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 December.
Dec. 27-29, 1992
Motorists had a rude awakening on Dec. 26 when an early morning rainstorm transformed highways and interstates into a sheet of ice.
Lt. Ron Ostler, of the Utah Highway Patrol, said at least 10 accidents were reported between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Dec. 26. Three separate mishaps resulted in three motorists transported to Tooele Valley Medical Center.
Ostler said the rain turned to ice as soon as it hit the ground. “It was black ice — crystal clear ice that is hard to see,” Ostler said.
The front page also included a review of the top 10 new stories for 1992. Planned layoffs at Tooele Army Depot was the top story.
On Nov. 23, TEAD announced that 700 to 1,000 workers would be cut by June 1993.
Other top stories for 1992 included the opening of a $112 million Consolidated Maintenance Facility at TEAD, a massive tire fire northwest of Grantsville, hospital issues, four state championship titles by high school teams including the first state football title for Grantsville High School, hazardous waste issues, the election, a proposed Stansbury Park apartment complex, air quality tests, and construction of a new elementary school at the corner of 100 North and Coleman Street in Tooele.
Dec. 26-29, 1967
Representatives of Tooele Army Depot, American Legion Post No. 17, and members of the Tooele Elks Lodge, delivered food and toys to 175 families and 700 children on Sunday Christmas Eve. The effort was called Operation Christmas for 1967.
“The response was one of the most generous in the history of Operation Christmas,” said M.A. (Red) Grode, depot chairman for the effort.
About $3,100 and thousands of cans of food were donated to the effort by TEAD employees.
The first delivery of the night was to 12 families in Ibapah. The deliveries included turkey dinners with all the trimmings and new toys for every child under 12.
Later in the week, the front page featured photos of winners in the annual Christmas house decorating contest sponsored by the Retail Merchants Committee of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce.
The first-place award of $25 was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tweede, 90 W. 200 North, Tooele.
Judges inspected every street in the city and estimated that 25 percent of Tooele’s homes had exterior decorations for the holiday season.
Dec. 29, 1942 -Jan.1, 1943
The front page announced the date for the 1943 Grantsville Old Folks Sociable as Jan. 14-15.
A program, supper and dance were planned for married people on Jan. 14 and dance and supper would be held for the young people the following day.
A movie and a dance would be held on New Year’s Eve to help fund the sociable. “Rings on Her Fingers” would be the movie on New Year’s Eve.
The front page that week also announced a subscription increase effective Jan. 1, 1943, for the Transcript Bulletin. The cost of a subscription would increase to 35 cents per month.
The story explained that the great share of the publication costs of a newspaper must be borne by the subscribers because of decreased advertising revenue.
Dec. 28, 1917
The front page featured a story on the status of Jerusalem during World War I.
Jerusalem was taken from the Turks by the British under Gen. Edmund Allenby, according to the report. The fall of Jerusalem occurred on Dec. 9, 1917, according to firstworldwar.com.
Allenby recounted how he formally entered the historic city on Dec. 11, 1917. He noted that the “population received him well.”
For a few centuries after Christ, the city was full of churches, monasteries and other religious hermitages. In 614 the Persians captured the city and destroyed the churches, according to the report.
Since the year 1244, the Turks had been in possession of the city until now. In 1917, the population of the city was estimated at 28,000, half of whom were Jews.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.