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 October.
Oct. 13-15, 1992
Kennecott Copper’s closure of access to the Oquirrh Overlook above Butterfield Pass had several Tooele County residents and officials upset.
The mining company did not want deer hunters on its property, said Greg Boyce, Kennecott director of external affairs. To achieve that objective, the mining company installed a gate.
“The deer hunt starts this weekend and we have a lot of property where we don’t want hunters,” Boyce said.
However, some of the property roped off could be county owned, said Tooele County Commissioner Ed St. Clair.
“I am not aware of them (Kennecott) asking permission and I think we ought to go up there and take it down,” St. Clair said.
Later in the week, the front page featured the story of three Grantsville youths charged with vehicular theft.
Since July, 11 cars and trucks had been stolen. Nine of the vehicles disappeared in September.
On Sept. 26, police chased suspected car thieves on foot in Hollywood (a sparsely populated area in southwest Grantsville). The suspects abandoned the cars and ran through the fields.
Most of the cars were vandalized, one car was burned and another was driven into a ravine near Grantsville Reservoir. Other arrests in addition to the three charged were pending.
Oct. 10-13, 1967
Tooele’s Pioneer Hall got its bell back after a 20-year loan to the city for use as its civil defense warning system.
The bell had hung in the Pioneer building since its construction and was the only means of fire alarm or curfew for the city for 71 years.
It had been taken down and installed on top of the steel tower near the Tooele police station as a civil defense warning in case of electrical power failure.
A new radar system eliminated the need for a bell at the Tooele police station.
Later in the week, the front page announced that Settlement Canyon Reservoir would be drained.
The president of Settlement Canyon Irrigation Company said the bottom of the reservoir would be leveled and packed with three to four feet of clay.
Tests showed that water was leaking from the dam. Reconstruction process would take three to four months.
Several fish already had been taken from the reservoir, and the Utah Department of Fish and Game was scheduled to remove as many fish as possible before construction began.
George Bryan of Stockton suffered approximately $10,000 loss early on a Saturday morning when his garage building, a building he was renting for a restaurant and adjoining storage space, were destroyed by fire.
The cause of the blaze was unknown, but it started in a vacant room above the restaurant shortly after 4 a.m. and spread rapidly.
Fire equipment from Tooele City, Tooele Ordinance Depot as well as water tank wagons responded and saved adjacent buildings that were threatened.
Later in the week, the front page featured a story on the opening of deer season.
Three thousand deer were expected to be killed within Tooele County during the open season that was scheduled to start Oct. 17 and would continue for two weeks.
Two thousand bucks would be the likely toll from those carrying regular licenses. In addition, 1,000 doe permits had been issued for the Stansbury Mountains.
Because of interest in the hunt from Smelter workers, officials had decided to close the smelter for the first Saturday and Sunday of the hunt. Bauer would also be closed for the first Saturday and Sunday of the hunt.
The front page provided a list of nations and their alignments during World War I.
Allies included the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Serbia, Rumania, Belgium, Japan, Portugal, Panama, Greece, Siam, Liberia, China and San Marina.
Those aligned with Germany included Austria, Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.