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 third week of January.
Jan. 21-23, 1992
Hundreds of Grantsville residents took a walk down memory lane as they celebrated the city’s 125th birthday. On four-consecutive evenings the old First Ward LDS chapel was filled to overflow capacity as the townspeople assembled to hear stories from some of the city’s oldest living natives. It was Jan. 12, 1867 when Grantsville was incorporated as a city in the Territory of Utah. One year later, J. Reuben Clark was sent to the area as a school teacher by Mormon leader Brigham Young. Clark’s grandson Myron Sutton shared several tales of his grandfather.
A request to stop the construction of USPCI’s hazardous waste incinerator was denied by a review board of Utah’s Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste. The request was filed by the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club. The club claimed human health was placed at risk by the “biocumulative” and the “biomagnative” effects of waste incineration. A club spokesman said that biocumulative refers to the fact that emitted pollutants will be there forever and may eventually have a negative effect on the environment or human health. The Sierra Club planned to appeal the decision in March.
Jan. 24-27, 1967
The Tooele City Council and members of the Library Board met with architects to discuss possible sites for a proposed new Tooele City Library. Architect Ralph Edwards presented the council with a site analysis sheet listing seven possible sites for the library. He said the library does not need to be located on Main Street. He said heavy traffic was a definite disadvantage for a Main Street location. The seven sites were talked about in detail. Councilman Bill Gochis told those at the meeting that the council had no definite choice in mind for the library site and would not have one until all the possibilities are explored.
Forest rangers in the Tooele District of the Wasatch National Forest had been acting like Johnny Appleseed in reverse on the Benmore Range near Vernon. Great stretches of Forest Service and around there were covered with scrubby, stubborn and pesty trees known as juniper, and the rangers had been doing their level best to get rid of them. Although it seemed like nice bushy Christmas trees, the juniper is a water stealer. Other plants can’t get enough water to survive around them. Rangers claim the trees have little value.
Jan. 20-23, 1942
Tooele City Attorney Earl Marshall was awarded the Junior Chamber of Commerce Civic Service Award at the Community Methodist Church. Marshall was selected by a committee of citizens and members of the Jaycees as the outstanding community worker for 1941. In making the award, the committee listed nine specific accomplishments he achieved during 1941.
Employment at Elton Tunnel has risen to 140 men, or almost half of the number expected when the tunnel is in full operation. Although ore shipments have not started as of yet, nor is there any defined information as to when they will start, several cars of ore have been dumped on the Tooele side, as a clean-up of ore that has rolled down into the tunnel from the Bingham workings.
Jan. 26, 1917
Notice to water users was given in regard to Benmore resident Samuel Kaiser who made an application with the State Engineer’s Office to divert water from a spring and convey it by means of a pipeline for a distance of 525 feet to be discharged into Harker Creek, from which stream it will be recovered at a point 1,330 feet south and 1,320 feet east to irrigate five acres of land.
This week’s report compiled by Mark Watson