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 December.
Dec. 8-10, 1992
On Dec. 7, Tooele Army Depot Commander Col. David Emling announced that 700 to 1,000 workers would be cut from TEAD’s workforce in 1993.
The overall cuts were announced because of decreasing workload and reduced civilian personnel funding.
TEAD spokesman Jeff Lindblad said that letters would be sent out by Feb. 22 notifying targeted employees that their positions had been eliminated.
Later in the week, the front page featured more details about planned worker cuts at TEAD. It would be the largest employee cut in the military installation’s 50-year history. Employees scheduled for termination would be notified in February, 1993 and then have 120 more days to work.
The cuts were ordered by the Army and Army Material Command
“As far as we know, our records show this is the largest announced reduction of permanent employees in the depot’s history,” said TEAD spokesman David Hunt.
Dec. 5-8, 1967
Tooele police recovered an estimated $1,500 in merchandise believed taken from local homes and stores during a rash of burglaries and car stripings.
Included in the cache of goods were a set of bongo drums, three auto stereos, two sets of drums and a set of cymbals.
Items were taken from Bradshaw Auto and two other residences. Police arrested three men in connection with the thefts.
During the week, two Utah mining companies requested that the United Steel Workers of America reopen International Smelting and Refining Company near Tooele.
The Tooele Smelter, a division of Anaconda Copper Corporation, had been shut down since a nationwide strike by members of the Steel Workers Union.
United Park City Mining Company and Chief Consolidated Mining Company made the request to reopen the Tooele Smelter to process lead, zinc and silver coming out of their two mines.
Presidents of the two mining companies said the strike was crippling their operations because they could not get their materials smelted.
Dec. 8-11, 1942
Tooele County civilian defense organization was called into its first official action on Dec. 7 on an air raid alarm originating in the Northwest.
Sheriff Alma White received the alert at 9:15 p.m. and immediately informed DeLoy Tanner, civilian defense chairman, who then issued a call to the various vital protective divisions to stand by for duty.
The auxiliary police division was assembled for immediate duty, and plans were made for a complete blackout of the community.
Malfunctions with the master switch that fed power to the entire community prevented the blackout, according to defense officials. They planned to make adjustments to the power system in the near future.
Later in the week the front page featured a story on vandalism at a new ice-skating pond behind Tooele City Hall.
The skating pond had been sabotaged and its use would be delayed.
Someone of vandalism tendencies had spread rocks, old tires and other rubbish over the freezing water. The debris would have to be picked out, and the whole process of freezing started all over again.
It was reported that city officials were upset with the situation and declared if the people don’t want an ice skating pond, another such act of vandalism would bring about its abandonment.
Dec. 7, 1917
The full front page was filled with an official list of persons or businesses in Tooele County delinquent in paying property taxes for 1917.
Staff Writer Mark Watson compiled this report.