber and Hon. Wilson McCarthy discussed “the political issues of the day.” At the same time, 30 men from Tooele, Grantsville, Ophir, Lake Point, Lincoln (also known as Pine Canyon), Erda and Clover were drawn for jury duty.
Jessica Henrie compiled this report.